New Year’s Eve is nearly here! If you haven’t made plans yet or are looking for something more interesting than sitting on your couch watching thousands of people freeze in Times Square, we have the best ideas for you – come to the Smokies!

In addition to the incredible views of The Great Smoky Mountains, beautiful cabins with hot tubs and plenty of room for entertaining – there are exciting and fun celebrations planned to help you ring in the new year.

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

Since 1987, revelers have gathered on Dec. 31 under the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle to celebrate the coming year and watch the ball drop.

The family-friendly event includes a concert and a midnight fireworks display. This year, Journey tribute band Departure will rock the party with its live performance. In its 12th year together, Departure performs more than 100 shows nationally each year – celebrating and honoring the 80s rock band that was led by Steve Perry.

The band starts at 10:30 p.m. Fireworks take place at midnight. Visitors are encouraged to get there early. 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg

Can’t make it, but still want to be part of the fun? Watch the live view from their webcam any time you’d like!

You can also watch the ball drop from atop Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, where a viewing party is planned at the SkyCenter, SkyDeck and the SkyBridge, located directly across the street from the Space Needle. This event, with live music, lights, food, beer and hot beverages, is sold out. If you already have tickets for this, you can begin loading the Skylift at 10 p.m.

2. New Year’s Celebration at The Island

The Island’s annual Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Celebration includes an incredible lineup of entertainment including a free concert, and a spectacular fireworks show at midnight.

Country recording artist Tyler Rich will be headlining the celebration at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Enjoy his hits “The Difference” and “Leave Her Wild” live at The Island’s largest event of the year.

The party starts at 8 p.m. with a DJ at the stage. Followed by Free Daps and Temecula Road. The Tyler Rich concert begins at 10:45 p.m.

Go to The Island – at 131 The Island Drive – early for dinner at one of its many restaurants, entertainment throughout the 23 acres and shopping galore – more than 60 unique shops.


8:00 PM – DJ at the Stage

9:00 PM – Free Daps Performance

9:45 PM – Temecula Road Performance

10:45 PM – Tyler Rich Concert

12:00 AM – Fireworks 🎆

Also at The Island, Margaritaville is hosting a New Year’s Eve party. Arlington, Tenneessee-based Patio Pirates will play from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Margaritaville Restaurant Pigeon Forge at 130 The Island Dr suite 6101.

See this great list of FAQ’s put together by The Island:

3. New Year’s Eve at Ober Gatlinburg

Ski all day and dance the night away at Ober Gatlinburg.

Kevin McGuire & The Band of the Smokies will perform, with a DJ taking over at 11:30 p.m. to take revelers through the New Year. There will be a cash bar and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
$65 per person includes round trip Aerial Tramway ticket, heavy appetizers and a complimentary champagne toast in a souvenir champagne glass.

Doors open at 8pm.

8pm-9pm : DJ

9pm-11:30pm : Kevin McGuire & The Band of the Smokies

11:30pm-1a : DJ

Find Ober Gatlinburg at 1339 Ski Mountain Road.

Head there for the day and spend it on the slopes. Ober Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Resort is a “mountaintop of fun, excitement and beauty.” Find adventures and entertainment at Ober – outside or warm and cozy inside.

Outdoor adventures at Ober Gatlinburg include Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and the children’s play area – Cubbies Snow Zone – where younger children can just, well, play in the snow for $5 or free with a current ski area ticket.

Ober Gatlinburg has 10 trails from beginner to advanced, including a freestyle Terrain Park. There are seven lifts to get you there.  Check out the Slope report and the live webcams. One camera points at the activities going on. The other camera is the Mountain Valley view.


Inside fun includes ice bumper cars, ice skating, carousel and restaurants.

See our blog post on Ober Gatlinburg for even more information.

4. Dollywood

You can’t stay until midnight, but Dollywood IS open New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The theme park is open 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. both days. Christmas lights and shows continue through Jan. 4. See our blog post for all the details!

5. Top of the World – New Year’s Eve Party at Anakeesta

Anakeesta is a theme park located on 70 acres of forested land in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg. On New Year’s Eve,  The Bar at the Top of the World plays host to a celebration that starts at 10 a.m. and runs through midnight.

The New Year’s Eve bash is included in the cost of general admission to Anakeesta, along with FREE Rail Runner mountain coaster rides from 7:00 p.m.– 11:00 p.m.

Guests can purchase general admission tickets throughout the day; the park will remain open until 1 AM with the last ticket sold at midnight.

From 8:00 p.m. to midnight Cliff Top Grill & Bar will offer Holiday appetizers for $7 each and champagne toasts for two for $5.00. Anakeesta’s, Bar on the Top of the World, at Cliff Top will serve uniquely crafted holiday cocktails including Tennessee Hot Wassail, Irish Coffee, Firefly Frosé, Madagascar Vanilla White Russian and Karen’s Sweet Tea.

Anakeesta is located at 576 Parkway in Gatlinburg.

6. Rockin’ New Year’s Eve Bash

Dance the night away at the Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge on New Year’s Eve. On stage, Knoxville, Tennessee, group Kincaid Band will play 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Dressed to Kill – a KISS Tribute Band – will play 10 p.m.-1 a.m.

Tickets are $70 per couple or $40 per person in advance; $50 at the door. Tickets include one (1) adult beverage, champagne toast and party favors.

Hard Rock Café is located at 2050 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

7. Elevated Mountains Shinin’ New Year’s Eve

Just 58 miles from Pigeon Forge, Elevated Mountain Distillery is a craft distiller of top-shelf whiskeys and spirits based in Maggie Valley, NC.

New Year’s Eve, the distillery is hosting a bluegrass jam with barbecue catering by Appalachian Smoke. Fireworks at 11 p.m. will lead into the New Year.

Find Elevated Mountain Distilling Company at 3732 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC

Other Gatlinburg Options

Several places around Gatlinburg offer a touch of elegance to a year-end bash.  Crystelle Creek, the Lodge at Buckberry CreekThree Jimmy’s and the Kennedy Concepts Restaurants all host NYE parties that have dinner and cover charge options, according to

At midnight, you’re going to need the words to the classic Auld Lang Syne. It was a Scotts-language poem written by Robert Burns in 1788


Auld Lang Syne

Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should all acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne
And surely you will buy your cup
And surely I’ll buy mine
And we’ll take a cup o’kindness yet
For auld lang syne
We too have run around the slopes
And picked the daisies fine
We’ve wondered many weary foot
Since auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne
We too have paddled in the stream
From morning sun to night
But the seas between us broad have roared
From auld lang syne
For auld lang syne, my dear
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’kindness yet
For auld lang syne

Book a winter wonderland cabin!

When the fireworks are finished, the kisses given and the song has been sung – you are going to need a place to lay your head. Let American Patriot Getaways help you plan your stay – whether you already are our guest or also are looking for a winter wonderland cabin.

When you book one of our Gatlinburg cabins , you’ll be close to all the action, excitement, and new attractions the area has to offer. Book today and let us know how you plan on spending time in the Great Smoky Mountains in 2020!

Give American Patriot Getaways a call at 800-204-5169. Let our experts help you find the right cabin and all the right fun, food and entertainment for an adult or family vacation that will have you wanting to come back as soon as possible.

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Happy New Year!

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