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- 1. Stone Mountain Park Kids Early New Year's Eve Celebration
- 2. The Atlanta New Year's Eve Peach Drop
- 3. New Year's Bubble Bash at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
- 4. Ice Skating at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park
- 5. Deck the Hall at the College Football Hall of Fame
- 6. Bricktacular at Atlanta LEGOLAND Discovery Center
- 7. Skate the Sky at Ponce City Market
- 8. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia
- 9. Holiday Road
- Got a Sitter for New Year's Eve?
In Atlanta, New Year’s Eve isn’t just for the grown-ups. On the contrary, the “Big Peach” is packed with affordable family-friendly activities! There are dance parties, fireworks, ice skating and the traditional new year’s countdown…all before bedtime. And the best part? It isn’t freezing cold! So whether you plan to celebrate with the kids or adults-only, you’ll want to read this list of all the ways to spend your Atlanta New Year’s Eve.
After the last two years, many people are planning for a fantastic family-friendly New Year’s Even in Atlanta. It is a festive occasion in the city, featuring many family-friendly activities. With typically mild temperatures and affordable prices, Atlanta is a great place to say goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022. Of course, there are plenty of adults-only parties; however, there are also many activities where kids are not only invited, but expected. And many take place during the day, so you can be home, tucked in on the couch to watch the famous NYC Times Square ball drop at midnight!
9 Family-Friendly Atlanta New Year’s Eve Events
1. Stone Mountain Park Kids Early New Year’s Eve Celebration
For a kid-friendly countdown that complies with bedtime, take the family to Stone Mountain Park’s Kids’ Early New Year’s Eve Celebration. It features more than two million sparkling lights, seasonal activities and more. At 9pm, there will be a “snowfall” and a countdown to 2022. This event is a true family favorite. New Year’s Eve activities are included with a Christmas Mountain ticket. Time to start a new Atlanta New Year’s Eve tradition?
2. The Atlanta New Year’s Eve Peach Drop
The Peach Drop is back on! After being canceled for the last two years, the biggest Atlanta New Year’s Eve celebration in the southeast is a go. Beginning in 1989, the Peach Drop has been the highlight of the holiday season for many Atlantans. Typically this outdoor event includes carnival rides, vendors, live music and food during the evening with the giant peach dropping at midnight. Details for 2021 have not been released yet, but the Atlanta City Council officially approved the event in November.
3. New Year’s Bubble Bash at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta was one of the first places to host an Atlanta Noon Year’s Eve event. It has been a hit ever since! Once again they will be hosting their New Year’s Bubble Bash on December 31, 2021. This New Year’s party for kids will include a dance party, bubble-wrap fireworks, special guests and some new surprises. Tickets must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door.
There will be two sessions for the Bubble Bash and as with all their play sessions, capacity will be limited-capacity to allow for social distancing and cleaning. Masks are required to be worn by all guests ages 2 and above.
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta says it is geared to children ages 8 and younger, though a recent renovation makes it exciting for kids up to age 12 in my opinion.
Read More: 10 Atlanta Museums that are Fun for Families
4. Ice Skating at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park
This holiday season, Park Tavern in Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta is pulling out all the stops for its popular ice skating rink. It has become a beloved annual Atlanta tradition for all ages. In 2021, The Rink Powered by Pepsi is welcoming guests now through President’s Day to an 85 foot long rink under a heated tent. Spectators are admitted for free and are invited to relax by stone fire pits and fireplaces, in private holiday cabanas or snap some fun photos in one of the many selfie stations. In addition, the Park Tavern offers park-side dining, seasonal cocktails, desserts, igloo experiences and more, If you are in Atlanta New Year’s Eve, this could be a kid-friendly casual event during the day. The rink will be limited to 16 years and up starting at 8:30 p.m.
5. Deck the Hall at the College Football Hall of Fame
You can’t call yourself a true football fan until you’ve visited the College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience. The Hall is bringing back their annual fan-favorite holiday tradition, Deck the Hall, for the entire month of December. Build up the holiday cheer with family-friendly events, warm up your voice for caroling with fight song karaoke and enjoy the 95,000 square feet of festive décor. While you can experience this fun event throughout the month, make this on Atlanta New Year’s Eve event to make it an extra special day.
6. Bricktacular at Atlanta LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta invites families to celebrate the holidays throughout the month of December with its Holiday Bricktacular. LEGO fans will be able to take part in all the bricktastic holiday fun by building a snowflake ornament with the Master Model Builder. Kids can write a letter to Santa and drop it in our mailbox, take a picture with LEGO Santa and enjoy seasonal offerings at the Café including Holiday Brew and Holiday Cookies. There will be limited capacity with timed entry. The last session starts at 3pm on December 31. This family-friendly New Year’s Eve activity is especially good for families with younger kids. All activities are included with admission to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
7. Skate the Sky at Ponce City Market
Returning in 2021, The Roof at Ponce City Market invites guests to “Skate the Sky” and enjoy the Holidays on the Roof. Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue, the Roof Terrace will feature a 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink. Families will be able to enter the ice rink from Nine Mile Station (where there are rides and fun carnival games). Families can cozy up in life-sized igloos alongside the rink. Admission includes 50 min of ice skating time, ice skate rentals, unlimited games and rides in 9 Mile Park and admission to the roof. This posh event space is a little expensive (Ages 13+: $30, Kids: $22; Igloos start at $200) it will be a WOW experience to remember. On December 31, all ages can Skate the Sky until 4pm. After 6 p.m., the facility moves to a 21 and up only skate.
8. Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia
Enjoy the over 1 million lights at Six Flags Over Georgia’s Holiday in the Park while also getting the thrill out of the season. Ride some of the theme park’s most popular rides, take in a holiday show and try some seasonal treats (like peppermint funnel cakes). This is an especially great option for a family-friendly New Year’s Eve in Atlanta if you have kids of various ages. Don’t miss the Oh What Fun! Holiday Light Spectacular once the sun goes down! Six Flags Over Georgia is open 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.
9. Holiday Road
Yes, you could drive through holiday light shows, but wouldn’t you prefer to walk through instead? New in 2021, Holiday Road is spreading the joy of the season with lights and festive scenes direct from Hollywood. Join in all of the excitement and festivities located just south of the city of Atlanta. While walking through the immersive trail, grown-ups can enjoy a special adult libation while kids will adore the delicious hot chocolate. Advanced purchase timed ticket entry is required. On December 31, tickets will be available for time slots from 6p to 8:30 p.m. with the event closing at 11 p.m. Bring your whole family for a night full of cheer, fun, and holiday warmth. The path is stroller and wheelchair-friendly.
Got a Sitter for New Year’s Eve?
If you’ve lined up a babysitter and still have the energy to go out after celebrating with the kids, Atlanta’s got a number of adults-only New Year’s events too. Here are some of the most popular ones:
- The annual New Year’s fundraiser at the Georgia Aquarium. The 2021 theme is Sailing into 2022. Guests will enjoying music, party favors, dining options and 4 drink tickets. Plus they will get to experience the exclusive after-hours scenes at the Georgia Aquarium!
- Come to the Battery Atlanta for the New Year’s Eve Bash. Bring the kids (or not) to the Early Inning celebrations which will begin at 6 p.m. and includes music from The Lucky Band. There will be a countdown to an inflatable balloon drop at 8pm. Starting at at 9 p.m. the Late Innings will feature live music from The 12 South Band. It will close with a midnight countdown and an unforgettable firework and confetti display over Truist Park and The Battery Atlanta.
- For the sports fans, the Atlanta Hawks take on the Cleveland Caviliers at 7:30 on December 31 in downtown Atlanta. State Farm Arena is a fantastic place to cheer for an awesome 2022.
There are plenty of family friendly New Year’s Eve activities in Atlanta. Whether you get a jump on the day with an Atlanta Noon Year’s Eve balloon drop, ice skate the day away or even throw some footballs around, everyone can have a good time.
What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?