The Best Places to Spend New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Fireowrks in the night sky at The Island in Pigeon Forge New Year's Eve
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Three…two…one…Happy New Year! As 2020 comes to a close, end the year on a good note when you celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Smoky Mountains. From fireworks to incredible live entertainment, you’ll ring in the new year in style. Visit My Smokies put together some of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

1. Gatlinburg’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Come experience a night like no other at Gatlinburg’s annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Thousands of people gather at the Gatlinburg Space Needle to watch the ball drop and fireworks shoot off. The fireworks are specially choreographed to music for a pyrotechnic firework show you won’t forget. And the best part, admission is free! What better way to celebrate new beginnings in 2021?

2. Country Tonite Theatre

The Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge.The Country Tonite Theatre holds a wonderful celebration on New Year’s Eve. Not only will guests get to experience the theater’s Pigeon Forge Christmas Show one more time before 2020 comes to a close, but all guests receive complimentary surprises and gifts to get in the party mood! At midnight, colorful balloons fall from the ceiling of the theater, and everyone is invited to meet and mingle with the cast as they celebrate the new year together.

3. The Island New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Island is the place to be on New Year’s Eve! The entertainment complex is decorated for Winterfest, which means you’ll get to see hundreds of twinkling lights and decorations and the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel lit up in holiday colors! Spend the night watching the Island Show Fountain, riding the Wheel and browsing the shops. While ringing in 2021 will look a little different than the normal annual NYE celebration, The Island said this year’s event will be better than ever. The event will be relocated to a large portion of the Pigeon Forge Municipal Lot. More details about the event are coming soon!

4. Hard Rock Café’s New Year’s Eve Bash

Hard Rock Cafe at nightCelebrate the end of 2020 and the beginning of a new year with the New Year’s Eve Bash at Hard Rock Cafe! Your ticket includes a complimentary adult beverage and party favors. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and features live music, a champagne toast, party favors and more! You’ll be able to ring in the new year in style at Hard Rock Cafe! The party keeps going until 1 a.m.

5. Dine at a Restaurant and Enjoy Winterfest

For a low-key New Year’s Eve celebration, enjoy dinner at one of the delicious restaurants in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, and then take a drive down the Parkway to see the Winterfest lights! Some of the restaurants in the area even offer special New Year’s Eve meals, like Harpoon Harry’s Crab House and The Melting Pot. After your meal, go for a drive along the Parkway and take in millions of twinkling lights before Winterfest ends. It’s the perfect way to close out the year!

6. Smoky Mountain Cabins

One of the great cabins in Gatliburg and Pigeon Forge with an outdoor firepit.If you’re looking for a more private celebration, rent a beautiful cabin in the Smoky Mountains for a New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg that will top all the rest. There are spacious cabins available that accommodate large groups of people, so you can celebrate the new year with all your friends. Many of the cabins have game rooms and/or theater rooms, so you’ll have plenty of ways to keep busy until the clock strikes midnight! Whether you’re relaxing in a hot tub, playing a game of pool or dancing the night away, cabins are a great place to end 2020 surrounded by your friends and family.

Make the last night of 2020 one you’ll remember for many years to come, and ring in 2021 in style when you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Start planning your New Year’s trip today by browsing places to stay in the Smoky Mountains.


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