If you are planning to be in Gatlinburg on New Years Eve then be prepared for lots of excitement, good food, and tons of fireworks! The best place you could be at our opinion, is on one of the roof top buildings where you will find tables and chairs. Red Rocket, Dicks, Loco Burro, or Mellow Mushroom are all excellent choices to find seats just before 11pm which is when the excitement will truly begin.
You may even want to plan on placing a chair along the edges of the sidewalk early in the morning, and some go as far as places these chairs there the evening before because it is that hard to find a seat along the road. The fireworks will be set off at the Space Needle where the ball will also drop at midnight.
There will be live entertainment all over town throughout the evening and many places will also be serving food and alcohol, so you may want to choose wisely where you decide to spend the evening. We have attended more that one event at the Ripley’s Aquarium New Years Event and it was outstanding. They had live music, food, drinks, games throughout the evening and even a place to take the kids for their own private entertainment while the adults can mingle all through the Aquarium.
We can’t stress enough how important it is to drive safely on this holiday night, there are several taxi services in the area that can take you to your destination so please be a safe and responsible driver. We hope you have an excellent evening and can avoid the traffic as much as possible.