Chattanooga Tourism boasts large New Year’s event lineup

Events geared toward adults and children throughout city hotels, venues, attractions

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) — New Year’s Eve is right around the corner and the Scenic City is getting ready to party.

Everything from hotel parties at the Edwin and the Moxy to kids’ events at Red Bank Bounce will be available for the community to enjoy as 2023 is welcomed in.

Chattanooga Tourism is preparing for its busiest New Year’s Eve in years and wants to ensure that all residents have the chance to celebrate.

“These events are more family-friendly,” said Hannah Hammon, PR manager with Chattanooga Tourism Co. “There [are] also a lot more events at the hotels. As we’re seeing visitors come in, they’re having parties at the place at their accommodations that they’re staying at. But it’s also welcoming residents here in Chattanooga, as well.”

At the Read House, the hotel is preparing to step back in time to the Roaring ’20s.

Everything from flappers dancing to an all-night buffet and open bar is included.

“We kind of do our own version of a ball drop and we do a champagne toast as well for everybody in there,” said Hotel General Manager Jim Bambrey. “Afterward, there’s a little afterparty up there that will probably go until about one in the morning — it should be great.”

But for Chattanooga’s kids, a champagne toast and late night may not be the best option.

The Creative Discovery Museum will celebrate New Year’s a day early, with family activities planned from 6-to-8 p.m., so mom and dad can still share a kiss Saturday night as the ball drops.

“We’ll do bubble wrap fireworks and we’ll have an apple juice toast,” said Mackenzie Steele, the museum’s communications and marketing director. “We’re even doing a written toast to the new year on a piece of paper that’s cut out to look like toast.”

When the ball dropped on New Year’s 2020, no one could’ve predicted what the rest of the year had in store.

Local businesses are aware that, for safety precautions, some may not have fully rung in the new year since.

For those doing so for the first time in three years, they hope the moment is both safe and celebratory.

“For a couple of years, people might not have been out of the house that much and been afraid to be in the crowds, things like that,” Bambrey said. “So if this is their first time and they’re spending it with us, it’s pretty special.”

“We’ve been busier this week — this in-between Christmas and New Year’s has been busier than the 20-19 numbers,” Steele said. “To carry that momentum into a New Year’s celebration — it’s a joy for us, for sure.”

Hammon says that this new year’s calendar is stacked with events in comparison to the past couple of years and that Chattanooga Tourism has been in constant contact with both city and county leaders about the night’s festivities.

She says everyone is excited to ring in 2023 and that the multitude of events presents a good way to share the city with its guests.

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