Lawrenceville 'Rings' in the new year with a bash

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Need somewhere to be on New Year's Eve? The city of Lawrenceville is throwing its eighth annual Lawrenceville Rings Bash for the whole family to enjoy on Saturday at the Gwinnett County Historic Courthouse in downtown.

The celebration starts at 3 p.m. with plenty of activities for the little party-goers. Until 6 p.m., there is an "Early Eve for Kids" attraction filled with magic and puppet shows, balloon artists, face painting and train rides. For those who would like to become part of a masquerade ball, children have the opportunity to draw, glue and glitter their own mask for the evening. The first round of fireworks will shoot off at 6 p.m. so the kiddies can head to bed at a reasonable hour.

At 6 p.m., the Lawrenceville Visitor's Center has a scavenger hunt for anyone willing to search for clues throughout the city. The hunt will last until 8:30 p.m. and all participants who have completed finding all of the clues in the downtown shops, restaurants and other buildings will be put into a raffle. The winner will be announced at 9 p.m.

Once attendees are finished with the scavenger hunt, they are invited to listen to live music until midnight. Abbey Road LIVE!: A Beatles Tribute and the Mike Rogers Band perform throughout the evening, then the second round of fireworks explode when the clock strikes midnight.

On New Year's Eve, there are many people who prefer to dress up for a cocktail party. Lucky for them, Lawrenceville has that covered too. The inaugural Lawrenceville Ball runs from 9 p.m. to midnight upstairs in the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Live music by Metro Jazz Club will fill the air as guests enjoy dancing, food and champagne. Reservations and cocktail attire are requested. It is $35 per person or $60 per couple.

There is still time to reserve a spot for the ball. Those interested need to call Lauren Norris at 678-226-2639 or at email lauren@visitlawrenceville.com.