Ring in the New Year in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!
There is always a sense of promise, new beginnings and joy when we anticipate the beginning of a new year. Should you find yourself in the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll want in on all the festivities.
A Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve may be just the thing to ensure 2019 is celebrated in style for you and yours. If you prefer a more down home, country feel to welcome in the New Year, a Pigeon Forge New Year’s Eve may be just the ticket.
Whatever you decide, you can be sure that 2019 promises to be the best ever in the Smokies. We’ve put together a list of New Year celebrations for you.
Gatlinburg New Year – 2019
The Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show, December 31, 2018. Gather ’round for a spectacular New Year’s celebration! Every year, people come from all over to witness the ball drop at 115 Historic Nature Trail, right at the base of the Space Needle. Be there with thousands of other New Year’s Eve-er’s as you count down. At midnight, the ball drops, fireworks erupt and it’s all set to inspiring music. It’s best to get there a couple of hours before it all starts as this event is popular. For cheap parking, park in the city garages. There’s one behind Ripley’s Aquarium located at Traffic Light #5 at 88 River Road – for $6 cash, park all day! If you’d prefer to park closer, you may pay a bit more. Click here for a list of parking options in Gatlinburg. Jump on the Trolley, as they have extended hours at New Year’s if you’d prefer getting around that way.
Blaine’s Grill & Bar welcomes in the New Year annually. Located at 812 Parkway at Traffic Light #8, you’re right smack in the middle of all the action in downtown Gatlinburg. There are different packages to choose from that range from $20 to $80. Visit their website for the details.
It’s obvious The Melting Pot is a New Year’s in Gatlinburg celebration favorite among locals and visitors alike. Some tables also have views of the ball drop so you can experience it without all the fuss of crowds, plus enjoy great food! Visit their website for the details and to reserve your spot.
The entire downtown celebrates as many vendors and restaurants get in on the New Year’s spirit. Streets are bright with lights and you can catch live music as your stroll the streets. Families and couples alike flock here to welcome in the New Year, so be patient. The best thing is, whether you get up close and personal to the big ball drop or not, you’ll be able to experience the New Year fireworks and celebrations no matter where you are!
Visit gatlingburg.com to find our more as the New Year approaches. Get a guide of dining in Gatlinburg here-there are plenty that are open on New Year’s Eve. Click here for a guide to wineries and distilleries in Gatlinburg.
New Year’s in Pigeon Forge – 2019
The New Year festivities are plentiful in Pigeon Forge and since the two towns are close, you can take it all in from daylight to midnight if that’s your thing.
New Year’s Eve at The Island promises to be “bigger and better” to welcome in 2019. This may be a better option for you if you’d rather avoid the crowds in Gatlinburg, though this event is wildly popular. The giant ferris wheel is lighted up, as is the fountain and there’s a DJ and live music. There are so many free events throughout the park and they have their own fireworks display as well. The fun begins at 8 p.m.
The New Year’s Eve Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry starts at 9 p.m. with a variety show packed full of special effects, dancers, actors and more. There’s also big screens inside that will be broadcasting the ball drop in Times Square in New York.
Take the kids to their own celebration earlier in the day to the Titanic Museum’s Kids Noon Years Eve. Located at 2134 Parkway, it runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Hard Rock Cafe celebrates the New Year in a big way with their annual New Year’s Eve celebration. Beginning at 11 a.m., there are special events throughout the day inside Located at 2050 Parkway.
Dollywood’s Resort & Spa has a couple of celebrations for both couples and family. View the menus, purchase tickets and/or make reservations here.
Check Pigeon Forge’s Chamber of Commerce’s website to find out about any last minute changes or new additions for New Year’s Eve and Day celebrations in Pigeon Forge.
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Happy New Year!