America’s Hometown Happenings: December 30 – January 1

December 29, 2016
Kwanzaa Fayetteville NC

Kwanzaa Celebration (Photo Credit: Umoja Group, Inc.)

Cumberland County’s calendar has been packed all year long with an array of festivals, outdoor adventures, historic happenings and much more. Now we have plans to close out the year with a bang. For this holiday weekend, we are sharing four unique events to count down the end of 2016, plus one fabulous opportunity to welcome the first day of 2017. However you choose to celebrate, we wish you and yours a Happy New Year!

Noon Year’s Eve Party, Spring Lake Branch of Cumberland County Public Library, Town of Spring Lake – 10:30 a.m., New Year’s Eve
Join families for a NYE party that allows children to celebrate the holiday without pushing them past their bedtimes. After some dancing, game-playing and craft-making, the countdown will begin to the noon balloon drop.

Kwanzaa Celebration, Smith Recreation Center, Seabrook Park – 5:00 p.m., New Year’s Eve
Celebrate African and African-American culture at this longstanding Fayetteville tradition, which happens to fall on NYE this year. In past years, revelers have marked the special holiday with such festivities as a drum call, traditional dance performance, parade of African “kings” and “queens,” feast, children’s candlelight ceremony and more.

New Year's Eastover NC

Eastover New Year’s Eve Flea Drop

 

Fayetteville FireAntz Hockey Game, Crown Coliseum – 7:30 p.m., New Year’s Eve
Cheer on our professional minor-league hockey team as they take on the Macon Mayhem in the last game of the year. While watching the action on ice, fans may grab dinner and drinks at the Crown’s bar and grill, ESPN Radio Upper Deck, or choose from exceptional concession-stand fare—to include Market Place Burger, Liberty BBQ and Carolina Chicken.

Eastover New Year’s Eve Flea Drop, Eastover Community Center, Town of Eastover – 10:00 p.m., New Year’s Eve
Ring in the new year in this charming small town, which has become rather infamous for its unique NYE countdown. Folks gather together for this family-oriented celebration, and as the clock draws near to midnight, a 3-foot, 30-pound flea (yes, the insect) is dropped.

 

Carvers Creek State Park Spring Lake NC

Carvers Creek State Park

First Day Hikes, Carvers Creek State Park, Town of Spring Lake – 2:00 p.m., New Year’s Day
Start accomplishing those resolutions by joining one of three hikes at this state park on New Year’s Day. Whether you choose the Ranger-guided 3-Mile History Hike or 1-Mile Nature Hike or the self-guided 0.75-Mile Hansel and Gretel Hike, this statewide tradition is the perfect way to start the year off on a healthy note.

Many restaurants around the greater Fayetteville area are offering a special menu and festivities on New Year’s Eve, and more information on our diverse dining options may be found on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s (FACVB) website. To learn about other events happening throughout this holiday weekend, be sure to check out the FACVB’s Calendar of Events, as well.

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