Not sure about your plans for New Year's? Why not spend the night at First Night Raleigh? This event is the city's annual New Year's celebration, and it's one of the biggest end-of-year gatherings in North Carolina. Hundreds of people come from all over the area near our homes for sale in Raleigh to attend!
With such big crowds, you'll want to plan ahead for your visit. Here's everything you need to know about First Night Raleigh and what to expect while you're there.
About the Event
First Night Raleigh takes place on December 31st, starting at 2 PM in the area around City Plaza and Fayetteville Street. The event is suitable for all ages and features an early New Year's countdown at 7 PM so the youngest attendees can still enjoy the fun before bed. Later on, Raleigh residents gather in the middle of the City Plaza to watch the annual Acorn Drop and fireworks display at the stroke of midnight.
Music and Shows to Ring in the New Year
First Night's all-day concert series has always been one of the major attractions of the events. Starting at 2 PM and running all the way up to the last few minutes before midnight, attendees can enjoy performances from acclaimed local musicians like Zoe & Cloyd, Zoo Crew, and the Gregg Gelb Jazz Quartet. There's a huge range of musical styles on display in each year's lineup, so keep an ear out for your favorite tunes!
The event also hosts shows and exhibitions by local dance troupes, marching bands, and even stand-up comedians and fire performers. Each show takes place at a specific time in a different area of the event venue. Be sure to check the event schedule beforehand, so you know when and where to catch the groups you're most interested in.
If you have some time to kill in between other activities, you can also check out some of the immersive art projection shows that are on display. These shows are held both indoors and outdoors and are active all night, giving you plenty of time to stop by and enjoy them at your leisure.
Fun For All Ages
First Night Raleigh has plenty of activities to keep you busy too. You'll love taking a spin on amusement park rides like the Ferris Wheel and the Gravitron, a high-intensity spinning flat ride that's sure to please Raleigh's thrill-seekers. You can also spend some time gliding through the flashing lights of the event's disco roller rink or take a ride in one of the old-fashioned horse-drawn sleighs parading around the event space.
If you plan on bringing kids with you, you can take them to the Children's Celebration event area for special activities aimed at the younger crowd. These include arts and crafts, educational demonstrations, and a separate lineup of child-friendly performances. This area is only open until the early countdown at 7 PM, so make sure you head out in time if your kids want to participate.
If you get hungry during your outing, there's also plenty of food and drink available from local vendors around the plaza. Our real estate agents love grabbing some coffee or hot chocolate to warm up while waiting for the Acorn to drop!
First Night Raleigh is just one of the many events that this community enjoys every year. With a home in the area, you can be part of every celebration, big or small. Contact us today, and let us help you find your family's next home in the heart of North Carolina.
The year is drawing to a close, and a new year is on the horizon. This is certainly an occasion to celebrate! New Year's Eve is the perfect opportunity to party with family, friends or a mix of both. If you're hosting, it's wise to start planning before the holiday season gets too busy. Our real estate agents have tips to help you host a New Year's Eve party for the ages.
With the tips above, you can host a New Year's party that will close out 2022 with a bang. If you're still looking for a new home, contact us. We'll help you with your 2023 search for Raleigh properties for sale.
What better way to make your new house feel like home this holiday season than to put up a few lights? You could just string them across the roof, but since you're in a new place, why not try something more elaborate this year? There are plenty of homes for sale in Raleigh with beautiful light displays. Here are a few ideas to get your imagination going.
These are just a few of the ways you can make your home look festive this holiday season. Contact us if you're ready to make Raleigh your new home. Our real estate agents will help you find the perfect house to let your creative spirit fly during the holidays and throughout the year.
The holidays are upon us, and our real estate agents are excited for festive fun around Raleigh!
When you choose Raleigh homes for sale, you can rest assured you will be smack dab in the midst of some of the region's best holiday markets. Holiday markets are typically a grassroots affair where you find artists and crafters from around the state, leading to truly unique holiday gift ideas.
Let's visit just a handful of the amazing holiday markets you can find near Raleigh:
Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities in and around Raleigh.
Before spending a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend eating food and lounging around, there are plenty of fun running events you can attend in the Raleigh area. That's the idea behind Turkey Trots. These long-distance races have become a fun Thanksgiving tradition. But where can you find one to participate in if you've just moved to the Triangle? Here are five great Turkey Trots you can sign up for near Raleigh properties for sale.
The Raleigh area has plenty of fun events going on throughout the year. If you're ready to make Raleigh your new home, contact us! Our real estate agents will help you find a home that meets your needs in a neighborhood you'll love.
If you're spending this holiday season in a new home, our real estate agents think a special celebration is in order. A new home is a perfect excuse to try out some new holiday traditions. Try out these ways to celebrate in your new home or to help you get to know your new neighborhood.
Host a Holiday Housewarming
Everyone loves a festive gathering, so celebrate your new home by hosting a housewarming party filled with holiday cheer. Start by decorating the front of your home with holiday string lights and sparkly tinsel that illuminates the trees. Next, welcome guests with a front walkway lined with candy canes, reindeer, or baskets of poinsettias that lead to a holiday wreath on your front door. When guests step inside, be sure to offer a tour of your new place!
Deck the Halls
Even if you don't plan on hosting a party, you can still decorate your new space! The holiday season is the perfect time to showcase your new home to family and friends, so feel free to deck the halls with special things that create a warm welcome and holiday atmosphere:
Adorn the Christmas tree with bubbling lights, colorful glass ornaments, hand-made keepsakes, a tree-topper, and wrapped gifts
Decorate the mantle with fresh greenery, pine cones, and holly berries
Light up the fireplace with a roaring, warm fire
Put on your favorite holiday playlist
Scatter holiday scented candles throughout the house
Throw holiday quilts over sofas and chairs
Enjoy a Holiday Light Show
Looking for some holiday cheer around town? Raleigh has some amazing holiday light show events you don't want to miss, so bundle up and head to a couple that will fill the night sky with a beautiful holiday glow. If it's your first holiday season calling Raleigh home, stop by these light shows:
Welcome the Holidays with Music
Raleigh is home to one of the country's most beautiful concert halls, The Durham Performing Arts Center. Why not celebrate your new home with a special holiday concert that warms the heart? During December, the Performing Arts Center is hosting 3 wonderful holiday musicals:
Performance times and ticket prices vary by which day you attend. Mark a date on your calendar and purchase your tickets online, but don't procrastinate because tickets go quickly for holiday musicals.
There's no place like home for the holidays! If you're considering buying or selling a home in Raleigh, contact us for information and prices on properties in desired areas.
Time with friends and family is an exciting part of the holiday season. Was your home volunteered for this year's holiday gathering? While hosting an event can be stressful, our real estate agents recommend following these tips to be a great host this holiday season.
Want a home with more space for your holiday events? Contact us today to start your search!
Are you ready to give back to neighbors in need and support the community you love this holiday season? Holiday meals are essential to the experience of the season, and our Turkeys for the Triangle program is focused on providing holiday meals for food-insecure people in the Triangle.
This year, you can help us feed more than 20,000 people in local communities during the holidays. The HPW Foundation partners with a variety of local non-profits, churches, and homeless shelters to distribute turkeys to those in need.
In the 18 years since our Turkeys for the Triangle initiative was founded, it has donated more than 38,000 turkeys and helped feed over 160,000 people for holiday meals. Funds are raised through the sale of $5 raffle tickets during the holiday season, with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the purchase of turkeys.
Turkeys for the Triangle was established by Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Founder and Chairman Don Walston, who said:
"It breaks my heart to know that there are families in our local communities who struggle to put food on the table, especially during the holidays when so many of us are celebrating with special meals. Turkeys for the Triangle is our answer to that sad reality; it is a way our company, our clients, and our kind neighbors can give to the greater good, to feed those in need."
How to Contribute to Turkeys for the Triangle
Throughout the holiday season, our HPW team will be selling $5 raffle tickets to support Turkeys for the Triangle. Are you ready to lend a helping hand, and help a community member create holiday memories this year?
It's easy to purchase your tickets today online, and we appreciate your support! Tickets are available now at our Turkeys for the Triangle website for $5 dollars each or 5 tickets for $20, with some outstanding prizes available for raffle winners.
Turkeys for the Triangle 2021 Raffle Prizes
With each raffle ticket that you purchase, you will gain an entry to win one of the many great prizes available this year:
Grand Prize: Trip for Two to Destination of Choice (Up to $2,000 Value)
6-month Membership to Winc.com Wine Club
Tandem Sky Diving for Two
Apple Watch Series 6
$500 Target Gift Card
65" Flat Screen TV
Are you thinking of selling your home during the holiday season? While this is a busy time of year, it can actually be a great time to sell. If you stage your home appropriately for the holidays, the cozy, celebratory vibe can really appeal to potential buyers. Our real estate agents have plenty of tips for staging a home at the most wonderful time of the year.
There are plenty of buyers looking for Raleigh homes for sale around the holidays. If you're thinking about selling your home this season, keep the staging tips above in mind. Contact us to learn more about our real estate services and how our agents can make selling easier.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and our real estate agents want to help you make the most of it. Mark your calendar for these exciting holiday events taking place in December around the Triangle.
Where is your perfect Triangle home for the holidays? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston for help with your year-round real estate needs.
October is in full swing, meaning it's time to make your Halloween plans. If your evening includes a trick-or-treating session, our real estate agents suggest following these guidelines to ensure that all your little ghosts and goblins remain safe:
Reading is a wonderful way to gain new perspectives on familiar topics. Not only is the Triangle a desired location that people want to move to, writers often use this area as a backdrop for their novels. See the Triangle through new eyes in these books that our real estate agents will be reading to celebrate Book Lovers Day on August 9th.
The holiday season seems to fly by, and it's easy to get caught up in all of the festivities. Unfortunately, between the shopping and parties, many of us lose sight of the real spirit of the season. This is a special time of the year symbolized by good tidings and cheer. Our real estate agents encourage you to give the gift of compassion, kindness, and charity this holiday season by giving back to our Raleigh communities.
We hope you take a moment this holiday season to express your kindness to those in need. Remember, every act, no matter how small, can make a huge impact on someone's life. As always, feel free to contact us if you need assistance selling or buying Raleigh homes for sale.
With the holiday season in full swing, it's time to select a Christmas tree for your home. A real Christmas tree is a charming option that instantly lends a festive touch to your space. Our real estate agents know that a home with gorgeous decorations appeals to potential buyers.
Not only does a real Christmas tree fill your home with the seasonal smell of pine, but it helps support the local businesses who grew, transported, and sold the tree. Here are some guidelines to follow to help you pick the best Christmas tree for your home.
Want a home with more space for holiday decorations? Contact us today to explore your options!
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