Chattanooga on new year’s eve offers a wide range of parties and
family friendly activities to help you welcome the new year in
style, with a great many of the local bars, hotels and restaurants
hosting special new year’s eve parties and events to cater for
pretty much any taste or budget. There is also always the chance of
a new year river cruise on the famous Tennessee River that runs
right through Chattanooga.
This fabulous and welcoming Tennessee city may not have a large scale municipal fireworks display but there is still plenty to keep you occupied. If it is fireworks or a big public party you’re looking for though you may need to travel a little further afield – check out our pages for Memphis and Nashville for some of the biggest new year parties anywhere in the United States:
Memphis new year’s eve
There may not be the large scale outdoor event with fireworks
seen in many larger cities, but many people do still gravitate to
downtown Chattanooga on new year’s eve, where the Ice on the Landing
outdoor skating rink at the Glenn Miller Outdoor Gardens at the
Chattanooga Choo Choo at 1400 Market Street hold their new year’s
eve Late Skate, with free souvenir photos and a toast at midnight.
If you do decide to stay in Chattanooga for new year’s eve then a popular option is to take to the river for the annual Southern Belle Riverboat’s New Year’s on the River Cruise, which includes entertainment from live DJs, an excellent traditional southern style dinner, plus of course plenty of drinks and dancing. They even show the ball drop from Times Square live on a big screen so you don’t need to miss out on anything. Get more details and buy your tickets online here.
If you like the idea of a historic new year dining experience on the rails then it’s well worth checking out the New Years Dinner Train on the Tennessee Valley Rail Road. The restored 1920s style dining car departs from Grand Junction Station for a fabulous dining experience with a specially prepared 3 course menu.
For family friendly events, the Chattanooga Zoo last new year’s eve debuted a zoo year’s eve event that proved to be very popular so should become a regular fixture on the new year calendar. Keep up to date with the latest on their official site here.
There is also a very popular new year’s eve celebration for kids at the Chattanooga Creative Discovery Museum, where the hold their annual New Years at Noon event, celebrating the new year exactly 12 hours early with an educational yet entertaining party aimed specifically at the children. Numbers are limited at this event so be sure to plan in advance - get more details here.
Other popular new year venues in Chattanooga for new year’s eve include:
Chattanooga Choo Choo New year’s rockin’ eve
The Chattanoogan new year’s eve celebration
Clyde’s on Main
Nothing much to choose from here I'm afraid - if you want to experience new year's eve live in Chattanooga then you're just going to have to go there!
No shortage of great places to stay here for new year - popular choices include The Chattanoogan, the Hampton Inn & Suites Chattanooga Downtown and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Chattanooga at Hamilton Place.
You can search for deals at all of these venues, plus other local hotels here.