New Year’s Eve in East Tennessee: Parties, celebrations & more

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(WATE) — New Year’s Eve in East Tennessee will be alive with the energy of hundreds if not thousands of party and celebration participants at local events to ring in 2020.

Here are some of the things you can do to celebrate on Dec. 31.

Gatlinburg

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

The streets of Gatlinburg will be lit with celebration specials from businesses, live music, activities all leading up to the 33rd annual firework show and ball drop at the base of the town’s 400-foot “Space Needle.”

Other events in Gatlinburg on New Year’s Eve include a countdown pre-party at Ole Red’s Gatlinburg from 2 – 9 p.m., Gatlinburg SkyLift Park’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Viewing Party (see the ball drop from up above!) and other arts and crafts shows, bands and more.

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The Gatlinburg Police Department said Tuesday the following roads will be closed for the New Year’s Eve ball drop event:

  • Historic Nature Trail (Airport Road) will close from the Parkway to Cloverleaf at 10 p.m.
  • The Parkway (Highway 441) from M&O Street to Reagan Drive will close at 10:30 p.m. to ALL TRAFFIC.
  • Drivers will be able to turn up Reagan Drive or down M&O Street from the Parkway.

Traffic will remain open on all other roadways throughout the duration of the ball drop. All roadways will reopen once pedestrian traffic has been cleared following the celebration.

Anakeesta New Year’s Eve Celebration

Anakeesta in Gatlinburg is offering for families to enjoy the fireworks and more at its theme park — and from an amazing viewpoint.

Guests can enjoy nighttime Rail Runner mountain coaster rides, champagne toasts, delicious appetizers, specialty cocktails and an Enchanted Winter of Lights display. Guests can purchase all day access general admission tickets throughout the day; the park will remain open until 1 a.m. with the last ticket sold at midnight.

Also, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Cliff Top Grill & Bar will transform to party central, offering delicious holiday appetizers and uniquely crafted holiday cocktails.

Fun for the Entire Family! Free rides will be available on the Rail Runner Mountain Coaster, the only single rail mountain coaster in the U.S. from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

Families will also enjoy strolling through the Enchanted Winter of Lights display, discovering a magical world of firefly lights on the Treetop Skywalk and sipping hot cocoa while enjoying the firepit in Firefly Village during Anakeesta’s extended nighttime hours.

Included in general admission for New Year’s Eve Night Time Celebration:

  • FREE New Year’s Eve celebration at Cliff Top Grill & Bar (no reservations required)
  • FREE unlimited Rail Runner Mountain Coaster rides from 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM (weather permitting)
  • Enchanted Winter of Light display throughout the park
  • Extended park hours

Always Included in general admission at Anakeesta:

  • Unlimited all-day access.
  • Unlimited Chondola rides
  • Firefly Forest of Lights experience
  • Treetop Skywalk
  • Treehouse Village Adventure and BearVenture play area
  • Vista Gardens Walk
  • Memorial Forest Walk
  • Shopping and dining
  • And of course, the most gorgeous scenic views in all of Gatlinburg.

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Pigeon Forge

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island

The annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island will be a magical place for an East Tennessee NYE countdown, with family-friendly activities. There will be live music, face painting, fireworks and more.

The free event kicks off at 10 p.m. and organizers recommend to get there early to enjoy the food and sights.

Knoxville

New Year’s Eve on the Square

The annual event in Market Square kicks off at 10 p.m. Dec. 31 and will feature not only live performances but also a ball drop at midnight and fireworks. The family-friendly event is free of charge.

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Ice Bears Decades Night

For their game against the Macon Mayhem, the Knoxville Ice Bears team is hosting a Decades Night — inviting fans to dress up as their favorite decade with costumes being eligible to win the costume contest.

The Ice Bears game puck-drop is at 6 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum. Click here for tickets.

Noon Year celebration at The Muse Knoxville

The Muse Knoxville will once again host a family-friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration to help bring in the year 2020.

Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Tennessee State Senator Becky Massey will lead young party-goers with a noontime countdown complete with a ball drop and dance party starting at 10 a.m. at The Muse Knoxville in Chilhowee Park.

MORE: Mayor Indya Kincannon to join family-friendly Noon Year celebration at The Muse Knoxville

WATE 6 On Your Side will be live streaming the event. Click here for the live events page: Live Event Coverage

Change Center hosting skate party

The Change Center will host a New Year’s Eve party for high school students Tuesday night.

Admission is $10. The skate rink, cafe, gift shop and arcades will be open and available as well.

The skate party takes off at 9:30 p.m. and ends at 12:30 a.m.

For more information, call the Change Center at 865-951-1567.

Gatsby in the air

Several NYE events are 1920s/”The Great Gatsby” themed. The book was published in 1925, depicting life and in the Decade of Decadence. The Roarin’ Twenties were a century ago, but many are bringing the style back to ring in 2020. Some of these events require tickets, and of course a flapper and dapper dress code, so be sure to look them up before heading out to the new decade of new decadence.

F. Scott Fitzgerald would probably be pleased at all the whoopie (1920s slang for “wild fun”).

Alive in 2020! Knoxville Museum of Art

Tuesday, December 31, 2019 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
This New Year’s Eve Party will feature live music, dancing, food, spirits, and a great view of the fireworks on Market Square! Admission includes reserved seating at tables, music by Mac Arnold + Plateful O’ Blues, supper and breakfast buffets by F.A.T.S. BBQ, party.

New Year’s Day 2020

If you want to start out your 2020 with some physical fun – why not run a quick 5K? If you haven’t signed up, you still can, or, you can go cheer on those that did at the Calhoun’s New Year’s Day 5K in Knoxville.

Calhouns New Years Day 5K
400 Neyland Drive
8:30 a.m. – Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Start your year out with the New Years Day 5K

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