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 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.
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.
Sixteen College Football Bowl Games, including the BCS National Championship, take place in the Southeast. This is a highlight for college football fans and tickets usually sell out fast. Three popular bowl game (The Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta and the Liberty Bowl in Memphis) are scheduled on New Year's Eve. New Year's Day brings several other bowl games across the region.
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.
For more information, visit New Year's Eve Celebrations at Ski Resorts in the Southeast.