West Village To Host Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Festival

Friday, December 15, 2017

Families are invited to a New Year’s Eve festival in Chattanooga’s newly-revitalized West Village area between MLK and 7th on Chestnut and Pine near the base of the just-opened Westin Hotel. Lights are twinkling and the spirit of the street is changing as the West Village brings a European-style experience to Chattanooga families, said officials.

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, this free New Year’s Eve event will offer a variety of opportunities for families to ring in the New Year with a unique Chattanooga experience.  

The West Village, on Chestnut Street between 8th and 9th Streets, has been transforming during the last year, becoming a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood alive with shops, restaurants and, now, a world-class hotel. Designed by internationally-renowned architect John Portman, the Westin Chattanooga, formerly the BlueCross BlueShield headquarters, now become a luxurious urban retreat in the heart of downtown. Walking distance to the Tivoli Theatre, Warehouse Row and the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga’s famed Gold Building now houses a 200-room luxury hotel with a 10th floor bar with view of downtown. 

Guests at this year’s inaugural New Year’s Eve event will enjoy a Chattanooga-centric family-friendly street festival with facepainting, music and entertainment. Concessions will be available from food and beverage trucks and neighborhood businesses, including Peet’s Coffee, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, Innside Restaurant and Alimentari, an all-new tequila bar, will be open late for the occasion. A giant screen on the Westin Chattanooga’s mirrored surface will play a special laser light show each hour throughout the evening and guests will enjoy a live feed of the Times Square celebration for the annual ball drop.

Families with young children will enjoy the “Not-So-Late Ball Drop” and developer Jay Raynor explains “there is a lot to celebrate in Chattanooga’s West Village and we’re thrilled to introduce the community to this all-new European-style experience as we ring in the New Year.”

For more information on this event please visit westvillagechattanoog.com.





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