As the year draws to a close, the Smoky Mountains become a hub of celebration and joy. Sevierville, with its picturesque backdrop and festive atmosphere, offers a plethora of activities to ring in the New Year. Here’s a guide to making your New Year’s celebration in the Smokies truly memorable.
1. New Year’s Eve Events
Sevierville and its neighboring towns host a variety of New Year’s Eve events, from family-friendly parties to lively countdowns. The Island in Pigeon Forge, for instance, features a free outdoor concert and a midnight wheel light show that’s visible from miles around. For a more intimate celebration, consider a dinner cruise on the nearby lake, complete with fireworks and live music.
2. Cabin Celebrations
Renting a cabin can provide a private and cozy setting to welcome the New Year. Many cabins offer spectacular views of the mountains, which could serve as a serene backdrop for your celebration. Imagine toasting to the New Year in a hot tub under the stars or by a crackling fireplace with close friends and family.
3. Outdoor Adventures
For the adventurous spirit, the Smoky Mountains don’t disappoint. Start the New Year with a brisk hike to Clingmans Dome for a sunrise view, or join one of the guided “First Day Hikes” offered in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The crisp mountain air and stunning vistas are invigorating ways to begin a new year.
4. New Years Eve Lights of Wonder 2024
Gatlinburg is getting ready to have its fireworks display from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle this New Year’s Eve! To get the very best, and most unique view, of the fireworks in (and above) town, you need to get your VIP “NYE Lights of Wonder” tickets for an exclusive fireworks viewing on top of the SkyPark’s mountain and SkyBridge.
5. The Arts and Crafts Community
For a more laid-back New Year’s Eve, explore the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. This 8-mile loop of studios, galleries, and shops is an ideal place to find unique handcrafted items and gifts, offering a tranquil alternative to the usual New Year’s Eve hustle.
6. Seasonal Shows and Entertainment
Many of the theaters in the area put on special New Year’s shows, featuring music, comedy, and dance. These performances are a great way to enjoy the local culture and entertainment while staying warm indoors.
A New Year in the Smokies
Whether you’re looking for excitement, relaxation, or a bit of both, the Smoky Mountains and Sevierville offer a New Year’s experience to remember. With a variety of activities and events, you can choose the celebration that best suits your style and start the year with a mountain of memories.