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14 places in North Georgia to celebrate New Year's Eve
Several venues from Atlanta to Helen will host various New Year’s Eve parties, ranging from ball drops and rooftop bashes to children-friendly celebrations with bubbles and dinner buffets.

For those looking to get out of the house on New Year’s Eve, locales in Northeast Georgia has no shortage of champagne toasts and dances on Dec. 31.

From kid-friendly countdowns to parties lasting into the wee hours of New Year’s Day, check out these events to ring in 2017.



Northeast Georgia Federation of Square Dancers
Caller-Cuer Rama Dance

Dance your way into 2017 with the Lakeshore Squares Square Dancing association. The annual Caller-Cuer Rama Dance will begin at 9 p.m. Dec. 31 at First Presbyterian Church, 800 S. Enota Drive, Gainesville. Advance tickets are $12.50 or $15 at the door. Guests are encouraged to wear square dance attire and bring a snack for the refreshment table.

For more information, call 678- 956-0287.


Flowery Branch

The Venue

Ring in the new year at Flowery Branch’s new hangout The Venue, at 7340 Friendship Springs Blvd. Starting at 7 p.m. Dec. 31, guests can eat from a dinner buffet, pick out party favors and indulge in a champagne toast. Music will be from John Morosos and the Fantastic Voyage Band. Tickets are $50 per person.

For more information, call 770-316-1408 or


The Branch House

Celebrate the end of another year with the sounds of Fly Betty Band at The Branch House Tavern, 5466 McEver Road, Flowery Branch. Starting at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31, the bash lasts until 2 a.m. Jan. 1. Tickets are $25 per person and include free rides home within 10 miles of the restaurant.

For more information, call 678-828-8345 or visit



Speakeasy Masquerade Ball

Grab a mask and hit the Masquerade Ball at Speakeasy Underground Club, below Adam’s Restaurant and Piano Bar, 15 E. Main St. NE, Buford. The evening includes tapas appetizers, music, prizes and a champagne toast. Costumes are not required. Tickets are $7 each.

For more information, call 678-745-0379.


Chateau Elan
New Year’s Eve Ball

Take a European vacation this New Year’s Eve at Chateau Elan’s Midnight in Paris Black & White Masquerade Ball. The party will be from 7 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Chateau Elan Inn, 100 Rue Charlemagne Drive, Braselton. Dance the night away with music from The Rupert’s Orchestra. Guests are encouraged to wear black and white apparel.

For pricing information on packages and suites, call 678-425-0900.


Centennial New Year’s Eve Gala

Break out your best black tie attire to celebrate Braselton’s centennial. At 8 p.m. Dec. 31, partake of vintage cocktails, dinner and a champagne toast at Braselton Stover Event Center at 5257 Green St. in Braselton. Music from an orchestra will play hits from the past 100 years. Tickets are $100 per person.

To reserve tickets, visit or call 706-684-0369.  



Steve Bryson Band

Catch country rockers Steve Bryson Band at the Grant Street Music Room at 583 Grant Street in Clarkesville. The show starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and goes until 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, including a midnight toast and party favors. Tickets are $20.

For more information, call 706-754-3541.



First Night and Gold Nugget Drop

Celebrate the new year while benefitting a good cause at Dahlonega’s First Night. From 6 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31, walk around the Dahlonega square listening to music from several bands and shopping at local stores. Sponsored by Interfaith Ministries, proceeds from the $10 tickets will support Jeremiah’s Place, which provides transitional housing for the homeless. The night will conclude with the annual Gold Nugget Drop on the square.

For more information, visit



New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet and Bash

Celebrate a traditional North Georgia New Year at the Maple Restaurant at Amicalola Falls State Park and Lodge, 418 Amicalola Falls Lodge Road in Dawsonville. From 5 p.m. to midnight Dec. 31, patrons may enjoy food and music at the 10th annual dinner buffet. A $5 parking fee will be charged.

For reservations, call 706-344-1502.  



Dropping of the Edelweiss

German food and festivities meet American traditions at Helen’s New Year’s Eve celebration. Starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 31, participants can eat, drink and be merry with music and dancing at this family friendly New Year’s event at the Helen Festhalle, 1074 Edelweiss Strasse. The evening will end with a champagne toast and the dropping of the locally made Edelweiss. Tickets are $15 for adults, $25 per couple or $7.50 for children.

For more information, call 706-878-1908 or visit



Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve

Ring in 2017 in Great Gatsby-style at Copperhead Lodge at 171 Copperhead Parkway in Blairsville. This “Roaring 20s” themed dance party features the music of Breaking Point. Prizes will be awarded for best dressed couple. The dance begins at 7 p.m. and includes an appetizer buffet and champagne toast. Tickets are $40 per couple in advance via 706-835-7433.



Peach Drop

The Atlanta Peach Drop will celebrate its last year at Atlanta Underground before the location is sold and redeveloped. Watch the 800-pound peach close out 2016 at 50 Upper Alabama St. No. 007 in Atlanta.

Details about this year’s Peach Drop have not yet been confirmed by Atlanta Underground.

For more information, visit


Ponce City Market Roaring Rooftop Bash

Take in the New Year from the Atlanta skyline on the rooftop of Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta.

This black tie event will run from 8 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1. It includes unlimited champagne, chef-prepared food and performances from Imperial Opa circus. The party is for patrons 21 and older. Tickets are $200 per person.

For ticket information, visit  


Children’s Museum of Atlanta New Year’s Bubble Bash

For kids who have trouble staying up until midnight, ring in the New Year early at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW. The museum will host two Bubble Bash events at noon and 4 p.m. Dec. 31.

To purchase tickets in advance, call 404-659-5437.