Big names in music, fireworks and circus performers are just some of the spectacles that are planned for New Year’s Eve celebrations happening around Tennessee. As we bid a fond farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013 with pomp, there are a few parties you won’t want to miss Dec. 31.
Gatlinburg, Tenn. – New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show – Enjoy music, entertainment and watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop from the Space Needle as it glows a festive red at midnight Jan. 1, 2013. Music-choreographed fireworks will follow. For more information, visit www.gatlinburg.com.
Chattanooga, Tenn. – New Year’s For Adults and Families – A variety of family-friendly and adult parties are scheduled throughout Chattanooga, including Southern Belle Riverboat’s New Year’s on the River Cruise and New Year’s at Noon at the Creative Discovery Museum. For a complete list of the festivities, visit www.chattanoogafun.com/winter/new-years-eve-in-chattanooga.
Knoxville, Tenn. – First Night Knoxville – Enjoy an exciting and artistic display of dancers, artists, circus performers and comedic groups before the New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks display. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the night of the event. For more information, visit www.firstnightknoxville.com.
Nashville, Tenn. – Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway – The Frey, Sixpence None the Richer, Love and Theft and Striking Matches will perform beginning at 7 p.m. with a 15-foot-tall music note drop at midnight Jan. 1, 2013. A fireworks display and confetti cannons will follow the drop. For more information, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.
Linden, Tenn. – New Year’s Eve Party, Fun in Charming Historic Hotel – The Commodore Hotel will host a roaring '20s/Chicago Swing themed party at 6:30 p.m. until the champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $74. For more information, visit www.commodorehotellinden.com.
Memphis, Tenn. – New Year’s Eve Celebration on Beale – Thirteen bands of live music in Handy Park leading the drop of Hard Rock’s New Year’s Eve guitar at midnight. For more information, visit www.bealestreetmerchants.com.