First Night Williamsburg is an evening that welcomes children, families and visitors. This New Year’s Eve event celebrates our cultural and artistic community throughout Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg City and on the campus of the College of William & Mary. Thousands attend this family friendly, non-alcoholic celebration, and if you’ve never attended First Night Williamsburg, (VA) you don’t know what you’re missing!
Public buildings, churches, theaters, and classrooms at the College of William and Mary are turned into performance venues to showcase incredible local and regional talent. As a non-profit organization, First Night Williamsburg relies on button sales to cover the expenses and the cost of a button is only $15 per person (and children under 6 are free). The button gives access to all the entertainment, more than 30 performances – everything within easy-walking distances. And Williamsburg celebrates the dawning of a new year, at midnight, with a spectacular fireworks display at Zable Stadium, at the College of William & Mary.
Always a centerpiece of First Night Williamsburg, The Children’s Program begins the day’s entertainment, running 3pm – 7pm, at Matthew Whaley Elementary School. Kolonial Klowns, a magician, and a puppeteer are part of the stellar family entertainment at Matthew Whaley. At 7pm, the children’s fireworks are set off and then the adult entertainment starts – which all happens to be family friendly and alcohol free (and children are welcome – should you want them there!).
Enjoy Williamsburg’s finest professional entertainers: comedians, singers, instrumentalists, magicians, storytellers, puppeteers, acrobats, face painters, jugglers, clowns, bands, and the MUSIC: Celtic, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, Storytelling, Classical, Gospel, Blues, Jazz, Shag, Patriotic, Country, and a Big Band orchestra. First Night has it all! Be aware that the 2014 button provides admission to every show, on a first come, first served basis. Some venues will have you leave at the end of a performance to get back into line for the next performance because of the venue sizes, so study the program carefully and have a back-up plan should your performance be “sold out.”
The full program (to include the schedule, a list of artists, food locations, transportation route, and a color coded map of all venues) can be found here. This celebration makes hearts sing, hands clap, feet stomp, bodies dance, faces smile, children laugh and spirits soar. With more stages and entertainers than ever before and continuous performances from early in the evening until fireworks at midnight, it’s an event for all ages. It’s all great fun, affordable, safe and all venues are alcohol free. Make your plans now to join your friends, family, and friends-to-be, at First Night Williamsburg, on December 31st, 2013.
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