Christmas time in Gatlinburg, TN is like no other. From November to January, millions of energy efficient LED lights create a magical feel among the streets of Gatlinburg. Nearly all the local businesses take part in celebrating the Christmas season. Christmas displays, including lights and trees, can be found throughout the city offering a variety of colorful and eye-catching creations. Christmas light can be found adorning main street from Sevierville, TN all the way to Gatlinburg, with the most unique being found in Pigeon Forge.
Here are just a few different ways to enjoy Christmas in the Smoky Mountains.
Trolley rides – We have several different trolleys that will take you to different locations all over Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. During Winterfest, from November – January, you can ride the Trolley of Lights for $5 and take in all the sights of Christmas while resting your feet.
DollyWood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas – From the rides and attractions and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures every essence of the holidays while celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.
Sevierville’s Winterfest kickoff – Experience the magic of illuminations a whole entire town with thousands of sparkling lights at Sevierville’s annual Winterfest Kick-Off in downtown Sevierville. Enjoy free food, entertainment and fireworks at this fun filled family event.
Fantasy of Lights Parade – The parade excitement for young and old includes more than 100 parade entries, over a dozen marching bands from Tennessee and surrounding states, giant helium balloons, and of course Santa and Mrs. Clause! The parade begins at traffic light 1A on 321 and ends about 1 and a half hours later at traffic light 10.
Winter Magic Tunes and Tales – Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales program is live on the Gatlinburg parkway every Friday and Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Groups of Dickens style holiday carolers dressed in traditional Victorian era costumes will appear from 5pm-9pm. Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear will be delaying hibernation this year to make occasional appearances and greet holiday visitors on the streets as well.