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New Year’s Eve in Nashville: Exciting Ways to Ring in the New Year

It’s hard to imagine a better party atmosphere than New Year’s Eve in Nashville.

We believe Nashville offers an unmatched vibrant, and lively atmosphere for ringing in the new year!

From the obvious (live music) to surprisingly tame, family-friendly events, this city has something for everyone.

the nashville skyline at night with the reflection of the buildings on the water
Nashville Skyline

If you plan to spend New Year’s Eve in Nashville, see what there is to do in Music City for this fun holiday below!

We’ll outline the best things to do, including adults-only events, families with children, and even some NYE events that don’t involve partying. In addition, we’ll highlight some of our favorite places to stay, special New Year’s Eve dinner options, and more!

Let’s explore spending New Year’s in Nashville!

Spending New Year’s Eve in Nashville, TN

Before getting into the specifics, let’s set the scene (or, more appropriately, the stage).

Nashville’s weather on New Year’s Eve typically hovers around the low 40s during the day, dipping below freezing at night. Rain is common, so pack with warm layers and an umbrella or raincoat.

And of course, expect many crowds and heavy traffic, especially around popular venues downtown.

Now, let’s get into the fun details!

New Year’s Eve Events in Nashville for Adults

1. Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s BIG Bash

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Credit: Visit Music City

Want to be at Nashville’s “it” party? Then head to Bicentennial Capitol Mall for Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s BIG Bash!

This is one of the biggest events in Nashville all year and is a massive street party. Expect hours of live music on multiple stages, the city’s main fireworks show, pop-up bars, and food vendors.

Of course, the BIG Bash also hosts the iconic “Music Note drop” — a Tennessee take on the traditional Times Square ball drop.

Red-hot CMA Entertainer of the Year Lainey Wilson, Thomas Rhett, and Lynyrd Skynyrd are hosting for 2024. In addition, Nashville Mayor Freddie O’Connell has a 10-minute guest DJ set to kick off the night.

If you want to party like a real rock star, consider getting tickets to the Gold Circle Party. This VIP event has indoor and outdoor spaces with complimentary food and drinks. The main perk, though, is a prime viewing area for fireworks and performances.

The event is completely FREE (except for the Gold Circle Party).

Gates open at 4:30 PM, and attendees are highly encouraged to take a rideshare or public transportation.

2. Disco Rodeo at Acme Feed & Seed

What could sound more Nashville than a disco rodeo?

At popular Acme Feed & Seed (locals simply call it Acme), ring in the New Year donning your favorite rhinestone cowboy attire!

All three levels of the historic building will host a different party, so you can find what suits your groove the best.

On the main level, enjoy classic Nashville-esque live music. Then, upstairs on the second and third levels, expect a DJ, dance party, VIP booths, and the coveted midnight confetti countdown.

The rooftop will also host an exclusive party, featuring igloos! Each igloo offers a private party experience, so you’ll get “silent disco” headphones and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.

As mentioned above, Acme encourages partygoers to dress the part, so don your best fringe, bell bottoms, and glitter!

3. ‘Roar’ Into ’24 at Noelle

If you love a good theme party (who doesn’t?), you may want to spend New Years Eve in Nashville at Noelle.

Put on your best Roaring 20s ensemble, then head to the chic boutique hotel downtown.

‘Roar Into ’24’ takes over the hotel’s various bars, lounges, and hidden nooks, including the Trade Room restaurant, Saidee Gallery, and The Archives.

The ticketed, 21-and-up event includes an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, as well as live music by an authentic 7-piece band.

Festivities also extend beyond the dance floor. Look out for the photo booth, keepsake party favors, and the midnight balloon drop.

4. STUDIO 24: L.A. Jackson Midnight Hour

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Image: L.A. Jackson via Facebook

We love a good rooftop bar (again, who doesn’t?). Lucky for us, and all the other rooftop enthusiasts out there, too, Nashville has plenty.

L.A. Jackson is arguably one of the most popular, with a hip indoor/outdoor setup and great views over the city.

At the STUDIO24 Midnight Hour party, you’ll enjoy that, plus a fun retro theme — a take on the iconic Studio 54 disco club.

Come dressed in your ’70s disco best, then expect to dance the night away on the rooftop. There will be live music, retro-mod cocktails from the open bar, and a ball drop and champagne toast at midnight.

Tickets start at $300 per person, and VIP tables with dedicated service are also available.

The best part about spending New Year’s Eve in Nashville at L.A. Jackson? Seeing the fireworks show from the patio!

5. Bobby Nashville’s NYE Bash

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Image: Bobby Hotel via Facebook

One of our favorite boutique hotels in Nashville also happens to be one of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve.

Bobby Nashville’s annual NYE Bash transforms the entire hotel into a celebratory adult playground. There will be passed appetizers, live music by Sunday Scaries, and a massive confetti and balloon drop at midnight.

While you’re there, check out “Camp Bobby” on the 10th-story rooftop. Unlike any other rooftop bar in Nashville, Camp Bobby has a retro Greyhound bus, a pool, and yard games. And in the winter, it gets even cooler with private campfire igloos and vintage holiday vibes.

If you still need to make dinner plans, Bobby has you covered there, too. The onsite Union Tavern will serve a 4-course prix fixe dinner for $99/person, with seating times from 5:15-9:00 PM.

Insider tip: choose the latest seating option, because after dinner, you’ll get access to the party!

6. Take a Mixology Class

Whether you’re not the go-out-and-party type or you want to do some unique pre-gaming, we have a fun suggestion. Take an afternoon mixology class, featuring a New Years twist: champagne cocktails and martinis.

Sip Cocktail Co. hosts the class, where you’ll make (and try!) THREE full-sized cocktails while getting to enjoy light bites. Your host will also greet you with a welcome glass of bubbly, and there’s a fun photo booth to play around with.

The class runs from 2-4:00 PM, so if you do plan to go out for New Year’s Eve in Nashville, you’ll have plenty of time to do both.

New Year’s Eve Events in Nashville for Kids & Families

1. New Year’s Eve Cruise on the General Jackson Showboat

Dinner Cruise in Nashville at dusk with lights and city skyline
Credit: General Jackson Showboat

Looking for an alternative to downtown crowds on New Years Eve in Nashville? Then head to the river!

The iconic General Jackson Showboat embarks on a special (and popular!) annual New Year’s Eve Cruise.

This elegant evening starts with a four-course dinner in the Victorian Theater ballroom. Then, enjoy a night of live music and dancing, complete with fun photo props, a champagne toast, and a countdown to midnight.

Note that although this cruise bills itself as “all ages,” it doesn’t end until 1:00 AM. It also includes a fancy sit-down dinner. (Parents use your own judgment, but this may be best for older kiddos).

2. Ring in the New Year EARLY at Dave & Buster’s

Want some all-ages fun that feels like a legitimate NYE party? Head to Dave & Buster’s for its ‘Ring in the New Year EARLY’ party.

$50 per-person tickets include unlimited soft drinks and appetizers (served banquet-style). That alone is a pretty sweet deal, but D&B sweetened the deal with unlimited video game play all night!

Note that guests each get a Power Card with $20 pre-loaded for non-video games.

There will also be a family-friendly ginger ale toast with a video countdown. So sneaky parents may be able to convince their toddlers it’s midnight at 8:00 PM!

3. Welcome 2024 at Stars and Strikes

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Image: Stars and Strikes via Facebook

Stars and Strikes in the suburb of Smyrna promises a family-friendly New Years Eve in Nashville.

This entertainment center combines bowling, arcade games, laser tag, and bumper cars. Plus, there’s an escape room, laser tag, and axe throwing for older kiddos,. And, adults in the group can enjoy the full-service bar.

On New Year’s Eve, Stars and Strikes rolls out the red carpet with special packages. These include unlimited bowling, arcade gameplay, some food, and a live DJ spinning tunes to keep the party atmosphere alive.

Choose between the Early (6-9:00 PM) or Late (9:00 PM to 1:00 AM) packages. (The Late Package even includes a complimentary champagne toast at midnight).

4. Franklin Family Entertainment Center

If you like what Stars and Strikes offers, consider the similar New Year’s Eve packages at Franklin Family Entertainment Center.

Choose from four packages, all with slightly different offerings.

All packages include unlimited bowling for up to six people, as well as bowling shoes (as well as cosmic bowling, too).

  • Skip the Wait (2-4:00 PM): Includes 100 bonus arcade tokens, no food and beverage
  • Family/Teen Celebration (4:30-6:30 PM): Includes one pizza and one pitcher of soda
  • Early Bird Party (7-10:00 PM): Includes one pizza and one pitcher of soda
  • Roll in the New Year Party (10:30 PM to 1:00 AM): Includes 100 bonus arcade tokens and midnight ball drop celebration; no food and beverage

In addition to bowling, the center has arcade games, pool tables, a full bar, and a more casual snack bar.

Where to Stay in Nashville for New Year’s Eve

Bobby Hotel

modern hotel room with queen bed and comfortable bedding at the bobby hotel in nashville
Image: Bobby Hotel via Booking

Book the special Celebrate Package for two at the Bobby Hotel to get welcome glasses of prosecco and tickets to the hotel’s NYE Bash.

Exclusive to hotel guests, your passes include one hour of complimentary passed appetizers.


rooftop bar at noelle hotel in nashville overlooking the city
Image: Noelle Hotel via Booking

Host of the Roar Into ’24 party, Noelle is a fantastic pick for staying in Nashville during New Year’s. It’s right downtown, housed in a historic 1930s building with loads of charm.

You’ll enjoy peace & quiet in your room, but the hotel is within easy walking distance of, well, everything.

Theta Hill Cabin

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Image: Theta Hill Cabin via VRBO

This brand-new (built-in 2023) cabin is perfect for your entire crew. It sleeps 11 in six bedrooms with each room having a different theme.

This cabin also has a huge kitchen, a coffee bar, and a fun, massive curtained porch with tons of seating.

Woodsy Cabin Guest House

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Image: Woodsy Cabin via VRBO

If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Nashville with just your significant other or family, this might just be the perfect crash pad.

This cabin sleeps four and is just 20 minutes from downtown, while it feels like it’s tucked deep in the woods. Celebrate the new year with a soak in the clawfoot tub!

Nashville Restaurants Serving Special New Year’s Eve Dinner

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Image: Bourbon Steak
  • Bourbon Steak – “A Rare Evening, Well Done” offers two prix fixe dinner seatings, one at 5:00 PM ($275/person) and one at 7:00 PM ($415/person). The later seating has access to the dance floor and the Bourbon Sky Lounge terrace for fireworks.
  • Ophelia’s Pizza + Bar – Choose from four seating times, each with a three-course prix fixe menu that includes a bottle of bubbly (or half bottle, for parties of two).
  • Church and Union – The sister restaurant to Ophelia’s, NYE offerings are similar. All prix fixe options include champagne, and pricing is based on your reservation time.

Nashville Restaurants Serving New Year’s Day Brunch

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Image: Adele’s via Instagram
  • Adele’s – The name says it all: New Year’s Eve Hangover Brunch. Enjoy all the quintessential hangover foods, including lots of breads, wings, chili, and salads. The buffet-style brunch is open to children, too, so it’s a great option for families.
  • The Joseph – In the lobby of the chic Joseph Hotel in SoBro, this brunch is a must. Order from the special holiday menu or a la carte. Either way, don’t miss the Challah bread French toast with bacon caramel and mascarpone lemon cream.
  • Nicky’s Coal Fired – Want something more casual? Head to Nicky’s for its annual New Year’s Day Pizza Party. ALL pizzas are just $10, all day long! The restaurant also hosts contests for chances to win free pizza for an entire year.

What do you think about spending the new year in Nashville? Let us know about any recommendations you may have for next year in the comments below!