This article is from 2013. Read the 2016 guide here.
Make a toast to your taste buds at a food-centered celebration.
A three-course meal sets the stage for Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers and a dance party at the Foundry.
Watch the scenery of the Tennessee Valley from the window as you reflect on the closing year aboard a restored 1924 dining car. A three-course dinner will be served; no alcohol allowed on board.
Feast on a buffet - yes, a buffet - of cheeses and meats paired with a flight of sparkling wines. Tickets include a half-bottle of Veuve Clicquot.
Dinner and drinks overlooking the lake, complimented by the energetic local band Rosedale Remedy.
A five-course dinner and a post-dinner masquerade ball. Dinner includes a bottle of champagne.
For the cultured palate.
The Hunter Museum knows the fine art of a good party. Food catered by Events with Taste, an open bar, music and a breathtaking view from the bluff.
Cleveland's history museum will host a party to greet the New Year with food, drinks and music by the Collins Brothers Band.
Natchez Hills Vineyard in Hampshire, TN makes a lovely venue for a party complete with heavy hor d'oeuvres, a show by the Matt Roy Band, and a midnight toast of sparkling cider.
ON THE RIVER
Spend the evening on the Tennessee River with food, entertainment, dancing and a toast.
Dance the night away to music by No Big Deal and wake up on the river in 2014. Dinner buffet and brunch also included.
Y.O.L.O. (short for "you only live once") was the phrase of the year we hope will die when the clock strikes midnight, but for one more night you can live out its sentiment - within reason, of course.
The Lost Generation knew a thing or two about partying. Dress in your finest '20s get-up, hear A Cat May Look At A King, and choose from a lengthy list of drink specials.
That '90s Show lets you relive the golden decade as we get deeper into this one with top '90s hits from grunge to pop to R&B.
Music by Toneharm and Cutlass Cult, free bubbly at midnight and a buffet (rumor has it there is a nacho bar in the works).
Grab some great barbecue, then stick around for a free New Year's Eve party with music by The Pool.
Presented by Groove 93 and Power 94, this party features R&B singers Ray Lavender and Sheryl Boyd.
Gather with friends at the cozy Moccasin Bend Brewery for beer and a potluck dinner party.
Low key fun at this neighborhood bar will feature a coursed dinner and exclusive draft beer offerings. DJ Flux 308 will be spinning in the lounge.
Go all out with local favorites SOCRO, Behold the Brave and more. "Classy" is open to interpretation.
Sequins or camo, high fashion or hill billy - this party brings it all together with music by Strung Like a Horse and friends.
This BYOB party promises to be quite the throw down.
DJ Reggie Reg upstairs and Five-40 playing downstairs, plus the chance to get lucky with a cash balloon drop and giveaways including a flat screen TV.
Things are bound to get interesting at this party, which features a breakfast bar at 1:30 a.m.
This neighborhood bar will be transformed into a masquerade for a night of mystery. Dr. Vibe's Show Band is scheduled to perform.
A ticket includes party favors at the door, a champagne toast and entertainment by Atlanta's authentic '80s rock band Aunt Betty.
Say "prospero año nuevo" with $4 made-from-scratch margaritas, jazz guitarist Alex Harper and vocalist Debi D.
Laugh your way into 2014 with Michael Mack, who claims to make his audiences "laugh til they puke." Dancing and champagne follow the late show.
The Big Band will have you on your feet and the party is complete with hors d'oeuvres, champagne, and party favors.
The American Legion Post 81 in Cleveland promises a festive night with music, streamers, hats, breakfast and champagne.
These area hotels offer some great parties and convenient overnight packages.
The Beaters will have you dancing your way into the New Year at the Choo Choo's Imperial Ballroom with a cash bar, snacks, prizes and more.
Go back in time to 1926, the year the Read Family transformed the Read House into its fine present form with an evening of dancing, champagne toasts, and giveaways.
The Stratoblasters put on a dance-worthy show with classic rock, R&B and oldies, and ELEVEN lounge will serve Burgers and Breakfast the next morning.
The sleek Foundry at the Chattanoogan provides the setting, and Rick Rushing and the Blues Strangers brings the noise.
For young ones and early birds who want to avoid a late night, here are some softer options for the evening.
Before the sun goes down, head to the CDM for a kid-friendly New Year's Eve celebration. Tots will learn about time from Father Time and Baby New Year, enjoy a concert by Saxophobia, and make hats, wands and shakers in anticipation of the "ball drop" at noon.
Families and groups stay overnight at the Aquarium. The New Year's Eve program includes a tour, special activities, pizza, a midnight toast and a continental breakfast.
Watch the sun set on the river aboard the Southern Belle with dinner and entertainment by Music City Brass.
Southern gospel fans can enjoy a powerhouse show featuring Gold City, Appointed Quartet and Willow Creek Quartet at the Catoosa County Colonnade.
Rack up some karma points just before the end of the year. The Sports Barn's annual run is a healthy, feel-good alternative for a good cause.
Get some mud on the tires in South Pittburg's Adventure Offroad Park. A pavilion party and camping will be available.
Wake up bright-eyed and look to the future - and make sure you get your good luck black-eyed peas and greens.
Lucky black-eyed peas, prosperity greens and Easy's "brunch punch" make the transition into daytime much easier.
This champagne brunch will feature omelets and breakfast fare along with garlic-spice crusted roast beef, Southern collards and beans and a full dessert bar.
Start the year off right with a hike.