4 Options for Celebrating 2018 New Years in the Smokies

New Years Eve

Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg both have spectacular fireworks and activities for celebrating New Year’s, 2018. Whether you’re alone, with your family, or with friends, there is something for everyone. We’ve picked out four options to check out if you want to spend New Year’s here in the Smokies.

Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

This annual event (and one of the largest in the nation) attracts quite a crowd—nearly 50,000 people! The 400-foot tall Space Needle sets the stage for an exciting light and pyrotechnic show, synchronized with sound provided by Gatlinburg Entertainment Group. The show is located at the intersection of Parkway and the Historic Nature Trail. Learn more on the website.

The Island in Pigeon Forge New Year’s Eve Celebration

Starting at 8 p.m. on December 31, 2017, at The Island, you can enjoy the festivities of their annual New Year’s Eve Celebration. Q100 County presents headliner Raelynn, performing at 11 p.m. Games and prizes will be offered through the night with a beautiful fireworks display finishing off the event at midnight. Learn more on the website.

Titanic Museum Kids “Noon” Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge

Do you have kids that you don’t want staying up late? Maybe they just don’t have the energy. Well, the Titanic Museum has a unique event just for kids on December 31, 2017. They can “ring in the New Year” a little early and celebrate with a balloon drop, a visit from Alice in Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter. This is a separate ticketed event and PJs are welcome. Call 1 (800) 381-7670 to get tickets.

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort Midnight Dance Party

If you prefer a more intimate setting for celebrating New Year’s, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa offers three packages specific for New Year’s. Each provides access to the Midnight Dance Party and celebratory midnight toast. The base package, dubbed the “Blue Package,” allows entry to the party at 10 p.m. The Silver Package has a family celebration from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. with hors-d’oeuvres and admission to the party at 8 p.m. The Gold Package provides a buffet dinner (either 6 p.m. or 8 p.m.) and 8:30 p.m. access to the party. More information is available on their website.

Keep following the Rafting in the Smokies blog for more events throughout the year, and more ways to get your fun on during the white water rafting off-season.