10 Fun Things to Do on New Year’s Eve in Tennessee

It’s hard to believe 2018’s time is almost up! Tennessee venues are gearing up to welcome 2019 with open arms, giving you tons of places to party. Celebrate the final hours of 2018 and get ready for a brand-new year at these 10 best New Year’s Eve events in Tennessee. 

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show, Gatlinburg, TN

This annual ball drop and fireworks spectacular is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Party-goers gather at and around the iconic Space Needle and count down to 2019. More than 50,000 people attend the event each year, making this the largest single NYE celebration in the state. 

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island, Pigeon Forge, TN

This family-friendly event is 100 percent free and offers something for everyone. One of the area’s top shopping destinations features restaurants, shops, a ropes course, the Sky Wheel, a dancing water and light show, and other amenities for you to enjoy while you wait for the fireworks.

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Death Du Jour New Years Eve Theater - Midnight Madness at Pinot's Palette, Memphis, TN

This paint and wine studio is a refreshing alternative to traditional New Year’s Eve venues, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on the fun. The studio is transforming into a mystery dinner theater, complete with three-course meal and interactive entertainment that puts you in control of the outcome. Tickets are $41 and will need to be purchased in advance. 

Acme New Year’s Eve, Nashville, TN

This iconic eatery throws a major NYE bash every year and they just keep getting better! Music is always a core focus here, featuring three levels of entertainment to fuel your night. It’s also one of the best values you’ll find in Nashville, with party favors, champagne toast, photobooths, balloon drops, and food and drinks galore!

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Mayday NYE Black Light Party 2018, Murfreesboro, TN

Mayday Brewery is known for a lot of things, from their tasting room to their yoga and beer classes, and this New Year’s Eve blacklight party is sure to go down in history. Come dressed to glow and dance the night away in a swirl of neon and blacklight surrounds. Tickets are just $20 in advance and $30 at the door, so score yours early to save some cash. 

Cheer in the New Year at Noon!, Knoxville, TN

Kids deserve to celebrate the new year, too! This countdown to noon ensures that your littles get to enjoy all the festivities of New Year’s Eve and still be in bed at a decent hour. A ball drop, photo booth, crafts, snacks, and a planetarium show have been tailored just for them, presented by East Tennessee Pediatric Dentistry. 

New Year's Eve Fiesta, Nashville, TN

This iconic social scene is throwing a New Year’s Eve celebration as unique as they come. A fiesta-style shindig features a top-notch taco bar, beer, margaritas, and a free party shuttle to Bicentennial Park. Plus, they have all the classic amenities that make this place so special, from bar games and a biergarten to craft brews and the most interesting bar scene in the city.

New Year’s Eve Mardi Gras Party, Franklin, TN

This cozy performance venue is turning into a celebration fit for New Orleans! Muscadine Fives and a DJ are taking control of your night’s entertainment, along with Mardi Gras-style party favors, prizes, freebies, giveaways, and a champagne toast. 

Jingle Boot Rock 2018, Nashville, TN

It just wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve in Music City without a little country to get the party started! The Sutler Saloon is your place to party, complete with cocktails, dancing, and a midnight boot drop. The Sutler String Band and Lazy Jane are on the evening’s lineup. 

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New Year's Eve at the Nashville Palace, Nashville, TN

This royal venue in Music City is free to join, but you’ll want to purchase a package and avoid paying full price for drinks and food. They’re featuring a sprawling buffet, open bar for cocktails, beer, and wine, free parking, and five musical guests for your enjoyment. It’s one of the best values you’ll find in the state, so take advantage of it!

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