Good morning, friends! It's our last Daily Plan-It of the year! Does everyone have a New Year's resolution? Got your black-eyed peas and cabbage to cook tomorrow? Champagne to pop open at midnight? Pots ready to bang (supposedly keeps away the evil spirits)? Great. Let's get on with your New Year's Eve plans. If you can't find something to do today, it's your own fault.
Grab some coffee and head over to the Birdhouse when it opens at 10 a.m. to check out the "Topic-Graphical Maps" exhibit of 1960's topographical maps of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Monongahela National Forest. No admission charge, map nerds!
Workin' today? Grab your lunch and head to the visitor center at noon for some free entertainment. Kent Bilbrey and Terry Philips will play at WDVX's Blue Plate Special with Devin Jones and the Uptown Stomp.
The City of Knoxville's New Year's Eve festivities start at 1 p.m. on Market Square with a little euro-bungee. (Check out this Google image search of what that is, exactly) There will also be plenty of food and face painting at the Square. It's also the last week to go ice skating on the rink--why not get to it tonight? It's open till midnight.
After dinner is the Dirty Guv'nahs show at the Tennessee Theatre at 8 p.m. You can still buy tickets here--they're $32.
Asheville-based fiddler Jamie Laval will be at Boyd's Jig and Reel tonight at 9 p.m. to put on a Celtic New Year's Eve show. It's free to check him out (18+ only).
Taking a nap before the evening's festivities? You can catch the Royal Bangs with the Mutations, Marina Orchestra, Fine Peduncle, and Big Bad Oven, who are all playing at the Fireproof Storage Building tonight at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10.
Back at Market Square, WBIR's Erin Donovan will host the countdown to 2013 starting at 11:30. Counting starts at 11:59, followed by fireworks and a rendition of that old classic "Auld Lang Syne." Sing pretty!