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4 nearby places to celebrate New Year's Eve 2018
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The Venue at Friendship Springs hosted a New Year’s Eve celebration for the first time last year. Partygoers can ring in the new year at The Venue this year as well. - photo by Contributed photo

Adults looking to ring in 2018 somewhere other than on their couch don’t have to go all the way to Atlanta.

A New Year’s Eve celebration for those 21 and older will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 at The Venue at Friendship Springs in Flowery Branch.

“We really do feel that this can be considered an Atlanta-type party without having to go all the way into Atlanta,” said Jon Wayne, member of the family-owned and operated business that opened in August 2016. “It’s close to home and it’s not something that’s going to break the bank so to speak.”

New Year's Eve celebration
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 31
Where: The Venue at Friendship Springs, 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd., Flowery Branch
How much: $60

More info: 678-960-9637

The ticket price is $60 per person and includes entry, a dinner buffet provided by Cucina Milano Catering, party favors, a late-night hot snack bar and a champagne toast at midnight.

“We do have a DJ that will start the night out,” Wayne said. “At 9 or 9:30 p.m. we have a band coming up. The Venue is designed — specifically the room this will be in — for bands and for performances because of the staging we have and the concert lighting we have and the sound system that’s in there.”

He said the band, “Moody,” is from Atlanta and will play a variety of genres throughout the night.
“They’re really diverse,” he said. “We want to try to hit on all genres and time frames.”

A cash bar will also be at the party.

“There will be a full bar, meaning all beers, wines (and) liquors — the whole nine yards,” he said. “We do accept debit and credit cards.”

The Venue is also offering transportation home within a five-mile radius.

“We want everybody to be safe, and we want to do our part to keep everyone safe,” he said. “As long as it’s within a 5-mile radius, we’re going to offer rides back to neighborhoods.”

While the event itself is considered an alternative to partying in Atlanta, Wayne said it won’t be anything formal.

“It’s not a black tie or a formal type of event at all,” he said. “We’re kind of calling it dressy casual. We want everybody to come and have fun and have a good time.”

He said this will be the second year The Venue has hosted a New Year’s Eve celebration.
“(We) had a great turn out last year for our first event,” he said. “We had a lot of 20-(something)-year-olds all the way up to 60- and 70-year-olds. It was a really wide range from young to old.”

He said he hopes this year will be even better than last, and he recommends buying tickets in advance.

“We encourage (you) to buy them ahead of time,” he said. “We are offering reserved tables of up to eight people.”

Other New Year’s Eve celebrations


The city of Helen will bring in 2018 with its fifth annual Dropping of the Edelweiss. The family-friendly night will be filled with live music, food and dancing. A selection of beers and wines will be available along with heavy hors d’oeuvres. At midnight, guests older than 21 can enjoy a champagne toast.

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 31

Where: Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen

How much: $20 per person and $35 per couple; half price for ages 6-12, free for kids younger than 6

More info: 706-878-1908

Mocha Moe’s Coffee House

A Gatsby-style celebration will take place at Mocha Moe’s Coffee House in South Hall County. The night will include a live DJ, drink specials, passed hor d’oeuvres and a champagne waterfall and toast. A 1920s dress code will be enforced, and a professional photographer will be on site.

When:  8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1

Where: Mocha Moe’s Coffee House, 7380 Spout Springs Road, #140, Flowery Branch

How much: $25 presale; $30 at the door

Chateau Elan

Chateau Elan is hosting a New Year’s Eve gala 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. “Midnight by Moonlight” includes accommodations at the inn, a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, four-course dinner, party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Rupert’s Orchestra will perform throughout the night, and a breakfast buffet will be served the following morning. Couples also have the option of a two-night package.

When: 7 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1

Where: Chateau Elan Winery & Resort, 100 Rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton

How much: $679-$1,099

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