Make your way to Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town for a dazzling holiday spectacle, complete with fantastic live shows, more than 5 million twinkling lights and delicious treats like peppermint fudge hot chocolate. Note: The Park does close at 10pm on New Year’s Eve. Still, strolling through Christmas Town is a great way to spend the last day of 2012.
First Night is another great way for families to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Williamsburg. This is the 20th annual year for First Night, which touts itself as alcohol free and kid-friendly. Festivities will begin around 6pm on December 31st, although a special kid’s show is planned at from 3pm-7pm at Matthew Whaley Elementary.
New entertainment for this year’s event includes the Soundworks Chorus, Men Who Sing, who perform a medley of America's inspirational music.
Admissions for First Night are $15 and kids 5 and under are free. The Grand Finale Fireworks will begin at 11:30pm with fireworks set to display at midnight.
At Colonial Williamsburg you can celebrate New Year’s with Happy Hogmanay. In the 17th century the government had suppressed Christmas celebrations, so Scotland turned to New Year's Eve for its end-of-year frivolity, a tradition that remains strong to this day. Join John Turner, David Gardner, and Cliff Williams as they present songs, tunes, and stories to say farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013. Happy Hogmanay is held at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum from 1:30pm-2:30pm.
Adults will enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve at the Regency Room in Williamsburg. The New Year’s Eve Gala will feature a seven-course Gala menu coupled with entertainment by a live band. A champagne midnight toast is also included with the festivities. Reservations are required for this event. Tickets are available for purchase here.