12 things to do on New Year’s Eve 2020-2021 in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

The Island in Pigeon Forge
The Island in Pigeon Forge is open 365 days a year (photo by Bethany Anthony/Shutterstock)

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Are you planning to be in the mountains on New Year’s Eve? Well, get ready to say goodbye to 2020 and ring in 2021 in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

There are plenty of events in the area to get you in the celebration spirit, and best of all, some of them are free.

Editor’s Note: While our staff will work to keep this list up to date, cancellations are common this year. Check back for updates and call ahead when possible to confirm your plans. 

12. Anakeesta in Gatlinburg

Because the city of Gatlinburg has decided to cancel their fireworks this year, Anakeesta will be closing at 9 pm on Thursday, Dec. 31.

But, if you decide to spend New Year’s Eve at Anakeetsa (through 9 pm), it can still be a great way to enjoy holiday treats, seasonal lights and cocktails.

For more information, visit their website.

11. Country Tonite in Pigeon Forge

On Dec. 31, ring in the New Year with Country Tonite as they celebrate with music, party favors and a balloon drop.

Tickets for this event are purchased for that date only. Visit the website for details.

Space Needle
Gatlinburg has decided to cancel the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Space Needle in 2020 (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

10. Downtown Gatlinburg (Cancelled)

The New Year’s Eve celebration at the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg has been cancelled this year. 

“We look forward to continuing our many treasured traditions, like the annual New Year’s celebration, when it is safer to do so,” Gatlinburg.com posted in a statement.

Read Also: Gatlinburg cancels 2020 New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration downtown

9. Grand Majestic Theater in Pigeon Forge

Say farewell to 2020 with the Grand Majestic Theater as Soul of Motown takes the stage for the final time this year. 

A live feed of the New York City celebration will be shown on the big screen, and party hats and favors will be passed out as guests count down the final seconds of 2020 with a champagne toast.

For more information and updates, visit their website.

8. Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge

The New Year’s Eve party at the Hard Rock Cafe will feature live music by Tuatha Dea from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am.

Admission is $20 per person or $70 for a table for up to four people. There will be a complimentary champagne toast at midnight for those aged 21 and older.

For more information and updates, visit the event page here.

The Hard Rock Cafe will also Vibe Virtually this year with a unity concert series. Every ticket will benefit the Community Healing Gardens, a non-profit that provides free fruits and vegetables to those who need it most.

For more information about the Vibe Virtually event, visit unityconcertseries.org.

7. Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in Pigeon Forge

The New Year’s Eve celebration is back at Harpoon Harry’s Crab House. Ring in 2021 with Kitty Wampus and toast to the end of 2020. 

This will be a semi-formal evening. Tickets are $80 per person or $150 per couple. Tickets will include a buffet, one cocktail and party favors.

The party begins at 8 pm and goes until 1 am. Guests are asked to RSVP, and limited tickets are available.

For more information and updates, visit the event page here.

6. Junction 35 Spirits in Pigeon Forge

Local band GRITS will be performing live at Junction 35 on New Year’s Eve from 8 pm to 12:30 am.

A special menu with festive cocktails will be featured throughout the night with fireworks on the lawn.

For more information and updates, visit the event page here.

5. Kennedy Concepts Annual New Year’s Eve Party (3 locations)

Kennedy Concepts presents their annual New Year’s Eve party with a masquerade theme!

This year, buy a ticket and attend three parties at Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina main floor, Crawdaddy’s and Puckers Sports Grill, or add Loco Burro rooftop to the package for $10 more.

Celebrate the New Year with music and dancing and bring it all in with a champagne toast at midnight. Must be 21 to attend. Visit the website to purchase tickets.

4. Ole Red in Gatlinburg

Ole Red will be featuring live music throughout the day and evening on Dec. 31.

The day will kick off with Cole Sitzlar from 11 am to 3 pm, then the Dugger Band will take the stage from 4 pm to 8 pm, and Josh Brown and the Hard Livin’ Legends will ring in the New year from 9 pm until 12 am.

For more information, visit the website here.

3. Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge

Jimbo Whaley and Friends will be performing at Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge live on New Year’s Eve from 8 pm until 10 pm.

There is no cover charge for this event, but tips are always appreciated.

Puckett’s will also feature its classic slow-cooked meats and comfort foods throughout the evening. Visit their event page for more information.

Read Also: Puckett’s review: Why they are the best BBQ spot in Pigeon Forge

The SkyBridge
The SkyBridge at Gatlinburg’s SkyLift Park lights up during the winter season (photo courtesy of SkyLift Park)

2. SkyLift Park in Gatlinburg

SkyLift Park in Gatlinburg is traditionally a popular viewing spot to see the city’s fireworks.

This year, since the city has cancelled the fireworks, SkyLift Park will close at 9 pm on New Year’s Eve.

For more information, visit their website.

1. The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island cancelled the concert this year, but rides, retail and dining establishments will be operating as scheduled. Fireworks will go off at midnight.

The Island has partnered with WIVK/107.7 FM to simulcast the fireworks celebration so guests can enjoy the fireworks from their vehicles.

Free parking is available in the city’s Municipal Lot, located between The Island and the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge as well as the Mountain Lot, located at 2989 Teaster Lane.

For more information and updates, visit their website.

Read Also: The Island brings back New Year’s Eve 2020 in even ‘bigger’ celebration

What are YOUR plans for New Year’s in the Smokies? Let us know in the comments!

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