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Where can we park downtown ?

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

Is there bus service during First Night ?

Unforutnately, New Year's Eve falls on a Sunday and CAT operates on a reduced service schedule New Year's Eve. Only the Free Trolley, Route 2, Route 9, and Route 12 operate. The Free Trolley ends service at 5:47 PM. - please see the CAT schedule at: (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

About FNV Wristbands

A wristband provides access to all the events.


Until midnight December 28th, the wristbands are $16.00 for adults, $6.00 for children, ages 6 - 15, and $38 for a family pack (2 adults, 2 children).

On December 29th, 30th and 31st, adult wristbands are $20.00, Children's are $9.00 and $49 for the family pack. Children age 5 and younger are free.

Purchase Online Until Midnight December 28th

You can purchase wristbands online at the FNV Online Store,

Or at the following retail outlets:

  • Plan 9 - 210 Zan Road
  • Timberlakes Drug Store - 322 East Main St Downtown Mall
  • The Paramount Theatre - 215 East Main St Downtown Mall
  • Volvo of Charlottesville - 3025 Ivy Rd (250 West)
  • Carpet Plus - 805 Preston Ave
  • FNV Headquarters December 29th, 30th and 31st

Online Wristband select mail or will-call

Until Midnight December 21st your wrist-band order can be mailed to the address you provide if you have selected the MAIL 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 21st WILL-CALL only

After Midnight December 21st wrist-bands can still be purchased online as WILL-CALL until Midnight December 28th, however they must be picked up at WILL-CALL at First Night Virginia Headquarters Omni Hotel Atrium.

December 29th, 30th and 31st

FNV Online Store is closed at Midnight on December 28th. Wristbands can only be purchased 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

Paramount Theater Reserved Seating Tickets

The only place to purchase the reserved seating tickets for an additional $5.00 each is at the Paramount. You need to purchase and pick up those wristbands and reserved seat at the Paramount Theater.

The Paramount will also sell wristbands on the day of the shows and opens up at 2:00pm for the First Night event.

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 old 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! Call 434-975-8269 or visit the website.

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 our 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 schedule at: Printable Schedule

Where is the printable FNV Map of Venues ?

You can download a printable map at: Printable FNV Map

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

There are several Lodging choice 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 from Restaurants to Food Vendor Trucks See our list of available Restaurants and Food Vendors at: FNV - Food