Celebrate the New Year at Gatlinburg's Annual Street Party
By Bennie McCann © 2008, All Rights Reserved

The Smoky Mountains are a great place to visit during the winter months.  A blanket of snow and the cool crisp air turns these mountains into a winter wonderland and a perfect place to bring in the New Year.  That’s right…the quaint town of Gatlinburg throws a street party on New Year’s Eve that gives Times Square a run for its money.  This combination of music, fireworks and the traditional count down to the New Year is truly spectacular.

Begin the evening at one of Gatlinburg’s fantastic restaurants.  It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in casual or elegant dining, Gatlinburg has something for everyone.  Take your pick from well-known chains to specialty restaurants like tearooms and steakhouses.  Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it here with prices that fit every budget.  

The Space Needle in Gatlinburg is the place to be for your New Year’s celebration.  Standing over 400 feet high, this attraction is home to Gatlinburg’s 21st Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Street Party.  Just like you’ve seen on television, the Space Needle uses a ball to count down the time until the arrival of the New Year. 

The count down begins at 11:00 pm, but don’t worry about being cold.  With thousands of visitors expected to show up for the festivities, they’ll be plenty of friends and family around to keep you warm.  Each guest receives a party favor to use while ringing in the New Year. And it's yours to have as a keepsake of the special evening.  Not sure you can afford a New Year’s celebration right after all that holiday shopping?  Believe it or not, admission to this street party is absolutely free!

The party really gets started once the New Year arrives.  You’ll be amazed at the incredible fireworks display that lights up the sky.  This pyrotechnic work of art is a memorable way to begin the New Year.  In the mood to dance?  A live DJ will also be on hand to provide all the music needed to dance the night away with friends or that someone special.  With all that it has to offer, it’s easy to see why Gatlinburg’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Street Party has been called “The best New Year’s Eve show in the South.”   

Once you’ve rested from your night of celebration, be sure to check out the many other winter events the Smoky Mountains have to offer.  The Trolley Ride of Lights is a great way to take in the millions of bulbs that transform Gatlinburg into a display of winter magic.  Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic is a magnificent sight that people of every age are sure to enjoy.

New Year’s in the Smoky Mountains is filled with lots of fun and excitement.  Whether you’re looking for a family trip, a celebration with friends or a romantic getaway, Gatlinburg’s New Year’s Eve party provides incredible entertainment at a price that can’t be beat.