First Night Virginia is an annual community New Years Eve celebration in Charlottesville, Virginia. This year’s theme is “The Night of Possibilities” and marks the 27th year of the community oriented celebration. First Night Virginia which is centered in Downtown Charlottesville provides an alcohol free, family centered evening of music, theatre, dance and activities for all ages. The event starts at 2:30 and will continue until midnight encompasing almost 70 performances occuring in 20 locations throughout the downtown area .
There are activities that are particularly child centered such as arts and crafts activities, the balloon lady and music with Kid Pan Alley. Teens will enjoy the Teen Band Showcase featuring performances by 8 area bands. Adults will enjoy performances of Highlights from the Paramount Theater, as well as participating in the Dance-travaganza, a celebration of dance occuring all over the mall.
One of the main events that everyone can join in is the Community Processional which starts at 6:30 pm at the Omni Hotel and proceeds along the mall to the Pavillion. Another First Night tradition is the fireworks which take place at 9:00 pm so that they are early enough to be viewed by the children. There will also be a midnight celebration with a ball drop at the Landmark Hotel.
Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.firstnightvirginia.musictoday.com or at a variety of area merchants. It is also possible to reserve seatin for particular performances. First Night Virginia Headquarters located in the Omni Hotel Atrium will be open December 29-December 31.
To see a full schedule of FNV events go to www.firstnightva.org.