New Year's Eve events in East Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) If you're ready to ring in the New Year, there are plenty of events for you to choose from.

From downtown Knoxville to the Smokies, organizers say the events promise to be bigger and better than ever this year.

Volunteer TV's Rob Pratt has more information to help you plan for the big night,.

There will be parties big and small.

And the best news, some of the biggest bashes are free.

In Gatlinburg the New Year begins with fireworks and the big ball dropping from the Space Needle.

There's a big crowd too.

At least sixty thousand people showed up last year.

"It's absolutely the biggest day of the year for us, by far."

"Andrew MacKinnon owns the Dogwood Plaza that sits in the shadow of the Space Needle. His restaurant, Linebarger's Seafood, will be open late and packed with people. It won't be the only one."

"Everybody's going to stay open because it's a big night and the streets will be full," MacKinnon says.

"It's our job to see that everybody takes home with them some good memories," says Gatlinburg Special Events Coordinator George Hawkins.

Making good memories means having fun without ruining the night for others. In Gatlinburg that means those who are drinking have to stay inside a business to do it.

"It's family friendly. We do serve liquor by the drink, but we don't allow it on the streets," says Hawkins.

Pratt:"While the streets are full in Gatlinburg, Knoxville's Market Square will be also be a big celebration destination.

It's already a great place to skate. Bill Rice and his family were enjoying family time on the ice and they are happy to hear about the New Year's Eve ball drop and fireworks.

"I think it's continuing what's been going on here all year. Through summer we were down here having fun, and the skating rink's been great. I come down here from my office. And we're excited about what they're going to do New Year's and everything else. We think it's great."


You can ring in the New Year on Market Square, beginning at 7 p.m. The free event includes fireworks and live entertainment.

The 20th Annual Balldrop in Gatlinburg begins at 10 p.m. With such a huge crowd expected for the free event, you'd better plan on getting downtown earlier.

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  • by STEVEN on Dec 31, 2011 at 10:29 PM
  • by shaina Location: knoxville ,TN on Dec 31, 2008 at 01:57 PM
    YOU ALL ARE PROBABLY GOING TO BE CROWDED FOR EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY .And i hope you all are going to be safe in this event of uor national balldrop of the season .any ways be extreamly carefull out there with the exsploses that you are shooting off have a safe and wonderfull night AND BE CAREFULL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) :( :0 AWSOME
  • by Benita Location: Maryville on Dec 28, 2008 at 08:15 PM
    There's a Jazz & Jive Celebration at the Capitol Theater in downtown Maryville. With reservation can come to buffet at 7. Or come to listen to Kelle Jolly and a live band with dancing and the apple drop at 9.
  • by Michael Location: Knoxville Museum of Art on Dec 22, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    "Alive into 2009!" is another great New Year's Eve Party at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Music by Shantelle Hudson & The Juke Joint Band, a 7-member R&B group from Nashville. All night buffet by F.A.T.S. BBQ, 2 cash bars, party favors, and a splendid view of the midnight fireworks on Market Square. Age 21 and over only, please. Dress is "casual to as spiffy as you want to be". Non-smoking. Free parking. Casually elegant atmosphere.


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