Celebrate 250 Kickoff
First Night 2012 also serves as the kickoff event for the City of Charlottesville's year-long 250th anniversary celebration.
The Celebrate250 events New Year's Eve on the Downtown Mall include a photo exhibit of the city's history at 4 p.m., a scavenger hunt exploring the city's history and an official kickoff ceremony at 6 p.m.
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December 28, 2011
First Night Virginia 2012 is shaping up to be a night of firsts. A laser show, bowl game watch party and 5K race will all be part of the annual New Year's Eve celebration on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.
It all begins at 11 a.m. with the First Night 5K, sponsored by the Charlottesville Running Company. That will be followed by a Lasertainment laser light show at 7 p.m. at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion and the Chick-fil-A Bowl watch party when the Cavaliers take on the Tigers at 7:30 p.m.
"We are working with Comcast to get a really good signal at the Pavilion. It will be projected on a big screen and we'll have nice audio and seats for people," said Charlottesville Spokesman Ric Barrick. "It's free to the public and you don't need a [First Night] wristband to come."
Another Lasertainment show will start at 11:45 p.m. and lead up to the midnight ball drop.
From puppet shows to stand-up comedy to live music, Barrick says there's something for everyone. "You can come down with your kids and map your own agenda, but you can also come down individually as an adult and have a great time on Saturday," he said.
Wristbands can be purchased online or at the following retail outlets (through Dec. 30):
Blue Ridge Mountain Sports - Barracks Road
Carpet Plus - McIntire Plaza
Charlottesville Running Company - Downtown Mall
F Stop Photo - Seminole Square
Paramount Theater - Downtown Mall
Plan 9 - Seminole Square
Timberlake's Drug Store - Downtown Mall
Virginia Discovery Museum - Downtown Mall
Volvo of Charlottesville - Ivy Road
On December 31, wristbands are available only at the Omni Hotel.
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