First Night Akron has been ringing in the New Year in regret-free fashion — sans booze — since 1996. It's where 30,000 people flock to see steel drum bands, dragons, a "Land of Ice and Snow," and a dazzling fireworks display. Best of all: The $15 button — available now! — that gets you into this year's fest is also good for free access to other Akron events throughout the holiday season. That means Fairy Tale Holiday at the Hower House is all yours, and so is the teen skate party at Lock 3. The fun spills into 2011 with gratis rides on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad and other happenings taking place all the way into April. First Night Akron: It's the only New Year's bash that's still with you after the year is old.
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