Charlotte hosts some of the best New Years Eve events in the state if North Carolina, with visitors from abroad as well as locals from around the city and wider state area heading to the capital to join the party. Charlotte is one of the growing number of US cities to hold a First Night event, and it is this that provides the focal point to the countdown celebrations across the city.
This isn't probably a venue that you would place top of your list if visiting the United States for the new year, but there are often pleasant surprises to be found in the most unexpected places so it's well worth a look, with the local people renowned for the friendly welcome extended to visitors, and the fireworks among the best around.
The focus in Charlotte at New Years is on family friendly entertainment, and this is epitomised by the First Night event, which acts at the city's official NYE event. Held in the uptown region, and taking place for the 5th time this year, First Night features live music, dancers, artists, comedians, jugglers and much more, with entertainment to appeal to all ages and of course the obligatory fireworks at midnight.
Away from the main event, many of the city's hotels, bars and restaurants hold their own events, and there's plenty to choose from but make sure you get your reservation in early as all the top events WILL sell out.
Another option is to ring in the new year In a snow-covered Winter Wonderland at the Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel - this "Frozen" themed event includes a 4 course dinner, live music, champagne toast at midnight and of course deluxe overnight accommodation - get more details and tickets here.
For live music fans, Widespread Panic will be back in Charlotte this year, seeing in 2015 at the Time Warner Cable Arena (they're also at The Fillmore the previous night). Tickets will sell out fast for this event, so secure yours asap here.
There is also a serious New Years Eve party at the Westin Charlotte, famous for it's holiday events - more details on this year's party to follow.
For your new year's eve culinary choices, either as precursor to heading off to enjoy the First Night party or just for a quiet night with family or friends then there are plenty of excellent choices in town too. The top vegan option is the famous Luna's Living Kitchen (which I simply have to visit asap!) while Mimosa Grill, Bentley's, Alexander Michael's and The King's Kitchen are all highly recommended. Find all the options here.
Places to watch live online:
The First Night party from Charlotte is also broadcast live on local channel WBTV, which does also have an online streaming option so you should be able to watch live there too:
Charlotte provides accommodation across most classifications and pretty much any category, but as with the parties early booking is highly recommended. To search hotels, check availability and make online bookings, visit: local hotels here.
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