2016 Guide to New Year’s Eve in Cary


Cary, NC — Want to splurge on an elegant dinner or extravagant party? Want to just drink at a local bar with your friends? Want to take your kids out for a fun night? Whatever your goals are this New Year’s Eve, you’ll find an event made for you on this list.

Your Guide to New Year’s Eve in Cary

This list of events features a wide range of options – Cary offers celebrations for all ages from casual to elegant. The events are sorted by type, so take a look to go ahead and firm up your plans! Just remember to have fun and stay safe.


Champagne, dancing, food – these New Year’s parties in Cary have it all.

Belle/Matthews House Event
Thursday, December 31, 2015; 
at The Matthews House, 317 W. Chatham Street, Cary

Belle at the Jones House and the Matthews House are producing a joint party in Downtown Cary this year. It’ll be a “Great Gatsby” type New Year’s Eve complete with a band, bar, cocktail hour, a beautiful meal and dancing.

Bollywood New Year’s Eve Party
Thursday, December 31, 2015; 8 pm-1:30 am
at Goels Plaza, 117 International Drive, Morrisville

This party has sold-out in previous years with over 600 guests! This celebration boasts the largest dance floor in NC, Bollywood-famous DJ Kenz, a live projection of the NYC Times Square Ball Drop, a cash bar with incredible drink specials, free table booking for groups, photo portrait sessions, a free champagne toast at midnight, top-ranked Indian, laser lighting and more.

Cost: $25 per person. Call 919-818-6002 to reserve a spot.

Umstead NYE Celebration
Thursday, December 31, 2015; 9:30 pm-1:30 am
at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary

The Umstead Hotel and Spa’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala will include premium spirits, exquisite food and dancing with live entertainment provided by the Soul Psychedelique. A midnight toast and confetti countdown closes out the year as you dance into the night at this elegant party.

Cost: $185 per person (all inclusive). Call 919-447-4050 to reserve a spot.

Bars & Casual Restaurants

Want to go out for New Year’s Eve but not spend a lot of money? These Cary restaurants and bars will be ready to help you celebrate in a casual environment with drinks, music and food. Show up anytime and stay to ring in the new year with friends and family.

Rally Point
837 Bass Pro Lane, Cary
Call 919-678-1088 for more information.

A DJ, great food and drink specials will all be waiting at Rally Point’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

Chef’s Palette
3460 Ten Ten Road, Cary
Call 919-267-6011 for reservations.

This restaurant and bar will ring in the new year with Adam Pitts and a special a la carte menu complete with party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.

Mac’s Tavern
1014 Ryan Road, Cary
Call 919-467-4114 for more information.

Live music featuring Wallflower & The Weeds at 9 pm, free jello shot toast at midnight and party favors and drink specials all night long.

Doherty’s Irish Pub
1979 High House Road, Cary
Call 919-388-9930 for more information.

DJ George will be start the party at 10 pm with with five decades of the greatest dance music ever created. The celebration is open to all.

Abbey Road
1195 W. Chatham Street, Cary
Call 919-481-4434 for more information.

Tom Noonan & Gang will perform at 9 pm for this New Year’s celebration.

Fine Dining & Three-Course Dinners

Doherty’s Irish Pub Couple’s Dinner
1979 High House Road, Cary
Call 919-388-9930 for reservations.

What better way to ring in the new year than to be at your favorite pub with all your friends? The chef is preparing a fantastic three course meal. Broiled Lobster Tail, Egg Nog Creme Brulee, Petite Lamb Chops and Roasted Pork Tenderloin are all part of this $80 per couple meal.

Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar
1080 Darrington Drive, Cary
Call 919-459-5875 for reservations.

Dean’s is featuring a special menu for New Year’s Eve including Wild Mushroom Oyster Rockefeller, Salmon & Lobster Wellington, Coq au Vin and Tiramisu.

Academy Street Bistro 
200 S. Academy Street, Cary
Call 919-377-0509 for reservations.

Join the bistro for a four-course Prix Fixe Dinner prepared by Chef Brian Fitzgerald to mark the occasion! Dinner is $75 per person, and wine pairings will be available.

Herons at The Umstead
100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary
Call 919-447-4200 for reservations.

This four-course dinner features a Chestnut dish with smoked bacon white chocolate, black truffle, and poached quince, a Videri Chocolate with chocolate cremeux, calamansi sorbet, matcha chiffon and cocoa and more. There will be flow seating from 6-9 pm for in-house guests or those attending The Umstead’s New Year’s Eve Gala. Local guests will be seated 9-10 pm.

The dinner is priced at $135 plus tax and gratuity.

For Kids & Families

Jellybean’s Super Skate Center
1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh
Call 919-467-5283 for more information.

Jellybeans is hosting their annual “Roll the Bean” New Year’s Eve celebration. A $20 admission covers skate rentals, a meal ticket and one roll of toilet paper. At midnight, there will be a countdown and balloon drop, and everyone will toilet paper the inside of the skating rink.

Buffalo Lanes
151 High House Road, Cary
Call 919-468-8684 for reservations.

Bowl in the New Year at Buffalo Lanes from 10 pm-12:30 am. $75 per lane includes bowling for up to six people, shoe rentals, a pitcher of soda and a 12″ pizza.

Across the Triangle

2016 First Night
in Downtown Raleigh

This year, First Night in Downtown Raleigh will be complete with a Ferris Wheel, a pretend pop-up wedding chapel, a people’s procession, food and drink, music and, of course, a countdown to midnight with fireworks. Find the schedule of events online.

New Year’s Eve Celebration
at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan Street, Durham

Ring in the new year in a Grand Ballroom with live entertainment from Durham’s own Bull City Syndicate, an appetizer food bar, one complimentary house specialty drink, a customized photo booth and a champagne toast to ring in 2016. Tickets are $60 per person.

Night Lights
at the Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

This family-friendly celebration starts on Thursday, December 31, 2015 from 3-6 pm at the Morehead Planetarium. There will be activities, interactive games, refreshments and a kids’ countdown under the stars in the fulldome theater to ring in the new year.

Happy New Year from CaryCitizen

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Story from staff reports. Photo by wall paperazzi.


CaryCitizen is sponsored in-part by Rally Point Sport Grill.

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  1. naturecrazy
    naturecrazy says:

    hey , this is Jill from Fortnight Brewing Company- we are having a no-cover party on new year’s eve with live music, food and fire pit – is it too late to post it? Many thanks!

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