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7 Unique Georgia New Year's Eve Events

Count down to the New Year at these Georgia events with real hometown atmosphere.

  • Gold Nugget Drop on New Year's Eve

For years, Georgians have been ringing in the New Year by counting down to midnight at festive events in cities big and small. Towns around the state have put their own spin on the popular New Year’s Eve tradition, creating some unique holiday celebrations that speak to the character of the community.

Here’s a look at the ways Georgians ring in the New Year. Best of all, most of these events are free.

The Buzzard Drop in Perry

Bob the Buzzard was somewhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line freezing his "feathers" off, when he suddenly decided there had to be a better life. He settled in Perry, Ga., and now Bob and his friends are as much a part of the landscape in Perry as the Clock Tower at the Fairgrounds. In honor of the buzzard's return, Perry residents gather each New Year's Eve to celebrate their brave trek with a New Year's Eve celebration and Buzzard Drop.

Possum Drop in Tallapoosa

About 45 minutes west of Atlanta on I-20, you’ll find the town of Tallapoosa, formally known as Possum Snout. Tallapoosa rings in the New Year by dropping a stuffed possum named Spencer. Come early for a full day of activities, including a Possum Day Parade, Kids Zone, live bands, concessions and even a Possum King and Queen!

Geranium Drop in McDonough

Celebrate the New Year in McDonough with dancing and a free family-friendly celebration on the historic downtown McDonough Square. The event ends with a giant geranium drop. The geranium is made of lots and lots of lights, and an all-new geranium is being constructed and will debut for the 2017 drop.

Gold Nugget Drop in Villa Rica

Villa Rica was the site of the first Gold Strike in the United States. There is still gold in the town, and they drop a huge nugget of it every New Year’s Eve. The evening begins with Head Games. Don’t worry, no one will mess with you - Head Games is a Foreigner cover band. Count down to midnight as you watch a golden nugget fall from the sky.

Shamrock Drop in Dublin

Everyone is a little bit Irish in Dublin, Ga., where they celebrate the New Year with a lucky shamrock drop. But the fun starts well before midnight with a free movie for kids at Theatre Dublin, some friendly competition at the corn hole tournament, as well as musical performances.

Edelweiss Drop in Helen

Folks in the Alpine Village of Helen, Ga. are happy to greet the New Year with music, food, dancing, party hats and the dropping of the Edelweiss.

Up the Cup in Savannah

While everyone else is dropping things, Savannah is raising a glass. Actually, it’s not a glass, but rather a six-foot-tall to-go cup to be exact. The countdown includes a digital light show before the "toast" to midnight.

If you aren’t into dropping things, here are 7 Family-Friendly Things to do on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta.  

Sue Rodman is Georgia's official Smart Travel Explorer. Find more of her budget-friendly tips and trip ideas on,

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