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Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville — the city's 10th annual free New Year’s Eve celebration — is the place to be if you want to ring in the New Year with thousands of country and rock fans at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.

This year, Nashville will be featured in the “NBC’s New Year’s Eve” national live broadcast from Times Square. Keith Urban will host from Nashville, joining New York City hosts Carson Daly and Chrissy Teigen with Leslie Jones.

Urban will headline Music City Midnight for a third year, along with newly-added Brett Young, Peter Frampton, Judah & the Lion, Caitlyn Smith, Devon Gilfillian and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

What are the details?

The 90-minute live show from Times Square will include cut-ins from Nashville featuring Urban as both a host and performer throughout the broadcast.

Gates for the Nashville event will open at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31. Following performances and the raising of a 15-foot-tall red music note, the event will conclude with the Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display at midnight.

The “NBC New Year’s Eve” special airs 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. CT, breaking for local news and returning from 10:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. CT.

Can I watch Nashville's Music Note Drop at midnight on NBC?

Not this year. As per tradition, viewers will see those in New York City ring in the New Year in Times Square, which will aired at 11 p.m. in Nashville. Nashville’s Music Note Drop at the stroke of midnight will be streamed live at

What should I know about arriving at and leaving Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park?

Last year, 100,000 people attended Nashville's annual New Year's Eve bash. Streets surrounding the park are typically closed, but those wishing to take their own cars can find a list parking lots and garages here.

And if you'd rather participate in ride sharing or take public transportation, here's what to know.

However, new this year is Krystal’s Late Night Lyft initiative that provides free rides beginning at 9 p.m. New Year's Eve up until 4 a.m. Riders traveling within a 25-mile radius of downtown Nashville will receive a $15 credit.

“With 100,000 attendees expected yet again for New Year’s Eve in Nashville, I’m thankful that companies such as Lyft and Krystal are stepping up to provide a free, smart transportation option,” said Nashville Mayor David Briley. “I encourage all residents to make safe choices this holiday season.”

New Year’s Eve partygoers can reserve a free Lyft ride (up to $15 off) using the code "KRYSTALNYE."

Troopers have arrested 6,162 drivers for DUI, 87 in Davidson County so far this year compared to 7,492 drivers for DUI with 66 in Davidson County in 2017, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Dylan Skye Aycock is a Nashville-based journalist and photographer. As a reporter for Rover, Aycock follows transportation, housing and retail trends, as well as other hyperlocal and city-wide issues that affect residents in Green Hills and Belle Meade.

She previously contributed written and visual content to The Murfreesboro Pulse, American Songwriter Magazine and The Tennessean. Aycock earned a journalism degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she honed her craft as editor-in-chief of Sidelines, the university's student-run publication. When she's not out on assignment or live-tweeting city council meetings, you can find her discovering new local spots or catching a show at one of Nashville's many music venues.


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