First Day Fun! Find January 1st Activities Near You

January 1st Activities Near You

If having more fun tops your list of New Year’s resolutions, there’s no reason to wait to get started. Kick your 2018 off with a bang and make plans to get out of the house on the first of January.

Consult this easy-to-follow guide to discover holiday cheer near you.

North Carolina


Lace up and hit the ice. Join the Winter Wonderland at South Park and twirl your way to New Year’s Day fun in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 5,000 sq. ft. open-air rink is open from 11 am-11 pm and also features a pub & coffee shop plus live music and entertainment.


Attention foodies near Raleigh. Tempt your palate with the 5-star brunch at Herons at the Umstead. Incredible food in an extraordinary setting. New Year’s Day brunch will be served from 8 am-2 pm.

South Carolina


Got 10 bucks? Charlotte, South Carolina area residents can head down to Rock Hill and trade that ten spot for skate rental and up to 2 hours on the ice! Visit the Only in Old Town Ice Rink from 11 am-10 pm.



There are a trio of fantastic options in Tampa:

  • Bottomless Brunch with Tampa International. Shake off the previous night’s revelries with all-you-can-drink mimosas, beermosas or Bloody Marys for just 12 bucks with any brunch entrée. 9 am-2 pm at 5311 Avion Park Drive.
  • A Busch Gardens tradition! The Three Kings Celebration combines Latin foods, entertainment and customs with a dazzling light display and all your theme park favorites. Festivities begin at 3 pm.
  • Score tickets to the Outback Bowl to see the South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Wolverines of Michigan. Kickoff is at noon.


Orlando residents can take to the sea…or to the garden…or to the stadium:

  • Welcome the Three Kings to Sea World with a unique holiday feast, procession and live entertainment. 11 am-7 pm.
  • Add nature to your New Year’s Day plans at the incredible Leu Gardens. Open 9 am-5 pm.
  • Take part in the college football tradition of Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish take on the Tigers of LSU in the Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is at 1pm.


Choose from a pair of tasty brunch choices in Sarasota. Both events start at 11 am:

Fort Myers & Naples

Many of your favorite Fort Myers & Naples area restaurants will be taking the day off on January 1st. Here is a list of local eateries that will gladly take your booking for New Year’s Day.



Start 2018 off on the right foot Chicago. Join the New Year’s Day 5K Run & Walk at Lincoln Park. Race leaves LaSalle Drive & Stockton Drive at 11am.

Don’t forget to exercise your mind, too. The Chicago Museum of Science & Industry will be open for holiday hours from 11am-4pm. Be sure to check out the robot exhibition and to board the U-505, the only German submarine in the USA.



Football fans living in new Atlanta townhomes at Townsend at Perimeter have a couple different options to get their fill of New Year’s Day gridiron excitement:

  • Don’t feel bad about not making it out to Pasadena to watch your Bulldogs battle the Sooners. Join other Georgia fans at the Rose Bowl Watch Party from 5-9 pm.
  • Pick up tickets to the Peach Bowl.

Be sure to wake up early for the official kickoff to game day, the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl Parade through downtown Atlanta begins at 8 am.



Recently purchased a new home in Leander, TX? Get ready Travisso and Crystal Falls! Around here celebrating January 1st means taking part in the Polar Bear Plunge. Make your big splash at the Bledsoe Park pool from 1:30-3 pm. Registration includes a free sweatshirt, season pass to the pool and ticket for door prize raffle.

At Reunion Ranch, residents can stay dry and forego cannonballs. Visit the Ransom Center Galleries for the final day of Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange, 1920–1945. 10 am-5 pm.


A world of dining options open January 1st in Dallas:

  • Use OpenTable and find somewhere to enjoy New Year’s Brunch.
  • Explore Lake Lewisville. Fishing, boating or just plain relaxing on the shore. A day at the lake is a great way to ring in 2018.


Something for everyone in Houston on January 1:

  • City Acre Brewing will be offering 3 seatings for New Year’s Brunch. 11 am, 12:45 pm and 2:30 pm. Enjoy their exclusive holiday menu.
  • Head to the Rothko Chapel for a noon meditation with yoga instructor, Dana Shamas.
  • A true holiday classic. The Houston Ballet will delight audiences at the Hobby Center with 2 performances of the Nutcracker. 2 pm & 7:30 pm.



Residents of Sterling Ranch and Terrain Ravenwood in the Denver region can get the most out of mountain living with a “First Day Hike” at Roxborough State Park. Choose from Carpenter Peak (9 am-1 pm) or the Fountain Valley Trail (11 am-1 pm). Both hikes are guided by talented naturalists.



New Year’s Day fun in the Phoenix desert:


Bay Area

All aboard the Schooner Freda B. It’s the New Year’s Day Sail – otherwise known as Bloody Marys on the Bay! Bay Area residents can enjoy San Francisco skyline views as well as the Golden Gate Bridge up close and personal from 11 am-2 pm.


Who says there’s no ice skating in California? Head to the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink and build lasting holiday memories with your little skaters. Sacramento residents can skate from 10 am-10 pm.

Southern California

A Southern California tradition that’s now 129 years in the making. Roll out of bed early on the first to stake out your spot to see the Rose Parade.

If you’re lucky, perhaps you can still get tickets to the Granddaddy of all NCAA bowl games, the Rose Bowl.

Make 2018 a Year to Remember

Whatever your dreams may be for this coming trip around the sun, your friends at Taylor Morrison wish you and yours the Happiest of New Year’s.

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