What to do on New Year's Eve in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

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New Year's Eve Lights of Wonder 2023 (Gatlinburg)

Ring in the New Year and watch the Gatlinburg fireworks and ball drop from the best view in town!
This private event gives you VIP access to the entire SkyLift park and provides the best view of the NYE fireworks celebration in Gatlinburg. Get your tickets before they are all gone!
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New Year's Eve Celebration and Fireworks Show (Gatlinburg)

Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its 35th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show on Saturday, 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. 

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 at 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Rd.


New Year's Eve Celebration at The Island (Pigeon Forge)

Join us at The Island in Pigeon Forge as we countdown to 2023 with a dazzling Island Show Fountain and midnight fireworks production on Saturday, December 31!

The Island in Pigeon Forge will be open on Saturday, December 31st from 10 a.m. to midnight, and we look forward to celebrating with you as we ring in the New Year! The Island in Pigeon Forge is excited to offer families the opportunity to celebrate and make cherished memories together while ringing in the New Year in spectacular fashion! Join us on New Year’s Eve for a day of family fun and incredible midnight fireworks, and let’s kick off 2023 with a bang!

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New Year's Eve Celebration at The Sunsphere (Knoxville)

Bring in 2023 with your friends and family at World's Fair Park with food trucks, free activities including a silent disco at 8pm, DJ music with Knox Vegas DJs on the main stage starting at 8pm, live music K-Town starting at 9:30pm-11:55pm with the Ball drop from the Sunsphere at Midnight.

Plan an evening enjoying the lights and restaurants in Downtown Knoxville, ice skating at Holidays on Ice will be open until 9pm and then take the short walk over to World's Fair Park to continue your evening celebrating the start of a new year!

Free parking after 6 p.m. is available in all City-owned garages, including Locust Street and Market Square, as well as the 11th Street Garage. For a map of available garages and lots, visit DowntownKnoxville.org/Parking.

This is a rain or shine event. Please feel free to bring chairs; however tents and canopies are not allowed. This is an alcohol free family friendly event.