Nashville, also known as Music City, hosts a wealth of parties on New Year’s Eve. Staying true to the city’s nickname, the top New Year’s 2012 parties in Nashville focus on music and provide you with the opportunity to dance the night away as you wait to ring in the new year. Opportunities range from public outdoor celebrations to formal dinner events with classic music.
The Music City’s New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway is a free street party held in downtown Nashville. Starting at 7 p.m., thousands of people visit the downtown area to dance and party in the new year. At midnight, instead of a crystal ball, a large guitar drops with a backdrop of fireworks. Enjoy beer and Jack Daniels as you listen to live performers who grace the stage from 7 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Food vendors also offer items for purchase throughout the evening. For those who prefer to start celebrating the new year early, the events actually begin a few days early with MusicFest & Battle of the Bands, pep rallies and the Music City Bowl. Book a hotel room for a few days and enjoy a mini vacation as you celebrate the new year in downtown Nashville.
Ring in the New Year at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville with the Best of Country Music Show and Dinner. This party includes a sit-down dinner with meat, vegetables, salads and homemade desserts. After the champagne toast at midnight, a full breakfast buffet is also offered. Guests also have access to a cash bar during the evening. Tickets are priced around $100 and include performances by some of the best country artists from the local Nashville music and classic country scene, such as Jeannie Seely, Brenda Best, Willie Rainsford and the Rhythm City Band. A dance floor is provided for those who choose to dance along to the music. The event begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. Children may also attend the event.
For a unique New Year’s party, take a trip on the General Jackson showboat, one of the largest showboats in the United States, which contains a Victorian theater for live music and dancing and four large decks where you may find a place to escape with your significant other for a moment of quiet. The boat begins boarding at 8 p.m. and the party starts at 9 p.m. with music provided by the Craig Duncan Orchestra. Open to adults 21 and over, the event includes a gourmet four-course meal featuring beef tenderloin, seafood and a delicious chocolate dessert. Guests also enjoy party favors and a champagne toast at midnight. Dress formally and spend the evening dancing to the orchestra and cruising past the Nashville skyline. The boat returns at 12:30 a.m., but music continues until 1 a.m. for those who want to make the evening last a little longer. Tickets cost $150 per person for this elegant new year’s party.