Crowd celebrates New Year’s Eve at Tryon Midnight 

Published 1:48 pm Monday, January 1, 2024

TRYON—Downtown Tryon was in celebration mode Sunday night, as a crowd “rang in the new year” at the Tryon Midnight event. 

From 7 to 10 pm, folks enjoyed live music from the Jim Peterman Quartet, as many businesses and galleries stayed open late and friends gathered to welcome 2024. Free hot chocolate was available, and a kid’s zone featuring games and face painting kept the little ones entertained in the waning hours of the year.

Many gathered in downtown Tryon Sunday night for the ball drop at the Tryon Midnight event. (Photo by Michelle Newman)

“We have a really good friend who lives up the road, and she invited us, and it sounded like a fantastic thing to do with our young kids,” said Molly Northey of Tryon. “To come out and enjoy everything and see the ball drop, maybe a little earlier than midnight.”

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The event culminated with the famous ball drop at the clock tower at 10 p.m., leaving time for attendees to ring in the official start of 2024 two hours later. Guests also enjoyed free New Year’s Eve swag at the event. 

“We come every year, we love it. It’s a good night, too. It’s not too cold,” said Shirley Bradley from Tryon. “We just love everything about it. I think it’s a great thing for the town to do.”

The free family-friendly festival was presented by the Tryon Downtown Development Association.