Spending New Years in Gatlinburg is a wonderful way to ring in the New Year. Nestled in the midst of the Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg hosts celebrations that rival New York City’s in scale and entertainment value. The entire town joins together in everything from exceptional New Year’s Eve dinners to their very own ball drop. Best of all, they welcome you with their southern charm to come and be a part of their unique festivities.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

This entire event is perfect for couples, families, or even a group of friends looking for an exceptional place to ring in the New Year. As the stroke of midnight arrives, thousands of visitors gather around Gatlinburg’s Space Needle for an amazing spectacle. The party includes a live DJ as well as celebrity performers that keep the streets filled with music as you await the countdown. Even the Space Needle itself is covered in LEDs to provide a spectacular light show that coincides with the music.

New Years in Gatlinburg may not be exactly like Times Square, but it certainly is a close second. Along with the scenic mountain backdrop you’ll enjoy the fully decorated Space Needle in the heart of the town that reaches 400 feet into the sky. The professional expertise of Pyro-Shows guarantees a wonderful fireworks display synchronized to the music as the ball drops and you welcome the New Year in.

The local eateries get in on the action by offering special opportunities to all that come. Dick’s Last Resort and the Smoky Mountain Brewery both have extended hours on New Year’s Eve so that you can enjoy dinner as well as all the other entertainment found in Gatlinburg. If you are looking for a great place to try some free samples before the main event, look no further than Ole Smoky Moonshine, Sugarland’s Distillery, or Davy Crocket’s Whiskey Distillery.

The Melting Pot

For those that would enjoy a more laid back New Year’s Eve celebration, The Melting Pot offers dinner and a view of the ball drop complete with a champagne toast. Located at 959 Parkway #2, you and your family and friends will discover an upscale fondue dinner experience that you won’t soon forget. For just under $60, you’ll get a delicious meal, a perfect view of the ball drop, and party favors to take home as souvenirs. Make your reservation by calling (865)430-4430.

Blaine’s New Year’s Eve Party

Blaine’s Bar & Grill’s prime location in Gatlinburg at the foot of the Space Needle is the ideal spot to celebrate the incoming year’s festivities. It has become a popular New Year’s Eve location, and is definitely at the heart of all the action.

Blaine’s starts the evening off with a couple’s dinner package at 7:30 pm. Champagne and party favors are included with the full dinner. By 9:00 pm the bar opens its doors to the public and the celebrating begins. The dance floor is kept jumping with a live DJ, and a prime rib dinner is available for V.I.P. guests.

The Fireworks Show

No matter what you choose to do in Gatlinburg on New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to get a good view of the fireworks show. If you are the type that likes being in the middle of all the action, find yourself a viewing spot close to the Space Needle downtown. It is an unforgettable way to see the show.

Those that want to avoid the hyped up party atmosphere can still enjoy the display by choosing a more distant location for viewing. Any one of the overlooks found along Gatlinburg’s scenic bypass will provide a quieter place for couples or families that wish to avoid the heaviest crowds while still being able to see the fireworks clearly. Many of the lodging options in the area also have excellent views of the downtown area where you can enjoy the display in peace.

Tips for Enjoying New Years in Gatlinburg

The most desired spots for watching the fireworks will fill up quickly. You want to get there early. One of the best plans of action would be to enjoy a relaxing dinner in one of the area’s many fine restaurants, and then you can gather around the Space Needle by 10:00 pm to ensure a good spot.

The city lots will be your most affordable parking options. These garages are located near the Gatlinburg Welcome Center and behind Ripley’s Aquarium. They run approximately $6 for a full day. The lots located closer to the Space Needle are around $10.

The key to happiness lies in being patient. Because this event is so spectacular, you can expect large crowds, especially when everyone tries to leave after the nightly entertainment ends. Sit back and relax by enjoying one more snack or by admiring the holiday decorations until crowds thin.

The Gatlinburg Trolley

You can save yourself a lot of headaches by taking advantage of Gatlinburg’s trolley. A fun activity all on its own, they have extended run hours on New Year’s Eve so that visitors can take advantage of their services. Shuttles will be running until after the ball drops. Contact the trolley for more information by calling (865)436-3897.

Whether you drive in, walk from your hotel or cabin, or take the trolley in, you are sure to experience a memorable New Year’s Eve. From dinner to the ball drop at midnight, Gatlinburg offers up the best in celebration festivities as you ring in the New Year.