Top 10 Things to Do in Atlanta on New Year's Eve 2012

Ring in the year with peachdrop, parties and concerts in atlanta.Make plans now to have a wonderful new year 2012 before the Atlanta venues get too crowded.

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Spend New Year’s Eve out and about with the throngs of thousands in Atlanta, Georgia. Featuring some of the largest turnouts in the Southeast, from football games to equestrian ballet, you will have no problem finding something memorable to do on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta. If you are on a tight budget, expect to find plenty of free events from parades to the Peach Drop. On the other end of the spectrum, you will find plenty of places to shell out some cash while partying the night away in style. Here is a compilation of the top 10 things to do in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve 2011.
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1.Watch the Peach Drop in Atlanta

The star attraction for visitors and locals alike in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve is the annual Peach Drop. Held at Underground Atlanta every year since 1989, the Peach Drop is the largest New Year’s Eve event in the Southeast. Admission to the event is free. The headliner for 2012 is the rock group Kansas who has been playing since releasing their hit records in the ‘70s. Bring your 2012 garb and noisemakers to join the more than 100,000 expected partygoers gathered in the streets of Atlanta from Peachtree Street to MLK, Jr. Drive. The festivities begin at noon on December 31st with lots of family oriented activities, including carnival rides and face painting. However, these activities end by 6 p.m., which is an ideal time to end the evening if you have younger children.

The large crowd and often intoxicated partygoers make for an inappropriate atmosphere for children. Most eateries in Atlanta close by 9 on New Year’s Eve, but event vendors will sell food and drinks, as well as alcoholic beverages, at the location of the Peach Drop. After the Peach Drop at midnight, venture out to the bar scene that will be hopping until 4 a.m. Keep in mind most of the streets will be blocked in the area, and parking will be almost impossible. The ideal method of transportation is to arrive early via MARTA while parking your vehicle in a MARTA parking lot. Then at the end of the event, you can take MARTA until 2 a.m. when it stops running; plan to take a taxi to your car if you are planning on partying on through the morning.

Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 523-2311

2.Indoor Ball Drop at Downtown Countdown Atlanta

If you prefer an all-inclusive event that allows you to eat, drink and sleep on location, check out the Downtown Countdown Atlanta. Heading into 2012 with its 8th annual event, the indoor New Year’s Eve celebration is held at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Food and drinks include a full bar featuring top shelf liquors and Freixenet Blanc de Blanc Champagne for ringing in the New Year, along with a full buffet. Savor delights from an Asian themed food station and pasta bar, or wait for the late night breakfast to be served. Entertainment for the occasion is provided by front man Ed Kowalczyk of the highly successful alternative rock band, LIVE, and the Grammy Award winning rap group Naughty by Nature. Purchase your tickets early to secure a discounted room at the Hyatt Regency.

Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

3.Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel

Plan the weekend of New Year’s Eve celebrations from December 30 to January 1 at the luxurious Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel. Guests will watch the New York City Times Square events via jumbo screens in the ball room. Meanwhile entertainment will be provided by Gritz & Jelly Butter Band, Soul for Real, as well as by several DJs and local radio hosts. An open bar will keep partiers refreshed as everyone mingles throughout the weekend.

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, GA 30339

4.Chick-Fil-A Bowl

The 44th annual Chick-fil-A Bowl is a football rival between the SEC (Southeastern Conference) and ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference). Formerly known as the Peach Bowl, the big game takes place every New Year’s Eve in Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, home to the Atlanta Falcons. The merriments begin with the Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade--free admission--at 12:30 on Peachtree Street. Kickoff time is 7:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Georgia Dome
One Georgia Dome Drive
Atlanta, GA 30313

5.Club Scene

For partiers who are 21 and up, one of the top 10 things to do in Atlanta on New Year’s Party is the annual bash at Compound. Three live DJs in three separate party rooms plan to entertain 4,000 guests for the 5th annual event. As of December 4, 2011 tickets have not went on sale, but the event is sure to sell out so plan accordingly. The party starts at 8 p.m. and concludes at 2 a.m.

1008 Brady Avenue West
Atlanta, GA 30318

6.Sol Fusion

Sol Fusion presents ‘Twelve at Twelve’ at the Westin in Buckhead where the night begins at 8:30 with hors d'oeuvres and flute glasses filled with Korbel Champagne. Entertainment will be provided by Knotorize and the 6:30 Band followed by DJs hosting in two separate ball rooms for the remainder of the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance; early bird tickets are already sold out.

Westin Buckhead
3391 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326


Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

One of the classiest ways to spend the New Year’s in Atlanta is with attendance to the ASO New Year’s Eve. Stars from Broadway--Joan Hess and Kirby Ward--will dance to the big band sounds of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for the event that starts at 8:30 p.m. Wear your black tie and top hat, or your shimmering ball gown, with this flashback to an era of glitz and glamour.

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

8.Cake at the Fox Theatre Atlanta

Cake will be performing one of the biggest concerts in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve. The show will be held at the Fabulous Fox Theatre and starts at 9:00 p.m. Be entertained with classic hits from Cake including “The Distance” from the ‘Fashion Nugget’ disc.

Fox Theatre
660 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

9.Zac Brown Band at Philips Arena

There is mixed reaction from the locals to the billing of Zac Brown Band at the Philips Arena in Atlanta for New Year’s Eve show. While the showcasing act is noted for their Grammy award winning country sound, the act replaces Georgia natives Widespread Panic who have played the arena since 1992 with 17 sold out shows. The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m.

Philips Arena
1 Philips Drive
Atlanta, GA 30303

10.Cavalia’s Odysseo

Emerging from the Atlanta skyline is the big white circus tents of Cavalia. Inside ballet performers, including equestrians, put on the show “Odysseo,” which is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Cavalia’s Odysseo matinee event starting at 3 p.m. is one of top 10 things to do in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve.

864 Spring Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

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