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New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show 2021

The biggest party of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains

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The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area is a premier destination to celebrate New Year’s Eve in East Tennessee. The astonishing Winterfest lights displays, spectacular fireworks, and live entertainment will surely leave unforgettable memories.

On December 31, most festivities in Gatlinburg are concentrated on the Historic Nature Trail, where thousands of people gather under the Gatlinburg Space Needle to ring in the new year with a big bang. The Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show at the iconic location is one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the US. Make sure not to miss this family-friendly celebration that happens just before midnight.

Alternatively, you can celebrate the New Year's arrival at one of the Gatlinburg clubs. The New Year’s Eve Bash at Hard Rock Cafe is one of the biggest local parties. Or opt for a quieter celebration at The Country Tonite Theatre, hosting the best show in Pigeon Forge.

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