Uptown Charlotte’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration is less than three weeks away, and organizers of First Night Charlotte have started advance sales of wristbands and are looking for volunteer help.
The Dec. 31 event once again will have a celebration for children in the afternoon, and the main event in the evening. As usual, First Night will feature a variety of live arts performances in an alcohol-free environment.
The wristbands serve as an admission ticket to the various entertainment venues, and they are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12 (if accompanied by a banded adult). Children 4 and younger are admitted free.
Moira Quinn of Charlotte Center City Partners says volunteers will be able to see the live performances while also helping with jobs such as selling wristbands, assisting performers, working with children’s activities and helping at the performance venues.
The main stage will be at the Levine Avenue of the Arts, but there also will be entertainment at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Convention Center’s patio, the Mint Plaza, Wells Fargo Atrium, and The Green. Performers will include dancers, aerialists, musicians, and storytellers, along with science booths and other attractions.
A children’s countdown to 2013 will be at 4:50 p.m.
The main event, ushering in the start of the new year, will take place at the Levine Avenue of the Arts. Live music will be provided by Simply Irresistible from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.