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New Year's Eve 2024-2025

The biggest party of the year in the Great Smoky Mountains

Dates: December 31

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 you with 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 Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

The Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show is one of the largest organized New Year's Eve events in the US. Live entertainment starts at 10 pm at the base of the Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail. At midnight, the ball drops and fireworks illuminate the 400-foot tall Space Needle, music choreographed to music and LED lights. Make sure not to miss this family-friendly celebration that happens just before midnight and enjoy the colorful show with thousands of people.

Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Five million lights will illuminate the Pigeon Forge Parkway area during the annual 32nd Winterfest celebration. The festivities begin in early November and last until February. When in Pigeon Forge, don't miss the jaw-dropping holiday shows, like comedy, stunts, sports, as well as singing and dancing performances. Then, warm up in one of the city's cozy restaurants that will be open until the wee hours—or head straight there for the countdown.

Clubs and theaters

Alternatively, you can celebrate the New Year's arrival at one of Gatlinburg's clubs. The New Year's Eve Bash at Hard Rock Cafe is one of the biggest local parties. And for a quieter celebration, visit The Country Tonite Theatre, which hosts the best NYE show in Pigeon Forge. This way or another, The Gatlinburg area won't let you feel bored this New Year's Eve.

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