If you live near Hartford, Conn. and don’t feel like toasting in the New Year then head downtown. That’s where the “real party” is! Hartford is gearing up to celebrate its 22nd First Night New Year’s Eve Party. This fantastic non-alcoholic, artistic array of events leaves no one wanting for anything.
This year’s multi-city event includes 20 venues and more than 30 entertainers and events. Included are two fireworks events held in Bushnell Park, one at 6 p.m. and another heralding in the New Year at midnight.
From 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., kids rule in the Old State House on Main Street. Among the many events planned to keep smiles on their faces are colorful things painted on their faces and balloons sculpted into animals. A scavenger hunt is planned, with every child participating getting a prize. Historic bingo is set to take place in the House of Representatives chamber at 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
It’s Music to My Ears
They will be dancing in the streets – literally. Damon Scott and the WTIC 96.5 Street Team is set to break out the tunes from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. and again at 10:00 p.m. until the magic hour of midnight.
If sitting and watching is more your style, then check out John Wallace Middle School Show Choir perform oldies and top 40s with shows beginning at 2:15 and 3:15 p.m. in the Charter Oak Cultural Center on Charter Oak Avenue. These are just samplings of the many musical choices.
Ride A Horse
Climb on the back of carousel horse or into the carriage of horse drawn one, both will be available at Bushnell Park. The historic Stein and Goldstein carousel rides are free with the First Night wristband and start at 2 p.m. Tour Bushnell Park from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in a carriage for an additional $3.00 per person.
There’s So Much More
When you get hungry the Food Court near the Old State House will be open until 9:00 p.m. Many of Hartford’s fine restaurants will be as well. Several hotels are also offering specials packages for First Night revelers. And, parking, though always a premium, should not prove to be much of problem with several lots available and CT Transit operating throughout the area.
Wristbands for the events are $10 for adults, $2 for children 15 and under, with free admission for children two and under. They are available now online at First Night’s website and several area locations such as Whole Foods, AAA and CBT Bank.
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