New Year’s Eve festivities to cover Smoky Mountains

Nov 19, 2014

New Year’s Eve festivities to cover Smoky Mountains


Thanksgiving is almost here, Christmas is right upon us and 2014 is coming to a close. How are you going to celebrate?

The Smoky Mountains are the perfect place to do it! Attractions will be open, Winterfest will be shining with millions of twinkling lights and fireworks will be going off among our gorgeous mountains.

One of the oldest New Year’s Eve traditions first began in 1907 in New York City’s Time Square. Thousands of people gathered to watch the ball drop at 11:59 p.m. December 31, counting down the final seconds of the year during the ball’s one-minute descent.

The original ball was made of iron and wood, while the current ball is made of Waterford Crystal, weighs 1,070 pounds and is six feet in diameter.

The city of Gatlinburg began its own New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show 27 years ago. It will continue the tradition in the late hours of Dec. 31 around the intersection of the Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

The Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge is one of many attractions that will be open on New Year’s Eve. It will have a balloon drop, live television feed of New York’s Time Square, party favors, sparkling cider toast and dancing on the stage with the show’s cast and friends.

A dinner buffet begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by a never-before seen combined special performance of “America’s Hit Parade” and “Soul of Motown.”

For more information, visit The Grand Majestic’s Web site at or call (865)774-7777.

Also hosting New Year’s Eve festivities is The Island in Pigeon Forge. Kids’ activities, live music, midnight countdown and a fireworks show are all part of the fun.

Visit the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, the centerpiece of the Island, standing as one of the tallest attractions in the Southeast at 200 feet tall. It sits at the foot of the most visited national park in the United States, our Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

The wheel made its “maidenScreen_Shot_2014-11-19_at_10.46.31_PM.png turn” on June 21, 2013. It provides riders with an unparalleled view of the world-famous Smoky Mountains in comfortable, all-glass gondolas that seat up to eight guests.

The Island in Pigeon Forge has more than 60 retail shops and stores, including The Toychest Company, Puzzled Etc., The Island Trading Post, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Tervis, International Flair and Buckboard Too!

Play at 7D, Arcade City and Island Mirror Maze. Choose from several restaurants and eateries, including Timberwood Grill, Margaritaville, Mellow Mushroom Select, Dick’s Last Resort, Dude’s Daiquiris, Island Yogurt, Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, The Island Creamery, Poynor’s Pommes Frites, Mini Donuts, Bill’s Lemonade, Create-A-Cone, Margaritaville Coffee and Sweet!

For more information, visit or call (865)286-0700.

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Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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