Big names in music, fireworks and circus performers are just some of the spectacles that are planned for New Year’s Eve celebrations happening around Tennessee. As we bid a fond farewell to 2012 and welcome 2013 with pomp, there are a few parties you won’t want to miss Dec. 31.

Gatlinburg, Tenn. – New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show – Enjoy music, entertainment and watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop from the Space Needle as it glows a festive red at midnight Jan. 1, 2013. Music-choreographed fireworks will follow. For more information, visit www.gatlinburg.com.

Chattanooga, Tenn. – New Year’s For Adults and Families – A variety of family-friendly and adult parties are scheduled throughout Chattanooga, including Southern Belle Riverboat’s New Year’s on the River Cruise and New Year’s at Noon at the Creative Discovery Museum. For a complete list of the festivities, visit www.chattanoogafun.com/winter/new-years-eve-in-chattanooga.

Knoxville, Tenn. – First Night Knoxville – Enjoy an exciting and artistic display of dancers, artists, circus performers and comedic groups before the New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks display. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 the night of the event. For more information, visit www.firstnightknoxville.com.

Nashville, Tenn. – Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway – The Frey, Sixpence None the Richer, Love and Theft and Striking Matches will perform beginning at 7 p.m. with a 15-foot-tall music note drop at midnight Jan. 1, 2013. A fireworks display and confetti cannons will follow the drop. For more information, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.

Linden, Tenn. – New Year’s Eve Party, Fun in Charming Historic Hotel – The Commodore Hotel will host a roaring '20s/Chicago Swing themed party at 6:30 p.m. until the champagne toast at midnight. Tickets are $74. For more information, visit www.commodorehotellinden.com.

Memphis, Tenn. – New Year’s Eve Celebration on Beale – Thirteen bands of live music in Handy Park leading the drop of Hard Rock’s New Year’s Eve guitar at midnight. For more information, visit www.bealestreetmerchants.com.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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