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Famous Places to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tennessee

The new year is coming! If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Tennessee, then look no further. Here are our favorite places to toast the new year with friends and family in Tennessee.

Take note: Dates are only applicable for 2021-2022

NASHVILLE

First on the list is one of the biggest parties happening in 2022 nationwide, Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville. The gates to the venue will open at 4:30 p.m., on December 31st 2021! People are going to see Fisk Jubilee Singer, DJ Aydamn, Zac Brown Band, and Dierks Bentley with a variety of special guests. This year, they’re ringing in the new with a bang! Join the fun for exclusive music note drop and fireworks show—you’ll get your hands on 100 pounds-worth of biodegradable confetti too (we know how much you love throwing that away with no guilt).

Four selfie stations with giant props will be onsite this year including an LED 2022 sign and a red light-up Music Note sign. If you want to make your night extra special, purchase the Nashville’s Big Bash Package which includes a minimum 1-night hotel stay at a participating hotel, hand warmers, Nashville koozie, locally made popcorn, and more. Perfect!

MEMPHIS

Make your last day of 2021 a celebration by going to Memphis and joining in on all the fun happening around town. The famous Beale Street, one of America’s iconic streets, will complete your night by dancing to live music and enjoying the bars and restaurants. Consider B.B. King’s Blues Club At Sea for live music from funky and fast to soulful and smooth, the band does it all while you enjoy a signature drink or dance the blues away.

CHATTANOOGA

Creative Discovery Museum

Chattanooga is full of family-friendly activities. There’s always something going on in this city, especially every new year.  Creative Discovery Museum prepared special events to look forward to on Dec. 30, 2021 at 6-8 p.m. Catch the exciting crafts in the Art Studio, go shooting off mini Mentos geysers, dance with mom & dad in the atrium, and unleash your inner artist crafting New Year’s hats.

Uknown Caller Cocktail Bar

If you’re looking for some parties exclusive for 18+ to 21+ adults, head out to these bars: Unknown Caller cocktail bar, The Signal, Rosecomb bar, and The Moxy Start your year right with live music, DJs, dancing, drinks, food and so much more.

The Moxy
The Moxy

GATLINBURG

New Year’s Eve in the Smokies is pretty much the best experience! Don’t miss the 33rd annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show Dec. 31, 2021, at the base of the Space Needle (on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road). It is known as one of the largest celebrations in Tennessee. Approximately, 50,000 people spend their New Year’s Eve here every year. The most awaited part of the event is the fireworks blast from the roof of the 400-foot tall Space Needle to choreographed music with an LED light show. Live music begins at 10 p.m. and includes headliners Slippery When Wet, the Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band. Best part? it’s FREE!

KNOXVILLE

Try a different way to celebrate New Year’s Eve this year under the stars with live music by the Mike Snodgrass Band at 10 p.m and food trucks at the iconic Sunsphere in Knoxville. Dance to DJ-led tunes starts at 9pm while you enjoy mouthwatering treats from your favorite chefs, all in an iconic location like no other!

At the top, the lights are beautiful and creates a romantic ambiance. For teens,  enjoy ice skating at Holidays on Ice until 10 p.m. and more. For the main event,  catch the most awaited ball drop from the Sunsphere at midnight.

PIGEON FORGE

If your family wants some laid back celebration, spending it to one of the most beautiful hotel in Tennessee is the best option. From the name itself, DollyWood’s DreamMore Resort & Spa will make your dream a reality. Tucked away in a beautiful cove in the rolling foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, this hotel is a well-appointed, reimagined property that features a variety of accommodations and amenities. 

Light up the mood with some live entertainment of jazz, acoustic folk, or rock with a family-friendly DJ. Not a fan of so much noise? Snuggle up for movies, crafts and games while waiting for midnight or have deep conversations by a bonfire. Then, gather your loved ones together for a fireworks display and an appearance by Dolly Parton on screen as you countdown to 2022.

Plan your New Year’s Eve travel to Tennessee, where you can make memories and kick off 2022 in a big way.

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Still Looking For That Perfect Gift? Here Are 5 Local Gift Shops For Your Last-Minute Christmas Shopping

What better way to show your loved ones how much they mean than with a simple, yet thoughtful gift of their own? Here is a list of local gift shops around Tennessee that could help you find that perfect gift.

  1. Rustique Essentials – (Cedar Hill)

Rustique Essentials offer all-natural, handmade body care, home decor, and cleaning supplies. Their products are made fresh when ordered with no parabens, dyes, or, Phthalates.

The owner, Ayla, built this business as she needed truly natural and safe products for her overly sensitive premature twin boys, she worked tirelessly to build a small family-owned business that offers handmade natural home and body care items made with farm-fresh ingredients including creamy goat’s milk that we hand milk ourselves, fresh herbs grown in their medicinal herb garden, as well as rich honey and beeswax from the family farm.

Check out her full story here: rustiqueessentials.com/about-us

2. Made in Tennessee – (Franklin, Nashville)

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If you have some friends or relatives coming from other states, you may want to give them something very “Tennessee”. Made in Tennessee shop offers all of your Tennessee favorites from local foods, home décor, jewelry, and other gifts carefully curated from local makers such as Nashville Jam CompanyOlive & Sinclair Chocolate, Music City Suds, Sweet Tea Candle Company, and many, many more.

Branches:

  • Made in TN(inside L&L Market)3820 Charlotte Ave, #127Nashville TN 37209
  • Made in TN(inside The Factory at Franklin)230 Franklin RoadSuite 11X Franklin TN  37064 

3. Pointer Brand – (Bristol )

It’s never too much to have more overalls! The best denim shopping experience of your life awaits at L.C. King Manufacturing Co. Speaking of quality, they take pride on producing original Tennessee’s Pointer Brand jeans for 100 years already.

LC King High Back Overalls are made from 100% cotton and are machine washable. They are Full-Cut for comfort, lightweight for mobility, and reinforced through the hip pockets for durability. Features include a zippered bib, rust-proof fasteners & buttons, watch pocket, hammer loop, and an accessory pocket for ruler, pliers, or cell phone.

4. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey ( Lynchburg )

It turns out many people in Tennessee still mark Jack Daniel’s as their top choice of drink. Head out to Lynchburg if you want to see these items in person or if you’re too far, no worries, ’cause they have an official website. It will also be less hassle if you sent it directly to the person you want to receive the gift. Besides whiskey, 2 of their best sellers are the whiskey flavored coffee that’s perfect for your drunk friend who’s also a coffee lover and the Jack Daniel’s Chess Set which is a highly-detailed, sculpted and painted pieces complimented by a top-quality wooden board branded with the Jack Daniel’s logo. Awesome, isn’t it?

5. This Little Light Creative Glass Art and Gallery – (Old Hickory)

Now, for your artsy friends and relatives, This Little Light has you covered! Give them something that will add beauty and creativity to their homes. Just like the wine holder that creates a floating illusion. Pick the cute little night light to create ambiance in their rooms. If they still haven’t completed their Christmas tree, give them those cute Christmas ornaments. What’s great about this is that you can personalized it! This Little Light provides classes and guides if you want to give your loved ones something special that will make them always remember you. Watch the video below to see more of this art shop.

I hope this list will serve as your future reference on your Christmas shopping every year. Merry Christmas, folks!

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Experience a Unique Christmas-Themed Hotel in Tennessee

Welcome to the Best Christmas Ever! That’s what you’ll be saying when you stay at this Tennessee-based hotel that is decorated in all things festive. The hotel has a lot of activities for people of all ages, and it will make anyone feel like they’re in the holiday spirit. Check it out below!

With a name like The Inn at Christmas Place, you know this hotel is all about the holiday season. Actually, you don’t have to wait for Christmas to go here ’cause it’s Christmas every day of the year! With a stunning view of the Great Smoky Mountains, this award-winning space is located right at the foothills. The hotel boasts everything from beautiful gardens to Bavarian architecture and will provide you with all that much-needed Christmas spirit for your vacation in Tennessee!

You will be blown away by the luxurious interior of this hotel. The hospitality at this hotel is truly second to none, and there are always bustling events in the lobby. The hotel offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere with their complimentary hot breakfast, visits from Santa Claus & Mrs. Claus, access to a fitness center, bedtime cookies, and a sparkly landscaped outdoor space that will make you never want to leave the place!

The indoor pool is a refreshing year-round retreat, and especially fun for the kids in the winter months. Good news! It’s open 24 hours a day. They also have a Large Hot Tub for those who want to relax and a 95 ft. Figure-8 Waterslide Outdoor Pool for more fun!

The beautiful, themed rooms and suites are stunning, as well! You’ll get to indulge in flat-screen TVs and decorated Christmas trees. The mini-suites offer up gas fireplaces for those chilly nights. They have various rooms to choose from: The Double Queen Room, King Mini-Suites, Two Room Suites, & Santa Suite.

The Inn at Christmas Place knows how to put a lot of attention into its offerings. The folks here make sure to celebrate the best holiday of each year every single day. Your kids will love the performances by a two-story glockenspiel. Most of the guests who go here come back because of three major reasons: its clean space, incredible hospitality of the staff, and the interior & exterior of the hotel.

Will you be visiting this holiday season? Or perhaps, any other day that you’d like it to be the holiday season? Don’t miss this chance! The Inn at Christmas Place has a limited number of rooms available, so reserve your stay as soon as possible. Merry Christmas, folks!

Exact Location: 119 Christmas Tree Lane
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

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You Should Not Miss These Christmas Events in Tennessee This Year [2021]

Who doesn’t love Christmas? From the twinkling lights to the holiday parties, it’s hard not to get into the spirit of things. If you’re looking for some new traditions this year or just want an excuse to explore Tennessee in December, here are several events you can celebrate Christmas in Tennessee!

Applicable dates: 2021/22 events

EAST TENNESSEE

Pigeon Forge Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas is an event that thousands flock to every year. The Tennessee Christmas Light and Music Shows is the state’s largest drive-thru holiday light show, with over 2 million lights along a 2.5-mile route are programmed to music and new, colorful displays. Catch them live every night at 5 p.m. rain or shine and on all holidays. 

Applicable Dates: Nov. 12, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022

Location: James E. Ward Agricultural Center

Bristol – Speedway in Lights at Bristol Motor Speedway

If you’re looking for the most epic light show in this region, look no further than Speedway In Lights! The largest holiday spectacular at Bristol Motor Speedway’s drag way will be held at Highway 394 (not on Volunteer Parkway). The lights are so beautiful and captivating that it’s hard to take one step without being fascinated. The best part of going to Bristol Motor Speedway is the 90-minute driving radius Ice Rink. You shouldn’t let this one slip away!

Applicable Dates: November 12, 2021 to January 1, 2022

SEE ALSO: The Wessyngton State Story

Gatlinburg – Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter

A visit to the Great Smoky Mountains is made even more magical at Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter event.

See winter decorations including a 40-foot tall Christmas tree at the Anakeesta plaza on the Parkway. Feel like you’re in the North Pole with all of its glimmering lights and winding paths as you ride up to Anakeesta Mountain. This is one way for people who live there year round, but visiting tourists will come across enchanting holiday decorations on their travels through town during December time! The fire pits are lit warmly at night so that visitors can enjoy themselves while they sip hot cocoa from the new Hot Chocolate Trail before going home again. The experience isn’t complete without carolers singing festive tunes outside Vista Gardens.

Special Event Your Kids Will Love:

  • Special Breakfast with Santa & Mrs. Claus – Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 (includes pre-breakfast Santa Parade)

Applicable Dates: November 11, 2021 to February 2022

Gatlinburg – Lights Over Gatlinburg at Gatlinburg Skylift Park

Experience America’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge in a whole new way this December as Gatlinburg Skylift Park is decked out for the holidays with more than 60,000 lights coordinated to classic Christmas music. Photo opportunities at the 30-foot tree and lighted trees along the new SkyTrail will complete your night. The “Lights Across Gatlinburg” provides an unforgettable experience with access to the SkyBridge during daytime where you can explore a new Tower called Tulip. It offers mountain views on each level while telling an inspiring story of renewal and rebuilding after the 2016 wildfires. Then, you can return at night to see the park twinkle with holiday cheer for free!

Huntsville – Ghosts of the Past at Christmas

In Tennessee, you might not have known it, but for centuries people have been telling ghost stories at Christmas. A great way of getting into the spirit is with an spooky story – and who doesn’t enjoy being terrified? (Me! Just kidding!) 

The ghosts of the past live on at Christmas time in Huntsville, Tennessee when you visit one-of-a kind haunt called “Ghosts Of The Past At Christmas.” A perfect opportunity for some spooky fun with history and tours that will leave your hair standing up on end! Book your tour today as tickets must be purchased in advance.

SEE ALSO: Spend Your Day Right in Murfreesboro

MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Lebanon – Dancing Lights of Christmas

The Dancing Lights of Christmas is an event that thousands flock to every year. The Tennessee Christmas Light and Music Shows is the state’s largest drive-thru holiday light show, with over 2 million lights along a 2.5-mile route are programmed to music and new, colorful displays. Catch them live every night at 5 p.m. rain or shine and on all holidays. 

Applicable Dates: Nov. 12, 2021 to Jan. 2, 2022 at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center

Nashville – The Nutcracker

The whole family can enjoy “Nashville’s Nutcracker” presented by the Nashville Ballet. This annual holiday production features a sparkling journey through the Land of Sweets with nods to Nashville’s history and new, surprise elements. Feel the magic of beloved characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, Drosselmeyer, Madam Bonbon, and, of course, Clara and her beloved Nutcracker. The spectacular show is a Nashville family tradition. There’s always something new and exciting to see at this event, with glittering sets that captivate the audience for hours on end!

Applicable Dates: December 15-24, 2021

Christmas in Clarksville, Tennessee

Make memories that will last a lifetime at the many holiday events and activities in Clarksville. For those looking for some action in winter, the ice rink at Downtown Commons is open now through Jan 10th. For just $12 for adults and $10 for kids, you can take a spin with your family for skate rentals.  Christmas on the Cumberland is the most popular holiday activity as it features over 1 million lights in displays along the half-mil Riverwalk at McGregor Park now through Jan. 1, 2022.

Planning to drive around the town? No problem!  Head to the Clarksville Speedway’s Drive-Thru Christmas Lights which features more than 3 million light displays along the one-mile track. If you want a different entertainment experience, check out the holiday classic at The Roxy Regional Theatre like “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “Elf” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” among others.

Applicable Dates: January 2022

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Cookeville – Christmas in the Park

December is a busy month for the people of Cookeville. From illuminating their 40-foot tree to welcoming in Christmas, it’s clear that this town loves celebrating! Expect Christmas-inspired activities ranging from downtown carriage rides, meet and greets with Santa, concerts, Christmas Movies in the Park and the Christmas Forest exhibit at the Cookeville History Museum. 

While you’re nearby be sure to check out Monterey, Tennessee’s Christmas Home & Hearth Celebration; the more-than-50-year-old evening Christmas Parade through downtown Cookeville; and the drive-through light attraction Hidden Hollow Lights that is open now through New Year’s Day. 

Applicable Dates: Open now to January 1, 2022

WEST TENNESSEE

Memphis – Museum of Science & History

A magical experience awaits you in this amazing place where beautifully decorated Christmas trees welcome you and your family. Kids will love the model trains and Gingerbread Village. Make sure to take photos with Santa in his snow globe. Catch your favorite holiday movies, “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “The Light Before Christmas” at the Giant Screen Theater and see the “Season of Light and Laser Holidays” shows at the AutoZone Dome Planetarium. Before heading home, don’t forget to drop buy at the museum’s gift shop for unique gifts.

Applicable Dates: November 20, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2021

Covington – Dickens Christmas

Take a journey through time and space to the Victorian era during Dickens’ Christmas in Covington, Tennessee. The streets of the city as well ass the historic court square will be transformed into Charles Dickens’ world, with Victorian characters and carolers. You’re encouraged to wear Victorian era costumes if you feel like it!  Additional holiday events taking place in Covington include the Festival of Trees at the Tipton County Museum Nov. 30-Dec. 31, 2021 and performances of “A Wicked Christmas Carol” Dec. 10-18, 2021 at the Historic Ruffin Theater.

Union City – Let It Glow Holiday Light Show

The “Let It Glow” light show in Discovery Park of America is coming up and it’s sure to be a spectacular holiday experience! The event will feature more than 1 million lights synchronizing with Christmas songs. This great attraction starts on November 12th through December 31st 2021, so don’t miss out if you’re near West Tennessee during this time frame! If you’re not comfortable being in a crowd, make your way to the drive-thru light show on the 50 acres of the heritage park. This year, you can walk through part of the light show on the grounds.  Indulge with great food and get warm with a great hot chocolate in local cafes around the town. 

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The Wessyngton Estate Story

In Robertson County, Tennessee, there is a great and rich tapestry of history, from the fertile soil to the rivers and woods, and the people themselves. At the heart of history in agriculture, and most notably, tobacco.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone who grew up in this part of Tennessee that has not spent at least a part of their life in the fields of barns, doing some of the hardest work out there. One of the most interesting locations in Robertson County is The Wessyngton Estate.

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Washington Farm, also known as Wessyngton, has been known as the largest antebellum plantation in America. Owned by a cousin of our first president, George Washington, it is a beautiful and haunting place. Sadly, it was also a slave plantation, the very soil full of memories of those times.

The name Wessyngton, an old English name that later was changed to Washington, became known far and wide. Joseph Washington, born in South Hampton County, Virginia in July of 1770. He first came to Robertson County, Tennessee in 1796, and visited his cousin, Colonel Cheatham. He married a sixteen-year-old daughter of one of the wealthiest men around when he was the age of forty-two. By 1812, Wessyngton had grown from a sixty-acre purchase to over 1,000 acres.


This is a photograph of Joseph E. Washington Sr., the owner of the Wessygton Plantation (seated), and his family.

Tobacco was one of the main exports which established our economy, along with the furry and hemp trade, respectively. Washington became a well-known name, and largely due to George Augustine Washington, Joseph’s son. He took over the operation in the late 1830s, and their landholdings had increased to over 4,300 acres. Eventually, it grew to more than 13,000 acres. George soon gained the title of the largest slaveholder in Tennessee. Exports from the plantation included produce, brandy, and hams, as well as tobacco.

Wessyngton was undeniably a large part of that history. The plantation records were donated to the Tennessee State Library and Archives toward the end of the twentieth century, and are public records.

Four former enslaved individuals of the Washington family of Wessyngton Plantation located in Cedar Hill in Robertson County, Tenn. Featured are Allen Washington (standing) who worked as head dairyman; Granville Washington (standing) who worked as a personal valet and body servant to George A. Washington; Emmanuel Washington (seated) who worked as the cook; and Henny Washington, who worked as the head laundress.

In 1860, there were something like two hundred and seventy-four slaves that lived and worked the plantation. They were housed in log cabins and lived a very humbling and difficult life. Once the Civil War began, Wessyngton was naturally affected, and would never be the same. In September of 1863, federal troops first came to Wessyngton and took approximately twenty-four men and boys to work on military fortifications, as well as the railroad. Some of those men enlisted in the Union Army. When the war brought freedom, some of the free men remained at Wessyngton.

There is actually a slave cemetery located on the property where even their children and grandchildren were buried up into the 1920s.

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n Plantation African American Cemetery
Cedar Hill, Robertson County, Tennessee

It is estimated that over one thousand of their descendants still reside in the surrounding areas. History can be very ugly, but it is necessary for us to understand the mistakes and sins of the past, so that we may move forward into a brighter future. At the heart of this heartbreaking history is a story of so many families who were affected in numerous ways by slavery and beautiful land that once thrived due to the nonstop hard labor of people who worked under the real threat of violence. Their prayer meetings were held in secret by necessity, and the threat of violence did not quell the faith and those strong and hard-working people, men and women who did so much to build this great nation.

These days, Wessyngton is a beautiful and quiet place, and a shadow of its former glory, a glory that came at far too great a cost. It is a story that needed to be told, and although the sadness of the telling may be too much for some, I feel that we owe it to those slaves and their descendants to not only remember this history but to share it with others.

Source: wessyngtonplantation.org

Tennessee is a lovely land and place of great significance, and Robertson County holds much of that in the hearts and minds of its people. Conceived of a nation of freedom that was hard bought, Tennesseans are a people like no other. We have grown stronger together, as part of a nation that was once divided.

Now, more than ever, we should learn from the past, finding the hidden beauty in the strength and faith of those unsung heroes who truly built Wessyngton and had such a large part in the building of America we know and love today.

Author: David Turner

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