New Year's celebration and Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta. (Photo by Noel St. John)
New Year’s celebration and Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta. (Photo by Noel St. John)

Looking for a place to dine on New Year’s Eve in Atlanta? Open Table has a list of 90 restaurants serving up dinner before the clock strikes midnight. Some of the eateries include 4th & Swift, Anis Cafe & Bistro, Atlanta Fish Market, Baraonda, Eclipse di Luna, Highland Tap, Rosa Mexicano, One Midtown Kitchen, Sun Dial at Westin Peachtree Plaza and  Agave Restaurant’s annual Tequila Dinner. See the full list at this link.

The 25th annual Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta is getting some serious star power to ring in the new year with psychedelic soul diva Janelle Monáe headlining the celebration, which is being emceed by Anchorman star David Koechner. The event will feature a full day of activities and entertainment before the 800-pound peach is dropped to ring in 2014. The event kicks off at 11:00 a.m. and will include three stages with live music. See the full list of events and acts at this link.

The Hyatt Regency hotel is hosting Atlanta’s Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Party for the ninth consecutive year. The event will feature four ballrooms of live entertainment, buffet, open bars and more. Tickets and information are available at this link.

The Duke Blue Devils of the ACC and the Texas A&M Aggies of the SEC play at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve in the Chick-fil-a Bowl at the Georgia Dome. The game is sold out, but will be televised on ESPN. Fans can head Downtown at 1 p.m. for the Bowl Parade which steps off from Peachtree at Baker streets and ends at the World Congress Center, where the FanZone is being held. The FanZone will be set up in Halls C1-C4 and will feature local school bands, rock climbing wall, demonstrations, expo, and walk-thrus by the teams playing in the Bowl. The FanZone is open from 2:30-6:30 p.m. and admission is $17. For more information, visit chick-fil-abowl.com.

If you’d rather skip a boring party or the crowds Downtown, spend your New Year’s Eve with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Hall. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and features Jack Everly conducting, Judy McLane on vocals, Michael Chertock on piano and the ASO. Tickets are $31-$69. For more information,atlantasymphony.org.

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is counting down to the “noon year” on Dec. 31 at 11:30 a.m. Families and friends are invited to celebrate with the third annual Noon Year’s Eve Ball. Children can join Princess Tiana and Prince Charming for cotillion dancing and participate in many other fun festivities. After the official count down to the “noon year,” guests can join a grand ballroom procession throughout the museum. Space is very limited, so families are encouraged to act quickly and make a reservation at (404) 527-3693 or email reservations@childrensmuseumatlanta.org. For more visit, childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.