23 New Year’s Eve events to ring in 2023

Your guide to celebrating the new year in Raleigh.

Fireworks and the acorn drop at First Night Raleigh 2022.

We’re counting down to 2023.

Photo by Sandra Davidson

Hold on to your party hats — Raleigh knows how to throw down. Ring in 2023 at one of these 23 New Year’s Eve events in the City of Oaks. Pro tip: Don’t wait to buy tickets or make a reservation — events could sell out.

Noon Year’s Eve | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | John Chavis Memorial Park, 505 Martin Luther King Blvd. | $5 | This family-friendly event features crafts, a dance party, games, and a special countdown at 12 p.m.

No fuss, no frills | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 12 p.m.-2 a.m. | Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St. | Free | Enter 2023 playing games and popping $25-dollar champagne bottles. Bonus: There’s no cover charge or dress code.

First Night Raleigh | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 2 p.m.-12 a.m. | Fayetteville Street | $12+ | Celebrate the new year with live performances, a skate park, a ferris wheel, and two acorn drops (one at 6 p.m. and one at 12 a.m.) — plus, there will be fireworks.

Dine above downtown | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 5 p.m. | City Club Raleigh, 150 Fayetteville St. | $125+ | Enjoy a four-course meal, free flowing champagne, and live music by Bull City Syndicate, all while taking in one of the best views in Raleigh.

Girls night at First Night | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Joy Worthy Co., 131 S. Wilmington St. | $35 | Join The Crowded Table Club to make new friends at a party before First Night Raleigh; tickets include entry to First Night, NYE goodies, wine, and beer.

Moonlit mansion | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 5-8:30 p.m. | The Parlor at Heights House, 308 S. Boylan Ave. | $75 | Sip bubbles, taste caviar, and listen to live jazz by Candice Fatima.

Cocktail party with a view | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. | Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing, 201 S. Boylan Ave. | $55-$125 | Savor sliders, flatbreads, charcuterie, and desserts, plus, enjoy a special beer release and watch Raleigh’s fireworks show from the patio. Top off the evening with a complimentary champagne toast.

A guest at First Night Raleigh in 2021.

This could be you at First Night Raleigh.

Photo by Sandra Davidson

Raise the roof | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 6 p.m. | Tin Roof, 300 Glenwood Ave. | $20+ | Grab a drink from one of the multiple bars, dance to live music, and cheers with a complimentary champagne toast. Bonus: There will be a confetti cannon.

Dueling piano performances | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. | PLUS Dueling Piano Bar, 510 Glenwood Ave. | $30-$35 | Liven up your night with upbeat, competing keys.

NYE with Eddie 9V | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 7 p.m. | Transfer Co. Food Hall | $45-$55 | Kick off the new year with a live show featuring this award-winning soul artist. Tickets include food and a champagne toast.

Cheers to craft cocktails | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 7 p.m.-1 a.m. | Young Hearts Distilling, 225 S. Wilmington St. | $120 | Enjoy an open bar with craft cocktails, live entertainment, passed hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary toast of bubbles on the rooftop patio.

Party like it’s the ‘80s | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 121 W. Jones St. | $150-$175 | Enjoy four floors of food and late-night snacks, open bars, craft cocktails, a DJ, two dance floors, and a live ’80s cover band.

Rooftop vibes | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.-1 a.m. | The Willard Rooftop Lounge, 9 Glenwood Ave. | $155 | Ring in 2023 with spectacular views of the downtown Raleigh fireworks.

Silent disco | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 8-11 p.m. | Artspace, 201 E. Davie St. | $12 | Get your groove on with Luxe Posh, JOB, DJ Rhymic, and Tapioca Red. This experience is included with your First Night Raleigh ticket.

NYE on Glenwood | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m. | Raleigh Beer Garden, 614 Glenwood Ave. | $10-$150 | Dance to DJ mixes and countdown to midnight with a champagne toast.

The ferris wheel at First Night Raleigh.

Don’t miss the ferris wheel at First Night Raleigh.

Photo by Sandra Davidson

Dress to impress | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-2 a.m. | Raleigh Union Station, 501 W. Martin St. | $5-$1,200 | There are open bar options and champagne bottles included in some tickets. Proceeds benefit The Caraway Foundation.

Murder mystery party | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-12 a.m. | City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St. | $100-$175 | As the giant acorn drops, so will a body. Can you help figure out whodunnit?

Hit balls at Drive Shack | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Drive Shack, 6901 Play Golf Wy. | $250-$450 | Swing in the new year with unlimited BayPlay.

A night in North Hills | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-1 a.m. | Level 7, 101 Park at North Hills St. | $50 | Order from a special New Years Eve menu, drink signature cocktails, and listen to live music.

Gatsby’s House | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. | Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, 421 South Salisbury St. | $89-$825 | Dance the night away at this Gatsby-themed party featuring an open bar and four NC DJs.

NC’s Official New Years Eve Extravaganza | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. | Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Rd. | $15-$575 | Enjoy a night of dancing and music by multiple DJs.

Stylish celebration | Saturday, Dec. 31 | 10 p.m.-1 a.m. | Vidrio, 500 Glenwood Ave. | $40 | Ring in the new year with music by DJ Wayne Draper, dancing, party favors, passed appetizers, and bubbles at midnight.

Hangover Brunch | Sunday, Jan. 1 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | Brookside Bodega, 100 Brookside Dr. | Price of purchase | Rejuvenate from a late night with brunch items like smothered chicken biscuits, cheesy grits, and waffles.

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