Grand Center announced today that the theme for this year’s First Night celebration is “A Traveling Circus.” First Night is the largest New Years celebration in the region. It is an alcohol-free event that draws 25,000 attendees each year. The event lasts from 6pm - midnight with two firework displays at 9 p.m. and midnight.
There will be twelve venues, both indoor and outdoor, featuring over 65 performances throughout the night. The outside portion of the festival is transformed by lighting, street performers and interactive set piecces reflecting the theme “A Traveling Circus.” Outdoor activities are free.
A First Night button can be purchased in advance for entry to all indoor activities at all Dierbergs, select Schnucks, Straub’s and onlne at www.grandcenter.org/store. The buttons are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Performances throughout the night will include a wide variety of live music such as jazz, bluegrass, cabaret, Irish harp, rock and barbershop, in addition to dance, theater, comedy, magic and the Purina Incredible Dog show.