Families filed into Carowinds Monday night to say goodbye to 2018 and hello to 2019.

WinterFest started at 5 p.m., and at 10 p.m., a special New Year's Eve celebration began. 

More than five million lights were strung around the amusement park. NBC Charlotte chief meteorologist Brad Panovich did the honors of lighting the Christmas tree around 5:30 p.m.

Carowinds passed out 20,000 horns, 10,000 hats, and 10,000 tiaras ahead of the midnight countdown and fireworks show. 

There was lots of bubbly, too: 3,000 glasses of champagne were served in the hour leading up to 2019. Also, 100,000 pieces of confetti fell on Celebration Plaza at midnight. 

A special New Year's countdown for children was held at 11 p.m. at the Tinker's Toy Factory stage.