New Years Eve Gatlinburg TN 2016
New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg, TN seems to get bigger and better each year and the 2016 New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks is set to be the best one yet! Rumors have swirled that there would be no fireworks this year, but the city has confirmed that there WILL be fireworks! All of the action takes place in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg at the Space Needle (intersection of the Parkway and Historic Nature Trail).
The 2016 Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks will be the 29th annual celebration of this event in Gatlinburg, TN. Fast-rising country singer Cassidy Diana will headline the event with a free concert starting at 10pm. When the clock ticks to midnight, fireworks will blast into the air choreographed with music in what is one of the biggest and brightest fireworks displays in the south! The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display. Gatlinburg has become an incredibly popular destination for ringing in the new year with the music, fireworks, shops, attractions, restaurants, cabins, etc. If you’re looking for an exciting place to be on New Year’s Eve then definitely head to Gatlinburg, TN to celebrate the passing year and welcome the new one!
The area around the Space Needle will begin getting crowded during the evening, so plan ahead for parking, walking, eating, etc. If you’re fortunate enough to find a spot along River Road (which parallels the Parkway), most of those spots are free for parking. If there aren’t any open spots, there are a handful of privately owned parking lots along River Road that typically charge a flat fee. There are also two city-operated parking garages, one at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the other at Traffic Light #3, the McMahan Parking Garage. Both of these parking garages provide numerous parking spots that should be available.
If you will be in Pigeon Forge on New Year’s Eve, then be sure to check out our guide on Pigeon Forge New Years Eve Events as well!
There are numerous places to eat in downtown Gatlinburg, so be sure to check out our list of the best Gatlinburg restaurants to see our recommendations!
Whether you spend 2015 New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg, TN or somewhere else – HAPPY NEW YEAR!