By Marci Claude
Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2015 in unique style with the 27th New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. The family friendly celebration is one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation.
Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail Drive at the base of the Space Needle late Wednesday night, December 31 to welcome in the New Year. Leading up to midnight, there will be free music in the parking lot adjacent to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, which is the perfect vantage point for viewing the fireworks show.
At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2015 fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with special music choreographed for the fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tenn. The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display.
“New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg is special. The ball drop and fireworks from the Space Needle create a unique experience for our visitors,” says Jim Downs, Special Events Director for Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We expect to have another big crowd to help us usher in 2015 in a big way.”
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses. For more information on New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg, call the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800-588-1817 or visit www.gatlinburg.com/nye.