New Year's Eve, Family Style

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No wild plans for ringing in the new year? Have no fear. First Night events in Burlington and St. Johnsbury provide hours of fun for the whole family. These celebrations — featuring everything from dancing dragons and clever clowning in the Queen City to sky lanterns and belly dancers in St. J — are sure to toot the noisemakers of young and old alike. And for the grown-ups, there’s an added perk: no nasty champagne hangover the morning after. 
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FIRST NIGHT BURLINGTON: Monday, December 31, noon to midnight, in downtown Burlington. All ages. $5-30 First Night Button; free for kids 2 and under; additional $4 tickets required at select venues. Info, 863-6005, firstnightburlington.com.

A2VT: This African hip-hop trio, who gained attention for their video “Winooski, My Town” celebrate diversity through song, dance and rap. Contois Auditorium, City Hall, 7-7:40 p.m.

Burlington Taiko: Kids and parents tap their toes in time to thundering Japanese-style percussion. Flynn Center MainStage, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $4 ticket required.

Cartoon Fest: Families sit back and relax with popcorn and classic Looney Tunes. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, noon-11:45 p.m.

Circus Smirkus
: The big top comes to Burlington! Award-winning youth performers awe and amaze with wire walking, aerial arts, clowning, juggling and acrobatics. Memorial Auditorium, 1-2 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. $4 ticket required.

Dancing Dragons Parade: Massive paper-mâché creations highlight a colorful procession down the marketplace. Church Street, 5-6 p.m.

Electric Youth Dance Company: Straight from St. Albans, this troupe presents fresh jazz, tap, contemporary and hip-hop choreography. Edmunds School Gym, 5-5:40 p.m.

Family-Friendly Comedy: Improv and standup artist Dustin Bruley hosts a laugh-inducing show. First United Methodist Church, 8-8:40 p.m.
Spectators watching Circus Smirkus in Burlington. - COURTESY OF FIRST NIGHT BURLINGTON
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  • Spectators watching Circus Smirkus in Burlington.

Fireworks: Dazzling bursts of light bloom over the lake at 6 p.m. and midnight.

Flynn Arts Dance, Drama & Musical Activities: Performers at heart drop in on free music, drama and dance sessions of their choice. Flynn Arts classrooms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m..

Make and Take Crafts: Crafty kids indulge in New Year’s-themed projects with Burlington City Arts staff. BCA Clay & Print Studio and BCA Center, 2-5 p.m.

McFadden Academy of Irish Dance: Highland-style dancers kick up their heels in an exciting performance. Edmunds School Gym, 4-4:40 p.m. and 7-7:40 p.m.

Mister Chris and Friends: Chris Dorman, the singer-songwriter who leads Bread and Butter Farms’ popular Music for Sprouts children’s program, hosts this tuneful gathering. First Congregational Church Sanctuary, 3-3:40 p.m and Fletcher Free Library, 5-5:40 p.m.

Perpetual Motion Dance: Imaginative dancers take spectators on a whimsical journey to Neverland and beyond. Edmunds School Gym, 8-8:40 p.m.

Sing Along With Megan, Emer & Robert: Megan Butterfield, Emer Feeney and Robert Resnick lead a kazoo-accompanied performance of kids songs and show tunes. First Congregational Church Theater, 2-2:40 p.m.

Spotlight on Dance: Kids, teens and adults steal the stage with tap, jazz, lyrical and hip-hop pieces. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 2-2:40 p.m.

Stay and Play!: Parents and kids enjoy an open gym, crafts, snacks and swimming. YMCA, 2-5 p.m.

Vermont Youth Orchestra & Chorus: Works by Falla, Brahms and Tchaikovsky are interpreted by talented young musicians. Flynn Center Mainstage, 1-2 p.m. $4 ticket required.

Very Merry Theatre: Young thespians present a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, Treasure Island. Edmunds School Gym, 3-3:40 p.m. and 6-6:40 p.m.

Walinja: This Somali wedding band performs traditional African music. Unitarian Universalist Church, 4-4:40 p.m.

Young Tradition Vermont Contradance Band: Fresh-faced performers showcase the traditional music and dance they’ve learned from master teacher Pete Sutherland. Memorial Auditorium, 6:30-7:10 p.m.


FIRST NIGHT ST. JOHNSBURY:
Monday, December 31, 4 p.m. to midnight, on or near Main Street in St. Johnsbury. All ages. $13-20 First Night button; free for preschoolers. Info, 748-2600. firstnightstj.com

Children’s Story Hour: Athenaeum staff and guest readers captivate little listeners with age-appropriate lit. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Country Corners Square Dance: Down-home revelers do-si-do and promenade to their hearts’ delight. St, Johnsbury School All-Purpose Room, 5-6:30 p.m.

Dancing Djinn: Skilled fire spinners light up the night in sparkling outdoor routines. Main Street, 6:45 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

Dina Danielson Contemporary Dance Company: Local teens and young adults offer a diverse, family-oriented repertoire. Morse Center for the Arts, St. Johnsbury Academy, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Family Contra Dance: Family members join hands and master the art of early-American folk dance to calling by Ben Bergstein and tunes by David Carpenter, Jason Bergman and April Werner. St. Johnsbury School All-Purpose Room, 7-9:30 p.m.

Family Fun Fair: Little ones delight in face painting, balloon animals, a clown show and more. St. Johnsbury Academy Field House, 4-8 p.m.

Fireworks: Revelers look to the sky for the raising of a lighted ball and a spectacular lights show. St. Johnsbury Academy Field House Parking Lot, midnight.

The Hypzotique Bellydance Circus: Dancers, jugglers and other talented performers offer a show of “vaudevillian mischief” suited for the whole family. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Kids Rock! All-Star Musical Revue: Young Northeast Kingdom performers offer a cabaret of music, song and maybe karate. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 5 p.m.

The King of Silly: A juggling unicyclist unveils new material in this side-splitting production. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 4 p.m.

Marko the Magician and Hypnotist: The mystifying entertainer amazes an all-age audience with his sleights of hand. Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Pancake Supper: Hungry families satisfy their cravings with a late-night carbo-load served up by the Boy Scouts. Streeter Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 10-11:30 p.m.

Planetarium Shows: Astronomy experts illuminate the constellations, mythology and different world views of the night sky in “It’s About Time.” Twenty-minute presentations run continuously at Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, 6-9 p.m.

Sky Lanterns: Festive folks release eco-friendly, glowing lanterns into the deep night sky. St. Johnsbury Academy Gym parking lot, 8:30 p.m.

Teen Dance: High schoolers let loose to a mix of live music and mixed dance favorites, presented by Catamount Art’s Open Mic. Morse Center for the Arts, St. Johnsbury Academy, 10 p.m.-midnight.

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