Ready for an Atlanta New Year’s Eve? For anyone who’s not quite ready for the holidays to end quite yet there are so many holiday-themed things to do before the season is over. From Bowl Games to ice skating to holiday activities around every corner, there is so much to do to celebrate New Year’s in the ‘Big Peach’.
In Atlanta, New Year’s Eve is a festive occasion with lots of family-friendly activities. With typically mild temperatures and affordable prices, Atlanta is a great place to spend New Year’s Eve. And while there are plenty of adults-only parties and events, there are also a plethora of activities where kids are not only invited, but they are expected.
12 Family-Friendly Atlanta New Year’s Eve Activities
1. Life Time Athletic Atlanta New Year’s Eve Party for Kids
For those who want to give their kids a fun and festive Atlanta New Year’s Eve in a supervised setting, 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 possibly have some grown up fun of their own! 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.
2. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Fan Night
For those visiting for the big game, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Fan Night at the Georgia Aquarium is an event just for you. From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Dec. 30, guests can experience all that the aquarium has to offer at a discounted rate of $26.95 per person. Each team’s cheerleaders and mascots will also be in attendance, and a band pep rally is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early. The good news is that the aquarium is within walking distance from most downtown hotels.
3. New Year’s Bubble Bash at Children’s Museum of Atlanta
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will be hosting their 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. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is geared to children ages 8 and younger, though my 8 and 9 year old still get excited about going. The hands-on activities tend to keep everyone’s interest.
4. Ice Skating at Centennial Olympic Park
Presented by Coca-Cola, the Centennial Olympic Park Ice Rink and the Holiday in Lights display is at the center of the downtown holiday action. The 21-acre park is sparkling with festive lights and is home to Downtown Atlanta’s only ice skating rink. New Year’s weekend is the perfect time to take a stroll or a spin. As an outdoor rink, it may be affected by the weather, namely rain. Call ahead if the weather looks iffy.
5. Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade
Whether you’re rolling with the Tide or howling for the Huskies, everyone can cheer on their team at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Parade, the official kickoff for game day. This football-festive event will begin at the corner of Baker and Peachtree Street and end at FanFest in the Georgia World Congress Center. At night, 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 here.
6. Fan Days 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 Dec. 29 through Jan. 1, the attraction will host Fan Days, allowing guests to go back in time in the Hall of Fame, test out their football skills in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl SkillZone, or take a picture with the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl trophy, all at a discounted rate of $16.99. Not a football fan? The College Football Hall of Fame has something for everyone!
7. 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 Noon Year’s Eve on Saturday, 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 2017 group build, enter to win great prizes and receive special offers to visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center in 2017. All activities are included with admission to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center.
8. The Atlanta New Year’s Eve Peach Drop
Since 1989, the Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta has been the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration of the Southeast. This year will be the last time this event will be held at downtown Atlanta’s Underground Atlanta. Guests can enjoy food, fun, and entertainment while watching the 800-pound peach descend as 2016 draws to an end. Find more information here.
9. 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. With more than two million lights, seasonal activities and a 9 p.m. countdown and snowfall, this event is a true family-favorite. Plus, Snow Mountain will be open all weekend too for an added fun event. This is the holiday event my family never misses. Time to start a new Atlanta New Year’s Eve tradition?
10. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Light up your New Year’s weekend at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s sixth annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, now through Jan. 7. In addition to the traditional light exhibits, the Garden has two brand new displays this year. As part of the holiday favorite, kids can enjoy the Holiday Model Train Show, which features miniature trains that travel throughout the garden. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights also makes a great date night for mom and dad too!
11. 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). Six Flags Over Georgia is open 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. through January 4th when it will close until Spring. Check out this article for tips on making the most out of your trip to Six Flags Over Georgia and for specific Holiday in the Park tips, read this post from Sue Rodman.
12. Holiday Treats at the World of Coca-Cola
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, larger-than-life decorations and samples of limited-time Gingerbread Coke and Chocolate Cherry Coke. During their Atlanta New Year’s Eve festivities, guests can get a sneak peek of the attraction-turned-winter-wonderland here.