Below is an extract of an article in The Atlanta Journal Constitution on New Years Eve activities in Georgia.
Nugget Drop, Dahlonega
6 p.m. – midnight, Dahlonega Town Square area. $10, 12 and under admitted free (admission “buttons” can be purchased online). www.dahlonegafirstnight.org.
The drop is a highlight of First Night Dahlonega, a family friendly celebration of the new year that also raises money for Jeremiah’s Place,which provides transitional housing and support for homeless families in Lumpkin County. The button gets you into all of the vocal and instrumental performances that will be going on at the Historic Holly Theatre and three churches located in the area of the square. There’ll also be activities at Hancock Park, and a vintage car show courtesy of The North Georgia and Dahlonega Car Club. Playing off of Dahlonega’s colorful history as a gold rush town, there are actually two nugget drops — a kids-focused one at 9:30 p.m. — and the biggie at midnight, featuring a golden nugget fashioned by local high school students that descends 30 feet into the square.