There is no better place to ring in the New Year than in the Smoky Mountains, where you’ll find all kinds of fun special events throughout Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! Gather your family and friends together for a magical evening in the Smokies that includes entertainment, fireworks, and a delicious meal that you’ll be talking about long into the new year! Here are the top 4 ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:

1. Have a Delicious Dinner to Start the Night

table of food at J.T. Hannah's Kitchen in Pigeon ForgeIf you’re planning on staying up until midnight to bring in the new year, you’ll want a hearty dinner to satisfy your hunger all night long! We know you’ll be searching for the perfect dining destination on this very special evening, so look no further than our restaurant in Pigeon Forge TN! We are conveniently located directly on the Parkway and offer a tempting (and affordable) menu for everyone in the family! Whether you prefer a sizzling steak, mouthwatering seafood, a juicy burger, or a tasty plate of slow-cooked ribs, we have you covered! It all comes with plenty of friendly southern hospitality, putting you into a fantastic mood for the evening!

2. Attend the New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island in Pigeon Forge

Another one of the top ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is with the New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island in Pigeon Forge! This is a fabulous way to welcome the New Year with a bang, as The Island presents a spectacular midnight fireworks production to light up the night sky! The fireworks display will also be accompanied by a dazzling performance from The Island Show Fountain, where nozzles spray water high into the air while dancing along to the music! The best part is that there is no admission fee for the event, so bring the whole gang along to create some unforgettable memories!

3. Watch the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Downtown Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Space NeedleThe most popular New Year’s Eve tradition in the Smoky Mountains is the annual Ball Drop and Fireworks Show at the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg! At the stroke of midnight, the ball will drop and fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the iconic 400-foot tall tower! As if that doesn’t sound exciting enough, there is special music choreographed for the fireworks show to add to the fun! If you’re planning to attend this event, be sure to arrive early to secure a spot around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the tower. There will be free concerts to keep you entertained prior to the countdown and fireworks display!

4. Join the New Year’s Eve Lights of Wonder at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

If you want to avoid the crowds around the Gatlinburg Space Needle but still want to see the fireworks show, consider joining the New Year’s Eve Lights of Wonder at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park! This special ticketed event provides an exclusive opportunity to view the fireworks from a unique perspective 500 feet above Gatlinburg and roughly 100 feet above the Space Needle’s firework launchpad! There are plenty of viewing areas along the mountain’s top and the famous SkyBridge. As a bonus, you can stay late to enjoy the Lights Over Gatlinburg event and come back the next day to experience the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park during the daylight hours!

Now that you know how to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, start your evening off right with a delicious meal at our Pigeon Forge restaurant! We look forward to seeing you soon!

J.T Hannah's