We went first in the afternoon to check out the scene before it got crowded. We froze our butts off on the Ferris wheel and enjoyed a fried snickers bar - not as tasty as you might think. We then wrapped up the daytime visit with hot chocolate. Once again, it was New Year's Eve and all calories consumed got left behind in 2012, or so I choose to think.
The nighttime celebration, however, was insane. The main street in downtown was blocked off and there were rides, stands, games, circus acts and a concert. It was cool and fun but way too packed for my taste. However, Raleigh is amazing in that it also offers crumudgeons like myself less crowded entertainment. There were many side shows in buildings near the main festivities and the hubby and I enjoyed two, a taste of the opera and a flute choir. Both were exceptional, free, and warm. :)
We tried to hang out on the main strip for the countdown, but ended up running screaming towards one of the few bars not charging a cover. I had a soda (DD!) and french fries as we watched braver souls celebrate on TV. Perfection.
How about you guys? Did you do anything fun to ring in the New Year?
Oh yeah, and I did this this weekend:
|Pretty in Pink|