Celebrate the New Year in Dahlonega!

by David Zunker Categories // Festivals & Events

Celebrate the New Year in Dahlonega!

First First Night?

Not quite. Actually Dahlonega’s very first (and presumably annual) First Night celebration will take place this year on the last night before the first day of the New Year. First Nights around the country have always been called that so we’ll have to go with it.

Confused yet?

Well, it’s simple enough. Just think New Year’s Eve, and instead of battling the crowds in Times Square, or the crazy bars in downtown Atlanta – think a family-friendly, fun-for-all evening of great music, hometown entertainment and varied venues, set amidst a beautiful, historic downtown, still lighted for the holidays.

Five music venues, including the acoustically wonderful Holly Theater, will host a wide range of live music, including local favorites Sweet Tea and the Bluegrass Boys and the Kurt Thomas Band and nationally-known Amy Ray, who was one-half of the Indigo Girls.

The music will range from bluegrass to chamber music and will begin at 7 pm and wrap up just before 11 pm. Throughout the evening, entertainment Dahlonega’s own Action Dogs will leap in the air and chase Frisbees; local cloggers will perform on the Main Stage and Wayne’s Trains will do what Wayne’s Trains do.

Wrapping up the music at 11 pm will give visitors a chance to catch their breath and move to the Main Stage near the Visitors Center where Dahlonega will welcome the New Year with a “Nugget Drop” at midnight. What could possibly be more appropriate in a city known as the site of the country’s first major gold rush?

Tickets (in the form of buttons) are available at retail locations around Dahlonega, at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Visitors Center and online at www.Dahlonegafirstnight.com. All proceeds from button sales will benefit the Homeless Prevention Services of the North Georgia Interfaith Ministries.

About the Author

David Zunker

David Zunker

David Zunker is the Tourism Director at the Dahlonega-Lumpkin Chamber & Visitors Bureau. He is a journalist by training and a tourism professional by trade – having spent more than 25 years in the hospitality and travel business with resorts, state tourism offices, CVBs and chambers of commerce.

Comments (1)

  • Karen Byrd

    10 December 2017 at 12:54 |
    I live in Cumming and I took my great grandson to the lighting of Dahlonega a couple of weeks ago. It was so perfect ! Thanks for this event.


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