Georgia’s Most Unique New Year’s Eve Events

  • Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade

    See award-winning marching bands and more at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade Dec. 31, 2015.

Each year, towns throughout Georgia forgo customary New Year’s Eve ball drops in favor of their own takes on the traditional festivities.

Dropping of the Edelweiss (Helen) – Gather at the Helen Festhalle on New Year’s Eve to watch the Edelweiss drop. The family-friendly event is a party featuring music, food, dancing, party favors and a midnight toast.

Noon Year’s Eve Balloon Drops (Atlanta) – Join the folks at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta and LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta at noon on New Year’s Eve for kid-friendly fun that the whole family won’t have to stay up late for.

Up the Cup (Savannah) – Celebrate the new year and Savannah’s relaxed alcohol containment laws at the annual Up the Cup event at Riverfront Plaza. As the year counts down, the six-foot to-go cup rises to greet the new year.

Shamrock Drop (Dublin) – Gather in downtown Dublin and ring in the new year with a celebration befitting the town’s name. Each year, a giant shamrock is lowered from the top of The Fred Roberts.

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade (Atlanta) – This parade is all about the big game. Football fans are invited to spend the morning downtown Atlanta where floats, classic cars, cheerleaders, mascots, award-winning marching bands and dance groups will be parading near Centennial Olympic Park.

The Possum Drop (Tallapoosa) – The party goes through midnight, when a stuffed possum named Spencer is lowered in a ball covered with holiday lights from atop one of the town’s historic buildings.

Perry Buzzard Drop (Perry) – Downtown Perry is home to the annual Buzzard Drop. The annual event features Bob the Buzzard who, legend has it, made his way to Perry because he approved of the town’s Southern hospitality.

Eileen Falkenberg-Hull

Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more Festival content from Eileen.

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