Ring in the New Year at the biggest party in St. Louis. First Night St. Louis is a family-friendly celebration that draws some 25,000 people to Grand Center each New Year's Eve. First Night is an alcohol-free event that focuses on live music and artistic performances. The theme for First Night 2013-14 is "Extreme '14."
First Night St. Louis is the biggest, but certainly not the only New Year's celebration in the area. For other ideas on what to do, see 25 Ways to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2013 in St. Louis and don't foreget to check out the final nights at St. Louis Area Holiday Light Displays.
When and Where:
First Night is held at Grand Center in midtown St. Louis. Many of the events and activities are held along Grand Boulevard between Lindell and Delmar. The celebration beings at 6 p.m. and ends at midnight. There are both indoor and outdoor venues for live performances.
What You'll See:
First Night begins with an opening ceremony on the Main Stage at Grand and Lindell. Throughout the evening there are performances by Claire the Clown, the Muny Kids, St. Louis Elite Flyers and dozens of other performers. Many activities are held inside at venues like the Grandel Theatre, Kranzberg Arts Center and Sheldon Concert Hall. The celebration ends with a big fireworks display at midnight. For more information, see the complete schedule of events
Admission buttons are available in advance at St. Louis area Dierbergs and Straubs stores. You can also find them at select Schucks stores including Hampton Village, Des Peres and Ladue Crossing. The advance purchase buttons are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages six to 12. Kids five and younger get in free. You can also buy buttons the evening of the event at the First Night Button Shop located at 519 North Grand Boulevard, or at the north entrance of Saint Louis University’s Busch Student Center. The cost to buy at the door is $12 for adults and $6 for children.
Where to Park:
With a big crowd, it may take a while to find a parking space. There is metered street parking thoughout Grand Center. The meters must be paid until 7 p.m. There are also several parking garages nearby including one on Olive, just west of Grand. For First Night, the Saint Louis University Garages at Grand and Laclede, and at Olive and Compton will also be open.
Another option for getting to First Night is MetroBus and MetroLink. Metro Transit is expanding its service for First Night revelers. Starting at 7 p.m. on New Year's Eve, shuttle buses will run every ten minutes between the Grand MetroLink Station and the First Night shuttle stop at the Scottish Rite Auditorium.