Nashville on new year's eve is all about the music as you might expect, with big name acts appearing here every year, in an event now known as Music City Midnight, a change from the previously hugely popular bash on Broadway.
That's not the only attraction though, with more traditional new year diversions such as fireworks aplenty as well as more typically Nashville events such as the music note drop. There's also a great range of bars here, such as the fabulous Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, Jackson's Bar and Bistro and The Bluebird Cafe.
The big attraction remains however the public party on Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, a venue big enough to cope with the burgeoning crowds, and a great focal point for the dazzling midnight fireworks show.
The big event in Nashville this new year is the Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville, a new event this year that replaces the Bash on Broadway and which takes place in Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, a move from the broadway location that was struggling to contain the crowds - over 150,000 have attended in recent years.
This event is currently sponsored by Jack Daniels and highlights include live musical performances, a free street party and a midnight countdown with a musical theme (we've had a guitar and a music note replacing the traditional ball drop in previous years - this year it's the turn of the Music Note again) plus of course the mandatory fireworks display and confetti cannons provided by Pyro Shows.
This year the Bash on Broadway has been rebranded at Music City Midnight and the lineup includes Keith Urban, Styx, A Thousand Horses, Moon Taxi, Charlie Worsham and The Fisk Jubilee Singers - get more details on the official event website here.
Last years the headline acts from the Bash on Broadway (now Music City Midnight) were also carried by live stream to Times Square in New York where they were a key part of the iconic Dick Clark's New Year Rockin Eve party. We'll be looking out to see if the same happens again for this new year and let you know as soon as we have confirmation, although with news that the live concert from New Orleans will be part of the NYRE this year the chances of this have receded slightly.
The Nashville City Winery is also hosting a couple of great events this new year's eve, an Intimate New Year's Eve Champagne Dinner in the winery with a 4-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Garrett Pittler, complete with sparkling wine and champagne pairing per course (tickets here) and a New Year's Eve Party with Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives - tickets available here.
As such a musically orientated city, Nashville has a number of popular live music venues, and these all compete to host the top acts over the new year and holiday period. Top venues include the Ryman Auditorium, the famous Grand Ole Opry House, the Franklin Theater and the War Memorial Auditorium.
The Grand Ole Opry House in particular is putitng on a special show this new year's eve, featuring live performances by John Prine, Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves.
Other live music shows in Nashville this new year are:
Widespread Panic at the Bridgestone Arena (30th and 32st December)
Old Crow Medicine Show at the Ryman Auditorium
The Grascals at The Station Inn
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives at the City Winery (shows at 7 and 11pm)
Cherub at Marathon Music Works
Gaylord's Opryland Hotel offers a special new year's eve package that includes your accommodation and tickets to the party held in the resort, which this year is a New Year's Eve Indoor Street Party featuring three live bands, DJ, dinner and champagne toast at midnight, reserve your place here.
For those with more cultural leanings then we can heartily recommend A Nashville Symphony New Year's Eve at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center located downtown.
For football fans new year's eve also sees the Music City Bowl being played at the Nissan Stadium.
In terms of dining options if you want to get a decent feed before you head to your party of choice, of even just to spend the evening more quietly with friends and family then Nashville has an excellent range of options too. Southern style cuisine is obviously a speciality but international tastes are catered for too - most popular eateries include Fleming's Steakhouse, Watermark restaurant and Giovanni's Ristorante. Check out all the top Nashville restaurants here.
Places to watch live online, including some decent skyline views that should capture the fireworks nicely:
Nashville has previously been one of the locations featured on the CNN New Years Eve Live show, which you can find out how to watch live online here.
Last year there was also live online streaming coverage provided by The Tennessean, so hopefully that will return again this year, details will be on their website if this is the case:
There is always a warm welcome in Nashville, and the plentiful range of accommodations means you shouldn't have too many problems finding somewhere to lay down for the night. Find your local hotels here.
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