Ring It In

Break out the Champagne! Welcome the New Year at these toast-worthy Southern celebrations.

Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Break out the Champagne! Welcome the New Year at these toast-worthy Southern celebrations.

EVE–Universal CityWalk’s New Year’s Celebration, Orlando

This popular entertainment district pulls out all the stops on December 31. Expect multiple party zones (each with its own signature drink and entertainment), Orlando’s biggest outdoor dance floor, access to nightlife venues such as the Groove and Red Coconut Club, and, come midnight, Champagne and fireworks. universalorlando.com

Bash on Broadway, Nashville

Now in its ninth year, this annual event on famed Lower Broadway is a music-lover’s fantasy—this year’s headliner is Keith Urban. At midnight, don’t forget to look up: In addition to fireworks, there’s a 115-foot-tall music note “drop” accompanied by the firing of confetti cannons. visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve 

NYE Blast at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina

This historic property lets guests experience a cosmopolitan celebration without the Big Apple crowds. Guests who book the New Year’s Eve New York Style package will attend a nightclub-esque dinner and show, complete with a Billy Joel tribute band. Then it’s on to the Grand Ballroom for a Times Square–themed party, featuring a live performance from Oh No Stereo, a silent DJ, and a ball drop. omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park

Yorktown Countdown, Charleston

Every other day of the year, the historic USS Yorktown is packed with sightseers and scout troops. But December 31, the decommissioned World War II aircraft carrier plays host to a massive dance party, featuring bands and DJs playing everything from funk and rock to Top 40 hits. Guests help themselves to an open bar and light snacks. yorktowncountdown.com


This article was originally published in November 2015. Dates have been updated to reflect 2017-18 holiday events.