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What to Do This Weekend: New Year’s Celebrations!

Hello Gwangju!

It’s the last weekend of 2017! Let’s see what you can do to celebrate the end of the year, and the start of a new one.

Friday, December 29th

Ice skating at the city hall rink continues this weekend. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m. to just before 8:30 p.m. Weekdays hours are 10 a.m. until just before 6 p.m. It only costs 1,000 won to use the rink, and that includes the rental of skates. If you would like more info about skating, please click on this link for the article by J.D., another writer for the blog. The rink is open until the 31st of January.

Sunday, December 31st

Courtesy of the ACC

Courtesy of the ACC

New Year’s celebrations in Gwangju will kick off with a classical music concert at the ACC. The Gwangju Symphony, as well as the Gwangju City Choir will be performing. Selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Handel’s Messiah will be featured in the concert. Ticket prices start at 10,000 won, and go up to 30,000 won. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more details about the concert, and how to get tickets, please go to the ACC’s site.

Courtesy of Speakeasy

Courtesy of Speakeasy

After a concert of classical music we move onto something a bit more contemporary at Speakeasy. They’ll be having a big lineup of your favorite musicians for their New Year’s Eve bash. It all begins with some of the great artists who have performed in the Gwangju Live series taking the stage. Then local faves Malarky will rock the crowd into 2018. Since this is a Speakeasy party you know that there are going to be great drink specials to keep you celebrating until the wee hours of the morning. So join your friends, and the great staff at Speakeasy to start off 2018! For more info about the festivities, please go to their Facebook page. The fun will start at 9 p.m.

Courtesy of Loft 28

Courtesy of Loft 28

For those of you that will be celebrating around the Jeonnam back gate area, there’s really only one place to go to spend New Year’s Eve . . . Loft 28! They’ll be having a great party with their DJs playing all your favorite music. There will also be games and prizes throughout the night. When the clock strikes 12, they’ll have free champagne to toast the new year! The party will be starting at 9 p.m., so get there early and try some of their delicious homemade food. If you need more info about the party, then please check out their Facebook page.

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

Courtesy of The First Alleyway

If you want a great meal to end 2017, then you need to go to The First Alleyway for their steak dinner special. A baked potato and a salad will also be incuded with your meal. The special goes from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is first come first served so you don’t need to make a reservation. They will also be open until 1 a.m. to celebrate the New Year. Also, starting on Friday the 29th (and until supplies last) they will be having a 3,000 won tequila special. For more details about both of these offers, please go to The First Alleyway’s Facebook page.

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Courtesy of Tequilaz

Hey Bill, is Tequilaz open on Sunday night? Of course it will be! They’ll be having some drink specials throughout the night, and you can also enjoy their menu of Mexican favorites. Don’t forget about their Friday night drink specials. Unlimited draft beer for only 12,000 won (cash only), and unlimited rail cocktails for 20,000 won (again cash only). To get more details, please go to their Facebook page.

There’s a lot of different ways to celebrate the last weekend of 2017, but whatever you do I hope it’s a safe one. Happy New Year!