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 New Year's Eve events 

  • Chicken Drop, Gainesville. DJ music, cash bar, breakfast buffet, Champagne toast and balloon drop. Benefits Humane Society of Northeast Georgia. 8:30 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Friday, Gainesville Civic Center. $55, couples $100, table of eight $420, VIP table of eight $500. 770-531-2394.
  • Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Lawrenceville. New Year's Celebration. Dinner and tournament, dancing, Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight and continental breakfast. 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31, Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville. $69.95 adults, $35.95 children. 1-888-935-6878.
  • Jug Drop, Winder. Dance and contests. 8 p.m. to midnight today, Barrow County Museum, 74 W. Athens St., Winder. Free. jugdrop@yahoo.com.
  • New Year's Eve , Clarkesville. Dance, 9 p.m. today, with breakfast at midnight, Georgia Heritage Center for the Arts Education Building, 157 Mary St., Clarkesville. $10. 706-754-5989.

If you're in the mood to ring in the new year by watching something drop, there are plenty of options for you in North Georgia.

At Gainesville's Chicken Drop, held at the Gainesville Civic Center, you can dance the night away until you clink Champagne glasses at midnight and enjoy a breakfast buffet in the wee hours of 2010. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia.

At the Jug Drop in Winder, a first for the city, a comedian will perform and live bands will play for the Jug Jig Street Dance. The jug will be lowered from the top of the hanging tower of the original Barrow County Jail.

Hot apple cider and hot chocolate will be served, and a "Miss Jug" contest will take place, featuring men dressed as women.

Atlanta's Peach Drop will feature kids' activities from noon to 6 p.m. before kicking off the music on the Peach Drop main stage in Underground Atlanta.

Morris Day and the Time will perform before the peach is dropped at midnight.

If you're looking for a fancier affair, make your reservations this morning for the Masquerade New Year's Celebration, held at Chateau Elan in Braselton.

You can stay overnight and enjoy cooking classes, a three-course dinner and live music from Party Nation. The event is only open to overnight guests.

Or, watch knights duke it out at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament in Lawrenceville. The event will include a special Medieval Times show, Champagne toast, balloon drop and breakfast after midnight.

For an event that won't keep the kids up past their bedtime, head to Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, which is hosting a New Year's Eve Celebration of activities and crafts at noon today.

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