First Night Virginia tickets are now on sale at www.firstnightva.org.
The alcohol-free New Year’s Eve celebration, now in its 29th year, takes place at venues across downtown Charlottesville, and this year tickets take the form of wristbands. The wristband will offer its holder admission to all First Night events.
Collectors who enjoyed the admittance buttons of years past will still be able to purchase 29th First Night buttons for $1.
Events run from 3 p.m. until after midnight, and include performances ranging from music to juggling to comedy, as well as participatory activities such as dance lessons and carnival rides. The Kid Fest offers young First Nighters inflatables, face painting, crafts, storytelling and Kamp Kreatures’ life-size puppets.
Most performances will be inside, but the evening will include a processional down the mall, leading to a bubble wrap stomp, fire dancing and a laser light show, all preceding the midnight ball drop at the Charlottesville Pavilion.
Through the month of November, wristbands will be available for $10 for adults. Dec. 1 through 30, prices rise to $15, and on Dec. 31 wristbands will cost $18 and be available only at the Omni Charlottesville Hotel.
Tickets for children ages 6 through 15 are $5 at all times, and those 5 and younger are admitted free. Discounts are available for family packages of four. No refunds will be offered.
Residents can earn free admission by volunteering to prepare for or staff the event, and can sign up by visiting www.firstnightva.org or contacting Billie Dietz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 975-8269.