Nashville on new year's eve is all about the music as you might expect, with big name acts appearing here every year, in a completely free public event now known as Music City Midnight, a change from the previously hugely popular bash on Broadway. Headline acts this year are country music superstars Keith Urban and Chris Stapleton.
The party takes place 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 party includes traditional new year diversions such as the midnight fireworks display with accompanying confetti cannons, 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.
As mentioned above the main new year's eve celebration in Nashville this new year is the Music City Midnight: New Year's Eve in Nashville party,and this will be the focal point for many, but there are plenty of other choices if this doesn't sound like your thing.
The headline performer for the Music City Midnight new year's eve party 2018 in Nashville has now been confirmed, with country superstar Keith Urban returning once again. Also now joining the lineup is country star Chris Stapleton. They will be supported by Cheap Trick, Maren Morris, Carly Pearce, Jonny P and the Fisk Jubilee Singers - get all the latest on the main event here.
Away from the Music City midnight event in the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park there are many other parties in the bars, hotels and restaurants of Nashville, as well as a plethora of live music concerts to see in the new year as you might expect in a town made famous by it's close links to the music world, and country music in particular.
One top party to look out for this year is the Big Night Nashville, a new addition to the series of Big Night America new year's eve gala parties that take place in large cities across the country - get all the details and ticket information for this event here: Big Night Nashville
The Nashville City Winery is also a popular new year's eve venue, hosting fine dining events and live music for the more discerning visitor!
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 big event at the Ryman Auditorium this year is once again the Old Crow Medicine Show's New Year's Eve show, where they've been appearing every new year's eve since 2009! This year they're also playing the venue on December 30th, with a show dedicated to Bob Dylan.
The new year 2018 live music schedule is starting to take shape already with the news that Jimmy Buffett will be playing a new year's eve concert at the Bridgestone Arena, supported by Huey Lewis & The News. Tickets are now on sale online here
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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