New Year’s Eve in the Smokies

It’s hard to believe that another new year is going to be approaching soon, it seems like we were just celebrating 2017. Time just feels like it flies by, but I can’t even be mad because I love this time of year so much! The Smokies are one of the most beautiful places to be especially during the holidays. From Gatlinburg all the way to Sevierville, there are thousands of Christmas lights twinkling throughout each town, it really brings the holiday spirit to life! Two years ago, I was still living in Florida, and I had decided to come to the Smokies to visit my parents from Christmas through New Years. What really made me fall in love with this area was the New Year’s celebration that I got to be a part of! It was so magical and I knew then and there that this was where I wanted to be and I ended up moving here five months later. There is no better place to celebrate the new year than in the Smoky Mountains. When you stay with us here at Whispering Pines, we offer amazing 1-4 bedroom condos, with some of them offering a beautiful city view where you can see all the happenings in town, including the Christmas lights. There’s also mountain views for those of us that don’t get to see the rolling hills as often as we’d like to! Another perk of staying with us is that we offer FREE TICKETS to numerous shows and attractions in the area and one of those just so happens to be located at a place that goes all out for New Year’s Eve, but we’ll get to that in a moment! Now it’s time to take a look at New Year’s Eve in the Smokies and what it all consists of!

I can already tell you that in my honest and humble opinion, Gatlinburg is definitely the place to be on December 31st. Why you may ask? Well, it’s because you don’t have to travel to New York City to see the ball drop. That’s right, Gatlinburg does their own special rendition of this special celebration at the Space Needle located at traffic light #8! Almost 50,000 people gather at this spot to help welcome and celebrate a brand new year coming to town. Not only will there be ball drop, but there were also be a fireworks show lighting the sky for us to all enjoy as we ring in 2018. It’s like a huge block party taking over the parkway where we can all go and reflect on 2017 and look forward to what the new year will have in store for us. It’s when we get to spend some well deserved time with our friends, family, and loved ones. This is a family friendly event so everyone in your party is bound to have an amazing time. This celebration is actually one of the largest of its kind in the nation, so you know it’s going to be spectacular! I have never had as much fun as I did at this event two years ago (minus the fact that it was 30 degrees out and I still had my Floridian blood) and I truly can’t wait for it to happen again in a few more weeks! I promise that this will become an annual routine with the family as soon as you experience it for the first time, it’s just that exciting!

The Island is another location that will be going all out with their New Year’s Eve celebration! While this event is very new since this destination is still new itself, it’s definitely still going to be one that you won’t want to miss. Just like in Gatlinburg, it will feel like a huge block party full of friends and family all getting ready to celebrate the return of a brand new year. What’s special about this specific spot? You will be able to hear live music from Fairview Union, see a fountain show, do a little shopping, eat a delicious meal, then get ready to celebrate with some dazzling fireworks that will light up the sky for us all to see here in Pigeon Forge! Remember that free ticket I was telling you about? This is where you’ll get to use one. That’s right, you get a free ticket for the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, and trust me, this is one you’ll want to take advantage of! Imagine being 200 feet up in the air when the fireworks are going off, I can only imagine how beautiful of a site that will be! All this family friendly fun will begin at 8 pm, but make sure to get there early so you can find a parking spot and a good view to see the fireworks show! This might just be my new spot to go on New Year’s Eve, so maybe I will see you all there. If you feel like being more of a homebody since the crowds can get pretty big around here, then make sure you ask for a city view condo so you can see the fireworks from your balcony! This is why we love Whispering Pines so much!

New Year’s Eve at the Smoky Mountain Opry is another great family friendly place to go to help ring in the new year! You will still get to see their incredible Christmas show full of lights, decorations, singing, dancing, and so many other fun and festive things. It’s one of the best shows in town and everyone in your party will have a good time! Once the show is over, the theater will feature two huge screens that will broadcast the ball drop at NYC’s Times Square so we can countdown and excitedly welcome 2018. Are you ready for the best part? At midnight, there will be the biggest midnight balloon drop in the area! This sounds like so much fun so now I’m rethinking my plans yet again! I can only imagine how much fun my family and I would have here. There will also be an after party for everyone to enjoy where you will also be able to meet the cast of the Smoky Mountain Opry, talk about a good time! This is a great place to be especially if you don’t feel like fighting the bigger crowds in town.

As you can see, the Smokies are one of the most magical places to be at when you’re welcoming a new year! There’s just no better place to spend the holiday with the ones you love, that’s why the mountains seem to call our name especially during this special time. So what are you waiting for? Book your New Year’s Eve Vacation now! With so many places to go and things to see, you’re sure to welcome 2018 with a bang. Every member of the family will have an entertaining and exciting time, you’ll all want to come back every single year. Come and join our family here at Whispering Pines, we’d love to celebrate a new year with you that is full of nothing but happiness! We’d like to wish you all a very happy New Year, may 2018 be the best one yet!

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