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101 Things To Do In Memphis #49: New Years Eve in Memphis

by Melissa Thompson

We know you’re already thinking about New Year’s Eve. Why not ring in the world’s partying-est holiday in Memphis? The city that rocks year ’round rocks hardest on New Year’s Eve, when landmarks, attractions and local-favorite bars invite everybody in for a party.

Beale Street and the Hard Rock Guitar Drop

Beale Street can be a party almost any night of the year. It’s the kind of place where you’ll see brides-to-be wearing bachelorette-weekend tiaras; where you can bar-crawl, sing karaoke and dance late-night. Beneath it all is the music (literally—look down while you’re strolling the sidewalk and you’ll notice stars commemorating Memphis music legends). But also, listen: live music streams from clubs, sending the sounds of electric and acoustic blues, rapid-fire rockabilly and searing soul out into the night. 

Since Memphis’ musical legacy meets the city’s love of a good time on Beale, you can bet the street’s New Year’s Eve celebration is big. You’ll party with tens of thousands of people, spilling in and out of bars and restaurants onto the wide street. You’ll dance under the stars to live music by headliners (last year, blues legend Bobby Rush). Just before midnight, you’ll count down as a giant guitar drops instead of a crystal ball—this is Memphis—and fireworks explode overhead, announcing the new year. Note that to join the NYE party on Beale, you’ll need to be at least 21. And for the best view of the Hard Rock Guitar Drop, look into general admission and VIP ticket options. 

Overton Square New Year’s Bash

By day, pretty-as-a-picture Overton Square is where you take the kids for pizza or burgers, load up on candy at Sweet Noshings and play cornhole in the courtyard. Where you shop clothing boutiques and snap selfies with public art. By night, the scene shifts: couples and friends take over restaurant patios, sharing tapas and drinks. Live music pours out of Lafayette’s Music Room and Zebra Lounge. This is the vibe come New Year’s Eve, when you can catch Memphis musicians in concert and the countdown craze outside, then take the party inside the Square’s restaurants, bars and music venues.  

Party at The Peabody Memphis

The Peabody has held a solid place in Memphis’ social scene for decades (check back in summer for info on the hotel’s sultry rooftop parties). On New Year’s Eve, the lobby and mezzanine will fill with revelers dancing to live R&B and pop, plus DJ sets. Your best bet? Dress up and do dinner at one of the hotel’s restaurants first: reserve a table for New Year’s Eve Dinner at posh Chez Philippe or its more casual counterpart, Capriccio Grill, and your party admission is included. Note that New Year’s Eve events at The Peabody Memphis are 21-and-up.

New Year’s at Noon, Children’s Museum of Memphis

Traveling with kids, the Children’s Museum of Memphis is the one place you don’t want to pass unless you’re prepared to stop. The building and its surrounding playground, vintage carousel and seasonal splashground are painted with what seems to be every color in the crayon box. Inside, kids climb on a real firetruck, sit in the cockpit of an actual FedEx plane, shop in a miniaturized grocery store . . . and on December 29, they get their very own New Year’s Eve-style celebration. There will be costumed characters from movies they love. A dance party, with a DJ, in the museum’s ballroom. Themed crafts. And a balloon drop and goody toss at 12 noon—all included with general admission. 

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Fun Things to do With Kids on New Year’s Eve

by Melissa Thompson

The holiday rush is winding down and there is one more big celebration on the horizon…New Year’s Eve.  If you plan to stay home with your kids (where it will be safe and warm) this year, here are some fun activities you can do with them to make the night special:

  • - Take a hike before dark.  If it’s nice outside (and not too cold) it will be good to get outside and burn off some energy.  If your little ones want to stay up to ring in the new year (and you’re ok with that) taking a long walk early in the day may tire them out enough to take a short nap so that they can stay up for the festivities.
  • - Create a sparkling Mocktail for you and your kids to enjoy.  Don’t trust them with your crystal champagne glasses?  Buy some plastic ones for the occasion.  Have everyone give their own toast to the new year by telling one thing they will remember about 2018 and one thing they are looking forward to in 2019.
  • - If your littles are too young to stay up until midnight, let them have their own special countdown earlier in the night.  They can ring in the new year with 14 Family Friendly Countdowns on Netflix.
  • - Set up a photo booth.  Just because you aren’t going out to a fancy party doesn’t mean you can’t get dressed up, right?  Put on your favorite party outfits and set up an area with some fun DIY New Year's Eve Photo Booth Props and take some great photos to commemorate the night!
  • - Have a dance party!  Make a play list of your family’s favorite songs and boogie the night away! 
  • - Enjoy a family game night.  Lots of families are so busy throughout the year that they rarely get the opportunity to just spend time together enjoying games.  Take advantage of New Year’s Eve and spend some quality time playing games with your kids.
  • - Have a pajama party.  There’s nothing more cozy than a night spent in your favorite comfy pajamas!  Build a fort in the family room and let the kids sleep in sleeping bags on the floor. 

Whatever you end up doing with your kids on New Year’s Eve this year, I hope you have a safe and happy one!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #46: New Years Eve Family Events 2017

by Melissa Thompson

Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate the end of 2016 and the start of 2017? Here are some fun options!


Saturday, December 31st

New Year’s at Noon: Superhero Spectacular
10am-1pm or 2-4pm
Calling all crime fighting Children and their grown-up sidekicks to CMOM. Suit up in your favorite superhero costume, discover hidden powers and celebrate the New Year with the world’s coolest heroes! Before the clock strikes the New Year, pose for keepsake photos and enjoy superhero face painting, crafts, music, strolling magic, juggling, stilt walkers, aerialists, and balloon art. The countdown is celebrated with a balloon and goody toss! Because this event is an annual tradition and very popular, please make your reservations now by clicking the link below. Members are free and non-members are $15 each and includes a museum visit. All sales final – tickets are non-refundable!

Noon Years Party
Kid’s Play, Germantown
Plan on joining us for a morning full of fun, faux champagne and snacks on the house! This event is complete with festive SWAG for all and an epic countdown to noon. No reservation needed.

Main Even New Years
11am open, mega balloon drop at 1:30pm, hundreds of prizes.
Complimentary champaigne toast and party favors from 5pm-close

Kids’ NOON Year’s Eve Party
Discovery Park of America, Union City
It’s time to celebrate the new year at Discovery Park! All children 12 and younger are invited to the Kids’ Noon Year’s Eve celebration at 11 AM in Dino Hall! There will be snacks, crafts, music and more! Then, countdown to NOON and celebrate! This is a free event with your annual membership or general admission!

New Year’s Eve Skating Party
Cordova Skate Center
Open (roller) skate from noon-6pm and 7pm-2am

Quiet New Years Eve Party 
Hope Church
A sensory-friendly Disney/Star Wars themed party organized by Autism Resources of the MidSouth. Games and food, costumes are optional. Characters from the 501st Mid-South Garrison, and Cause Play Memphis will be there. RSVP to

Roll In The New Year
Billy Hardwick’s Bowling
Unlimited games, 1 large pizza & soda: 2 – 5pm $55/lane, 6 – 9pm $65/lane, 10pm – 1am $75/lane

Family Party
Andy B’s Bowling, Bartlett

New Year’s Eve on the Track
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
If you’re ready to leave 2016 in the rear-view mirror, then come race into 2017 with us at Autobahn Indoor Speedway. Open from 9 am to 6 pm, our karts will be zipping by at speeds up to 50 mph for you, your friends and your family to enjoy. Plus, we’ll be giving the 3 racers with the fastest average lap time free races! The fastest racer of the day will win an 8-Race Pack. The second fastest racer of the day will win a 3-Race Pack. The third fastest racer of the day will win 1 Free Race. Stop by for some fast and friendly competition before the big night!

Family Friendly New Years Eve Party
Incredible Pizza
All-you-can-eat buffet, unlimited drinks, $20 game card, souvenir cup for $20.17/person. Game room closes at 10pm.

Kid’s New Years Eve Party
Trolley Stop Market
We’ll have pizza specials, kids crafts, kids movies, dancing, sweet treats, and a balloon drop at 8:30pm!
We are asking folks to make a reservation! Call today 901-526-1361

New Year’s Eve Skate
Mid-South Ice House, Southaven
Special Holiday Public Skate: New Year’s Eve Skate! First 100 skaters receive free Glow Sticks! Admission $9, skate rental $3.

Sunday, January 1st

Door Dash on New Year’s Day!
Autobahn Indoor Speedway
Are you excited for 2017? Then start celebrating as fast as you can by visiting us on January 1st. From t-shirts to free races, we’re giving away a variety of prizes to the first 25 people through our doors. The fun doesn’t stop there, from 10 am to 10 pm our tracks will be open to the edge-of-your-seat racing you can only experience at Autobahn. Bring friends, family, whoever, just make sure you bring your A-game. Because this year—we’re faster than ever.

New Year’s Even Skate
Mid-South Ice House, Southaven
Polar Bear Skate 1:30-4pm
Stick-and-Puck 4:15-7pm
Holiday Public Skating 7:15-9:15pm: Enjoy ice skating inside our Holiday-decorated facility, listening to Holiday music.

First Day Hike
Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park, Millington
Join Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park on a hike to kick off 2017! The hike will be led by Ranger Samantha Cox, who will cover some park history, native flora and fauna, forest ecology, and other topics of interest. We will hike 2 miles on the paved Bike Trail, the easiest, flat section, to the mid-point where we will convene at the Woodland Shelter with hot cocoa and apple cider, S’Mores, and meet some Birds of Prey (have your picture taken with a hawk or owl). We will pick up litter on the way to help do our part in keeping our trails beautiful; trash bags will be provided, bringing gloves is suggested. Children under age 15 with litter in their bag get a prize! We have to LOOK for litter out here! Free



101 Things To Do In Memphis #43: New Year’s Eve Celebration on Beale

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Start your New Year off right at the biggest party in Memphis! World-famous Beale Street, home of the blues, and birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, offers live music, dancing, fireworks, great food and drinks, plus thousands of your closest friends to help ring in the New Year!

Thirteen bands will be rocking the stage at Handy Park, plus music and food and drink specials in the bars and nightclubs covering three blocks. Just before midnight, enjoy the 10-ft Gibson guitar drop from the Hard Rock Café and fireworks show!

One of the day’s earlier events features the invitation to Bury Your Blues, whereby locals and visitors are asked to bring any of their “blues” and throw them into an open coffin on Beale Street. This unique aspect reflects the “making a new start” in the New Year.

The Beale Street Merchants Association has seen crowds of up to 50,000 people in past years! This is a family friendly event, however for visitors under 21 adult supervision is required for certain time frames. Visit their website for more information.

Say goodbye to 2014 and welcome 2015 on Beale Street this New Year’s Eve! 

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Memphis New Years Eve 2012 Events

by Melissa Hayes Blume

Memphis New Years Eve 2012 Events 

Genesis Club Memphis - 5367 Knight Arnold Road, Memphis TN
Liberty Bowl Stadium - 335 South Hollywood Street, Memphis TN
Boondocks Bar and Gril - 11555 Old Baxter Rd, Memphis TN
Leominster Elks Club - 134 N. Main St, Memphis TN
Scooters Biker Bar - 151 June Bug Rd, Memphis TN
Discretions Memphis - 3035 Directors Row Bld. E, Memphis TN
Dec 31, 2011 8:00 PM
The Peabody Hotel is hosting this dazzling New Year's Eve celebration with live music from FreeSol and The Bo-Keys, balloon drop at midnight, and more!
Dec 31, 2011 8:30 PM
Head to Harvey's South Street Comedy Club and ring in the New Year with a ton of laughter and fun. Comedian, Cousin Ricky will perform alongside some great live music and more.
December 31, 2011
2nd Street to 4th Street, Memphis, TN 38103 Tel: 901-529-0999
Post Liberty Bowl Party continues with live music in Handy Park. "Bury the Blues" and Hard Rock's guitar drop at midnight is not to be missed.
December 31, 2011 - January 01, 2012
143 Beale Street, Memphis, TN 38103 Tel: 901-524-5464
Lisa G & Flic's Pic's Band 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Will Tucker Band 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. B.B. King All Stars 10 p.m. - 3 a.m.
December 31, 2011
50 Harbor Town Square, Memphis, TN 38103 Tel: 901-726-5128
Join the New Year's Eve Gala at Paulette's. Visit or call 901-260-3300 for more information.

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