The West Village will host a New Year’s Eve celebration. (Photo: Staff)

Chattanooga’s West Village will host a family-friendly New Year’s Eve festival.

Admission is free. Click here for more information. 

Beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 31 in the West Village (Chestnut Street between Eighth and Ninth streets), families can enjoy a street festival with face painting, music and entertainment. Local food trucks—including Chatter Box Café, California Smothered Burritos and Dem Boys—will be on-site, and neighborhood businesses such as Peet’s Coffee, Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt, Innside Restaurant and the new Alimentari will be open late.

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Guests can also enjoy a sneak peek of upcoming businesses such as Antibes, a clothing store, and Citron et Sel, a new taco and tequila bar.

As midnight approaches, a giant screen on the Westin’s mirrored surfaces will offer coverage of the Times Square celebration and ball drop. The screen will also show “a special laser light show” each hour leading up to midnight.

The “not-so-late ball drop” will be at 7:30 p.m. so young partygoers can enjoy the same excitement as the actual ball drop without having to stay up until midnight.

The West Village has been transforming into a “pedestrian-friendly neighborhood alive with shops, restaurants and a world-class hotel” over the past year, according to a news release.

“West Village offers a unique, European-style experience to Chattanooga,” Jay Raynor with DeFoor Brothers Development said in a prepared statement. “I hope this festival brings the community together. There’s a lot to celebrate and enjoy.”

Click here to read a previous Nooga.com article about the Westin.

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