New Year’s Eve celebrations abound in Cherokee County
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
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The Publix in Canton has an assortment of Champagne, sparkling wines and party favors to help celebrate the New Year.<br>Staff/Todd Hull
The Publix in Canton has an assortment of Champagne, sparkling wines and party favors to help celebrate the New Year.
Staff/Todd Hull
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New Year’s Eve revelers won’t have to look far Monday night — and even Tuesday afternoon — to find a great place to ring in the New Year, as several Cherokee County restaurants and businesses are offering special deals and even some alternative ways to celebrate.

ICE Martini Bar owner Danny Snow said his downtown Woodstock restaurant will be kicking off its inaugural New Year’s Eve Celebration with a party including a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, an array of sushi rolls, tapas and a midnight champagne toast.

To cap it off, a balloon drop at midnight will shower a few lucky attendees with cash prizes.

“Hopefully we don’t get a stampede,” Snow joked.

Snow said in the two-and-a-half months since opening, the restaurant is doing well.

“Every week, our numbers improved,” Snow said. “We’re very focused on service and quality. We’re not a very big place, but it’s comfortable with soft seating and leather chairs.”

Tickets are $25 and are first come, first served. Snow said about half of the 100 tickets have already been purchased. Attire for the evening is semi-formal and the event will run until 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets, call (770) 672-6334 or visit ICE Martini Bar Facebook page for a link to purchase tickets online.

Another new tradition ICE will begin this year is a New Year’s Day Levee, with live entertainment and drink specials beginning at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day.

“It’s an old English tradition,” Snow said.

But how will they do it?

“We’ll go to sleep,” Snow joked. “Or we won’t let the party stop.”

Other New Year’s Eve events in downtown Woodstock include a five-course dinner at Freight Kitchen and Tap for $49 per person, with a wine pairing for an additional $15.

By sharing the event information on Facebook, those who do so can be entered into a drawing for a complimentary wine pairing with dinner.

Seatings are available at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Call (770) 924-0144 for tickets.

In Canton, Sixes Tavern will have a live band, Virginia Runnin,’ and will pick up and drive home patrons using the restaurant’s own shuttle. Revelers can watch the ball drop on one of the restaurant’s 29 large-screen televisions.

For more information, call (770) 345-2939. The restaurant is located at 3568 Sixes Road.

Those looking for an alcohol-free celebration can attend the Christian Singles New Year’s Eve Gala at Towne Lake Church, 132 North Medical Parkway in Woodstock.

The event includes light hors d’oeuvres, a DJ and dancing, and casual attire is appropriate.

All proceeds from the non-smoking, non-alcoholic event go to help Goshen Valley Boy’s Ranch.

The event runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. For tickets, call Linda Holland at (770) 926-4428 or email at linda.holland@fbcw.net. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door.

Ember Yoga in downtown Woodstock is also offering a healthy way to ring in the New Year. At 3 p.m. New Year’s Day, the yoga studio will offer Sunyata, a New Year’s Celebration.

Sunyata is $15 for unlimited members and $25 drop-in for nonmembers. Admission includes chocolate and bubbly drinks following class.
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