Gatlinburg Celebrates The New Year In Unique Fashion

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - by Jim Davis
New Year's Ball Drop
New Year's Ball Drop

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2013 in unique style with its 25th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Saturday night, December 31.

At the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1, 2013, the Space Needle area will shine with a red glow from the surrounding rooftops at the beginning of a music program which includes selected songs followed by a choreographed fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tn.

Leading up to midnight, popular musical entertainment will be headquartered on the balcony of the Gatlinburg Convention Center at the Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road entrance. Party favors provided by Mr. Tablecloth will be available near the base of the Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail.

“It has become a tradition for families and friends from across America to come back to celebrate the New Year here in Gatlinburg,” said Darrell Manis, Interim Special Events manager of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We expect to have another big crowd to help us usher in 2013 with their loved ones and friends.”

The highlight of the evening is the ball drop from the Space Needle, signifying the old year is over and a new one has begun. Then music encouraging crowd participation and the fireworks show off the 342-foot structure will welcome the New Year in dazzling style.

The entire city of Gatlinburg celebrates New Year’s Eve in a big way with many restaurants and attractions offering special celebrations. Popular hotspots are right in the middle of the fireworks area below the Space Needle and offer varying packages which may include music, buffets and a champagne toast.

For information on other New Year’s Eve parties and activities as well as lodging and dining options, please call the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at 800 568-4748, or visit www.gatlinburg.com.

Parkway at Historic Nature Trail
Parkway at Historic Nature Trail


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