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Kick Off the New Year in the Great Smoky Mountains Heartland

By Shelia Ogle © 2012, All Rights Reserved

It's an extraordinary time of year - a celebration of the achievements of the past months while looking forward to the new possibilities that await you. Whether you prefer to spend it in quiet reflection or dance the night away, it's a sure bet that you're looking forward to a very special evening this New Year's. In the Great Smoky Mountains, world-class accommodations and a family-friendly atmosphere make your New Year's plans even more memorable.

Counting Down the Final Minutes of 2012 
No New Year's celebration is complete without a counting down of the final moments of the year. In downtown Gatlinburg, you can celebrate in style at the foot of the famous Space Needle. Thousands of party goers gather each New Year's Eve to watch a lighted ball drop, marking the final seconds of the year. When it reaches the bottom, the party really begins, with a spectacular fireworks show that will captivate your entire family.

The street party features musical performances by some of the area's finest talents. The Gatlinburg Convention Center forms the hub of the evening's festivities, but most local businesses get in on the act as well. You'll find plenty to see and do (and eat) in the hours leading up to the big event.

Musical comedy lovers will want to head to Pigeon Forge for Country Tonite's New Year's Eve celebration. Awarded "Show of the Year" in Pigeon Forge for 11 years and counting, this musical extravaganza is packed with spectacular performances the entire family will love. The New Year's Eve show begins at 10pm and features a balloon drop and a rousing rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" to ring in the New Year. Mingle with the cast as you celebrate with party favors and glasses of sparkling cider.

Looking for a quieter, romantic evening just for two? Consider booking a private cabin in the woods, where you'll reminisce about the past while cuddled together in front of a cozy fire, making plans for a beautiful future together. Outside, the peace and tranquility of the Great Smoky Mountains surrounds you, so you can focus on what's most important – each other.

More than Just a Single Day
Of course, there's plenty more to see and do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge than just New Year's Eve celebrations. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the miles of hiking trails that crisscross the mountains and offer spectacular views at every turn. Bargain hunters will want to check out the shopping outlets. And for acres of family fun, hop aboard the aerial tram and head up the mountain to Ober Gatlinburg, where skiing, snowboarding, and plenty of other family friendly activities await you.

Whether you bring the entire family for a fun-filled vacation, or make it a romantic getaway for two, New Year's Eve in the Great Smoky Mountains is a celebration you'll remember for a lifetime. Make plans to visit before another year passes you by.

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