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The Little City of Falls Church Knows How to Throw a Party: Free, Open to All

By on December 30, 2014

Free shuttle bus at East Falls Church Metro begins New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. and goes to all venues every half hour. Lots of free parking.

The City of Falls Church will throw its 17th annual New Year’s Eve Watch Night party Wednesday night. That’s when the downtown will be loaded with stages, live music, a 66-foot dragon, lots of inflatable obstacle courses, bungee runs, a Velcro wall, food trucks, New Year’s novelties, free hot popcorn, karaoke, puppet shows, caricaturists, face painters, balloon artists and more.

Also on tap, loads of live entertainment: Live big band orchestra, rock ‘n roll, blues, and roots and other genres, represented at eight venues, all within an easy three-block walk or by taking the Watch Night shuttle. The event features activities inside and out, with fire pits and fireplaces provided by Sisler’s Stone for the warming areas.

 

The free Watch Night shuttle bus begins at the East Falls Church Metro at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and goes directly into Falls Church and stops at each of the eight venues on the half-hour (one complete cycle to and from the Metro lasts about 30 minutes). The shuttle runs from 7 pm to 1 am. Several restaurants are in the 4 block area. The WN map of all

More information about venues, restaurants, parking, and the Watch Night shuttle bus stops can be seen on the Watch Night Falls Church Web site: www.WatchNightFallsChurch.com

 

Watch Night has no admission or fees and is a walkable event. Watch Night, “The Big Night in The Little City,” is supported by businesses, churches, civic and social organizations who contribute money, time, talent, and a donations in kind to make this event the success that it is – all run by experienced volunteers and leadership. The annual event celebrates “community” and the spirit of working together.

 

Entertainment is scheduled non-stop from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Venue hours and entertainment include:

 

MAIN STAGE 7 p.m. – MIDNIGHT

100 Block of West Broad St.(Rt 7) in front of CVS

Jeffrey Garafalo & Gary LaPorta – Masters of Ceremonies

BANDS:

  • Thirteenth Story 7 pm – 7:45 pm
  • 60 Feet Tall – 8 pm – 8:45 pm
  • CACTUS LIQUORS 9 pm – 10:15 pm
  • LU & THE BLUES CREW 10:30 to midnight

 

Countdown Spectacular

 

West Broad Street – 100 Block (street closed for event) 7-11:30 p.m.

  • 66’ DRAGON
  • WELCOME TENT – LOVE artwork 16 ‘ x 6’ for photos @ George Mason Square
  • Adrenaline Rush Obstacle Course

 

GRAND FUN ALLEY 7-11:30 p.m.

Between 100 Block of W. Broad and 100 Block of Park Avenue – Shuttle Stop #2 For FunAlley & Unity Club

  • Mega Challenge Obstacle Course
  • Castle – Slide Combo
  • Velcro Wall
  • Bungee Run
  • Karaoke
  • FCVFD – Fire Truck
  • Free popcorn – other refreshments available at Karl’s Kafe (charge)
  • FOOD TRUCK (bratwurst, hot dogs, hot chocolate, kettle corn, etc.charge) NYE Accessories vendor (charge)

 

THE UNITY CLUB 10 p.m. –1 a.m.

Entrance on Right next to free popcorn & refreshment tent – Shuttle Bus Stop #2 or #3

Jackwagon Band – Live Rock ‘n Roll Dance Music

CLAY CAFÉ STUDIOS 6 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Free Studio time, charge for supplies – Shuttle Bus Stop #3

THE HISTORIC FALLS CHURCH 7 – 10 p.m.

East side of S. Washington Street Before E. Fairfax Street, no street number – Shuttle Bus Stop #5

  • Tours of the Historic Church 7 – 8 PM, Costumed interpreters and old carols/flute
  • Hot chocolate and firepits – follow the luminares
  • ANDREW ACOSTA & FRIENDS (10 performers) – 8-10 PM

 

FAMILY MEDICINE AND FALLS CHURCH FOOT AND ANKLE 7 – 9 p.m.

  • 104 – 106 East Broad Street -Shuttle stop #6
  • BIG TOW Band playing on the balcony 7-9 PM
  • SCAVENGER HUNT 7-9 p.m.
  • Tiger Belly Moon Bounce
  • Free refreshments will be served; restrooms available

 

THE FALLS CHURCH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 7 – 11 PM

225 EAST BROAD STREET – Shuttle Stop #7 and #8

  • Puppet Shows by Puppeteer Sandy Fuelner at THE VICTORIAN PARLOR 7:30 – 9 p.m.
  • COWBOY HAY, “A National Treasure” 7 – 8:30 p.m.
  • NORTHERN LIGHTS BIG BAND ORCHESTRA 8:30 – 10:30 PM– Swing Dancing
  • Caricaturist 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Professional Face Painter and Airbrush Temporary Tatoos 7 – 9 p.m.
  • Balloon Artist 7 – 9 p.m.

 

Free refreshments will be served; restrooms available

Luminares provided and installed by Boy Scout Troop 895

 

Article can be found at http://patch.com/

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