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 All proceeds from button sales will benefit the Homeless Prevention Services of the North Georgia Interfaith Ministries.