By Darryl Payne
Posted on December 27, 2011
Why go all the way to New York City to say farewell to 2011 when you can have just as much fun right here in the Great Smoky Mountains? If you’re wanting to be here for New Year’s Eve but just aren’t sure where to go or what to do on the big night, we’ve got several suggestions for fun and family-friendly celebrations that will help you ring in 2012 the right way.
One of the biggest parties of the year is in downtown Gatlinburg, where tens of thousands of party hounds gather under the Gatlinburg Space Needle for the city’s annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks. Complete with live entertainment, the evening culminates in a midnight countdown and a dazzling pyrotechnics show that lights up the night sky.
Also in Gatlinburg that night is the 11th Annual Dance With The Sharks event at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. The evening includes music, hors d’oeuvres and a champagne toast at midnight. Afterwards, you can step out on terrace and still enjoy the Space Needle fireworks show.
Meanwhile in Sevierville, they’ll be heating things up indoors at the Rock Around The Clock event at Wilderness at the Smokies Resort. Guests will gather at the resort’s indoor water park area for an evening of wet-and-wild fun that will include a balloon drop, live DJ, karaoke, face painting and more.
While preparing for your visit, spend some time here on our rental cabin guide to pick the accommodations that will best serve your New Year’s Eve travel needs.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.