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Family-Friendly New Years Eve Celebrations

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For many partiers, New Years Eve means celebrating with cocktails at a bar. But what about parents who want to welcome in 2013 with their kids?

Several places in central Virginia are offering kid-friendly fun this year so the entire family can celebrate together, whether the family is looking for somewhere warm and toasty inside or an outdoor celebration.

The Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton is gearing up for its first New Years Eve party for kids.

"We're going to have face painting, hot dogs and hot cocoa, live music," said Mandi Smack, owner of Blue Mountain Brewery.

The fun starts at 4 in the afternoon with a toast of sparkling cider at 6. The brewery has a heated tent set up so kids can stay warm into the night.

For families that prefer a little outdoor fun, Wintergreen Resort is bringing in 2013 with a bang.

"For those folks in this area that have been to the fireworks for the Fourth of July it's essentially the same show but it's on the snow which is, if you've ever seen fireworks on the snow, it's different than on grass," said Jay Roberts, vice president of resort operations.

Fireworks will take off just two hours before the clock strikes midnight and the resort will welcome 2013 with live music.

"It's beautiful, there's something about the acoustics in the mountain and the cold air that just makes a New Years Eve firework show pretty spectacular," Roberts said.

The city of Charlottesville will offer its annual First Night Virginia celebration. The event starts at 3 Monday afternoon on the downtown mall with live music, magic shows, comedy and other performances. A large outdoor screen will display the ball drop at the Main Street Arena so everybody is part of the countdown experience.

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