New Year’s Eve Family Knoxville Events


Knoxville New Year's Eve

Ring in the New Year with your family by your side! Knoxville Moms has put together a list of several family-friendly NYE events taking place in East Tennessee. Some require advanced registration, so make your plans now. If you’d rather stay home to welcome 2024, our Knoxville Moms contributors have you covered, too!

  • Tricia H. shared the family tradition her children ask for every year. “We all get in our pjs early and have appetizer night for dinner. Kids help make them. We eat dinner in front of the Christmas tree (like a picnic) on the floor before we take it down.”
  • Julia C. has a perfect plan for parents of littles. “We show a ball dropping at 8pm on YouTube and then send our toddler to bed!”
  • Jamie M. came up with a fun camping theme for her family’s NYE celebration. They set up a tent inside their home, went on a scavenger hunt and even played forest sounds on Alexa. “The kids still talk about it and keep asking if we’re doing the same thing this year!”

For more ideas on at-home New Year’s fun, click here. No matter how you decide to celebrate, Knoxville Moms wishes you a happy new year!

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New Year’s Eve Family Knoxville Events

New Year’s Eve at the Sunsphere
Downtown Knoxville, TN
World’s Fair Park
12/31/23 9:00PM

Bring in 2024 with your friends and family at World’s Fair Park! There will be food trucks, free activities, a DJ and live music. There will be a ball drop from the Sunsphere at midnight. For more information, click here.

New Year’s at Noon
Farragut, TN
Farragut Community Center
239 Jamestowne Boulevard, Farragut, TN 37934
12/30/23 11:00AM-12:30PM
General Admission: $2 per child, Adults Free

Join us for a New Year’s Eve celebration at noon! Enjoy dancing, NYE snacks and child-friendly bubbly drinks while celebrating the new year at an easier time of day. Pre-registration required. See website for more details.

The Muse Cheer in the New Year
Knoxville, TN
The Muse of Knoxville
516 North Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914
12/31/23 9:30AM-12:30PM
General Admission: $30 Muse Members, $35 Non-Members

Help us Cheer in the New Year at Muse Knoxville with some kid-friendly fun!  Activities will include a catered breakfast, activity stations, sparkling juice toast, New Year’s swag bags and a ball drop! For more information, visit the event website.

Noon Year’s Eve
Maryville, TN
Blount County Public Library
508 North Cusick Street, Maryville, TN 37804
12/31/23 11:00AM-12:00PM
General Admission: Free

Celebrate the end of the year a little bit early in the children’s department of the Blount County Public Library. After a story time, music, and some fun activities, we’ll come together at the end to countdown to noon with noise makers and a balloon drop! 

New Year’s Eve Late Skate
Maryville, TN
Roll Arena Party Zone
2801 East Broadway Avenue, Maryville, TN 37804
12/31/23 7:00PM-6:00AM
General Admission: $25.00 7:00pm-6:00am with skate rental, $35.00 7:00pm-6:00am skate rental with Meal Deal (Two slices of pizza and drink). 

Roll into the new year at Roll Arena Party Zone!  It’s fun for the whole family! For more information, visit the Roll Arena Facebook page. Must be 10 years of age or older to be dropped off unattended after 10:00PM. There will also be a regular skate session from 7:00PM-10:00PM.

New Year’s Eve All Night Skate
Knoxville, TN
5713 North Broadway Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37918
12/31/23 7:30PM-2:00AM
General Admission: $30, Includes Skate Rental

A family-friendly event to skate in the new year! In addition to skating, drawings will be held throughout the night for prizes. For more information, go to the Skatetown website.

New Year’s Eve Sunset Cider & Cocoa Hike
Kodak, TN
Seven Islands State Birding Park
2809 Kelly Lane, Kodak, TN 37764
12/31/23 4:30PM-6:30PM
General Admission: $8.00

Join Ranger Stephanie for an easy stroll down Kelly Lane Greenway at Seven Islands to the Green House where we’ll watch the sunset over the French Broad River one last time in 2023! The beauty of the sunset will be enjoyed from the porch area of the Green House as we sip hot apple cider or hot chocolate. Bring your own cup if you would like, but some cups will be available as well. Advanced registration is required.

First Day Hike
Kodak, TN
Seven Islands State Birding Park
2809 Kelly Lane, Kodak, TN 37764
1/1/24 1:00PM-3:00PM
General Admission: FREE

Start the new year off by stepping outside, enjoying some fresh air, and joining park staff for an easy hike along the trails of Seven Islands State Birding Park! The hike will be approximately THREE miles and consist of easy to moderate difficulty terrain. The final route of the hike is to be determined depending upon trail conditions at the time of the hike. First Day Hike participants will be able to hike along with Ranger Stephanie and learn about the birds, wildlife, plants, and trees found at the park, as well as the habitat management and projects that are being done or planned in the coming year.

First Day Hike
Vonore, TN
Fort Loudoun State Historic Park
338 Fort Loudoun Road
1/1/24 5:30PM-6:30PM
General Admission: FREE

Whatever your reason is – want to hike more, exercise, overcome your fear of the dark, or need to get away from family – join Ranger Baghetti on January 1st for a night stroll. We will be walking along the old road that came through the area. While it is relatively flat and paved, squirrels have a nasty habit of lining the road with acorns and walnut husks, so wear sturdy shoes. Bring a flashlight, preferably one with a red light. Dress warmly and meet at the visitor center for this one-mile walk. 

East Tennessee Polar Plunge
Loudon, TN
Poplar Springs Recreation Area
27707 Tellico Parkway, Loudon, TN 37774
1/1/24 12:00PM-1:00PM
General Admission: Early Registration $30 Adults, $20 Kids 17 & Under; Day Of Registration $35 Adults, $25 Kids 17 & Under

Join other courageous folks and jump into the chilly waters at noon on New Year’s Day! Not only will it be for a good cause, but it’s a great way for the entire family to start off 2024! Proceeds from the event will go to the Watershed Association of the Tellico Reservoir to help in their efforts to protect the Tellico Reservoir. For more information, visit the Polar Plunge website.

New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Island
Pigeon Forge, TN
The Island
131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
12/31/23 10:00AM-12:00PM
General Admission: Free

Join us at The Island in Pigeon Forge as we countdown to 2023 with a dazzling midnight fireworks production on Sunday, December 31st! The Island in Pigeon Forge is excited to offer families the opportunity to celebrate and make cherished memories together while ringing in the New Year in spectacular fashion! Join us on New Year’s Eve for a day of family fun and incredible fireworks, and let’s kick off 2023 with a bang!

Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Ball Drop
Gatlinburg, TN
Space Needle
115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
12/31/23 9:30PM-12:00PM
General Admission: Free

On December 31, Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Since 1987, this family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s end-of-the-year celebration is set to be a spectacular end to the year. For more information, visit the event website.

New Year’s Eve at Anakeesta
Gatlinburg, TN
Anakeesta Theme Park
576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
12/31/23 9:00AM-12:00AM
General Admission: Adults (12-59) $34.99, Children (4-11) $22.99, Seniors (60+) $27.99, Children 3 & Under Free

On New Year’s Eve entertainers will be strolling around Anakeesta Theme Park as part of the Enchanted Christmas activities. Join us in celebrating the new year by viewing the Gatlinburg NYE Fireworks Show! There’s no better place to be! For more information, visit the Anakeesta website.

New Year’s Eve Cruise
Knoxville, TN
Volunteer Princess
956 Volunteer Landing Lane, Knoxville, TN 37915
12/31/23 5:30PM-8:00PM & 9:30PM-12:30AM
General Admission: Early Cruise $89.95, Late Cruise $129.95

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Knoxville in a unique way: aboard the Volunteer Princess. Take a seat at your private table. Enjoy a two-hour cruise around Knoxville in two fully enclosed and climate-controlled decks! Sip on a glass of champagne and visit our bar on the upper deck. Make your night extra special with our celebration package! We promise the best New Year’s Eve cruise in Knoxville. For more information, visit the Volunteer Princess website.

New Year’s Eve Dinner Train
Chattanooga, TN
Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum
4119 Cromwell Road, Chattanooga, TN 37421
Date & Time TBA
General Admission: TBA

Celebrate New Year’s on a Train! New Year’s Eve Dinner train trip includes a four-course dining experience onboard restored dining and pullman cars. The excursion trains depart from Chattanooga’s Grand Junction Station traveling at a leisurely pace through portions of urban East Chattanooga before reversing direction and returning to Grand Junction. The travel time is just right for a complete meal on a vintage dining car. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is pleased to offer this unique opportunity for you to enjoy not only a rail excursion trip but also fine dining enroute while the train travels along the rails. We encourage you to choose your entrée when booking your tickets. You may choose from true vintage dining in the Dining Car (four to a table) or Pullman Car Clover Colony (two per table) for a slight premium charge. For more information, visit the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum website.

Ancient Lore Village New Year’s Eve Dinner
Knoxville, TN
Ancient Lore Village
7107 Sevierville Pike, Knoxville, TN 37920
12/31/22 5:30PM-8:30PM
Appetizers + Dinner:  $75.00 per person

It’s a culinary celebration at Ancient Lore Village this New Year’s Eve! The menu includes surf and turf, rustic mashed potatoes, chocolate flourless cake with fudge cheesecake mousse and a glass of champagne for those ages 21 and up to name just a few things. Make reservations here

New Year’s Day 5K Run/Walk & Kid’s Mile
Knoxville, TN
Third Creek Greenway
3110 Sutherland Avenue
1/1/24 8:30AM Kids Run Begins, 9:00AM 5K Begins
Late Registration $35.00, Race Day Registration $40.00

The Knoxville Track Club is holding a run/walk to kick off 2024!  Kids can take part, too. For more information, click here

New Year’s Eve Bash
Knoxville, TN
10420 Kingston Pike Suite I
Kids Cove Drop-In Childcare
12/31/23 Time: 3:00PM – 6:00PM

Join us for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve Bash at Kids Cove Drop-in Childcare! 

Get ready for an afternoon filled with fun activities for the little ones!  We’ll have exciting games, delicious pizza , festive noise makers , and an early ball drop  to ring in the New Year with the kids! 

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity for your children to enjoy the spirit of New Year’s Eve in a safe and entertaining environment! Pay regular drop-in rates for this event and get more!

Happy New Year Japanese Green Tea Ceremony
Knoxville, TN
East Tennessee History Center
601 Gay Street
1/7/24 3:00PM-4:00PM

The Knox Asian Festival invites you to gather for the Hatsugama tea ceremony, which celebrates the first kettle of the new year and the first cup of tea. Guests will be able to taste sweet and green tea during the ceremony. Admission to the East Tennessee History Center is free on Sunday. The tea ceremony is also free. For more information, visit the event Facebook page

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