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December 31, 2021

The day’s festivities fill Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh on December 31, offering entertainment for all ages.

Festivities begin with the early afternoon City Plaza outdoor musical performances and the Children’s Celebration at 2pm. The night is capped off with music on the outdoor Main Stage, the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop, and a spectacular fireworks show.

This year is a year of many firsts for WRAL First Night Raleigh! In addition to moving the entire event outside and our new COVID safety measures (as listed below). All attendees (ages 6+) will need to provide one of the following (even with our new 100% outdoors setting):

  • Proof of full vaccination against Covid-19
  • Negative Covid-19 test from official testing site within 48 hours (does not need to be Wake County, and can be rapid or PCR)

WRAL First Night Raleigh will be offering on-site testing for those who have not yet had time to make an appointment, or those who are not fully vaccinated. Testing will be provided by Mako Medical and will cost $30/test.

First Night Raleigh acorn drop at midnight


Man singing and playing a guitar


First Night Raleigh ferris wheel at night


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