• The biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in the Carolinas


    It’s almost time to ring in the New Year and there are plenty of places in Charlotte and across the Carolinas where you can do it in style.

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    Here are a few we’ve highlighted:

    CLT New Year’s Eve (Charlotte)

    This family-friendly event will feature live music, the lighting of the Queen City crown, and fireworks at midnight. Festivities kick-off at 8 p.m. on South Tryon street at Levine Avenue of the Arts. Admission is free. Website

    New Year’s Eve at WinterFest (Carowinds)

    Carowinds is offering a new way to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family-friendly alternative featuring fireworks at midnight, live bands and more. Festivities start at 5 p.m. Tickets start at $29.99. Website 

    New Year’s Eve Under the Stars (Charlotte)

    Enjoy a view of Charlotte’s skyline while you ring in the New Year at this party at Rooftop 210 at uptown’s Epicentre. Tickets start at $70. Website

    Rich & Bennett’s NYE Bash (Charlotte)

    Rich and Bennett, the team that produces the huge pub crawl on St. Patrick’s Day, will host their New Year’s Bash at Flight Beer & Music Hall in uptown. The party includes appetizers, drinks, party favors and balloon drop. Tickets start at $60. Website   

    Sparkle & Glow New Year’s Eve (Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont)

    The Garden’s family-friendly celebration happens from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and features traditions from around the world, live music and more. In addition, the Garden’s holiday lights display will still be up! Tickets purchased online in advance cost $12.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors, $7.95 for children ages 2-12. Website

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    Around the region 

    A Southern Times Square (Myrtle Beach)

    The Market Common will host a street party featuring live music, a mirror ball drop and fireworks. Family-friendly. Festivities kickoff at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Website

    Famously Hot New Year (Columbia)

    Famously Hot New Year is Columbia’s largest New Year’s Eve party. This year’s free outdoor concert will feature En Vogue. Countdown to midnight and see fireworks at the historic State House on Main Street. Concert gates open at 6:30 p.m. Website

    First Night Raleigh (Raleigh)

    This family-friendly festival features over 20 blocks of music, art, comedy and other performances in downtown Raleigh, a Ferris wheel, games and food vendors. The Raleigh Acorn is lowered to ring in the New Year. Tickets cost $11 in advance or $15 day of. Website

    Island of Lights (Kure Beach Boardwalk)

    This free, family-friendly New Year’s celebration kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Kure Beach Boardwalk and features a DJ and dancing. Refreshments and party favors will be available for purchase. A giant beach ball will be dropped at midnight followed by fireworks. Website

    And for good measure we had to include one that you'll only find in the Carolinas ...

    Mt. Olive’s New Year Pickle Drop

    Watch a glowing, 3-foot pickle descend down the Mt. Olive Pickle Company flagpole at 7 p.m., which happens to be midnight Greenwich Mean Time. There will also be live music and complimentary refreshments, including Mt. Olive pickles. Free admission. Website

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