The Atlanta area offers a New Year’s Eve celebration for every taste and every budget. Here are some of the big ones. For more New Year’s events and local restaurant specials and church festivities, visit EAST COBBER’s Events page or check out the EAST COBBER Facebook page for last-minute listings.
Chick-fil-A Bowl Parade and FanFest
Watch the parade, complete with bands, cheerleaders, mascots and more! Start at 8am at the intersection of Peachtree & Baker Street. The parade ends at the Georgia World Congress Center (285 Andrew Young International Boulevard). FanFest will be held inside Georgia World Congress Center exhibition hall C and will feature games, rock climbing and inflatables from 8:30am-12:30pm. December 31. Parade: free. FanFest: $15. ($10 with
game ticket). 404-586-8500 | Tickets available for purchase at door or www.chickfilapeachbowl.com.
Polar Bear Plunge
Hosted by the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club at Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. Finish the year with a chilly dip in the lake. January 1. Check in and on site registration begin at 10:45am. Please arrive before 11:30am. 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville. 770-287-7888 | www.lckc.org.
New Year’s Eve at the Strand
Ring in 2016 with one of the best rock shows in Atlanta and all of your Stones favorites performed by Stephen Skipper and his Rolling Stones Tribute band. Opening the night will be the Big Chicken Beatles Band, making this show a true British Invasion concert! $35-$60. Doors open at 8pm. Show: 9pm until after midnight. Earl Smith Strand Theatre, 117 North Park Square, Marietta. 770-293-0080 | earlsmithstrand.org
The Marietta Square Rings in the New Year
Enjoy live music on the Bandstand in Glover Park, ice sculpting and family festivities. A special Children’s Ball Drop at 7pm or stay out late for a one-of-a-kind Midnight Square Drop. Local restaurants and venues will stay open late and live entertainment will continue throughout the night. Historic Marietta Square, Marietta 30060. www.winterwonderlandmariettasquare.com.