Atlanta tops New Year’s destinations but Peach Drop may not return

The Big Apple just got squashed by an 800 pound peach.

According to New Year’s Eve travel searches on Kayak.com, Atlanta is the top American city to ring in 2016. Ranked number six overall, Atlanta beat out traditional destinations like New York’s Times Square. In fact, the only other U.S. city that made the top 10 is Chicago.

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Here are the cities that saw the greatest increase in New Year’s Eve travel searches according to Kayak data:

  1. Dubai, UAE
  2. Cartagena, Colombia
  3. Barcelona, Spain
  4. Reykjavik, Iceland
  5. Tokyo, Japan
  6. Atlanta, GA
  7. Santiago, Chile
  8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  9. Chicago, IL
  10. Vancouver, Canada

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But you have to wonder if all these Atlanta bound revelers know that The Peach Drop, the largest NYE celebration in the Southeast, may not be happening this year?

The official webpage is stuck on 2015 and the countdown clock is full of zeros.

Underground Atlanta is being sold to South Carolina based WRS, Inc. Real Estate Investments for almost $30 million. The deal closing date has been set for Jan. 15 which means the new owners won’t be in place in time for the Peach Drop.

WRS told WSB-TV that the city owns the rights and the physical structure of the Peach Drop, so the future of the event is up to the city.

The response from the City of Atlanta?

They’ll keep us posted.

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Super Elf
Super Elf

Move the peach drop out to the suburbs and away from MARTA. Problem solved- no thugs!

Roderic Graham
Roderic Graham

Although I am devastated that the Peach Drop might not be happening this year, I can understand why the City of Atlanta may want to discontinue this holiday tradition. Crime has slowly escalated over the years during the Peach Drop. Several people have been robbed, fights have broke out and there have even been a few murders as well. I believe the Peach Drop can return as a premiere event for Atlanta once the city drafts a plan to make the event safer.