Celebrate the New Year in Athens

It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to an end. As we close a chapter to this year, we begin another chapter of new discoveries, new friends, new experiences, and overall, new beginnings. And what better way to begin 2018 than to celebrate it here in Athens County?! Where will you be when the countdown begins?


Ring in 2018 at JIVE!

Photo Courtesy of Athens Birth Circle

Ohio University Inn & Conference Center
331 Richland Ave., Athens

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Celebrate the beginning of a new year with the whole family. The Athens Birth Circle presents Athens’ only family-oriented New Year’s Eve party! Festivities will include dinner by the Ohio University Inn, desserts from The Fluff, snacks from Shagbark Mill as well as other local hot spots. A cash bar will also be available featuring brews from Jackie O’s. Live music, dancing, kids games and activities will ensure a fun night for all. The ball will drop at 7:00 pm to allow all members of every family to enjoy ringing in the new year. Tickets are available ahead of time or at the door.


The Annual New Year’s Eve Bash at Athens Uncorked!

Thanks to @AthensUncorked for the photo.

Athens Uncorked
14 Station St., Athens

6:00 pm

Athens Uncorked hosts their annual New Year’s Eve party for 2018. Gather with friends and family for the special champagne menu, DJ Monty, a night full of dancing and, of course, the countdown to midnight! Be sure to arrive early in order to get a great seat for the night.


New Year’s Eve at Little Fish

Photo courtesy of Little Fish

Little Fish Brewing Co.
8675 Armitage Rd., Athens

7:00 pm – 1:00 am

Head out to Little Fish to welcome the new year. The evening will be filled with friends, family, live music by Chris Biester and Darrin Hacquard, vinyl record jams from DJ Snacks and, of course, lots of amazing beer. At midnight, enjoy a special beer to toast to the new year as the fish decorated keg drops from the ceiling. You don’t want to miss out on this treasured, uniquely Athens event!


New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball

Dairy Barn Arts Center
8000 Dairy Ln., Athens

8:00 pm – 1:00 am

Join The Dairy Barn as they host a night full of fun! Get fancied up for an Athens-style masquerade. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, dancing, and champagne at midnight. Get your group together for an unforgettable evening. Tickets are available as are reservations for tables for groups of four, eight, and ten.

New Years Eve Party at Rollerbowl Lanes

Photo by Joel Prince

Rollerbowl Lanes
28 Palmer St., Athens

9:00 pm – 1:00 am

Roll in the new year at Rollerbowl Lanes‘ annual New Year’s Eve party. The fun includes four hours of unlimited bowling, a 14′ large pizza to share, a pitcher of soda and door prizes at every hour! What more could you ask for? Spots fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot today!


New Year’s Eve Train

Hocking Valley Scenic Railway

10:30 pm

Here is an awesome way to celebrate! The Hocking Valley Scenic Railway is hosting their annual New Year’s Eve Train. Party on the train with pizza, pop or wine, and cheese as you cruise down the tracks. A firework display will appear to ring in 2018. The ride lasts two hours, covering twenty miles roundtrip. Reservations are required, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!


NYE Hotel Package


Fairfield Inn & Suites has an excellent deal too good to pass up for New Year’s Eve. For $119/night, enjoy a room with one king or two queen beds, a large one topping pizza from Papa Johns, a two liter of Mountain Dew or Pepsi, as well as party favors, games and movies in the party room for every member of the family to enjoy. Call today to secure your package. 740-589-5839.


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