New Year’s Eve is different this year.
It’s never been a cheap night out, but limited capacity requirements are now driving up prices. And, many of the popular New Year’s events aren’t taking place this year at all.
Read on for some ideas of how to celebrate the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. We are highlighting a few events, below. And keep scrolling for a day-by-day list of of events happening between December 31st and January 3rd.
Plan on staying in?
check out our list of places where you can order a New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day meal to go.
This list also includes restaurants with great dinner specials on New Year’s Eve, for those who’d like to dine
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Be bedazzled by a festive light display
Our list of Christmas light displays is so extensive that there are almost certainly amazing festive displays that you haven’t experienced yet.
Most are still operating through New Year’s Day.
Better yet, you don’t have to spend a dime — our list includes private home and neighborhoods that you can drive through, as well as community light shows like PRISM Winter Lights at Woodruff Park.
Find a holiday light display
Put your best foot forward with a First Day Hike
Georgia State Parks are continuing the New Year tradition with ranger-led hikes on January 1st and 2nd.
Capacity is limited this year and you must reserve a spot in advance — no walk-ups allowed.
We’ve put together a list of the State Parks closest to Atlanta that are offering free or cheap hikes this year.
More info here
Want to take a hike on your own, without driving to a state park? Head to the Peachtree Creek Greenway. We also love the walking trail around the lake at Murphey Candler Park, in Dekalb County.
Head to Stone Mountain for an early countdown & fireworks
Stone Mountain Christmas is open on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’ s Day.
On New Year’s Eve, the park will operate the Christmas event as usual from noon to 9 p.m.
It will ring in the New Year with additional fireworks, snowfall, and an early countdown just for kids. When the clock strikes nine, the festivities and fireworks commence!
Buy a single-day pass via Groupon for just $19.99.
Play in the snow at Lanier Islands
Glide across the ice at a seasonal rink
You’ll find seasonal, pop-up ice rinks at these locations. Click the links for more info about prices and hours.
- Atlantic Station — 11 to 7 on Dec. 31 AND 4 to 11 p.m. on Jan 1
- Avalon — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on both days
- Old Town Conyers — noon to 10 p.m. on Jan 1
Note that the rink at Park Tavern is closed for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Stream something festive
Find a holiday movie to stream for free. Start with our guide to all the FREE streaming services.
Have you seen Hamilton (the movie) yet? The whole family can watch for just $7, the price of a one-month subscription to Disney+.
You can also stream The Nutcracker for FREE, starting Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. and continuing through New Year’s Day.
Take a scenic drive
Feeling restless? We always love a drive on the South Fulton Scenic Byway.
You may also be interested in:
- NEW for 2020: World of Illumination drive-thru light show
- NEW! Festival of Lights drive-thru light show at Atlantic Station
- FREE: Prism Winter Lights display at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta
- Lights of Life drive-thru holiday attraction in Marietta
- Discounts for Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
- Discounts for Stone Mountain Christmas
- Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
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