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Charlottesville Gears Up for First Night Virginia

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It's almost time for yet another holiday - New Year's Eve. The city of Charlottesville is gearing up for an annual family-friendly celebration that lasts most of the day.

First Night Virginia will be taking place on and around the downtown mall Monday. The events start at 3 p.m. and go until midnight.

Guests can purchase a wristband that will get them into all of the day's events. This year, there will be live music, magic shows, comedy and improv, among other performances. There will also be a "project creation station" where kids can make a craft to take home with them.

However, there is something new this year. Guests can get into the Discovery Museum on the downtown mall with a wristband starting at 1 p.m.

"It's a family-friendly, alcohol-free event and everything is really in walking distance so it's a couple blocks around the mall," said First Night President Drake Van de Castle. "It's a beautiful setting for people to come down."

You can watch the ball drop at the Main Street Arena and for the first time it will be displayed on a big screen outside so that everyone can enjoy. First Night Virginia will go on regardless of the weather because the events are indoors.

Click here for more information about how to purchase a wristband, the full schedule of events, and other details.

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