There are lots of things to keep you busy this New Years Eve in Atlanta, and the weather is perfect fof anything you decide to do.
23rd Annual Peach Drop 2012 at Underground Atlanta
The main stage has something for multiple generations. The band Kansas will play “Dust in the Wind” and other favorites. Singer-songwriter and MTV darling Pato Margetic rocks the younger set. The main attraction, is the Peach Drop celebration at midnight and the accompanying fireworks. But the party doesn’t end just after the peach descends. The bars, restaurants and nightclubs of Kenny’s Alley keep their doors open until 3 a.m.
WISH Masquerade Ball at Whiskey Park
Rande Gerber brings this glammy venue to life at the W Atlanta-Midtown at the fourth annual New Year’s Eve Bash. Organizers encourage fashionistas to doll up and deck out in their party finery while sporting fancy masks. Cocktails flow at the open bar from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Only 350 VIP tickets were available. Whiskey Blue, located on the roof of the W Atlanta-Buckhead, has its own DJ-fueled festivity ($45).
8th Annual Downtown Countdown Atlanta New Year’s Eve at Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Ed Kowalczyk, frontman for alt-rock group Live, and hip-hop act Naughty By Nature share the co-headlining spot. Supporting bands include original rock from Death is a Dialogue and cover tunes courtesy of Unzipt and Blind Crush. The action takes place across several of the hotel’s ballrooms. All ticketholders have access to the open bar, dinner buffets and late-night breakfast. Don’t miss the midnight balloon drop in the two main ballrooms.
Atlanta Police will be all over the festivities with officers working overtime to ensure everyone’s safety for New Years Eve.
There will be numerous street closings around these events throughout the day. Anyone planning to attend these events, or any other activities in Downtown Atlanta, should consider alternative modes of transportation such as MARTA to avoid expected heavy traffic and street closings.
Vehicular traffic around Underground Atlanta will be restricted beginning at 4 p.m. around a perimeter formed by:
Central Avenue – Peachtree Center Avenue on the East Spring Street – Walton Street – Forsyth Street on the West Martin Luther King Jr. on the South Ellis Street – Carnegie Way on the North
A pedestrian corridor will be set up around Underground Atlanta and bag checks will be conducted for security purposes. Bags, backpacks, coolers, alcoholic beverages, weapons, pets, picnic baskets, bikes, inline skates, and skateboards will not be permitted in the event area. In order to ensure a smooth process at the checkpoints, event- goers are encouraged to refrain from attempting to bring those items into the venue. For more information on the Peach Drop, visitors can refer to www.PeachDrop.com.
APD reminds people to always be mindful of their surroundings and use other common sense measures to reduce the chances of becoming the victim of a crime. Thieves have recently been targeting personal handheld electronics (smart phones and tablet computers) so take care to safeguard those during your visit.
Thefts of valuables from vehicles are an easily preventable crime. Adhere to the department’s “Clean Car Campaign,” and leaving nothing of value in your motor vehicle when unattended.
In addition to the Chic Fil A Bowl game and all of the New Years festivities, the Zack Brown Band concert is at Philips Arena at 9 p.m.
And here’s a New Years gift from Park Atlanta
Parking meters will not be monitored on New Years Day Jan. 1.
Normal enforcement will return Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Don’t forget if you party too much call Triple A’s Tow to Go and get a free ride home for you and your car.