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4 Offbeat Ways to Bring in the New Year in Georgia

December 29, 2016
Kids roasting marshmallows at a campfire.

The big New Year's celebration is less than one week away and you’re scuffling around the internet trying to find something to do. Maybe the cliché black tie event with cocktails, balloons and noisemakers is your thing. However, if you’re looking for a different experience, consider these ideas.

1. Stay in the Great Outdoors

Did you know that you can stay in Georgia’s state parks all year round? If partying with hundreds of strangers doesn’t fit your mood this year, leave the heels and tux behind and consider a quiet escape to nature.

Whether you want to stay in a tent, RV, trailer or cabin, find just what you’re looking for with Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites. Use the easy campground search page to find just what you need based on the type of spot, location and dates. And after you’ve had a relaxing night in nature, you can welcome in 2017 with a First Day Hike.

Is this your first time sleeping under the stars? Learn how you can get borrowed gear, expert advice and two nights for free with the State Parks’ First-Time Camper Program.

Also check out Explore Georgia’s list of the coolest camping spots in Georgia. End 2016 with a night to remember in a covered wagon, a teepee or a treehouse!

2. Have a Low Key Friend / Family Dinner Party

If the holiday hustle has actually kept you from spending quality time with friends and family, take this time to reconnect with a low-key dinner party. Opt out of getting a sitter and include your kids in some fun.

All Age Dinner Party Ideas:

  • Party Pop
    Fill balloons with pieces of paper that have an activity written on them like “play a board game.” Let the kids pop a balloon each hour leading up to the new year and do that activity.

     
  • Countdown Bags
    Fill some bags with fun surprise things like disposable cameras, treats, a new DVD, games or party favors. Each hour, let the kids open a bag and party on.

     
  • Dress Up For a Formal Dinner — at Home
    It’s not just little girls who might like this one. Whether you're hosting family or good friends, you're probably used to seeing your guests in yoga pants and PJs. Why not host a “black tie” event at home? Bust out the non-alcoholic bubbly and fancy glasses and get creative with dinner.

3. Celebrate “Noon Year’s Eve” With Kids

Kids are increasingly getting in on the action with events created just for them during the day. LEGOLAND in Atlanta, features a balloon drop at noon, with a countdown displayed on screens around the center. Stone Mountain has events which include: a Snow Angel Snowfall costumed characters, dance-a-longs and, of course, a fireworks finale. And it all wraps up around 9pm!

Check out the Children’s Museum of Atlanta and the Fernbank museum for Noon Year's Eve events as well.

4. Escape to a Farm — With Your Pet!

Does your pet dread New Year’s Eve because of the fireworks? Even if you stay home this Saturday, you’ll most likely hear fireworks in your neighborhood. If you really want to get away from it all, take your pet to a farm resort.

Barnsley Resort is a pet-friendly farm resort with a variety of activities for humans! Take some time for yourself at the spa, go horseback riding or just soak in the nature.

Serenbe Farms has various accommodations if you want to experience an evening on a rolling country side. Stay at the lake house, a cottage or one of their bungalows or lofts.

Find more farm-style lodging with Explore Georgia. Search for exactly what you want on their Places to Stay page, and make sure to specify “pet-friendly” under Accommodations!

Related Links

Georgia Events
Explore Georgia

5 Top Atlanta Hot Spots to Bring in the New Year
Explore Georgia

Celebrate the Holidays with Georgia’s State Parks
Georgia.gov

Photo Courtesy Georgia Department of Economic Development

About the Author

April Lentini is the Content Strategist for GeorgiaGov. She empowers content managers for government agencies, helping them understand and improve their website content for optimal usability.