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CLT New Year's Eve (dates TBC)
Uptown Charlotte offers plenty of events for a memorable year-end. The city's official and biggest party CLT New Year's Eve takes place at South Tryon Street, at Levine Avenue of the Arts. The festivities get underway at 8 pm and culminate at midnight with the Queen City Crown's lighting and a spectacular firework show. The event is alcohol-free, yet you can find tons of opportunities for imbibing elsewhere around the city.
Carowinds WinterFest (canceled for 2020)
Another iconic place to celebrate is Carowinds WinterFest on Charlotte's southwestern outskirts, South Carolina's border. The program features a light parade at 7 pm, over 100 performers, an array of family-friendly activities, and of course, a midnight firework display to rock in the New Year with a blast.
Apart from these popular celebrations, you'll find dozens of smaller events and parties to dance the night away in the Charlotte area. Many local pubs and bars have some special NYE offers.
The city also boasts a surprisingly large variety of kids-friendly Noon Year's Eve festivities. You can attend a Countdown to Noon at Discovery Place Kids and several libraries, most of which grant free admission. Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas Lights in Concord is another excellent family option. The dazzling displays are running through mid-January.
Lastly, if you prefer to explore the city by day and ring in the New Year from the comfort of your warm room, CNN and ABC usually offer New Year's Eve live specials. So curling up on the couch in front of the TV is also an option.