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About FNV Wristbands
A WRISTBAND provides access to all the events


Until midnight December 28th, the wrist-band prices are: $18.00 for Adults, $7.00 for Children (ages 6 - 15), and $43.00 for a Family Pack (2 adults, 2 children). Children age 5 and younger are admitted free.

On December 29th, 30th and 31st, Adult's are $22.00, Children's are $10.00 and the Family Pack is $52.00. Children age 5 and younger are admitted free.

Purchase Online Until December 30th

You can purchase WRISTBANDS online at the FNV Online Store,

Or at the following retail outlets:

  • Plan 9 Music – 210 Zan Road, Seminole Square Shopping Center
  • Timberlakes Drug Store – 322 East Main St Downtown Mall

Online WRISTBANDS select mail or will-call

Until Midnight December 19th your wrist-band order can be mailed to the address you provide if you have selected the MAIL TO ADDRESS shipping option. Or you can select the WILL-CALL option if you prefer to pick up your order at First Night Virginia Headquarters Omni Hotel Atrium.

After Midnight December 19th WILL-CALL only

After Midnight December 19th WRISTBANDS can still be purchased online as WILL-CALL until December 30th, however they must be picked up at the WILL-CALL Desk at First Night Virginia Headquarters Omni Hotel Atrium.

December 29th, 30th and 31st

FNV Online Store hours have been extended to December 30th. WRISTBANDS can be purchased online or at Retail Outlets or at First Night Virginia Headquarters Omni Hotel Atrium – opens at 10:00am.

First Night Virginia Headquarters Hours at the Omni Hotel Atrium:
– December 29th 10:00 am until 3:00 pm WILL-CALL Starts at NOON
– December 30th 10:00 am until 3:00 pm WILL-CALL all day
– December 31st 10:00 am until 11:00 pm WILL-CALL all day

Where can we park downtown ?

FNV patrons with WRISTBANDS - FREE parking in the Water Street and Market Street Parking Garages. This is a courtesy of the City of Charlottesville. This information is available on our website at: FNV Parking

Is there bus service during First Night ?

New Year's Eve 2023 falls on a Saturday and CAT will be operating the normal weekday / night schedule on December 31 New Year's Eve. The Free Trolley is also operating on normal weekday schedule: (CAT) Bus Schedules FREE Trolley: FREE Trolley

Where are the restrooms that are available during First Night ?

Public Restrooms and Handicap Accessible Restrooms are available at locations on the downtown mall and at most of the Performance Venues. Please see all the locations indicated on the FNV Map at: Restrooms

How can I volunteer for FNV and get in for FREE?

FNV Volunteer – You can experience First Night Virginia for free if you volunteer to support our event. Volunteer with friends, family or your children over 16 years of age and you'll have a memorable evening. We can't do it without you! Become a First Night Volunteer and help make a difference in this rich Charlottesville tradition! FNV Volunteer

We need about 200 volunteers to make First Night Virginia a great evening of celebration for our community, so we offer a free admission in exchange for two-hours of volunteer time. It is a first-come first-serve basis and we always fill up – so sign up early on our website at: FNV Volunteer The FNV Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with you to see how you could be of some assistance to the event.


You can make a BIG difference with a direct donation to First Night Virginia. We are a volunteer driven non-profit organization that receives less than 2.5% of our budget from government sources. It is easy to donate through our website at Donate to FNV using any credit card through our PayPal payment gateway, or you can mail your donation to First Night Virginia, Inc. P.O. Box 2284 Charlottesville, Virginia 22902. Thank you for your support! Donate to FNV

Does FNV have a printable FNV Schedule of Performances ?

Yes, You can download a printable PDF schedule at: Printable PDF Schedule

Where is the printable FNV Map of Venues ?

You can download a printable PDF map at: Printable FNV Map

I’m from out of town - where are local accommodations near the downtown mall ?

There are several Lodging choices near the downtown mall. They are listed with links to hotel websites on our website at: Lodging for FNV

Where can we eat ?

There are lots of choices for Restaurants. See our list of available Restaurants at: FNV - Food