CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Center City Partners at Uptown Charlotte will host a full night of activities Dec. 31 for those who wish to celebrate the start of 2013 without alcoholic toasts.

First Night Charlotte is an alcohol-free celebration of the new year. Its goal is to advance the public’s appreciation of visual and performing arts through accessible, affordable and shared cultural experiences. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy local dining before the Queen Charlotte crown is raised to ring in 2013.

Artists, dancers, singers, circus performers and scientists entertain the crowd in uptown Charlotte.

From noon-5 p.m., McDonald’s hosts First Night Kids, where activities focus in and around The Green, a park located at 400 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Other activities will take place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, WBTV ice-skating rink, the Charlotte Convention Center’s stage and outdoor terrace, Wells Fargo Atrium and Levine Avenue of the Arts. There will be a children’s countdown to 2013 at Levine Avenue of the Arts from 4:40-5 p.m.

Entertainment for children includes storytelling, music, hula-hoop shows, fortune tellers, a fairy godmother, cultural dances, drummers, a dance party, crazy science booths, puppets, the Papalote Project and aerialists. McDonalds will also provide free apple dipper samples.

WBTV will host evening entertainment for adults from 8-11 p.m. Activities will focus in and around The Green’s main stage as well. Other locations will include WBTV ice skating rink, Mint Plaza and Wells Fargo Atrium. Entertainment is scheduled to included musicians, a flash mob, an improv comedy troupe, mocktails, aerialists, circus arts and photo booths.

From 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m., prepare to countdown to 2013 with headline band Simply Irresistible.

Wristbands will go on sale by 11 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. The public can buy First Night wristbands at The Green or NASCAR Hall of Fame websites. Tickets can also be bought at the Charlotte Visitor Information Center, 330 S. Tyron St. Wristbands will be available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Adult wristbands cost $10, and children 5-12 can attend for $5 with a banded adult. Children 4 and younger get in free with a banded adult.

For more information, call 704-332-2227.