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Major New Year's Eve Celebrations in Knoxville and Gatlinburg to Ring in 2013

By Jeaneane Payne

A choreographed fireworks show presentation by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee, family-friendly festivities, and ball drops will bring in 2013 in Knoxville and surrounding areas.

In Knoxville a family-friendly, alcohol-free event, First Night® is a New Year's Eve community celebration of the arts. You can enjoy music, dance, theatre, storytelling, artists & more at 10 different downtown venues. There will be special children's activities and Market Square District businesses are staying open late. You'll find plenty of food vendors, rides, and amusements.

Gatlinburg will welcome 2013 with its 25th Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Prior to the ball drop, popular musical entertainment will fill the streets of downtown Gatlinburg. Many restaurants and attractions are offering special celebrations.

first night knoxvilleNew Year's Eve Celebration of the Arts in downtown Knoxville
First Night® is a family-friendly, alcohol-free New Year's Eve community celebration of the arts. The celebration began in Boston in 1976 and has grown to an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of celebrants each year. Since then the event has expanded to over 100 cities in 30 states across the country, as well as internationally into Canada and New Zealand.

• Family-friendly and alcohol-free
• Enjoy music, dance, theatre, storytelling, artists & more at 10 different downtown venues
• Market Square outdoor entertainment is free
• First Night Admission button gets you into all of the venues and gives you discounts on other attractions
• Special Children's activities
• Market Square District businesses open late
• Multiple food vendors, rides, & amusements
• Evening builds to the New Year countdown!

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Gatlinburg's 25th Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2013 in unique style with its 25th Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Saturday night, December 31.

gatlinburg new years eveAt the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2013, the Space Needle area will shine with a red glow from the surrounding rooftops at the beginning of a music program which includes selected songs followed by a choreographed fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee.

Leading up to midnight, popular musical entertainment will be headquartered on the balcony of the Gatlinburg Convention Center at the Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road entrance. Party favors provided by Mr. Tablecloth will be available near the base of the Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail.

"It has become a tradition for families and friends from across America to come back to celebrate the New Year here in Gatlinburg," said Darrell Manis, Interim Special Events Manager of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. "We expect to have another big crowd to help us usher in 2013 with their loved ones and friends."

The highlight of the evening is the ball drop from the Space Needle, signifying the old year is over and a new one has begun. Then music encouraging crowd participation and the fireworks show off the 342-foot structure will welcome the New Year in dazzling style.

The entire city of Gatlinburg celebrates New Year's Eve in a big way with many restaurants and attractions offering special celebrations. Popular hotspots are right in the middle of the fireworks area below the Space Needle and offer varying packages which may include music, buffets and a champagne toast.

"Alive into 2013!"
"Alive into 2013!" is the New Year's Eve Party at the Knoxville Museum of Art, featuring the music of Knoxville's top Blues band Jenna and Her Cool Friends.

Admission includes dancing, supper and breakfast buffets by F.A.T.S. BBQ, two cash bars, and a fabulous view of the midnight fireworks on Market Square. 9:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m.; $60, $40, $30

Published December 30, 2012

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