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Celebrate New Year’s Eve Downtown!

The countdown has already started! With 2012 just weeks away, it’s time to buy your tickets for Bright Night! Now in its 9th year, this artist-run festival offers more than 40 performances in venues throughout downtown Providence. Tickets are $10 through December 15th, and $15 from December 16th until the 30th. On the day of the event, tickets are $20 each ($15 for children and seniors). Purchase online through Brown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006.

Your wristband gives you access to shows by local legends Big Nazo puppets, Grammy-winning storyteller/singer Bill Harley, bebop sensation Greg Abate, the Extraordinary Rendition Band, a blues swing/dance party featuring the Black and White Blues Band, mentalist Rory Raven, storyteller Mark Binder, and a host of other artists and events. New this year is aslo showcase of winners of the Bright Night’s Got Talent Competition, a kid-friendly talent competition.

International magic sensation Brad Ross is headlining with 3 shows at the RI Convention Center at 6, 8 and 10 pm. He has appeared on every major US television network and on more than 500 television programs. He just finished 6 consecutive years starring in Disney LIVE! presents Mickey’s Magic Show, the biggest touring family illusion show in the world, and last year, he was awarded the prestigious Merlin award by the International Magician’s Society. 

For more up to date info, like Bright Night on Facebook, and keep checking our website for other ideas about places to eat, stay, and recover from your New Year’s Eve festivities.

(Photos: courtesy of Big Nazo and Brad Ross).