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Christmas is gone and New Year’s is coming. Here’s the line up for Charlotte’s annual NYE celebration First Night. First Night consists of kids activities during the day and more family-friendly fun that evening.

First Night Kids is 12 – 5 p.m. in the following locations: NASCAR Hall of Fame, Outdoor terrace of Charlotte Convention Center, Bechtler Museum, Mint Museum, The Green, and the main stage at Levine Avenue of the Arts.

Festivities resume at 8 p.m. at The Green with live music and other entertainment concluding with a finale by The Atlanta Party Band and hoop dancer Spiral.

Check out the full line-up below!

FIRST NIGHT KIDS LINE-UP:

12-12:30pm

Fireman Jim: NASCAR Hall of Fame

Chris Thompson & The Cultural Ensemble: The Green Lower Tier: Dance Tent

12-12:45pm

Percussion Petting Zoo: The Green: Upper Tier

12-4:00pm

Caricatures by Lena: Outdoor Terrace @ Convention Center

Cara Zara- Hoop: Outdoor Terrace @ Convention Center

Caroline Calouche-Aerial: Outdoor Terrace @ Convention Center

Ronald Shoe: Outdoor Terrace @ Convention Center

McDonald’s Apple Dippers: Outdoor Terrace @ Convention Center

The Sidewalk Juggler: MLK Street & Lower Plaza Strolling Performers

The Magic of Caleb Sigmon: MLK Street & Lower Plaza Strolling Performers

The Cloers: MLK Street & Lower Plaza Strolling Performers

Tom Phlegar- Strolling Banjo: MLK Street & Lower Plaza Strolling Performers

Blue Creations Balloon Artist: MLK Street & Lower Plaza Strolling Performers

CBS Activations- Red Carpet Photo & Mural: Mint Plaza

12-4:30pm

Thistledown Tinkers: Bechtler Lobby

Crown Town- Decorate a crown for the midnight countdown! NASCAR Hall of Fame Great Hall

Dana & Susan Robinson: NASCAR Hall of Fame Great Hall

Kay Shade Puppets: Gantt Center

Play Play: Wells Fargo Atrium

Percussion Petting Zoo: The Green: Upper Tier

12-11:00pm

WBT Ice Rink! FREE skate rental with First Night wristband!

12:15-12:45pm

Dynamo: The Green: Middle Tier-Kids Performance Stage

The Story Ship: Mint Museum

12:30-1:00pm

Fettucini Brothers: Convention Center Stage-MLK Street

Caroline Calouche- Aerial: Convention Center Stage-MLK

12:45-1:15pm

Ronald Show: NASCAR Hall of Fame

Triple Toe Cloggers: The Green: Lower Tier- Dance Tent

1-1:30pm

Magic by Glen: Convention Center Stage- MLK

Jump Rope: The Green: Middle Tier- Kids Performance Stage

Tarradiddle Players: Mint Museum Theatre

1-4:00pm

Kids Dance Party- Jami Masters & Drex: Main Stage @ Levine Avenue of the Arts

1:15-2:00pm

Percussion Petting Zoo: The Green: Upper Tier

1:30-2:00pm

Fireman Jim: NASCAR Hall of Fame Theatre

Strength & Elegance: Convention Center Stage- MLK

Caroline Calouche- Aerial: Convention Center Stage-MLK

Hung GAR Academy The Green: Lower Tier

1:45-2:15pm

Sweetbriar Jam: The Green: Middle Tier- Kids Performance Stage

The Story Ship: Mint Museum Theatre

2-2:30pm

Hardin Minor: Convention Center Stage- MLK

2:15-2:45pm

Ronald Show: NASCAR Hall of Fame Theatre

Chris Thompson & The Cultural Ensemble: The Green: Lower Tier

2:30-3:00pm

Fettucini Brothers: Convention Center Stage- MLK

Dynamo: The Green: Middle Tier- Kids Performance Stage

Tarradiddle Players: Mint Museum Theatre

Caroline Calouche- Aerial: Convention Center Stage-MLK

2:30-3:15pm

Percussion Petting Zoo: The Green: Upper Tier

3-3:30pm

Fireman Jim: NASCAR Hall of Fame Theatre

Magic by Glen: Convention Center Stage- MLK

Triple Toe Cloggers: The Green: Lower Tier

3:15-3:45pm

Jump Rope: The Green: Middle Tier- Kids Performance Stage

The Story Ship: Mint Museum Theatre

3:30-4:00pm

Strength and Elegance: Convention Center Stage- MLK

Caroline Calouche- Aerial: Convention Center Stage-MLK

3:45-4:15pm

Ronald Show: NASCAR Hall of Fame Theatre

Hung GAR Academy The Green: Lower Tier

3:45-4:30pm

Percussion Petting Zoo: The Green: Upper Tier

4-4:30pm

Sweetbriar Jam: The Green: Middle Tier- Kids Performance Stage

Tarradiddle Players Mint Museum Theatre

4-5:00pm

Hyundai Sonata Car Giveaway and KIDS COUNTDOWN! Main Stage- Levine Avenue of the Arts

8-11pm EVENING ACTIVITIES

First Night Evening Activities will take place at The Green from 8-11:00pm! Colombian classical guitarist extraordinaire, Ari Quiroga Nieto ensnares his listeners in a wonderful world chock full of melody & infectious vibes. With performances around the globe & a national presence in Spain & Colombia, he has slowly become one of the elite performers within the classical guitar circuit. Come to The Green: Lower Tier Dance Tent and check him out! Aris will perform from 8-8:30pm, 9-9:30pm and 10-10:30pm.

Are you ready to dance and have fun? Come to the novelty tent at The Green: Middle Tier! Dance with your friends and family as we celebrate the end of 2011 and the start of 2012. For those wanting to look festive for the midnight countdown we will have crowns for everyone to decorate! Remember the night by getting your picture taken in a photo booth, a flip book of silly pictures taken or sing with friends with our Dance Heads area!

Also performing with 3 30 minute shows from 8:30-11:00pm is Steve Gryb, an internationally recognized and innovative award-winning guitarist, multi-percussionist, jazz and contemporary music performer with over 30 years experience entertaining audiences of all ages. Steve will be performing at The Green: Upper Tier. There will be games, fun and more!

10pm-12:30am COUNTDOWN TO MIDNIGHT, HEADLINE BAND THE ATLANTA PARTY BAND PLUS HOOP DANCER SPIRAL!

Midnight Finale Countdown

It’s time to party like it’s 2012!! Headline Atlanta Party Band will perform from 10pm-12:30am on the main stage at Levine Avenue of the Arts! This is a dynamic eight piece band. Four singers out front- two girls and two guys plus a four-piece band: keyboards, guitar, drums and saxophone.

The two beautiful ladies on the front-line are excellent vocalists with dance moves to match! The two guys are professional and experienced with incredible singing abilities. They have performed extensively overseas in Asia and Europe as well as touring with Sweet Sinsation, Tommy Paige, The Time, Stevie Wonder, Cameo, Jodece, KC&Jo-Jo and P-Diddy. Their music features all the decades from the swing era to today’s hottest hits, with a special emphasis on the great party music of Motown, the seventies and eighties party rock.

Also performing on the main stage from 10pm-12:30am is contemporary hoop dancer, Spiral Part whirling dervish, acrobat, modern dancer, object manipulator, yogi and ninja, Spiral has been on the cutting edge of this emerging movement practice for almost a decade, transforming a child’s toy and fitness tool into an art form. Spiral will be performing at the Mint Plaza!

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