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Ring in the New Year Nashville-style

There is something seductive about New Year’s Eve. Perhaps it’s the chance to start afresh, with new goals and resolutions. It’s a time to celebrate the end of a season in our lives as we look ahead to fulfilling new dreams. Who can resist the opportunity to cross from the old year to the new without at least a little fanfare, fireworks and a toast to what’s coming next?

Nashville is a city that loves to party, and there’s a whole kaleidoscope of choices to ring in your new year Nashville-style.

NYE fireworks nashvilleBash on Broadway is the city’s biggest celebration, when the midnight 15-foot-tall red Music Note Drop will slowly descend from a height of 115 feet to trigger a fireworks display and confetti cannons. Gather on Lower Broadway between 1st and 5th Avenues at 7 p.m. when the festivities begin. The music-filled evening will feature Nashville-based Sixpence None the Richer, ACM-nominated country duo Love and Theft, and newcomers Striking Matches. During the family hour of 7-8pm, families can help raise the music note. If you’re still feeling energetic on New Year’s Day you can sign up for the Nashville New Year’s Resolution Run 5K Run/Walk on Tuesday, January 1.

The Big Bang Bar located right across from the Ryman is known for its dueling pianos, and will be rocking it out from 6 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. with sensational piano players. hands-on-the-pianos-keys1Get there early to catch a good seat for all the action and a view of fireworks around midnight.

If you’d like to celebrate the new year without staying up till midnight, head to the Adventure Science Center for a kid-style new year celebration from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Monday, December 31, where you can make memories with a little science.

Tn mafia jug bandFor a wild frolic of rib-ticklin’ old time tunes, the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will bring entertainment and laughter to Pucketts Grocery and Restaurant in downtown Nashville. $60 includes the 9 p.m. show, valet parking, New Year’s Eve dinner, and a champagne toast or moonshine shot at midnight. Put on your dancing shoes for an evening of fun. If you’d rather a Cajun-themed New Year’s Eve party, the Roux du Bayou Cajun band will open the dance floor at Pucketts Boat House in Franklin while you enjoy an all-you-can-eat seafood buffet.

GrandOprylandDressed in full regalia for the Christmas/New Year season, Opryland Hotel is packed with holiday entertainment choices. Rub shoulders with the glitterati and dance the night away with a dinner buffet and Las Vegas style show, or enjoy Southern Gospel music, comedy and inspirational speaking at the Southern Gospel Festival that runs December 31-January 2. Special featured group is The Legacy Five & Friends.

Larry's Grand Ole GarageLooking for a family-friendly way to ring in the New Year? Larry’s Grand Ole Garage Diner and Dance Hall will be rocking to the country sound of Gary Allen Scott and Pure Country. New Year’s Eve dance and buffet is $20.

Photo courtesy Debbie SmarttThe historic Franklin Theater (circa 1937) will ring out the old and “swing in” the new with a rare appearance of the Tommy Dorsey Band on New Year’s Eve. Cabaret seating will include a bottle of champagne for each couple.

bluebird cafeNo visit to Nashville would be complete without a stop at the Bluebird Café, where many of country music’s greats got their start performing at a writer’s night. Two shows on New Year’s Eve Show will feature recent Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame inductees Thom Schuyler and Tony Arata, hit writer Fred Knobloch and award winning instrumentalist Jelly Roll Johnson.

Tell us about your best New Year’s Eve celebration in Nashville. We wish you all a Happy New Year and may those special dreams come true!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on

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