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The countdown to 2019 has begun!  Whether you plan to spend it out and about or in a more intimate setting, we’ve got our top recommendations below on how to ring in the new year.

  • New Year’s Eve Dinner in Herons: Whether you are beginning your evening or prefer a quieter atmosphere, start your 2019 celebration with dinner in Herons.  Enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner with choices prepared by Executive Chef Steven Greene as you look ahead to the new year. Full menu available here, vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request.  Reserve your table at 919-447-4200.
  • Annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Umstead: Countdown to 2019 at our annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. We are excited to welcome back The Soul Psychedelique to ring us into 2019 with dancing, drinks, and delicious food. Tickets are $200 plus tax and gratuity and can be purchased by calling us at 919-447-4050.
  • First Night Raleigh: The classic way to spend New Year’s Eve in the city of oaks is none other than at WRAL’s First Night downtown to watch the acorn drop. Beginning at 2:00 pm, this all-day event hosts more than 100 performances of music, dance, comedy and more across 25 different venues. There are rides, a pop-up roller skating rink, crafts, all before the midnight firework display.  There are also lots of fun places nearby to enhance your downtown celebration, including a Tiki New Year’s Eve at Haymaker and the New Year’s Eve celebration at The Dillon. 
  • New Year’s Eve at The Dillon: Enjoy the sky terrace of The Dillon this new year with panoramic views of the city and First Night Raleigh’s fireworks display with a midnight champagne toast.  Blazin’ Keys Entertainment will be playing from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm followed by DJ Supr Dupr for you to dance your way into 2019.  Tickets include a full open bar and heavy hors d’ oeuvres by Donovan’s Dish. 
  • New Year’s Eve Gala at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Celebrate the new year in style at the annual New Year’s Eve Gala at the downtown Raleigh science museum. All four floors feature open bars and amazing food, with live music and dancing. These tickets go fast, so be sure to purchase soon.
  • A New Year’s Eve Affair at Transfer Company Food Hall:  Raleigh’s newest food hall celebrates the end of a great year with food, drinks, and live music.  Doors open at 8:00 pm with music beginning at 9:00 pm. 
  • NHL Carolina Hurricanes Game: Another great way to say so long to 2018 is by cheering on our Carolina Hurricanes!  Our favorite national team plays off against the Philadelphia Flyers at 6:00 pm at PNC Arena.   
  • North Carolina Symphony Special Concert Event: How about a different type of live music event on New Year’s Eve? The North Carolina Symphony will be performing a special concert event of Viennese waltzes and big band classics at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.  In addition to a live singing of “Auld Lang Syne” enjoy favorites from Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Ellington and more.

For more New Year’s Eve suggestions, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh.

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