First Night

An all-ages New Year's Eve Extravaganza!

Dec 31-Dec 31, 2022

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SAVE THE DATE - First Night returns Saturday, December 31, 2022

First Night is an all-ages New Year's Eve extravaganza!

Event includes downtown venues, both indoor and outdoor, featuring live music and performances, interactive art experiences, history and heritage exhibits, and more. All culminating in the annual Anchor Drop and Fireworks Show!

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Schedule of Events

Cotton Building

3PM-7PM Lantern Decorating with Northwind Art

8PM-9PM Ramblrx (aka Elias Alexander)

Jefferson Museum of Art & History

3PM-7PM Resolution in a Bottle

Scavenger Hunt

Historic Puzzles

The Loft

3PM - 7PM Cirque du Première Nuit - A circus variety show

Showtimes TBD

Key City Public Theatre


Madison Street

7:00PM Unexpected Brass Band & Lantern Parade

7:30PM Fire Dancers

8:00PM Ramblrx

9:00PM Anchor Drop & Fireworks Show

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change; Please check back here for updates

Cirque du Premiere Nuit

The Loft - 647 Washington St.

Cirque du Premiere Nuit (First Night) features friends and favorites from... COMING SOON!

Showtimes and performers TBD

NOTE: The Loft is located on the second floor of the new Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop (formerly the Jefferson Community School). This historic building does not feature an elevator and therefore ADA access to the performance space is limited. We apologize for an inconvenience. Please contact TPA two weeks in advance of the performance if you require assistance and we will do our best to accommodate.

Lantern Decorating & Parade

Cotton Building | 607 Water St | 3PM-7PM

Select from a variety of sizes and art supplies to create your very own paper lantern. No experience necessary! Everyone is an artist and creative volunteers from Northwind Art will be on hand to assist.

Once finished adorn it with a colored LED bulb and join us on Madison Street for the Lantern Parade led by Unexpected Brass Band at 7PM.

History & Heritage

Jefferson Museum of Art & History | 540 Water St | 3PM - 7PM

  • Resolution in a Bottle
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Historic Puzzles

Theatre Performances

Key City Public Theatre | 419 Washington St | 3PM-7PM

TBD Coming Soon!