The Best New Year’s Eve Events for Families in Tennessee!

Folks in Tennessee sure know how to celebrate. So when the last day of the year rolls around, you can bet that we’re going to celebrate big! From our own version of the ball drop to sunset cruises, you’ll find it all here. For a celebration that the whole family can attend, check out these 10 awesome New Year’s Eve events to enjoy in Tennessee! 

1. Early Bird New Year’s Eve on the Southern Belle Riverboat, Chattanooga, TN

This is a perfect activity for those who are looking for some fun on NYE but also a good night of sleep. A scenic cruise with delicious food and live entertainment, this is a unique and special way to ring in the new year with the whole family. 

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

As if you needed any specific reason to visit picturesque Gatlinburg, the city hosts an annual ball drop and fireworks show that will make your year complete. Their iconic Space Needle is the event site, but you can get a good view from the Historic Nature Trail or from above on a ride up the Sky Lift. The event typically sees about 50,000 people gathering here each year.

3. Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN

The Bridgestone Arena will be hosting Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on New Year’s Eve! This will be a perfect night for family and friends to enjoy. Everyone loves some good music to ring in the new year. 

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4. Cheer in the New Year at Noon, Knoxville, TN

Kids need a way to celebrate the new year, too, but since most can’t stay awake until midnight you can help them celebrate with a noon party instead. Head to The Muse, where you and the kiddos can enjoy crafts, a photo booth, snacks, a planetarium show, and a midday ball drop. They won’t miss a bit of sleep, and you’ll have the night to yourself to celebrate in your own way. 

Building marble runs with Kapla blocks in 3D Printing Camp! #STEAM #musekids

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5. Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight, Nashville, TN

Some of the best names in music will be headlining this year’s annual Music City Midnight festival, like Cheap Trick, Keith Urban, and others, and it’s completely free to the public. However, you can upgrade your experience to include things like hotel stays and party access. Kids and adults of all ages can sit back and enjoy the shows as the final seconds tick down and a show of fireworks fills the sky.

6. New Year’s Eve Dinner Train, Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga has a rich history steeped in all things railroad, so it’s no surprise that there’s an epic New Year’s Eve dinner train to enjoy. This two-hour trip lets you travel in a 1924 dining car while you enjoy a full meal before you arrive back at the station. You’ll be back long before the clock strikes midnight, giving you time to settle into your next destination and welcome the new year.

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7. Ice on the Landing, Chattanooga, TN

Children will love ice skating under the stars! Nothing is more quintessentially winter-themed and spirited than ice skating. Your kids can burn off some energy and be in bed at a reasonable hour, too!  

My little Jonny ice skating for the first time. ⛸ @iceonthelanding

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8. Marc Broussard at City Winery, Nashville, TN

Music City on New Year’s Eve? You bet. The City Winery is hosting an acoustic full band performance of Marc Broussard on Dec. 31. This is a perfect opportunity for a relaxing and fun night. 

9. New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga, TN

This child-oriented daytime event is perfect for families. Children will learn about Father Time and families can toast to noon and the new year with apple juice! 

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