Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show on Friday, December 31. Since 1987, this free, family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s celebration is set to be a spectacular end to the year.
Partygoers will be entertained by Slippery When Wet, the Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band during this year’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. The renowned tribute band reproduces the iconic sound and spirit of one of America’s greatest rock bands, transporting fans back to the ‘80’s. With live music, fabulous downtown celebrations and activities, the streets of Gatlinburg come alive to offer plenty of exciting ways to celebrate the last night of the year, all while leading up to a midnight Fireworks Show and ball drop from the 400-foot-tall Space Needle.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses. Live music begins at 10 p.m. at the base of the Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Rd.