New Year’s Eve is the night when everything from peaches to possums drop as the South celebrates the arrival of the new year!

Here’s a list of some of our favorite New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Southeast. They are listed by state and by city so please find one near you and enjoy! Events Marked with an (*) are confirmed events for this year.

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ALABAMA New Year’s Eve Celebrations


New Year’s Eve Celebration (Not Confirmed)
Century Square
Fireworks at Midnight


Fire on the Mountain *
19644 Hwy 281
Delta, AL 36258
Sunset New Year’s eve party at Cheaha State Park with prime rib dinner, hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, and champagne breakfast.
December 31, 2017 – 7:00pm to January 1, 2018 – 2:00am
Cost $85 per person
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Balloon Drop
Pioneer Park (Troy and Foster Streets)
Family fun 7:00PM-9:00PM
Balloon Drop 9:00PM (North End of the street)

Peanut Drop
Foster Street
Music, Food and Peanut Drop (in front of the clock tower)
(Various ticketed events will be held in various businesses along Foster Street.)

Family New Year’s Eve Celebration *
Fairhope Alabama
Corner of Fairhope Ave and Church Street
Live Music, Ball Drop, Fireworks, and More.
December 31, 2017
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New Year’s Eve DUD Parade*
115 Franklin St
Livingston, 35470
December 31, 2017
Time: 6-7pm
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New Year Celebration *
Electric Moon Pie Drop, Fireworks, Parade and More.
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New Year’s Eve Celebration *
Commerce Street Entertainment District
Fireworks, entertainment, food vendors, and confetti
December 31, 2017
9:00PM- 1:00AM January 1


Annual New Year’s Eve Party *
Joe Wheeler State Park
Overnight Accommodations and Party
December 31, 2017
More Information:


New Year’s Eve for Kids (Not Confirmed)
Children’s Hands On Museum (CHOM)
2213 University Blvd.
Tuscaloosa, AL
December 31, 2017
9:00AM- 11:00AM Note: DAYTIME EVENT
Admission Charged
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ARKANSAS New Year’s Eve Celebrations


Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration *
Main lobby of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way
Bentonville AR, 72712
10:00AM – 3:00PM
This family-friendly event will have music, family dancing, art projects, and more.
More information:
Fairfield Bay

New Year’s Eve with Willie Nash (Not Confirmed)
Fairfield Bay Conference and Visitor Center
110 Lost Creek Parkway
Fairfield Bay, AR 72088
Cost: $40
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Last Night Fayetteville (Not Confirmed)
Fayetteville Square
15 West Mountain Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Hog Drop, Entertainment, and Fireworks.
7:00PM – 2:00AM
More Information:

First Day Hike in Woody Hollow (Not Confirmed)
Woolly Hollow State Park
Greenbrier, AR 72058
10:00AM-3:00PM Hike at your leisure
11:00AM Guided Hike
More Information: Woolly Hollow State Park (501) 679-2098

Hot Springs

Happy NOON Year’s Eve!
Mid-America Science Museum
Hot Springs Arkansas 71913
Watch the World’s Most Powerful Conical Tesla Coil light up at noon outside Oaklawn Foundation Digital Dome Theater at noon with your whole family. Free sparkling cider and 3D print outs while supplies last.
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New Year’s Eve at Queen Wilhelmina State Park (Not Confirmed)
Hearth Room at Queen Wilhelmina State Park
3877 Highway 88 West
Mena, AR  71953
Games, live music, and more for the whole family. Overnight accommodations are available.
December 31, 2017
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North Little Rock

Arkansas’ New Year’s Eve Ball Dropping Celebration
Dickey Stephens Park
400 West Broadway St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
A ball drop, live music, fireworks and more.
Cost: $25-100 Tickets are required. Discounts for families of four or more.
More Information:

Star City

First Day Trek (Not Confirmed)
Cane Creek State Park
Pavilion 1
Star City, Arkansas
6 mile guided brisk hike along the edge of the Delta and the Gulf Coastal Plain that will last approximately 4 hours.
January 1, 2018
9:00AM – 1:00PM
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New Year’s Eve Overnight Hike *
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
Visitor Center
Sunday, December 31, 2017 – Monday, January 01, 2018
Hike of the River Corridor Trail at night with park interpreters, camp overnight, and enjoy a pancake breakfast the following morning. Wear appropriate attire and bring water. Camping equipment will be provided.
7:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Call (870) 385-2201 to register
$15 per person

FLORIDA New Year’s Eve Celebrations


Downtown Countdown New Year’s Eve Celebration (Not Confirmed)
Bo Diddley Plaza
111 E. University Ave.
December 31,  2017
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New Year’s Eve Fireworks (Not Confirmed)
Downtown Jacksonville
December 31, 2017

Key Largo

New Year’s Eve Fireworks *
Blackwater Sound in the bayside.
The bayside near the mile marker 104 area
December 31
Can be seen from: Sundowners,
Senor Frijoles, Cactus Jack’s,
Key Largo Marriott and Caribbean Club

Key West

Red High-heeled Shoe Drop *
Duval Street


Orange Drop *
Bayfront Park
Downtown Miami
Miami raises a giant orange called “Big Orange” that reaches the top of the InterContinental Hotel at midnight on New Year’s Eve! Music all evening and fireworks at midnight!
More information:

Miami Beach

New Year’s Eve Celebration *
Lummus Park
Ocean Drive & 9th Street (South Beach)
Miami Beach, Florida
Live music and entertainment begins at 9 p.m. with a massive fireworks display at midnight!
More Information:

Panama City Beach

Beach Ball Drop *
Pier Park
Fireworks and Ball drop at Midnight
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Port Saint Lucie

Big Ben Beatles New Year’s Bash
4200 Johnston Rd
Fort Pierce, FL 34951
December 31, 2017
Cost: $70

Saint Augustine Beach

New Year’s Eve Celebration *
St. Augustine Beach Pier
December 31, 2017
4-10PM (Fireworks at 8:30PM)

St. Petersburg

First Night 2018 Celebration *
St. Petersburg
Admission Charged
More Information:


Downtown New Year’s Eve (Not Confirmed)
Downtown Tallahassee
Adams Street
December 31, 2017
7:00PM-Midnight (Fireworks at Midnight)


GEORGIA New Year’s Eve Celebrations


Peach Drop *
Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama St.
Street performers, food and more.
December 31, 2017

Kid’s Early New Year’s Celebration *
Stone Mountain Park
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
December 31, 2017
Fireworks, Music, Dance-a-long, and Snow
8:30PM-9:00PM (Countdown at 8:59PM)
Admission: $15 per vehicle
More Information:



New Year’s Ghosts and Legends Tour (Not Confirmed)
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site
5556 U.S. Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525
December 31, 2017
Admission: $15 per person


Shamrock Drop *
Downtown Dublin/Jackson Street
314 Academy Avenue
Dublin, GA 31021
Music and more
December 31, 2017
8:00PM – 12:00PM


New Year’s Eve Buzzard Drop *
Downtown Square
800 Block of Carroll Street
December 31, 2017
7:00PM- 1:00AM January 1


New Year’s Eve River Boat Dinner Cruise *
Savannah Riverboat Cruises
9 E. River St.
Admission: Adults $65.95; Children $39.25
(Reservations Required)

Up the Cup *
Rousakis Riverfront Plaza
115 East River Street
December 31, 2017
8:00PM -12:00AM


Possum Drop *
Downtown Tallapoosa
Head Avenue
Tallapoosa, GA 30179
December 31, 2017

Tybee Island

New Year’s Eve Fireworks *
Tybee Pier and Pavilion
Tybrisa Street/Strand Avenue
December 31, 2017


LOUISIANA New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Baton Rouge

Red Stick Drop *
Town Square
Music, Fireworks and Red Stick drop.
11:00AM Kid’s Activities
9:00PM Phat Hat Band
Midnight Red Stick Drop and Fireworks
More Information:

Bossier City

New Year’s at Noon (Closed for Renovations until Jan 1)
Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Pkwy
Shreveport, LA 71101
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Cost: Included with center admission.
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Lake Charles

NYE Live Cajun Music (Not Confirmed)
Putter’s Driving Range & Deli
7765 Lake Street
Lake Charles, LA 706058:30 PM
Cost: $7.00 – Gumbo Included

New Orleans

Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade *
French Quarter, Jackson Square and Canal Street

Crescent City Countdown *
Historic Jackson Square
Countdown, fleur-de-lis drop and fireworks.
The fireworks show is free and can be viewed from the Riverwalk to Crescent Park at the French Market.
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Louisiana Children’s Museum New Year’s Eve Countdown *
420 Julia Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Countdown to Noon, confetti toss, Balloon release, crafts and music. Preregistration is recommended.
Cost: $10 per person
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New Year’s Eve Extravaganza aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ *
Toulouse Street & the River in the French Quarter
Buffet and live band are part of the New Year’s cruise.
10:30-Midnight (Boarding at 9:30pm)
Cost: $175 per person
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Allstate Fan Fest *
Jax Brewery in Jackson Square
Activities, pep rallies, music, and more.
December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve Celebration – Victory Swing Orchestra *
WWII Museum
Dinner, dancing, and chocolate buffet.
Cost: $184.99 per person
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Zoo Year’s Eve *
Audubon Zoo
6500 Magazine Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Music, games, prizes, and a countdown to Noon. “Pop Princesses” will also be a part of the celebration.
Cost: Zoo Admission required. Free for members.
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MISSISSIPPI New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Countdown to Noon *
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center
246 Dolan Avenue, Gulfport, MS 39507
Ball drop will be at 2pm. Come join the fun with snacks, a New Year’s craft, falling confetti, and music all provided with museum admission.
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NORTH CAROLINA New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Carolina Beach

Island of Lights *
1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.

Carolina Beach, NC 28428
December 31 New Years Eve Fireworks on Carolina Beach.

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CLT New Year’s Eve *
300 South Church Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Live music and fireworks.
8:00PM- Midnight
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First Night Raleigh *
Spread out across Downtown Raleigh
North Carolina
Acorn Drop, rides, DIY festival, Music, vendors and more.
Cost: $11 all access pass in advance ($15 at the gate)
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New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop *
Mount Olive, North Carolina
December 31
A lighted, three-foot pickle drops down a 45-foot flagpole into a redwood pickle tank at 7:00pm. Food, keepsakes, and live music add to this very unique attraction.
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OKLAHOMA New Year’s Eve Celebrations


Olive Drop at Price Tower
Price Tower Arts Center, 500 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
A Giant Olive will be dropped into a Giant martini glass at midnight
Cost: $25-$100
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Oklahoma City

Arts Council Oklahoma City’s Annual Opening Night *
Downtown Oklahoma City
Music, children’s crafts and more.
Countdown and Fireworks at midnight
Wristbands $10 ($8 in advance)
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SOUTH CAROLINA New Year’s Eve Celebrations


Famously Hot New Year’s in Columbia South Carolina *
Downtown Columbia
Music, Countdown to the New Year, Fireworks, entertainment and more!
Cost: Free
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TENNESSEE New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Chattanooga Area

Zoo Year’s Eve *
Chattanooga Zoo
301 North Holtzclaw Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37404
Cost: $9.95 adults, $6.95 children

New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks *
the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail
at the base of the Space Needle
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
December 31, 2017
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New Years’ Eve Hard Rock Guitar Drop
Cost: General Admission

TEXAS New Year’s Eve Celebrations

San Antonio

Celebrate San Antonio *
La Vilita and Arneson River Theater
Music and Fireworks
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VIRGINIA New Year’s Celebration


New Year’s Celebration
Fairy Stone State Park
967 Fairystone Lake Drive
Stuart, VA 24171
Music, dancing and punch. Reservations preferred; call 800-933-7275.
$10 per person
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