First Night Winchester

Winchester, VA 22604

The mission of First Night Winchester, Inc. is to bring friends and families together and unite our community in all its diversity through the visual and performing arts.

First Night Winchester was started in 1986 by Kathy Nerangis - who believed in the core mission of First Night. Kathy, along with several other friends and local authorities, got together to incorporate what is now First Night Winchester. Twenty-seven years later, First Night Winchester has become a highly respected family-friendly event for our entire community and the surrounding areas. Thousands come to Winchester to ring in a new year with us each year.

First Night Winchester is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We are operated by a volunteer Board of Directors that meets year-round to plan this event. With support from the community, we raise 100% of the funding annually in order to produce this celebration.  First Night Winchester is a dues-paying member of First Night USA. All programs are designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and to broaden and deepen the public's appreciation of the arts.

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