Celebrate New Year’s Eve at First Night Winchester

WINCHESTER – Experience the excitement of ringing in the New Year with friends, live music and non-alcoholic fun on Sunday with events for the whole family at the 31st First Night Winchester.

A nod to the visual and performing arts, Christine Germeyer, executive director of First Night Winchester, said they expect to see up to 10,000 individuals during the daylong event held at various locations in Winchester.

“I think it’s the combination and variety of events we offer that keeps the community coming back year after year,” Germeyer said. “With over 14 hours of fun, there’s literally something for everyone, kids included.”

Sunday’s holiday celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a new event at Courtyard by Marriott Winchester Medical Center, 300 Marriott Drive. “Morning at the Marriot” will provide free hot cocoa and muffins for the kids and hot coffee for the adults.

Other First Night Winchester activities for the kids include Bert the Nerd, Glitterbugz Face Painting and The Spoon Man.

New events include Red Roots, identical triplet sisters who will perform pop and grass music at 6 p.m.; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday at Market Street United Methodist Church, 131 S. Cameron St., and Ice Lab, who will sculpt ice in front of the Civil War Museum on the Old Town Walking Mall starting at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Dress festive and put on those dancing shoes and head over to Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, 300 Westminster Canterbury Drive, for Yesterday Swing Orchestra beginning at 6 p.m.

Other favorites returning this year include Mutts Gone Nuts, a comedy act featuring 11 talented dogs that were rescued from animal shelters, Robbie Limon and West Wind.

End the evening with dancing, fireworks and the apple drop with emcee Barry Lee and his co-host Katie G. as they lead the crowd in the countdown to 2018.

Germeyer said the best thing about First Night Winchester in her mind is the schedule flexibility.

“Some people try to do everything. But for everyone that’s not always possible. The cost of the button allows you to develop your own schedule,” she said.

“This event is really something that would not of been possible if it wasn’t for the commitment from our community members. But also our members, businesses, civic and city leaders to church’s and the wonderful volunteers,” Germeyer said. “It takes the entire community to make it such a success.”

First Night Winchester 2018 sponsors include McDonald’s, the Village at Orchard Ridge, Piccadilly Printing, and Old Town Winchester.

If You Go

For a full schedule of events and locations, visit firstnightwinchester.com.

Verify hours with individual locations or at the First Night Headquarters, 33 E. Boscawen St. beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.

First Night buttons are $10. Buy them at Apple Blossom Mall Management Office, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Gift Shop, Winchester Book Gallery and Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center.