A New Year’s Eve getaway in Georgia puts you in the heart of cities that embrace holiday festivities and events. From the Cherry Blossom Drop in Macon at midnight to the Possum Drop in Tallapoosa, you can enjoy bright lights and falling objects that you can’t find anywhere else. When you book a vacation rental in Georgia, you can look forward to enjoying a morning stroll on sandy beaches, as well as river walks in the city of Savannah and charming towns such as Perry. Make your next New Year’s Eve getaway unforgettable, and consider visiting these exciting destinations in Georgia.

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1. Perry

Perry residents know how to celebrate New Year’s Eve with the annual Buzzard Drop. Spend a magical evening at the Clock Tower at the Fairgrounds waiting for the midnight drop of the buzzard. The city pulls out all the stops for the celebration with live music, food vendors, and family-friendly games and activities. If you want a bit more nightlife before heading back to your vacation rental, opt for dinner and dancing at Rusty’s Downtown Grill and Bar or treat the kids to southern fare at the Oil Lamp Restaurant.

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2. Dublin

Although it may resemble St. Patrick’s Day, the New Year’s Eve celebration in Dublin brings out the best of the area’s Irish heritage. Start out your evening with a free kids’ movie in the Theatre Dublin or step out into the downtown streets for live music and a corn hole tournament. The evening culminates with a lucky shamrock drop at midnight. For a low-key holiday, take in a game of bowling at the Shamrock Bowling Center or get adventurous riding the rides at the Take Five amusement park.

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3. Savannah

Savannah lights up the sky at midnight on New Year’s Eve with a fireworks display that rivals the Fourth of July. Plan the ultimate holiday by joining in the Savannah City Market Celebration in the downtown area or step on board the Savannah Riverboat’s New Year’s Eve cruise for a better view of the Tybee Island fireworks at midnight. Ramp up your ability to toast by participating in the Up the Cup competition where you are equipped with a six-foot-tall glass for your midnight toast. After a relaxing night’s sleep in your vacation rental, head over to the Presidents’ Quarters Inn for a New Year’s Day brunch.

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4. McDonough

View colorful geraniums falling from the sky when spending your New Year’s Eve in McDonough. If you’re wondering where to go in Georgia for dancing, food, and fun, this city is the obvious choice as McDonough Square lights up with holiday displays, food vendors, and live music. Stick around until midnight as the locals drop a huge geranium for the sky while passing out champagne toasts. Spend the rest of your holiday vacation touring the city’s attractions such as the Veteran’s Wall of Honor, Southern Belle Farm, and Heritage Park.

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5. Atlanta

Georgia peaches are plentiful and even dropped from the sky in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve. Decorated with a tower of lights as the backdrop, an 800-pound peach is dropped at midnight as tourists and locals gather around to watch at the Underground Atlanta area. Your morning can be just as exciting as the evening in Atlanta when watching the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl parade from the downtown streets. If you’re wondering where to go in Georgia for a black-tie event, consider reserving tickets for the St. Regis New Year’s celebration that includes southern fare, dancing, music, and bar service.

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6. Tallapoosa

Georgia is all about dropping anything other than a ball, and in Tallapoosa, you can see a possum descend from the sky at midnight. Before the midnight festivities, though, entertain the kids at the Possum Day Parade and the events following that include a downtown street party with concessions, live music, and a kids’ zone featuring arts, crafts, and games. The city is also home to attractions such as the Tallapoosa Historic District Walking Tour and the West Georgia Museum for a quieter celebration.

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7. Villa Rica

Strike it rich when opting for a vacation rental in Villa Rica, home of the gold nugget drop each New Year’s Eve. As the site of the first U.S. gold strike, this city shares a bit of its wealth by dropping a huge nugget at midnight. While waiting for the big drop, tap your toes to the live music at the city’s street festival or see gold firsthand at the Pine Mountain Gold Museum at Stockmar Park. Stop in for a glass of wine at the Little Vine Vineyards and Winery to get your New Year’s Eve festivities started, too.

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8. Macon

Macon joins a long list of Georgia cities opting for an out-of-the-ordinary ball drop. The city rings in the New Year celebrating its status as the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World with a cherry blossom ball drop covered in bright pink lights. Head to Macon’s entertainment district for noisemakers and party hats distributed by local business owners before dancing to the live music on the street. A fireworks display coordinated with the cherry blossom drop lights up the sky at midnight.

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