New Year’s Eve Street Party
, 6-10pm, downtown Bryson City
Bring the whole family and gather around the train depot for live music, hot cocoa and popcorn, a kids’ activity area, movie screening and more. Free admission.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Appalachian Ski Mountain
, 8pm-12:30am,Blowing Rock
Enjoy torchlight skiing on the slopes, moonlight ice skating, fireworks, breakfast served in the restaurant and fun for the whole family.

New Year’s Eve at Beech Mountain Resort, 
7pm-2am, Beech Mountain
The family-friendly celebration will take place in the View Haus and include ice skating and snow tubing in the resort village, games, prizes and a DJ. Also, the adults-only party will go on in the Beech Tree Bar and Grille, featuring live music, a free photo booth, drink specials, party favors and plenty of dancing.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Fontana Village Resort
, 6pm-12:30am, Fontana Dam
This year’s celebration includes a festive party at the Fontana Village Lodge complete with a gourmet buffet, DJ, dancing, cash bar, champagne toast at midnight, showing of the ball drop on the big screen and extended breakfast hours for a New Year’s Day brunch.

, 7-10pm, Tryon
. Join the residents of this historic town for a nighttime street festival, and watch the ball drop from the clock tower at “Tryon Midnight,” a.k.a. 10pm. The event will also feature children’s activities, warm drinks, live music and food vendors. Free admission.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Tryon International Equestrian Center
, 7pm-1am, Mill Spring
New Year’s Eve at TIEC will feature live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, champagne toasts, party favors, and lodging packages are available.

New Year’s Eve Celebration in Marion, 
9pm-midnight, Main Street, Marion
Ring in the New Year in historic downtown Marion, where the celebration includes music, food, carriage rides and a gold nugget drop. Plus, downtown businesses will be open with their own forms of entertainment, including the McDowell Arts Council’s oldies music and dance floor. Free admission.

CLT New Year’s Eve
, 8pm-midnight, Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte
The Queen City’s official New Year’s Eve celebration is a family-friendly event, featuring fireworks, crafts, music, food trucks, games and the raising of the Charlotte Crown.

Sparkle and Glow New Year’s Eve, 
5-9pm, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont
Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a family-friendly, early event featuring traditions from around the world. A sparkling wine tasting is also available for an additional cost.

First Night Raleigh 2018
, 2pm-midnight, downtown Raleigh
It’s an annual, daylong celebration to welcome the New Year in the state capital. The family-friendly festival features nearly 100 music and art performances across three dozen downtown venues, food vendors, a Ferris wheel, games and concludes with the lowering of the Raleigh Acorn.

New Year’s Eve in Salisbury
, 8pm-midnight, Bell Tower Park, Salisbury
Gather around the historic Bell Tower for festivities including live music, a video feed of Times Square, hot chocolate and other goodies, and the ringing of the bell at midnight. Free admission.

Party in the Pines
, 8pm-1 am, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst
. Pinehurst Resort has hosted New Year’s Eve celebrations since 1895. Grand history and modern elegance meet at this party inside the Carolina Hotel, featuring a dinner buffet, live music by The Band of Oz, dancing, a champagne toast and midnight breakfast buffet. Overnight packages are available.

New Year’s Day – Jan. 1, 2018

Lake Lure New Year’s Day Polar Plunge
, Noon, Lake Lure Beach, Lake Lure
Re-energize for the New Year with a cold plunge into the lake. There will also be a costume contest, cash prizes, hot chocolate, games and fire pits to keep you warm.

New Year’s Resolution Run 5K, 
10am, Pack Square Park, downtown Asheville
. This is the first day of your resolution to get fit in 2018, right? So, run the streets of Asheville (walking is acceptable, too). All ages are welcomed.

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