How to Celebrate New Year's Eve in Tennessee in 2022From All-Night Parties To Family-Friendly Fun, Tennessee Has Something For Everyone On December 31
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 20, 2022) – Tennessee is pulling out all the stops for New Year’s Eve this year. Expect all kinds of revelry as the state says goodbye to 2022 and hello to 2023, including live music, spectacular fireworks shows, family-friendly experiences and much more. Start planning your New Year’s Eve in Tennessee now.
New Year’s Eve Parties & Celebrations
Jack Daniel's New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash
One of Tennessee’s biggest parties, Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will air on CBS Television Network as well as stream live and on-demand on Paramount+ — but there’s nothing like being there in person. Rock out in Music City with Zac Brown Band, Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini and thousands of your closest friends at the free event at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Bring your party hats and count down to the fireworks and midnight Music Note Drop.
- New Year’s Eve Tip: Splurge on the Music City Gold Circle package to make your night even more memorable. You'll be treated to heated indoor accommodations with food and beverages, exclusive viewing area of the mainstage performances, fireworks display and music note drop and more.
Skydeck New Year’s Eve Party
Get above it all in Nashville for New Year’s Eve this year. Skydeck on Broadway, the expansive rooftop bar and entertainment venue at Assembly Food Hall, will ring in 2023 with a performance by national headliner Lost Kings, as well as high-energy mixes from Segø, Cisco and DJ Dirty Darren. The $250 general admission ticket includes beer, seltzer, well drinks, access to glitter bar, photo opportunities and a champagne toast.
Party At The Peabody
On New Year’s Eve, the lobby and mezzanine of Memphis’ Peabody Hotel will fill with revelers dancing to live sets from Southbound, Seeing Red and DJ Epic for the iconic Peabody New Year's Eve Party. Tickets purchased before Dec. 30 are $65 or $75 at the door. VIP tickets are $250 and include access to the VIP lounge, party favors, an appetizer buffet, champagne and valet parking.
Beale Street New Year’s Eve
Spend the last day of 2022 in Memphis at one of the many celebrations happening around the city. Beale Street brings the party every night, but especially on New Year's Eve as tens of thousands of people dance to live music and enjoy the bars and restaurants on one of America's iconic streets. Note that to join the party, you'll need to be at least 21 years old.
- New Year’s Day Tip: Spend the day on Beale Street before walking to FedEx Forum to catch the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies take on the Sacramento Kings.
The Down Home's New Year's Eve Extravaganza
Dance the night away and ring in the New Year in style with The HercuLeons featuring John Cowan and Andrea Zonn at the beloved Down Home in Johnson City. Formerly with the Doobie Brothers and a Bluegrass Hall of Fame member, Cowan joins renowned fiddler Zonn for foot-tapping performances of favorites both old and new.
New Year’s Eve ‘IN THE HOUSE’ With Mighty Blue
GrinderHouse Coffee in Crossville will have dancing, live music from blues/soul/funk collective Mighty Blue and a midnight ball drop with a champagne toast, not to mention gourmet appetizers, tapas, beer, wine, sangria, mimosas and wine cocktails. Stick around after midnight: GrinderHouse will also serve a late-night breakfast buffet with eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits, toast and fried potatoes.
Saturday Night Fever At The Mulehouse
If you’re looking to boogie, Columbia’s Mulehouse is bringing the disco-tastic 1970s back for New Year’s Eve. The nightclub’s Saturday Night Fever party will feature disco balls, light shows, DJs and dancing, not to mention a champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight.
Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Activities
Creative Discovery Museum
The kid-friendly Cheers to the New Year at Chattanooga’s Creative Discovery Museum (Dec. 30, 2022, 6-8 p.m.) lets families create New Year's clocks at Creation Station and noise makers in the Make It workshop. You can also paint fireworks with forks in the Art Studio and help Father Time countdown to 2023 with bubble wrap fireworks and an apple juice toast.
Children’s Museum of Memphis
The Children's Museum of Memphis will celebrate New Year’s at Noon on Dec. 31 with an event featuring your favorite super heroes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy face painting, a candy toss, a costume photo op with a prize, a themed art project, a DJ, free carousel rides and Winter Wonderland events including sock skating, snow flurries, snowball toss and more. A balloon drop will take place at noon.
Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
Experience Gatlinburg’s annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show at the base of the Space Needle (on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road). This free, family-friendly celebration is one of the largest in the nation, bringing 50,000 people together with special music, food and fun. The music kicks off at 9:15 p.m. with former American Idol Contestant Brady Turner and at the stroke of midnight, you’ll see fireworks blast from the roof of the 400-foot-tall Space Needle to choreographed music with an LED light show.
New Year’s Eve On The Island
Make plans to join in the New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island in Pigeon Forge, a new retail and entertainment center in the heart of The Great Smoky Mountains. Guests of all ages will enjoy the dazzling midnight fireworks production to ring in the New Year, along with a headline performance from country rockers BlackHawk. The Island’s rides, retail and dining establishments will operate as scheduled, including the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel.
New Year's Eve Celebration in Historic Downtown Columbia
Spend the last night of the year with your closest friends and family enjoying music, fireworks, confetti cannons and food trucks in Downtown Columbia. The fun begins at 8 p.m. with the lighting and raising of "the Mule Drop." Other activities include a Kid's Zone from 8-10 p.m., food trucks and hourly countdowns for those with young ones not wishing to stay out late.
- New Year’s Eve Travel Tip: A VIP experience for the Mule Drop includes party favors, finger foods and two drink tickets upstairs in the Magnolia Room over Southern Tre' restaurant.
Sunsphere New Year’s Eve In Knoxville
It’s a party at the iconic Sunsphere in Knoxville with food trucks, free activities, DJ music starting at 9 p.m. and live music by K-Town at 10 p.m. Spend your evening enjoying the lights and restaurants in downtown Knoxville and see the ball drop from the Sunsphere at midnight.
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