The first moments of the new year set the stage for how we experience the earth’s next trip around the sun. Whether you like a quieter evening or an active one, we’ve got our annual guide for how to ring in New Years 2024 in Charlotte NC. Be safe, cheers, and we’ll see you in 2024.
NEW YEARS 2024 IN CHARLOTTE NC: GET ACTIVE
Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K
Kickstart your New Year with an invigorating experience that promises fun and fulfillment for all. The Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K on January 1st at 10 am welcomes runners and walkers alike. Participants will run through the picturesque greenways of University City. Eventually, they will end at the UNC Charlotte campus near Robert Snyder Drive for post-race celebration.
Enjoy live music, savor a delectable brunch, sip on warm beverages, and toast to your achievements with a refreshing beer. The Charlotte New Year’s Day 5K also proudly supports the University City Foundation. This is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing community development, fostering community bonds, and creating remarkable places in the University City market area.
5K at The Whitewater Center
Start the year right by signing up for the Whitewater Center’s annual 5K and 5 Mile Trail Race. Runners can choose between the two races, both of which will start on New Year’s Eve at 11 pm and end on New Year’s Day by 1 am. There’s no better way to get on top of your resolutions.
The Whitewater Center offers 1,300 acres of recreation perfect for family, couple, or solo activities right here in Charlotte, NC. Registration for the New Year’s Eve race includes a celebratory drink of champagne or grape juice to celebrate your accomplishment! Pre-register by December 18th for a race day t-shirt. Headlamps are required to light your path as you compete within your age bracket or race for fun.
NEW YEARS 2024 IN CHARLOTTE NC: GET CULTURED
CLT NYE at Levine Avenue of the Arts
Have a night to remember with the whole family by celebrating New Year’s Eve with the city of Charlotte. CLT NYE presented by Ally is the best way to ring in the New Year. This annual, free Charlotte tradition is back to celebrate the start of 2024! CLT NYE includes a DJ, live music, the lighting of the Queen City crown, and a huge CLT NYE fireworks display starting at midnight. In fact, this is the only place to catch fireworks in Uptown on NYE. Join in on Tryon Street at Levine Avenue of the Arts starting at 8 p.m. December 31st.
The Avetts at PNC
Ring in the new year with 10,000 strangers and one legendary band. Concord boys turned Grammy winners, The Avett Brothers have played a New Year’s Eve concert in North Carolina every year for almost a decade. Catch them this New Year’s Eve at PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC on Sunday, December 31, 2023.
Middle C Jazz Club Presents…
The Middle C Jazz Club is one of the Queen City’s best-kept secrets. This swanky Uptown venue will celebrate with The Voltage Brothers on December 31 at 7 pm and 10 pm. The high performing group will bring in R&B, swing, beach music, disco, funk hip-hop, jazz, motown, and more. Voltage Brothers has performed at the Atlanta Olympics, multiple presidential inaugurations, and nine Super Bowls. Groove with the band on a designated dance floor. Then, pause at midnight to watch the Times Square ball drop and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast.
Cirque Du Soleil’s BAZZAR
If you’re looking for a family event, the Cirque Du Soleil show is an experience you don’t want to miss. These shows are recognized worldwide for the unbelievable performance of acrobats, dancers and the crew who work hard to create a spectacle unlike anything else. Starting December 16 and running through January 14, Cirque Du Soleil will be bringing its show Bazzar into Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is a perfect way to enjoy a different type of New Year’s Eve activity.
NYE at The Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium
Have you ever wondered how the rest of the world celebrates New Year’s Eve? Bring your whole family to Gastonia, NC for a unique experience at The Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium. This limited exhibit will include activities, snacks, and cool ways to learn about New Year’s Eve traditions that happen all over the world. On Dec. 31, the doors to this museum will open at 10 a.m., just an hour before Japan’s New Year is celebrated inside. Make sure to join before the museum closes its doors at 5 p.m.
NEW YEARS 2024 IN CHARLOTTE NC: REJUVENATE
The Spa at Old Edwards
Welcome renewal and relaxation this New Year’s by booking a spa getaway. Escape to chic mountain town Highlands, North Carolina to book a stay at The Spa at Old Edwards Inn. Treating your body to a fresh start is one of the best things you can do for it. And what better time to indulge than the fresh start of the New Year!
New Year’s Eve High Tea 2023
Looking for a fun, relaxing activity that will allow you to reflect on the last year and what’s to come? Collect your tickets for the New Years Eve High Tea 2023. This is an hour-long event that invites all people to celebrate and embrace the last moments of the year at the Historic Sharpe House at South Center Street in Statesville. Throughout this event, the organization will be offering freshly brewed black tea, along with champagne during the day. A raffle will also take place throughout the event. It’s ideal for all ages.
Relax at The Biltmore
Celebrate New Year’s in one of North Carolina’s most impressive estates. Located in Asheville, The Biltmore Estate is the perfect place to welcome the new year and celebrate like no other with exclusive access to the grounds, midnight fireworks, and a carefully prepared four-course dinner in the grand Dining Room. Add to your stay by booking an exclusive New Year’s Day wellness and mindfulness session to start the new year feeling your best. With several unique and immersive packages offered through January, there won’t be any shortage of experience during your stay.
NEW YEARS 2024 IN CHARLOTTE NC: PARTY DOWN
Gatsby House 2024: New Years Eve Celebration
Are you looking for a little party that will help you kick-off the new year in a different way? Tickets for the Gatsby House 2024: New Years Eve Celebration are selling quickly, so make sure you secure your place at the exclusive New Years party at the Hilton Charlotte Uptown Hotel. This Gatsby-inspired event invites people to join in the celebration starting Dec. 31 at 8:00 p.m. until Jan. 1 at 1:00. If you are looking for a 5-hour prepaid bar, good music to dance to and a great place to mingle, this is exactly where you should be celebrating the incoming 2024 year.
Rich & Bennet’s NYE Bash
If you are looking for a traditional Charlotte New Year’s Eve party, you cannot miss out on Rich & Bennett’s NYE Bash. The doors to this party open every Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. and do not close until after midnight. Tickets usually sell out so make sure to get yours: Prices range from $85 to $140.
Kilted Buffalo Plaza Midwood
If you are a football fan, make sure to stop by Kilted Buffalo Plaza Midwood for a day full of watching playoff bowl games followed by a New Year’s Eve party with a DJ. Located on Central Ave, this pub hosts NFL fans to join in their watch party to several end of year games. If you are looking for a casual place with food and people to share the excitement with, this is the spot.
Sycamore bills its New Year’s Eve celebration as the most laidback New Year’s Eve event in Charlotte. With no dress code and no tickets, it’s the perfect place to sip on a Mountain Candy and come as you are.
NEW YEARS 2024 IN CHARLOTTE NC: DINE OUT IN STYLE
If you are celebrating New Years Eve with someone special in your life, you may want to start planning for the perfect place to have dinner that night. Located at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, Mariposa opens its doors for guests to cheers on the closure of yet another year. Mariposa is great whether you are looking for a nice meal or just great drinks, and its central location ensures easy access to whatever the rest of your night holds.
Another more casual restaurant option to spend the last night of the year in is STIR Charlotte. This place offers food from both Mexican and Peruvian cuisines and a large variety of craft cocktails to choose from. Make sure to book your reservation ahead of time; this restaurant will open its doors from 11 a.m. through 1 a.m.
The Cellar at Duckworth’s
The Cellar at Duckworth’s is also a great place to enjoy food as you enter the new year. Located in Center City, the underground gastropub is equipped with exposed brick walls, low ceilings, and of course, speakeasy vibes. It’s the perfect date night spot for the last evening of the year.