The Best Activities to Ring in the New Year in Atlanta

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Forget Times Square! Atlanta is the place to be this New Year’s Eve. Whether you are looking for family-friendly fun, casual cocktails or a black-tie affair, Atlanta has a New Year’s celebration for everyone.

So, if you are a local Atlantan, a tourist or moving to Atlanta, Georgia before the new year, we’ve researched some of the best New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day shindigs in the Peach State’s capital.

Peach Drop

Since it began in 1989, The Peach Drop has been the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast. This year, the party continues at Underground Atlanta, with live music, fireworks, a confetti shower and an 800-lb peach to entertain partygoers. It’s sure to be an exciting way to ring in the New Year.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Parade

If you still have enough energy left after partying the night away, why not wander over a get the New Year’s Day celebrations started early at the Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade. The fanfare kicks off the Chick-fil-A Bowl with a bang. Enjoy floats, classic cars, cheerleaders and marching bands for a high-energy beginning to the New Year.

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is one of the country’s premier college football events and is a great way to keep the excitement going during the New Year. It one of the hottest tickets in town, so join thousands of other cheering fans this New Year’s Day.

New Year’s Eve Live! at the Battery

New Year’s Eve Live! hosts some of the biggest party events across the country, and this year the Battery in Atlanta will be the venue for the New Year’s Eve rocking party. Celebrate with amazing food on each of the venues levels, as well as four exclusive bars, themed party favors, live music, and DJ. Then, count down the New Year with a view of the Times Square Ball Drop on the massive 30ft LED screen.

Fantasy in Lights

Beginning at Christmas and lasting until after the New Year, Callaway Garden features one of the best light displays on the planet and is sure to make for a glittering way to ring in the New Year. Book an overnight stay at one of the garden’s luxurious lodges and explore the 2,500 acres of lush forest. Then, after the sun sets, take a drive through the illuminated forest and stroll through the Christmas village.

15th Annual Downtown Countdown

Send 2018 out in style at the elegant Annual Downtown Countdown. This black-tie affair is the 15th annual New Year’s Eve event, hosted amid the historic architectural splendor of 200 Peachtree. Anyone who is anyone attends this prestigious event, with premium entertainment such as high-flying aerial performances and a sumptuous gourmet feast. VIP tickets also offer access the exclusive mezzanine level, as well as reserved seating and bottle service.

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New Year’s Bubble Bash

Start the celebrations early at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. The museum is hosting the second “Bubble Bash,” Atlanta’s favorite kid-centric New Year’s Eve party.

Kids can show off their best dance moves at the dance party, meet some special guests and enjoy awesome sensory fun with bubble wrap fireworks. There are two countdown celebrations to choose from at 12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are not available at the door, so order your tickets online to enjoy some bubbly fun!

Kid’s Early New Year’s Eve Celebration and Stone Mountain Park

For kids who want to party but need to be in bed before midnight, the New Year’s Eve celebrations at Stone Mountain Park are an exciting way to ring in the New Year. Spend the afternoon exploring the parks’ amazing forests and wildlife. Then, at 8:30 p.m., get ready for the Snow Angel fireworks and stick around for some more fun New-Year-themed activities. Count down the early New Year at 8:59 p.m. and then enjoy the snowfall finale and even more fireworks!

Dad’s Garage New Year’s Eve Show

Laugh your way into the New Year with the comedic stylings at Dad’s Garage. The theatre company brings together the best improv acts, sketches and songs 2018 had to offer, along with sparkling libations.

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Sips Under the Sea at the Georgia Aquarium

Toast to the New Year at the most unique cocktail party in Atlanta! Sips Under the Sea presents the Black-and-White Ball, where you can celebrate New Year’s Eve with the cute and quirky aquatic life at the aquarium. Dust off your best tuxedo or little black dress and join in the fundraising event to fund conservation research into the African Penguin—the event’s hosts!

Widespread Panic at Fox Theatre

Continuing a 30-year-old tradition, Georgia rockers Widespread Panic return once more to the Fox Theatre to rock in the New Year. Shows run from the 29th to the 31st, and the band has pulled out all the stops, as usual, with guest stars and vocalists, leaving fans with an unforgettable experience and an electrifying way to ring in the New Year.