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Ring in the new year at one of these Georgia events! For even more events, follow our New Year’s Eve Pinterest board.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Fireworks on Tybee Island.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve on the River in Savannah.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
January 1st: Polar Bear Plunge on Tybee Island.
January 2nd-4th: 38th Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival on Jekyll Island.
Northeast Georgia Mountains
December 31st: Romantic New Year’s Eve at Beechwood Inn in Clayton.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Party at Unicoi State Park & Lodge in Helen.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Dillard House in Dillard.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Celebration & the Dropping of the Edelweiss in Helen.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Lake Rabun Hotel in Lakemont.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Kingwood Country Club in Clayton.
December 31st: Speakeasy New Year’s Eve Party at Chateau Elan Winery in Braselton.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at The Ridges Resort in Hiawassee.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris.
December 31st: Redneck Casino New Year’s Eve at The Lodge at Copperhead in Blairsville.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Crane Creek Vineyards in Young Harris.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve in Commerce.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Cafe Portofino in Hiawassee.
January 1st: Polar Bear Swim at Lake Lanier.
January 2nd-3rd: New Year’s Camp in Helen.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at the Foundry Park Inn & Spa in Athens.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Buzzard Drop in Perry.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve with The Whigs at Georgia Theatre in Athens.
December 31st: Cherry Blossom Ball Drop in Macon.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Hotel Indigo-Athens.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve with Radiolucent at 40 Watt in Athens.
December 31st: 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Charity Ball in Warner Robins.
Historic High Country
December 31st: The Possum Drop in Tallapoosa.
December 31st: Gold Nugget Drop in Villa Rica.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at 400 Block Bar in Rome.
December 31st: Babe’s Bayou & Bennie Gray at the Brewhouse in Rome.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at the Dalton Depot in Dalton.
December 31st: The Peach Drop in Atlanta.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at STK in Atlanta.
December 31st: Lawrenceville Rings Celebration in Lawrenceville.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Gala in Dublin.
December 31st: Dublin Farms’ New Year’s Eve Celebration in Dublin.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve at The Marriott in Augusta.
January 1st: First Day Hike at A.H. Stephens State Park in Crawfordville.
December 31st: New Year’s Eve Bash at The Historic Windsor Hotel in Americus.
Georgia’s newest city is less than a year old, but it already has some pretty remarkable history.
Brookhaven was officially formed in December 2012 out of an unincorporated section of western DeKalb County just northeast of the City of Atlanta. With a population of 49,000 upon its inception, it became the largest city in the county.
One hundred years ago, Brookhaven wasn’t just unincorporated, it was a sleepy section of Georgia billed as a great place for a country home for wealthy Atlantans.
One hundred years before that, John Evans was Brookhaven’s first permanent settler, and 20 years later Harris and Solomon Goodwin settled in the area and built the Goodwin House which still stands today on Peachtree Road.
One mile up the road from the Goodwin House was the settlement of Cross Keys, which officially formed in 1876.
In 1910, 150 acres of land was purchased in that area and developed as the nation’s first planned golf course community. Developed in three stages, Brookhaven Estates came first, followed by Country Club Estates. Shortly thereafter, the Oglethorpe Park neighborhood was established. In 1915, the club changed its name to the Capital City Country Club.
The city of North Atlanta was incorporated out of the area in 1924. By 1963, the Atlanta metropolitan area had begun spreading outward, making DeKalb County more populous, and North Atlanta wanted a new charter. Before it could get one, however, the Georgia State Assembly had to approve that the measure could be put on the ballot. The assembly agreed, but with one addition: residents must also be able to vote for disincorporation. In 1965, the majority of residents voted to disincorporate, and later that year the city’s charter was dissolved.
Like the rest of the Atlanta metropolitan area, the area now formerly known as North Atlanta continued to grow, especially following the expansion of MARTA rail service. In 1986, the Capital City Club and estates surrounding it were added to the list of the National Register of Historic Places and became known as “Historic Brookhaven.”
Talk of reincorporating the city gained momentum in 2007 but didn’t really gain popular support until 2011. Put on the ballot in 2012, on July 31, 55% of voters chose to incorporate the city of Brookhaven.
One year after the vote, Brookhaven is a thriving city, and Historic Brookhaven is consistently one of the wealthiest regions of Georgia.
Want to visit? Take a journey north on Peachtree Street through Buckhead. You can’t miss it… and you won’t want to.
Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is a digital marketing professional based in Atlanta who first visited Georgia in 1994 and decided that when she graduated from college she would make Georgia her home. Since 2007 that dream has been a reality. She is the founder and executive director of Occupy My Family.
Walk to Bethlehem with this line-up of festivities
Located just an hour south of Atlanta and less than an hour north of Columbus, LaGrange is a hub for holiday family and group travel, providing myriad activities as well as a family-friendly and affordable resting spot to fall asleep dreaming of sugarplums.
Follow the Shepherds Walk, daily through December 24th (Tuesday through Saturday), at Explorations in Antiquity, where visitors are immersed in the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and textures of life long ago. The spirit of Christmas is captured in every experience at Explorations in Antiquity, giving inspiration and a unique, personal connection to those who explore this ancient story.
“Under the Bethlehem Star” Sound and Light Show, select dates in December; see photos from the original Christmas sites, hear traditional Christmas music and learn from insightful narration, all in a setting recreated using authentic materials from the Holy Land.
Star light, Star Bright
A short 20-minute drive south of LaGrange in Pine Mountain, Callaway Gardens lures holiday visitors with visions of sugarplums – er, rather – visions of Fantasy in Lights, selected as one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler. This spectacular Christmas lights show originated with Virginia Hand Callaway, drawn from her fond childhood memories of the holiday light displays seen in her hometown of Pelham, Georgia.
When the doors opened in 1992, Fantasy in Lights became the first major holiday lights show in Georgia. This Christmas extravaganza has grown from a mere five scenes to more than a dozen lighted scenes made up of 8 million sparkling lights. Take a trip through Christmas Tree Lane, enjoy the whimsy of the Enchanted Rainbow Forest, and embrace the enchanting Snowflake Village as you savor the show. The magic continues as visitors treat themselves to steaming cups of hot chocolate in The Christmas Village or try the unique drinks created in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Spirits.
A charming holiday destination, Fantasy in Lights creates treasured memories. Join in this beloved tradition and plan to stay in one of LaGrange’s upscale, yet affordable, lodging options, allowing guests to relish the ultimate holiday experience at a fraction of the price.
Deck the halls at Hills and Dales Estate
Beautifully decorated at Christmas, Hills and Dales Estate is the 1916 Italian-inspired 30-room, 13,000-square-foot home of the Fuller E. Callaway family. The abode, which was built by the parents of Callaway Gardens’ founder Cason Callaway and designed by famed architect Neel Reid, opens all three floors to the public for festive events throughout the season.
Christmas tours of the Callaway home mark a special time of year when friends gather for holiday celebrations and families take a break from their hectic lives and enjoy spending time together. The 1940s-style, tinsel-laden tree, brilliant poinsettias and fresh holiday decorations throughout the home are a holiday feast for the senses. Holiday tours of Hills and Dales are offered throughout December. Sign up for festive activities like Christmas wreath making or join in the free annual Children’s Christmas Celebration.
Tours of the home, spectacularly decorated for the season, are available at regular price. For more information, call 706-882-3242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mom-on-the-go and Laurie Rowe Communications PR pro Katie Reeder graduated at the top of her class from the Calhoun Honors College at Clemson University with a degree in Communication Studies. Katie resides in Cumming, Georgia – between the beautiful mountains of North Georgia and the lights and action of nearby Atlanta.