Whatever you choose to do this New Year's Eve, please remember to drink responsibly and drive safely.
All of Raleigh 's downtown museums are open late on First Night, and they all have special New Year's Eve activities planned for the whole family. Venues all over downtown Raleigh will be open and will each feature unique entertainment, including dancing (some of it participatory), live music, art exhibits and kid's activities. Area restaurants will also be open late and serving special menus.
First Night Raleigh culminates with the dropping of a "giant acorn" at midnight, as well as a fireworks show.
First Light Wake Forest 2009First Light Wake Forest is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event in downtown Wake Forest . Its schedule of events features kid's activities, live music, a climbing wall, karaoke and a fireworks display.
New Year's Eve at the Umstead Hotel and SpaThe Umstead Hotel and Spa , as well as Heron's Restaurant are offering a special eight-course New Year's Eve dinner ($125/person), followed by a countdown to New Years complete with free-flowing champagne.
The dinner can be combined with a hotel stay ($215 with automatic late checkout at 3:00 p.m. on New Year's Day). Guests will receive commemorative champagne flutes.Carolina Hurricanes will be facing off against the Atlanta Thrashers at the RBC Center at 8:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve. Tickets are $25-200. For more information, call 1-866-NHL-CANES