Even with all of the chaos of 2020, Atlantans are finding creative ways to say goodbye to this year and welcome 2021 with a myriad different options for celebrating New Year’s Eve. If you’re looking to party with a DJ or live music, then this year’s scene is for you. For the families out there that are looking for something memorable to do outside of the home together, there are a few options for you as well. And if you would just like to wind down with some delicious food and beverages, there are some restaurants that will be a good match for you, too. All of these events are limited capacity, so advance tickets and/or registration is urged. Here are some of the best New Year’s celebrations in Atlanta for welcoming in the brand-new year.
Kefi is a family entertainment experience with a focus on technology. Families have two opportunities to celebrate with a morning activity for children 6 and under (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and an afternoon option for older children (2-4 p.m.)
Apostle Travis and Pastor Stephanie Jennings will lead “75 minutes of responsible worship” with limited seating to welcome the new year. Registration is free.
For the first time ever, the New Year’s ball will drop in Times Square in New York City without in-person spectators. The ball drop will be held virtually this year, and you and your family can enjoy it by downloading the free NYE app or signing on the VNYE.com for the experience.
There are many great holiday light shows and outdoor events that will be ongoing through New Year’s Eve in the Atlanta area. See the article linked above for a rundown of those events, with the only event not open on New Year’s Eve being the Atlanta Festival of Lights.
Acclaimed Inman Park restaurant Lazy Betty is offering a 7-course and a 10-course tasting menu for the night of New Year’s Eve complete with wine pairings. They are also offering a 5-course to-go tasting menu if you would prefer to celebrate at home, to be ordered up to the day-of online here.
At Shezmu Cellars Winery & Taproom in Marietta, they are celebrating with a live swing/jazz band, 25-cent drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a free Champagne toast at midnight. The theme is the 1920s, and coins are required. You can also opt for swing dance lessons.
This party promises to be one of the safest options there for avoiding COVID-19 as all visitors must have proof of a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the event. Joe Gransden and his Band will perform, and guests can enjoy heavy passed appetizers.
For party animals
Right off the BeltLine in WestEnd Atlanta, beer lovers will love this New Year’s Eve bash held in three different rooms of Wild Heaven Brewing from 8:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
For an upscale night masked in mystery, enjoy live music, Champagne and decadence at the St. Regis Bar in Buckhead. Prepaid reservations are accepted now for up to 12 people.
Another upscale option with a 1920s theme is at Ventanas for the Gatsby’s Penthouse party. There will be four hours of a premium open bar, three areas to mingle, two skyline view photo opps and one live DJ.
Comedian TK Kirkland helps to bring in the new year with a comedy show and a Champagne toast at midnight. Hosted by Nard Holston and presented by Uptown Comedy Corner in Hapeville.
With exclusive access to Sports & Social and PBR Atlanta, this party at The Battery Atlanta is a masquerade-themed event with a balloon drop and Champagne toast.
At Cafe Circa there are multiple floors to party on and exclusive rooftop access for their New Year’s party featuring trap music. Tickets will be available at the door the night of in addition to advance ticket options with a table option starting at US$400.
For Whiskey Blue’s 12th annual New Year’s Eve celebration, enjoy DJ Princess Cut at one of the best locations in Buckhead. Bottle/table packages are available.
You don’t have to skate to enjoy this NYE party at the legendary Cascade skating rink. There will be a group skate contest with a trophy, so if you’re looking for something different then this is a great choice for you.
My Sister’s Room, Atlanta’s number-one lesbian bar is hosting their 24th Annual New Year’s Eve Party with temperature checks at the door. Party access includes a backyard hookah lounge and the party features DJ Amethyst and DJ Wulf.
For a more laid-back experience, try Lingering Shade Social Club’s socially distant celebration with live music by Jenni Mickelson from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Table reservations include a bottle of Champagne, and face coverings are required.
This event at Agency Socialthèque in Phipps Plaza will feature DJ Tabone, DJ Stix and DJ Geronimo spinning Neo Soul, R&B and Hip-hop in the heart of Buckhead. Tables come with a complimentary bottle of Champagne.
As you can see, no matter what your scene is, there is something for everyone in Atlanta this New Year’s Eve. Whether you are looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate, a chance to enjoy some delicious eats or just a rockin’ party – Atlanta has it all this December 31. Check out one of these great events to make the most of your last night of 2020!
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