New Year Celebrations Made In Tennessee

Friday, December 18, 2015 - by Amanda Stravinsky

Tennessee’s upcoming tourism news is consolidated for your convenience below. For a complete list of Tennessee events, visit


Knoxville – Take a twirl around the ice skating rink during Knoxville Holidays on Ice through Jan.

18 in Market Square.

Lewisburg – Hi-Way 50 Drive In Christmas Village and Light Show occurs every night through Dec. 31 with Santa, concerts, caroling and a live nativity on the weekends at 1585 Fayetteville Highway.

Memphis – The only indoor roller coaster in Memphis is now open at Incredible Pizza. The 3,500 square-foot steel coaster is 72 ft. long, 35 ft. wide and 14 ft. tall. The track is a figure-eight shape and each compartment car can hold up to four people, making an overall capacity of 16 people per ride.

Dec. 17-20

Nashville – It’s Nashville Sympony & Chorus’ grandest Handel’s Messiah performance with 140 choristers, a 30-piece orchestra and four soloists conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Dec. 18

Knoxville – Tour de Lights is a free bike parade where participants get creative with lights, costumes and decorations 6 p.m. on Market Square.

Memphis – A Gospel According to Jazz Christmas has performances from Gerald Albright, Kirk Whalum, Shelea, and Norman Brown among others 8 p.m. at New Direction Christian Church.

Dec. 19

McMinnville – Catch the Holiday Show featuring Riders in the Sky during Bluegrass Underground in Cumberland Caverns.

Dec. 19-20

Nashville – The 12 Days of Science continues with an investigation of the Northern Lights and Star Wars fans journey to Winter Wookieeland for space travel and hover vehicles at Adventure Science Center.

Dec. 23

Knoxville – See Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker as it’s performed at the Tennessee Theatre.

Nashville – Enjoy the Deck the Hall Concert: The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas Night Out 7:30 p.m. at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Dec. 28

Chattanooga – Sail away on the Winter Wildlife Cruise Eagle Eyes to see bald eagles in the area 2-4 p.m. on the River Gorge Explorer at Tennessee Aquarium.

Dec 30 - Jan 1

Belvidere – Equestrian riders can participate in the New Year’s Eve Ride/Party which includes three nights of camping, one stall for your horse, trail riding, dinner, live band, party favors and a New Year’s Day Breakfast at Circle E Guest Ranch.

Dec. 31

Nashville – A New Year’s Eve Pops with Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony takes place 6 p.m. CT at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

Pickwick – A fun night is to be had with dining and dancing to welcome 2016 featuring The Kimberlie Helton Band and more at Pickwick Landing State Park.

Tiptonville – “Splendours of Europe,” a collection of photographs and stories are on display through Dec. 31 at the Tipton County Museum.

Memphis – Dinner, a holiday party and a ringing in of 2016 is in order at the New Year’s Eve Dinner 5 p.m. at The Majestic Grille. Then, enjoy a New Year’s Day Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Chattanooga – Enjoy New Year’s Eve with a plethora of celebrations around the city for adults, families and friends. For a complete list, visit

Union City – The dance band Magi performs while attendees enjoy heavy appetizers and two bottles of champagne to toast at 11:30 p.m. at the New Year’s Eve Gala at Discovery Park of America.

Memphis – Blast off into 2016 with Buzz Lightyear and his friends with character photos, themed crafts, a scavenger hunt, face painting, balloon art and a balloon drop at noonfollowed by a dance party 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Children’s Museum of Memphis.

Shelbyville – Fly Arts Center hosts a New Year’s Eve Dance to bring in the New Year to the popular sounds from Primetime Band. For reservations, call 931-684-8359.

Dec. 31-Jan. 1

Statewide – Start the New Year off on the right foot with First Hikes taking place in all 56 Tennessee State Parks. Visit for details.

Jan. 4

Nashville – “Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When,” the exhibition devoted to three-time Grammy winner Trisha Yearwood, will close at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum.

Jan. 6

Nashville – The exhibition Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Masterpiece Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti closes at The Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

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