Is it really time to start making New Year’s Eve Plans? It seems like 2016 came and went in the blink of an eye, but in just a few weeks the countdown for 2017 will begin. If you’re not at one of the best New Year’s parties in Charlotte, you’ll be missing out! Don’t wait until the last minute to start planning.
We’re sharing our list of our favorite Charlotte hot spots for your New Year’s celebrations. We’ll tell you what to do and where to go, including a few restaurants and hotels so you can enjoy yourself to the fullest without worrying about making it home safely at the end of the night.
If your New Year’s Eve plans aren’t set in stone, keep reading for inspiration!
Romare Bearden Park
300 S Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
CLT New Year’s Eve is the City of Charlotte’s official NYE celebration. Held in Uptown’s Romare Bearden Park, it’s an alcohol-free, family-friendly celebration that is fun for all ages. Count down the end of 2016 with tons of live entertainment, kid-friendly fun, food and, most importantly, fireworks. If the little ones won’t make it to midnight, head to the kids’ countdown earlier in the day.
210 E Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
One of the coolest places to be this New Year’s is at Howl at the Moon Charlotte. Howl at the Moon is throwing a one-of-a-kind NYE celebration for guests ages 21 and up. There are five different budget-friendly ticket packages to choose from that offer a range of perks. A standing room only, general admission ticket includes:
- Guaranteed entry and no wait at the door
- Open bar from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Champagne toast at midnight
- Guests must arrive after 9 p.m.
The Big Shot ticket is more expensive and includes:
- Guaranteed reserved rail seating
- Open bar from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
- Buffet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Champagne toast at midnight
- Party favors
- Guests must arrive between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Pricing for Howl at the Moon Charlotte is subject to increase the closer we get to New Year’s Eve, so don’t wait to get your tickets!
New Year’s Dining Spots
If you plan on grabbing a bite to eat this New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to make a reservation. Blue Restaurant in Uptown will be serving dinner all night. You may even want to stick around for the live music and midnight champagne toast. Carpe Diem Restaurant in Elizabeth will be featuring a special New Year’s Eve menu. $55 will get each member of your party a delicious three-course meal.
Or, kick off 2017 by giving back when you dine at The King’s Kitchen in the heart of downtown. You’ll enjoy their Haute Southern fare even more knowing that you’re giving back: the non-profit restaurant donates 100 percent of their profits from sales to feed those in Charlotte who struggle with food insecurity. What better way to start the New Year?
New Year’s Lodging Options
Since it’s safe to say that many Charlotteans will be enjoying several cocktails throughout the night, it’s wise to have a plan in place when the evening is over. Relax and get ready in your room before grabbing a Charlotte car service to whisk you off to the festivities and get you home safely. Stay at The Dunhill Hotel, a charming boutique hotel in downtown. The Omni Hotel, Aloft Charlotte Uptown, and Le Meridien also offer luxe accommodations that will help you start 2017 on the right note.
Now that you have everything you need to put together a fully stacked itinerary, you’re sure to have a New Year’s you’ll remember for years to come. Drink responsibly and make it a safer night by reserving a Charlotte car service for the evening. Let our professional chauffeurs take you to and from the festivities, so you can relax and have fun with friends and family.
*Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in November 2015. However, it has since been updated to reflect the most accurate information.