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Start the New Year in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains

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

Counting the last minutes of 2012

No New Years celebration is complete without a countdown to the final moments of the year. In downtown Gatlinburg, you can celebrate in style at the foot of the famous Space Needle. Thousands of partygoers gather every New Year’s Eve to watch an illuminated ball drop, marking the last seconds of the year. When you get to the bottom, the party really begins, with a spectacular fireworks display that will wow the whole family.

The street party features musical performances by some of the best talent in the area. The Gatlinburg Convention Center forms the center of the evening’s festivities, but most local businesses also participate. You’ll find plenty to see, do (and eat) in the hours leading up to the big event.

Lovers of musical comedy will want to head to Pigeon Forge for the Country Tonite New Years celebration. Awarded “Show of the Year” at Pigeon Forge for 11 years and counting, this musical extravaganza is packed with spectacular performances that the whole family will love. The New Years Eve show begins at 10 pm and features a balloon drop and a rousing performance of “Auld Lang Syne” to celebrate the New Year. Mingle with the cast as they celebrate with party favors and glasses of sparkling cider.

Looking for a quieter and more romantic evening just for two? Consider reserving a private cabin in the woods, where you will reminisce about the past while snuggling in front of a cozy fireplace and making plans for a beautiful future together. Outside, the peace and quiet of the Great Smoky Mountains surround you, so you can focus on what’s most important: each other.

More than a single day

Of course, there is much more to see and do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge than just the New Years celebrations. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the miles of trails that cut through the mountains and offer spectacular views around every corner. Bargain hunters will want to visit outlets. And for acres of family fun, hop on the skycar and head up the mountain to Ober Gatlinburg, where skiing, snowboarding, and many other activities for the whole family await.

Whether you’re bringing the whole family for a fun-filled vacation or making 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.

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