2016 is just around the corner and there is no better place to ring in the New Year than the Great Smoky Mountains! The city of Gatlinburg will be celebrating the end of the year with an amazing ball drop and fireworks show on New Year’s Eve. To help you make the most of your time in the Smokies, we have put together a guide with everything you need to know about the Gatlinburg Ball Drop and Fireworks Show.
A Memorable New Year’s Celebration On December 31, 2015, Gatlinburg will host the 27th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. The festivities will take place around the Gatlinburg Space Needle, near the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail. The Space Needle is one of Gatlinburg’s premier attractions, offering visitors incredible panoramic views of the area. On New Year’s Eve, this Smoky Mountain landmark will be decorated with amazing LED lights and serve as the platform for a spectacular fireworks show. This presentation will be expertly choreographed by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. The fireworks display will begin promptly at midnight, as everyone welcomes in 2016.
Parking Near the Gatlinburg Space Needle If you want to attend the Gatlinburg Ball Drop and Fireworks Show, it is best to arrive as early as possible to get a good parking spot, as the event tends to get crowded. While there is free parking available along River Road, which runs parallel to the Parkway, these are likely to fill up quickly. There are, however, plenty of other parking options. The McMahan Parking Garage and the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Parking Garage are both great choices with numerous spaces. There are also several parking lots along River Road where you can park at a flat rate.
Gatlinburg During the Holidays The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is part of Gatlinburg’s annual Winterfest Celebration. The entire city is magically lit up from November through February with spectacular Christmas lights! Check out our blog 3 Easy Ways to See the Holiday Lights in Gatlinburg for a complete guide to the Smoky Mountain’s seasonal decorations.
Where to Stay in Gatlinburg For New Year’s The Great Smoky Mountains provides an idyllic environment to spend New Year’s. Whether you want to spend a couple of days or longer in this beautiful area, you will want to find the perfect place to stay. The Highlands Condos offers guests luxurious accommodations with exceptional views of the Smoky Mountains. While our condos are in a scenic location, they are also conveniently located within minutes of downtown Gatlinburg, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and Ober Gatlinburg ski resort. The Highlands offers a variety of condos to suit everyone’s tastes and needs. Some of the amenities you will find include complete kitchens, whirlpool tubs, a fitness center, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, and beautiful stone fireplaces. To start planning your New Year’s getaway in the Smoky Mountains, browse our collection of amazing Gatlinburg condo rentals today!