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Visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway for the holidays (or lucky enough to be a local) and looking for unique ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2020?

We’ve got your guide to some of the best kept secrets for seeing out 2019 and celebrating the start of 2020.

Roar into the twenties wherever you are along the Blue Ridge Mountains with one of these fun New Year’s celebrations.

Ridge Region – Virginia

BRP Milepost 0-106

For all-ages New Year’s fun that won’t keep you up all night, check out the midday Noon Year’s Eve Party from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM with games and crafts in Waynesboro, VA.

Plateau Region – Virginia to NC State line

BRP Milepost 106-217

To close out your year with authentic Southern flavor, look no further than the Floyd Country Store’s 5th Annual New Year’s Eve Dinner & Dance in Floyd, VA. Experience scratch-made local soul food accompanied by bluegrass, old time and classic country favorites to dance in the New Year.

For a glamorous throwback as we welcome the Twenties once more, visit Patrick County for Primland Resort’s New Year’s Eve Gala: Roar in 2020. Reservations required and your best roaring Twenties attire is encouraged.

Highlands Region – North Carolina

BRP Milepost 217-340

If you’re in Boone, NC you don’t want to miss the New Years Eve Ball Drop at the Horton Hotel. The ball will drop from the rooftop lounge with a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. The Horton Hotel offers boutique, pet-friendly accommodations for the utmost in convenience.

Party on a snowy mountain by stopping by the Sugar Mountain Resort’s New Year’s Celebration for their free alpine torch light parade and fireworks open to the public at 11:45 PM – or make reservations for the whole night including live music, champagne toast, and indoor fun.

Pisgah Region – North Carolina

BRP Milepost 340-469

Enjoy a three-course lakeside dinner and a night of dancing in the mansion at the Cheers to a New Year event at beautiful Greystone Inn in Lake Toxaway, NC.

The all-ages Hillbilly Masquerade New Years in Clyde, NC in 2019 offered wholesome, old-time fun for a good cause. Hillbilly costumes were encouraged to enjoy dancing, chili, hot dogs, a cake walk and raffle, and a chance to see the Fines Creek Flatfooters. Kids under six were free and admission supports scholarships, community needs and Manna Food Bank.

More New Year’s Events at Nearby National Parks

Shenandoah Region

Near Skyline Drive and the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia (north of BRP Milepost 0)

If you’re active or retired military and getting away for the holiday in the Charlottesville area, Montfair Resort Farm is offering a Military Vacation Discount for 15% off cottage rentals.

Get 2020 off to a great start with a First Day Hike on the Appalachian Trail at 8:00 AM January 1, 2020 in the Front Royal, VA area. This kid-friendly event includes a campfire and snacks from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM and goes until 5:00 PM

Great Smoky Mountains Region

Near Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee (southwest of the BRP Milepost 469)

Gatlinburg, TN goes all out on their 32nd Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks Show at the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle. You can catch the festivities and the view from land or air at any one of several parties around town – including by tram at Ober Gatlinburg!

If you plan to add in a New Year’s hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway, be sure to check the road status on the Road Closure Details list. Wishing you a safe and happy New Year wherever your paths may lead you.