First Night celebration in St. Louis begins Wednesday, December 31st

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- St. Louisans willing to brave the cold will be welcoming in the new year at First Night. FOX 2's Paul Schankman is live in Grand Center with a look at this year`s line up.

It will be cold but keep in mind First Night is a combination of outdoor and indoor family friendly events. The First Night tradition in St. Louis began in 1991 and because it is held in Grand Center, it is a celebration of the arts. In an effort to keep it family friendly, the event is alcohol free.

There will be more than 40 performances happening at 11 locations including two free fireworks displays. Also, there will be all sorts of jugglers and jokers and musicians, including this year`s big name guest, Pokey LaFarge. He will be performing on the main stage at Grand and Lindell after the first fireworks show.

This year`s first night marks the end of the city`s 250th birthday celebration that began at last year`s first night. The fun begins at 6p.m. on Wednesday, December 31st and ends at midnight.

If you want to enjoy the indoor events there is an admission charge. Those venues include College Church, The Scottish Rite and the Busch Student Center at SLU.

There is also a dance tent on grand across from Strauss Park.

Adults ticket prices are $14 and children are $7.

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