The best way to kick off First Night Raleigh is having all of the information at your fingertips! We have you covered when it comes to the super fun and much anticipated “Acorn Drop!”

This year will be just like any other year with tons of great family-friendly events around the clock (especially until the kid-friendly 7pm Acorn Drop!)

WE’RE GOING TO PARTY LIKE IT’S 1999….just 20 years later! 😉

Here are your ‘KNOW BEFORE YOU GO’ tips and tricks for First Night Raleigh 2019! ENJOY, HAVE FUN & be sure to share your pictures on our Facebook page!

Daytime Children’s Celebration on December 31, 2018 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: NC Museums of History and Sciences
Early Countdown Acorn Drop & Fireworks @ 7pm
List of detailed information can be found here:

Buy Your All Day Pass for access to it all for just $11* ($15 day of)! Nearly 100 performances in 3 dozen locations!
Where to buy:
North Carolina Museum of Art
North Carolina Museum of History
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Marbles Kids Museum
Harris Teeter Stores
CVS Pharmacies
Etix online:

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Go Raleigh Park & Ride Shuttle, Parking and Directions:

Food Vendors:

Performances & Activities:

Click here for more tips:


1. Bring a small backpack or something to keep your stuff in.

2. Dress for the weather! Bring an extra set of thin gloves (the ones from the dollar store are great!) and if it’s calling for rain, be sure to bring an umbrella or poncho for the WHOLE family! This means you too, Moms & Dads. If someone gets wet, it’s not fun, so dress accordingly.

3. Bring a couple of water bottles with you. Sometimes the lines for food vendors can be long, so if someone (mainly kids) get thirsty, you’ll be glad you can grab a quick sip of water without having to wait in a line.

4. Cameras! Who doesn’t want to these precious memories?! Also, you don’t see an acorn drop the sky everyday, am I right?!

5. A smile & patience! While we typically don’t see a major issue with parking, traffic or lines, it’s a good idea to remember that this is a busy event. Especially as the crowd gathers by the acorn for either the 7pm drop or the Midnight drop, things can get a little crowded, so remember that this is a joyous occasion and to make the best of it. Chat with your neighbor and HAVE FUN!