With New Year’s Eve around the corner, for those planning on being in Atlanta there’s a ton of stuff to do. With lots of family friendly activities both during the day and at night, the kids can definitely celebrate the New Year with you. OR, if you have a sitter or other childcare secured then check out the fun New Year’s Eve adults-only activities too. Let the good times roll as 2016 rolls out!
New Year’s Eve in Atlanta with Kids
1. Not ready for Christmas to end quite yet? Hold onto your holiday cheer at the World of Coca-Cola, where the festivities are still in full swing. New Year’s weekend is your last chance to experience the attraction’s holiday celebration that features special seasonal exhibits, fun decorations and samples of limited-time Gingerbread and Chocolate Cherry Coke. Check out a sneak peek of the attraction-turned-winter-wonderland here.
2. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will host its New Year’s Bubble Bash twice this year with countdowns at noon and 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. This New Year’s party for kids will include bubble-wrap fireworks, a dance party and some new surprises. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets early for this popular event.
3. For a kid-friendly countdown that gets you home before the clock strikes midnight, take your family to Stone Mountain Park’s Kids’ Early New Year’s Eve Celebration. With more than two million lights, fun seasonal activities and a 9 p.m. countdown and snowfall, this event is a true family-favorite. Want another activity to do during this weekend? Snow Mountain will be open all weekend! Who says it doesn’t snow it Atlanta?!
4. In town for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game? Get all your kinds of football action in at the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. From Dec. 29 through Jan. 1, the attraction will host Fan Days, allowing guests to check out the Hall of Fame, test their football skills in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl SkillZone, or take a picture with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl trophy. Guests can do all this at a discounted rate of $16.99 per person.
5. Head to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta to ring in the New Year in a kid-friendly way at the annual Noon Year’s Eve! There will be a traditional countdown and balloon drop at 12 noon. LEGO fans will be in heaven. They will be able to take part in the 2017 group build, as well as get the opportunity to enter to win great prizes and special offers to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center in 2017. All activities are included with admission to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center but get your tickets early as this is a very popular event.
New Year’s Eve in Atlanta without Kids
6. Want to head out with your honey during New Year’s Eve and not have to worry about the kids? If you aren’t lucky enough to have a sitter who doesn’t charge an arm and a leg (or a Grandma living near by), Life Time Athletic – Atlanta is offering a New Year’s Eve Overnight party for kids ages 4-12. The evening will include dinner, snacks, games and activities, and a New Year’s Day breakfast. Festivities start at 6 p.m. and end the next day at 9 a.m. And when the kids are off having fun, mom and dad can actually celebrate New Year’s Eve like they did pre-babies! [Cost: $55/member, $65/non-member (ask for multiple child discounts for more than two kids). Reservations required. Call (404) 257-0900 to reserve a spot.]
7. Ring in the New Year in style at Ponce City Market’s “Roaring Rooftop Bash.” This extravagant black tie event will feature unlimited bubbly, unbeatable skyline views and not one but two dance floors. Guests will also enjoy performances by aerialists, burlesque dancers, acrobats and more. Want to be totally posh? Go for the VIP option!
8. Don’t miss the 13th Annual Downtown Countdown and Official New Year’s Eve Party of the 2016 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Attendees can root for their team and kick off the New Year all in one place at this all-inclusive event. Find more information and purchase tickets here.
9. Since 1989, the Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta has been the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration of the Southeast – and this year is the site’s last time hosting. While this event is not technically an adults-only party, it is geared more toward a young adult crowd which may or may not be suitable for young kids. It will feature food, fun and entertainment as well as the 800-pound peach drop at midnight. Find more information here.
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