Gatlinburg Christmas Parade – Fantasy of Lights

This Friday, December 3, is the 35th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade in downtown Gatlinburg. Not only has the Gatlinburg parade been recognized by the International Festival and Events Association as one of the very best, it’s also designated a Top 20 event by Southeast Tourism Society.

Kris Kringle (aka Santa Claus), the red haired star of the 1970’s children’s classic animated holiday TV special will be serving as the Grand Marshal. Along with his side-kick Topper the Penguin, Santa’s Autograph Party begins traffic light #3 near the Riverbend Mall at 6 p.m. The Parade starts at traffic light #1A on Hwy. 321 at 7:30 p.m. and will travel the Parkway through downtown to its conclusion at light #10.

Be sure to bundle up and take along your thermos of hot chocolate! Our Parade will last approximately 1.5 hours and feature marching bands from across the southeast, huge helium balloons, the Winter Magic Tunes & Tales cast of Christmas carolers, lots of Santa’s and traditional parade favorites — over 100 entrants in all!

Not enough parade for ya? Then get up early on Saturday and head to Sevierville for their 48th Annual Christmas Parade! This is a traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of Santa Claus! Parade begins at 11 a.m. and can best be seen from Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue in historic downtown Sevierville TN.

Continue to enjoy the holiday spirit in Gatlinburg where doors are open for holiday shopping and Smoky Mountain souvenirs at the Gatlinburg Holiday Craft Show in the Gatlinburg Convention Center. You can also take in Winter Magic Tunes & Tales from 5 – 9 p.m. along the Parkway, a Trolley Ride of Lights with three departures beginning at 6:30 p.m., or Christmas On Ice at Ober Gatlinburg where local talents skate to the sounds of holiday music.

We hope you’ll join us for a fun-filled weekend in the Smokies!

Gatlinburg Winter Magic & Chili Cookoff

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff

Magical Lights

Creekside Motel Rooms with 2 Queen Beds for only $49 per night plus tax, Sunday-Thursday, and this includes Wednesday’s Winterfest Kickoff!

November 10 is the date of this year’s Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and concurrent Chili Cookoff.   This event has been aptly named one of winter’s “Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society.  We are going to gather between lights #6 & #8 on the Parkway (near Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies) from 5-8 p.m. for live entertainment, lot’s of warm chili from newcomers and ‘chili’ vets, and the much anticipated turning on of millions of lights that transforms Gatlinburg into a spectacular winter wonderland!

More than 20 businesses and organizations will be cooking up “mild to fired” chili and vying for your vote!  Purchase a ticket to receive a spoon and a ballot and sample to your heart’s content.   Then, can cast your vote for the People’s Choice award, and category awards including best apron design, booth presentation and unique chili name.

Smoky Mountain Winterfest in Gatlinburg TN

Over 3 Million Lights!

Live entertainment will be provided at the main stage along with additional venues along the way.   Showcasing their talents will be The GrassabilliesSteve Brown and Hurricane RidgeThe Holloway Sisters & Outta the Blue, andBoogertown Gap.   Street Magic and Belly Dancers too!   Once the lights the come on, you can hop aboard the Trolley Ride of Lights to see all the holiday displays around town.

We are currently offering great rates for Creekside Motel rooms or Stay 2 Nights, Receive a 3rd Night Half OFF any accommodations.  Make your reservations request here and come see the lights in Gatlinburg!

Celebrate Halloween in Gatlinburg TN!

Trick or Treat in Gatlinburg TN at the Halloween Carnival

Gobblins and Ghosts Welcome!

I doubt many people think “Trick or Treat” while on vacation, but this is one event in Gatlinburg worth planning a trip around.  We celebrate BIG!

The City of Gatlinburg will be hosting a Kickoff Carnival at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza beginning at noon on October 31.  The carnival will feature costume contests, candy, all day inflatable fun for $1 in a bounce house, dancing to Thriller and other Halloween tunes, and even more candy.   Your kids will get to see some of our area’s favorite characters too including Sharky, Zeno the Bear, Diamond and Slugger, and Bubba Gump’s Shrimp Louie.  It will be a whole load of fun for the entire family!

The carnival ends at 3 p.m., just in time to grab a bite at one of several local restaurants up and down Parkway so that your little creatures can fuel up for Trick or Treat!  Businesses along the strip will be handing out goodies and treats beginning around 5:30-6 p.m.   It’s so much fun that you’ll want to come back year after year to see the leaves turn AND watch your kids gather their loot.  Don’t forget your camera!

Dollywood Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration

Dollywood Theme Park Attraction in Pigeon Forge TN

Now through October 30

It’s harvest time in the Smokies! Now through October 30, you can experience the celebration at Dollywood with over 300 Southern Gospel concerts and talented craftspeople demonstrating their skills.  New this year are banjo making, chainsaw carving, canjos, and Old World St. Nicks among others.

Dollywood offers 4 full weeks of free gospel music throughout the park that will lift you up and renew your spirit! A new stage has been added at the Back Porch Theater to increase the number of daily performances. This schedule includes performance dates for artists including Guy Penrod, The Kingdom Heirs, The Nelsons, and many, many more!

In addition to traditional fall decorations and beautiful music, you’ll also get a little taste of autumn when dining at various Dollywood restaurants. You simply can’t leave the park without trying the Fried Green Tomatoes!

Purchase your Dollywood Theme Park tickets right at our front desk. You’ll get 2 full days for the price of 1 that can be used any time within a 7-day period. Hope to see you soon!

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