Cary, NC — If you don’t already have plans for New Year’s Eve, check out this list of things to do in Cary. From specials at bars to events at hotels, there is something in town for everyone’s taste.
Your Guide to New Year’s Eve 2015 in Cary
This list of events features a wide range of options–Cary offers celebrations for all ages from casual to elegant. The events are sorted by type, so take a look to go ahead and firm up your plans! Just remember to have fun and stay safe.
Doherty’s Irish Pub, 1979 High House Road, Cary. The pub will feature DJ George for New Year’s Eve and, of course, lots of great food and drink. An $80 fee per couple includes a four course meal, a champagne toast, and live entertainment with DJ George at 10 pm. Seats are limited, so call 919-388-9930 to reserve.
UnVined Wine Bar, 201 W. Chatham Street, Suite 103, Cary. This classy downtown wine bar is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash. For $25 a person, guests will enjoy party favors, a midnight champagne toast, appetizers, and entertainment by the Andy Hawks Jazz Band. Interested? Make reservations online or call 919-481-0881.
Mac’s Tavern, 1014 Ryan Road, Cary. The tavern is ringing in the new year with a party kicking off at 9 pm. A $10 cover will include party favors, a jello shot toast at midnight, and live music by The Band featuring John Custer.
Rally Point Sport Grill, 1837 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary. The grill’s New Year’s Eve Party will feature safe rides for patrons, a live band (The Amateur’s), and, of course, lots of delicious food.
Chef’s Palette, 3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary. This restaurant and bar will ring in the new year with The West Street Band and a special a la carte menu–complete with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Dining reservations are recommended; call 919-267-6011.
Academy Street Bistro, 200 S. Academy Street, Cary. This restaurant is the perfect place for a date night. For $62 a person, the bistro’s new year’s dinner and champagne toast includes a variety of gourmet options and a dessert trio. Call 919-377-0509 for reservations.
An, 2800 Renaissance Park Place, Cary. Bring in 2015 with an elegant dinner at An–there will be a tasting menu at $75 a person and a wine pairing at $25 a person. Some of the entrees offered include roasted duck and seven-spiced sea bass. Call 919-677-9229 for reservations.
For Kids & Families
Jellybean’s Super Skate Center, 1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh. This popular rollerskating rink is hosting a special “Roll the Bean” New Year’s celebration. A $20 admission covers skate rentals and 1 roll of toilet paper–at midnight, there will be a countdown, a balloon drop, and everyone will toilet paper the inside of Jellybeans. Festivities begin at 8 pm.
Tribute Pizza Place, 107 Edinburgh South Drive, Cary. This is the perfect night out for families who want to celebrate the new year. Tribute’s Masquerade Party for Kids will feature a magic show at 6 pm, Disney trivia, and a masquerade costume contest for the little ones. There will also be activities, prizes, and a $18.95 special that includes a large pizza and a pitcher of soda.
Buffalo Lanes, 151 High House Road, Cary. Families can ring in the new year at Buffalo lanes with special packages that include shoe rental, bowling, and more. There will be a special countdown to 2015, and prices and packages vary by location. It all kicks off at 10 pm.
Hotels and Convention Centers
The Umsted Hotel, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. The hotel is hosting an elegant New Year’s Eve Celebration starting at 9:30 pm and continuing into the morning hours of the new year. Guests must be over 21 years of age and, while black tie dress is optional, jacket and tie are required. Tickets are $185 per guest; call 919-447-4000 for reservations.
Fitness Challenges and Runs
Bringing in the new year is fun, but many of us also look forward to this time to make new resolutions and give back to the community–and to ourselves. A few Cary fun runs and fitness challenges may be just the way to do this. Just check the dates–only one run is actually on New Year’s Eve.
The Miracle League Midnight 5K Run/Walk
Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 11:45 pm
at the Cary Towne Center Food Court, Cary
In its 5th year, this event benefits the Miracle League of the Triangle. This Run in the New Year (or RITNY) includes both a 5K and a 1.5 mile fun run along with a family-friendly celebration for all participants, regardless of ability. The race begins at the food court and continues through a well-lit course. Register online.
Hot Chocolate Run and SPCA Doggie Dash
Sunday, January 4, 2015, 10 am-12 pm
at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary
This event, back by popular demand, allows runners (and their dogs) to choose from a recreational and competitive 5K, a recreational mile, or a “sleep in” run. All runners that reach the end receive hot chocolate in a beautiful mug that they can take home after the race.
The run, brought to Cary by Fit & Able, encourages families to be healthy and have fun together–and it also benefits the Wake County SPCA. Registration closes January 3, 2015, so check out their website for fees and to sign up.
Across the Triangle
First Night, Downtown Raleigh. Each year the Raleigh Acorn is lowered to ring in the new year at midnight on December 31, 2014–but you can also purchase a $10 “All Day Pass” to gain access to the many performances and venues open throughout the day and evening. These passes can be purchased at Harris Teeter stores, Rite Aid Pharmacies, and online at etix.
Bull City New Year’s Eve, 1101 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham. This exciting, carnival-themed celebration at The Cookery in Downtown Durham will feature music by DJ Elbruque and a variety of food stations including hot doughnuts, artisan sliders, corn dogs, a champagne toast, and an open bar. Festivities start at 8 pm, and tickets are $80/person or $150/pair. A portion of ticket sales benefits the Food Back; call 919-933-1551 to purchase.
New Year’s Eve 2015 at the Pittsboro Road House, 39 W. Street, Downtown Pittsboro. Starting at 9 pm, guests can enjoy the NC Revelers Orchestra, a heavy Hors D’Oeuvres buffet, and a champagne toast at midnight. Reserve your spot by calling 919-542-2432.
Happy New Year from CaryCitizen
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Guide by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Nana B Agyei.