Dec. 13, 2016 | By Chantel Baul
6 Exciting Ways to Ring in the New Year in Savannah
The way that you start and end a year matters. Where you are on New Year’s Eve, who you’re with and how you spend it can shape the rest of the days to follow. Set yourself up for a successful year by saying “goodbye!” to 2016 with the ones you love.
If you usually countdown the final moments of the year in front of the TV, do something different this time around! Savannah offers celebrators several exciting ways to ring in the New Year. Any one of the city’s New Year’s Eve events are sure to start your 2017 off right!
Kick off the New Year Savannah-style at the 4th Annual “Up the Cup” Countdown. Head to River Street at 8 p.m. to raise a toast to the New Year in a way that only Savannah can. As the final moments of 2016 slip away, our 6-foot-tall to-go cup will ascend in cheers to 2017. And attendees can enjoy a beautiful firework display once the clock strikes midnight.
For a swankier way to welcome 2017, join Savannah speakeasy, Cocktail Co. for their New Year’s Eve Masquerade. Starting at 9 p.m., this sophisticated event will feature complementary cocktails, a midnight champagne toast, music, hors d’oeuvres, party favors, an onsite photographer and a masquerade mask contest. Tickets are $50 if purchased by December 19. After then, the price goes up to $75, so be sure to get yours soon.
“The Art and Soul of Savannah” is a great place to spend your New Year’s Eve. Each year, City Market transforms into celebration central ablaze with lights, music and fun all night long. The party starts at 9 p.m., and several City Market vendors will keep their shops open through the start of the 2017. It will be a great shopping opportunity, too!
New Year’s Eve is always a blast at the historic Savannah Theatre, and this time around the talented performers are bringing something different to the stage. Debuting on December 28, the all-new hit show “Rewind!” is the soundtrack of your life.
Join the gifted cast as they revisit nearly forty years of Top 40 hits. The grand finale takes place on New Year’s Eve. Buy your tickets in advance, and look forward to looking back!
Start your New Year in style with a relaxing cruise down the Savannah River. Savannah Riverboat Cruises are offering three distinct and exciting cruises this New Year’s Eve.
Perfect for families and foodies, the New Year’s Eve Dinner Cruise sails from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment and an appetizing buffet.
The 21 & up only New Year’s Eve Party Cruise is the best option if you really want your 2016 to go out with a bang! Expect hors d’oeuvres, a live DJ and a midnight champagne toast among the festivities. This cruise sails from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sailing simultaneously is the New Year’s Eve Gala Cruise. Also 21 & up only, this is THE cruise to put on the ritz. Indulge yourself with fine surf & turf, a bottle of house wine, live music and more. No matter which you choose, there’s a cruise for you and yours this New Year’s Eve.
Savannah’s beach is also hosting a special New Year’s Eve event. Join the islanders at South Beach’s Pier & Pavilion by 11:55 for a spectacular firework display. Watch in wonder as Tybee’s sky and sea light up in vibrant hue. It’ll definitely be a night to remember.
Chantel Baul is a Savannah native with a knack for writing and a passion for food, fun and people. She recently received her BA in English and Professional Communications from Armstrong State University, and when she’s not writing she’s serving in the US Army Reserves as a Human Resources Officer. She loves NPR and is interested in food justice, sustainability, travel and international affairs.