Carytown ball will rise once again at original location New Year’s Eve

Byrd Theatre manager plans to bring the traditional celebration back to where it all started to ring in 2015.

The Carytown Ball Rise, a tradition where crowds have gathered to watch a giant lit ball ascend a pole atop The Byrd Theatre, is coming home.

The event, which draws thousands each year, was moved to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in 2013 at the last minute. Byrd Theatre manager Todd Schall-Vess tells he feels the event has become such a tradition that he wanted to bring it back to its original location.

The only major difference in this year’s event will be the relocation of the ball and pole to New York Deli’s rooftop to allow for better visibility from Cary Street.

While Schall-Vess acknowledges more than 10,000 are expected at the first ever New Year’s Eve event on Brown’s Island, he hopes the Carytown event will complement the downtown festivities and draw neighborhood residents looking for an event within walking distance of their homes.


Check out the full rundown of Carytown and Scott’s Addition New Year’s Eve events here.

Photo: G. Cowardin

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Trevor Dickerson

Trevor Dickerson loves all things Richmond and manages RVANews’ West of the Boulevard and West End community sites.

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  1. As a neighborhood resident, I would prefer the management of the Byrd Theatre focus on restoring the building and showing movies rather than the creation of mechanical toys and the promotion of public drunkenness.

  2. ron virgin on said:

    As a neighborhood resident, I think Todd Schall-Vess is yet another example of a businessman who improves the community fabric with absolutely no assistance from the city of Richmond. Thank you, Todd!

  3. Paul Hammond on said:

    The best New Years I have spent in Richmond was New Years Eve 2008 in Carytown. It was a magical night. New Year’s Eve should be spent on the streets of Richmond, not on an island in the river.

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