First Night In Raleigh North Carolina

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On New Year's Eve, there is nothing more famous than the ball drop in Times Square, New York City.

But every year in Raleigh, North Carolina, December 31st has its own celebration that is much less crowded, much more family friendly and considerably warmer than our New York counterparts must endure!

New Year's eve in Raleigh is celebrated with the traditional dropping of the giant acorn. (Raleigh is known as the City of Oaks.)
Nearly 50,000 people attend "First Night" which include concerts, crafts for the kids, comedians, dance, a fabulous parade and so much more.

The Giant Acorn

All the museums are open and this year there will be a "Resolution Tree" where you can write your New Year's resolution on a "leaf" and attach it to the tree. There will also be a Guitar Hero contest where you can test your skills against the reigning national champion, Blake Peebles.
Best of all, there is an early countdown at 7PM so you can bring the kids and let them experience the excitement of New Year's Eve!

The weather is predicted to be cool but clear for the evening. So dress warm, come early and....

Happy New Year!

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Roy A. Peterson
Domicile Analysis of Texas - El Paso, TX

Happy Festivus and you have a Happy New Year to you to Craig.

                                      ~ Life is Good



Dec 30, 2008 01:50 AM #1
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Helping you find your way home.

There's nothing like a giant copper acorn to start your year off right?  Hopefully it'll drive the squirrels nuts.

Happy New Year Craig!

Dec 30, 2008 01:58 AM #2
Daniel J. Brudnok, REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach, REALTORS - Exton - PA License #RS-225179-L / Delaware License #RS-0025038 - Downingtown, PA


Less crowded and family friendly is a much better time as far as I am concerned....Happy New Year.

Dec 30, 2008 02:22 AM #3
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Roy - And all the best to you too in 2009 my friend!

Alan - You haven't lived until you've started the year off with a giant copper acorn dropping! Happy New Year!

Dan - It's a really fun time. Come on down!


Dec 30, 2008 08:45 AM #4
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Craig, so you're the place with the giant acorn.  I read a post recently about all the different New Year celebration and she mentioned the giant acorn.  I'll visit pA where they drop a giant bologna!  Have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Laura G 

Dec 30, 2008 10:16 AM #5
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Laura - That blog you read about it in was from my buddy Cecily Parks. If you're not subscribing to her, you need to. She writes some great stuff!

Dec 30, 2008 10:19 AM #6
Linda Jandura
Raleigh Cary Realty - Apex, NC
Realtor, North Carolina Buyer & Seller Specialist

I'll meet you with all the other squirrels gathering their nuts! Happy New Year!

Dec 30, 2008 11:45 AM #7
Cecily Parks
iMove Group, Knipe Realty NW, Inc. - Salem, OR

Craig: thanks for the kind words about me....I appreciate it! Happy New Year to you and your family! See you in 2009!

Dec 31, 2008 06:15 AM #8
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Linda - Sorry, I'll be meeting with the squirrels and laughing at the nuts!

Cecily - I just call it like I see it! Happy New Year to you and yours!

All the best to one and all in 2009!

Dec 31, 2008 08:14 AM #9
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