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Ringing in the New Year

Great options to open 2013

Chattanooga may not have Ryan Seacrest, but that doesn’t mean we can’t ring in 2013 with flair. From Atlanta to Nashville to our very own Scenic City, the south’s biggest New Year’s Eve festivities don’t disappoint. Whether you want to try out your new cowboy hat, get a taste of an Atlanta peach or keep it close to home, here’s the skinny on what will go down on New Year’s Eve within 150 miles:

Get 2013 on track (Chattanooga)

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Here Come the Mummies will perform live at Track 29 on New Year's Eve

If you can’t imagine welcoming the New Year anywhere but in our very own Scenic City, stay in town! Between the Chattanooga Choo Choo’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve party and a performance by Here Come the Mummies at Track 29, there is plenty to celebrate right here in Chattanooga.

To join the celebration in the Choo Choo’s Imperial Ballroom and jam with local band The Beaters, tickets are $40 each and can be purchased now up until three hours before the event. The doors open with the Beaters taking the stage at 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, and dancing, drinking and general merriment will follow.

Visit www.eventbririte.com for more information and to buy tickets to Chattanooga Choo Choo's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

The “boys in bandages” will also be gracing the stage of Track 29 on the eve of 2013, allowing fellow rockers to wrap up the New Year in the best way possible. Here Come the Mummies is an ever-popular addition to the Chattanooga scene with their gruesome appearance that seems to heighten their musical ability. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9. Tickets cost $30 in advance and $35 at the door. With the purchase of a VIP ticket, partiers get a Here Come the Mummies loaded gift bag, a champagne toast to ring in the New Year and access to the private balcony upstairs viewing area.

For more information or to buy tickets to Track 29's New Year's Eve party, check out http://track29.co/event/ring-new-year-here-come-mummies-track-29.

New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway (Nashville)

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Denver-based rock band The Fray will be headlining New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway in Nashville this year.

Strap on your cowboy boots (we know you have some) and let the “music call you home” to Nashville where the massive Bash on Broadway will take place in the heart of downtown on New Year’s Eve. This year, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting this free party with headliners The Fray, Sixpence None the Richer, Love and Theft, and Striking Matches, starting at 7 p.m. Last year, 55,000 people showed up to party at the bash and ring in the New Year with a touch of twang, and this year only promises to be bigger and better. After the live concert, stick around to count down the New Year as the 15-foot-tall red music note, aka the “Note Drop,” descends 115 feet, setting off an impressive firework display and confetti cannons.

Find out more and plan your stay by visiting www.visitmusiccity.com/Newyearseve/NYE_eventdetails.

Annual Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta

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Ring in the New Year at Atlanta's 24th-annual Peach Drop.

Find out what’s hot in Atlanta by ringing in the New Year with the ATL at the 24th annual Peach Drop. Held at Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St., this free event is proclaimed to be the largest New Year’s Eve Celebration in the Southeast. The entire family can go early on Dec. 31 to take part in the kid-friendly activities beginning at 11 a.m. — including carnival rides, face painting, balloon artists, food and New Year’s Eve vendors — along with live music in Kenny’s Alley. Beginning at 6 p.m. on the main stage is the evening’s premiere live entertainment that will include Reign, Pato Margetic, Jimi Cravity, The Whiskey Gentry and Kansas. Finally, for the grand finale, the 800-pound, 8-foot tall and 8-foot wide peach will begin its descent, counting down the seconds until 2013. Join the 100,000-plus New Year’s enthusiasts — the party promises to be just peachy!

For more information visit www.peachdrop.com.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2013

If you are not up for the high-energy parties around town, gather around your big screen with loved ones for a traditional New Year’s Eve favorite. Ryan Seacrest will uphold the famous “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” yet again as the nation watches another year pass by. This year’s party will include a two-hour tribute to host legend Dick Clark. The show is sure to include a variety of today’s hottest performers, and it has been confirmed on Seacrest’s website that Taylor Swift is a promised headliner.