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Friday December 31st

New Year’s Noon

Children’s Museum of Wilmington, 116 Orange St, Wilmington, NC 28401 |Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm | Details

The Children’s Museum of Wilmington presents New Year’s Noon featuring streamer sticks, glittery slime, crafts, singing and dancing, apple juice toast, and an epic confetti toss at noon in the courtyard. Tickets are $5-$9.75

Footloose: The Musical

Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401, USA | Friday 2:00pm | Details

Opera House Theatre Company presents Footloose: The Musical at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC.

FREE! Island of Lights New Year Celebration

Ocean Front Park, 105 Atlantic Ave, Kure Beach, NC 28449 | Fri Dec 31st 9:00pm | Details

The Island of Lights New Year Celebration in Kure Beach features a family-friendly event with a DJ and dancing, refreshments, party favors available for purchase, and a giant beach ball dropped at midnight followed by fireworks. The raffle winner takes home the original artwork for the Island of Lights Christmas card and ornament. Please note: Festivities subject to change due to Covid.

New Year’s Eve Gala

Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC 28401 | Fri Dec 31st 7:00pm | Details

The New Year’s Eve Gala at Thalian Hall in downtown Wilmington, NC, features dinner, drinks, dessert and Opera House Theatre Company’s production of Footloose: The Musical. After the show ring in 2022 with a live DJ, dancing, karaoke, and a champagne toast.

Saturday January 1st

Wrightsville Plunge

Wrightsville Beach, 703 South Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 | Sat Jan 1st 11:00am - 3:00pm | Details

Join us at Wrightsville Beach on January 1st and kick off your New Year by Plungin’ for a Purpose! The 7th Wrightsville Plunge benefits Communities in Schools of Cape Fear. This year you can participate in either the socially distanced plunge on the beach, or with the virtual plunge at the location of your choosing. Festivities begin on the beach at 11:00 and the Plunges will take place at Noon and 12:30. OR….join the virtual plunge on your own time. Register individually, or form, join, or donate to a team today! If you don’t want to plunge but you still want to watch the fun, all are welcome! We will also be kicking off our after-party at South End Surf Shop immediately after the first plunge. There will be live music by The Swellians, bites from Trolly Stop Food Truck, brews from Wilmington Brewing Company, and so much more! However you choose to participate we can’t wait to start the New Year with YOU!

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