Celebrate the New Year with First Night Virginia

Imagine yourself in the midst of a Christmas crowd, holiday lights glistening above you, lively music echoing down the streets, the energy of your fellow festival attendees, and a hot cup of cocoa in your gloved hands. What a perfect way to ring in the new year, right? You’ve probably already got your Christmas plans under control, but how about New Year’s Eve? Sure, you could sit at home with the family, watching the live TV broadcast and sipping champagne, OR you could do something special this year—First Night Virginia. First Night is a seasonal celebration of both the arts and of Christmastime, and it includes everything from live music to town tours to dancers and jugglers. The Iris Inn just so happens to be situated between two different First Night events, so you’ll have your pick of either one on New Year’s Eve 2014: First Night Virginia 2015, Charlottesville: “First Night Virginia is an annual ‘community celebration of the arts’ that began in Charlottesville in 1982 and is the second oldest First Night in the country.” Enjoy the festivities along the Charlottesville Historic Downtown Mall, where you can also dine at one of the many styles of restaurants and shop at the unique, local stores. And you certainly won’t want to miss out on all of the live performances! Click here for wristband information. First Night Harrisonburg: “Ring in the New Year with thousands of your friends and neighbors at First Night Harrisonburg 2015 on December 31st…To celebrate, we will highlight the arts and bring the community together by transforming retail stores, churches, and downtown businesses into performance venues that showcase local and regional talents.” Take in all of the sights and sounds of the live performers, holiday decorations, and the arrival of 2015. Of course, once you’ve welcomed 2015, you’re going to be a bit tired. Make sure you’ve reserved your room at the Iris Inn so that you have a place to rest your head and wake up refreshed and ready to take on the new year. Ring in 2015 with First Night Virginia!