Gatlinburg Rings in the New Year With an Incredible Ball Drop
If you will be celebrating the start of 2015 in Gatlinburg, you don’t want to miss the 27th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. This Smoky Mountain tradition is the biggest party in the area, and everyone is invited! Acorn Cabin Rentals has put together a convenient guide with everything you need to know about this exciting event.
Gatlinburg Ball Drop Location
The New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show will take place around the Gatlinburg Space Needle, which is located adjacent to traffic light #8 on the Parkway at 115 Historic Nature Trail. At 400 feet, the Gatlinburg Space Needle is one of the easiest places to find in town!
What to Expect at the Gatlinburg Ball Drop
The New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show is a completely free event to enjoy on New Year's Eve in Gatlinburg. Crowds gather around the Gatlinburg Space Needle to countdown the final moments of 2014. At the stroke of midnight, the ball will drop and fireworks will erupt from the top of the Space Needle to light up the sky in celebration of the new year! In addition, special LED lights have been added to the Space Needle to make the stunning display even more spectacular. The entire show is choreographed with beautiful music that has been created especially for the fireworks display.
For more information about the festivities, check out the Gatlinburg Space Needle website: http://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com/events.html
Downtown Gatlinburg Parking Information
Due to the popularity of the event, it is recommended that visitors arrive early to the Space Needle area to avoid traffic congestion and to find parking. There is a limited amount
of free parking available on River Road, which is adjacent to the Parkway. It is expected that these spots will fill up first as crowds arrive to the event. However, there are a number of private lots on River Road that offer flat rate parking. Other convenient options that are within easy walking distance of the Space Needle are the McMahan Parking Garage and the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Parking Garage.
Restaurants and Attractions Near the Gatlinburg Space Needle
The area surrounding the Gatlinburg Space Needle is home to a wide variety of restaurants where you can enjoy a delicious meal before the ball drop and fireworks show. Some of the nearby restaurants include Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Blaine's Grill & Bar, Five Guys, and the Mellow Mushroom. In addition, many of the local restaurants and businesses are offering celebration specials for New Year's Eve. For detailed information on the New Year's Eve festivities in Gatlinburg, contact the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-588-1817.
Cabins Near the Gatlinburg Ball Drop
Make your New Year's Eve in Gatlinburg complete with a stay at Acorn Cabin Rentals! Our luxurious cabin rentals provide the perfect accommodations for the big event, whether celebrating with a large group or with a significant other. Choose from our cozy and romantic one bedroom cabins in Gatlinburg to a charming eight bedroom cabin that can accommodate up to 25 people. We also offer cabins with a variety of unique features, with everything from game and theatre rooms to Smoky Mountain cabins with private swimming pools. The best part of all is that our cabins are close to all of the New Year's Eve action in Gatlinburg. Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style with an overnight stay in an Acorn Cabin Rental!
Jason Fishman is a writer and editor specializing in history, dining, travel and tourism. In his spare time, he enjoys science fiction, breakfast food and bad puns.