Raleigh celebrated the New Year with the annual First Night Celebration culminating with the now iconoclastic acorn drop. The City of Oaks adopted the acorn as its symbol in 1992. Created by sculptor David Benson in 1991, the copper and steel sculpture, which weighs 1,250 pounds and is 10 feet tall, is displayed in Moore Square throughout the year.
Since Raleigh re-opened its main street, Fayetteville Street in 2005, it’s happening. a vital downtown is reforming. Each year for the past 4 years Raleigh celebrates with a festival packed with entertainers, crafts and fire works.
Fayetteville Street now connects the classic Capitol with the Performing Arts Center with a wide open vista ending at City Plaza just in front of Lenoir Street.
This season as part of Winterfest Raleigh has an ice skating rink through January. Many of the downtown restaurants are participating in Thursday specials. My fav is Zely and Ritz which serves organic fare from their Coon Rock Farm and other local sources.
Date and Skate Thursdays
Zely & Ritz is open on Thursday nights from 5:30 till 10:00. During December and January in participation with the Downtown Raleigh Alliance Date and Skate, don’t miss our special $25.00 Three Course Tasting Menu.