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New Year's Eve in the Southeast

Midnight Countdowns, Gala Events, First Night Celebrations and More


From grand gala events and elegant getaways for two to college football, midnight countdowns and family friendly events, the Southeast welcomes the New Year with an array of special celebrations. Popular events book up early in the season so try to make your reservations as soon as possible.

Atlanta, GA - New Year's Eve Parties, Peach Drop, Chick-Fil-A Bowl and More

Photo of Atlanta's Peach Drop: Courtesy Underground Atlanta / Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo of Atlanta's Peach Drop: Courtesy Underground Atlanta / Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau
Atlanta welcomes the New Year in style with parties galore, college football, the popular countdown and Peach Drop, family fun and more. Visit New Year's Eve in Atlanta to find out about several of the top Atlanta celebrations and events, plus some travel tips to help you plan your New Year's Eve visit.

New Year's Eve in More Cities of the Southeast

From Nashville to Asheville and the Atlantic Coast to the Gulf Coast, cities and towns across the Southeast U.S. welcome the New Year with street parties, elegant galas, family friendly events and many other celebrations. If you are looking for a fun place to welcome the New Year, here are ten great Southern cities, each offering an array of festivities for a memorable New Year's Eve getaway.

First Night Celebrations

First Night Celebrations offer a wonderful family-friendly alternative to traditional New Year's Eve celebrations. Welcoming the New Year though the arts, these celebrations are alcohol-free public festivals. Find out more about which Southern cities offer First Night Celebrations.

Unique New Year's Eve Countdowns and Ball Drops in the Southeast

Photo: Courtesy of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Raleigh Drops an Acorn, Atlanta drops a giant peach and Mt. Olive drops a giant pickle, to mention just a few of the unique New Year's Eve countdowns in the Southeast. Embracing the tradition of Time Square's annual New Year's Eve Countdown and Waterford Crystal Ball Drop, several cities and small towns throughout the Southeast have created their own countdown and ball drop celebrations, each with a special local twist. Find out more about which Southern cities and towns offer unique New Year's Eve countdown celebrations.

College Football Bowl Games

Fifteen College Football Bowl Games take place in the Southeast during the 2013-14 season. This is a highlight for college football fans and tickets usually sell out fast. Four popular bowl games (The Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis and the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana) are scheduled in Southeast U.S. cities on New Year's Eve. New Year's Day brings several other bowl games across the region. More Information...

New Year's Eve Celebrations at the Slopes

Several of the ski resorts in the Southeast will ring in the New Year with special celebrations. Choices include parties for all ages, fireworks on the mountain, moonlight ice skating, a gala celebration and more. More Information....

Black-Eyed Peas: A Southern Tradition for Celebrating the New Year

Photo of Black-Eyed Peas:  © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Photo of Black-Eyed Peas: © 2006 George Alexander, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Whether attending a gala gourmet dinner or a small casual gathering with friends and family, if you are planning to celebrate the New Year in the Southeast, chances are that you will be offered black-eyed peas in some form, either just after midnight or on New Year's Day.

Find out more about this popular Southern tradition.

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