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- The Atlanta New Year's Eve Peach Drop
- Stone Mountain Park Kids Early New Year's Eve Celebration
- New Year's Bubble Bash at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
- Ice Skating at Park Tavern in Piedmont Park
- Noon Year's Eve at the Fernbank
- Deck the Hall at the College Football Hall of Fame
- Atlanta Noon Year's Eve at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
- Skate the Sky at Ponce City Market
- Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia
- Holiday Festivities in Centennial Park
- Got a Sitter for New Year's Eve?
Looking for family friendly things to do in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve? The Big Peach has ice skating, fireworks and a polar bear too. What it doesn’t have in 2019 is the annual Peach Drop. If this was your go-to December 31st event, don’t worry. There are plenty of other ways to ring in 2020 with the kids.
The Atlanta New Year’s Eve Peach Drop
Since 1989, the Peach Drop has been the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration of the Southeast. But Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that the peach will not drop this year. In news reports she indicated that the event will take a hiatus in 2019 and return in a new and improved form for 2020.
But don’t let this keep you from planning a great New Year’s 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 spend the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020. 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!
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9 Family-Friendly Atlanta NYE 2019 Events
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, a “snowfall,” and a countdown to 9 p.m. instead of midnight. This event is a true family-favorite. New Year’s Eve activities are included with a Christmas Mountain ticket. Snow Mountain will be open too so you could add that in for a full day event. This is the holiday event my family never misses. Time to start a new Atlanta New Year’s Eve tradition?
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 twice this year, with countdowns at 12 noon and 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 31. 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. 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.
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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 2019, the area will be transformed into Fire & Ice at The Rink Powered by Pepsi. Park Tavern will welcome guests now through Monday, January 20, 2020 to a completely transformed environment. It will boast charming holiday decor, fun and games, special events, seasonal signature cocktails, delicious fare, and much more. Visit during the day on Atlanta NYE 2019 with the kids. The rink is for 16 year olds and up starting at 8:30 p.m.
Noon Year’s Eve at the Fernbank
Want to do something really unusual for New Year’s Eve? How about ringing in 2019 with dinosaurs! The Fernbank Museum of Natural History hosts a family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve party, featuring a DJ, giant bubbles and a balloon drop. Advance tickets are required.
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. From December 21 through December 31, Deck the Hall will be in full swing with bright holiday decorations and cheer, appearances from Fumbles the Elf and the must see college football experience! Want more college football fun? The Peach Bowl, one of college football’s semifinal games, will be held on December 28 in Mercedes Benz Stadium. It’s a great event to kick off your Atlanta New Year’s Eve activities.
Atlanta Noon Year’s Eve at LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta invites families to ring in the New Year a bit early at its annual Atlanta Noon Year’s Eve on December 31! There will be a traditional countdown and balloon drop at noon (because you really don’t want your kids staying up until midnight). Throughout the day, LEGO fans can also take part in the large 2020 group build, enter to win great prizes and receive a special New Year’s gift (while supplies last). All activities are included with admission to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
Skate the Sky at Ponce City Market
Back for a third year, The Roof at Ponce City Market invites guests to “Skate the Sky.” Ten stories above Ponce de Leon Avenue, the Rooftop Terrace will feature a 3,500-square-foot ice skating rink. Families will be able to enter the ice rink as a walk-in from Skyline Park or Nine Mile Station (where there are tons of carnival games). And parents can cozy up in life-sized igloos alongside the rink. On December 31, Skate the Sky will be open at 3 p.m. After 5 p.m. it moves to a 21 and up only skate.
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. Six Flags Over Georgia is open 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and through January 1, 2020 when it will close until spring.
Holiday Festivities in Centennial Park
Check out the Centennial Park District in downtown Atlanta during the holidays for a wide range of events. Some are traditional, like the Christkindl Market and the Festival of Trees, located in the atrium of the Embassy Suites. Others are exotic. The Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival runs through January 5. In addition to getting up close and personal with intricate, animal-themed lanterns, visitors can enjoy Asian food and nightly dance, music and theater performances.
And, if Santa was looking for a South Pole, he’d definitely choose the World of Coca-Cola as his home. It’s decked out with giant, twinkling ornaments and trees and the exhibits feature holiday themed bottles and Santa ads that first appeared back in 1930. You can also sample this year’s seasonal flavors, Gingerbread Coke and Sprite Butter Toffee.
If you’ve procrastinated and haven’t captured that holiday family photo, don’t worry. There are plenty of opportunities to snap one aboard Santa’s sleigh or posing with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear. The World of Coca-Cola is open from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on NYE.
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 2019 theme is “Splashing ’20’s”; guests are encouraged to kick it Gatsby-style while enjoying music, party favors, a full buffet dinner and champagne toast at midnight.
- You’ll get a taste of the famous city nightlife if you attend Atlanta NYElectric 2020 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza near Woodruff Park. This annual downtown countdown features an open bar, top DJs and appetizers. Ticketing options include general admission or VIP exclusive access.
- Another popular New Year’s Eve party is the Atlanta Down Home New Year’s Eve Throwdown at the Georgia International Convention Center. It features live music and a variety of ticket packages.
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?