Introduction:The breathtaking Smoky Mountains form a panoramic backdrop for the bustling town of Gatlinburg, TN. While there's always a lot to do there, the town really comes alive at Christmas, with many concerts, festivals, and special events for visitors of all ages.
An award-winning Christmas spectacular, the Smoky Mountain Christmas runs from Nov. 9, 2013 through Jan. 4, 2014. Four million holiday lights dazzle visitors as they enjoy special holiday shows, including a performance of "A Christmas Carol."
From the comfort of specially designated trolleys, visitors enjoy the lights and decorations of downtown Gatlinburg and adjacent HWY 231. Trolleys run every evening at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30.
Every Friday and Saturday evening between Thanksgiving & Christmas Eve, the Parkway comes alive with carolers, storytellers, and musicians. Most performances begin at 5pm and the closing performance each evening begins at 8:45pm.
More than 75,000 spectators line the streets of Gatlinburg for the annual Christmas Parade each year. The spectacular event includes more than 100 entries, including helium balloons, floats, and marching bands from Tennessee and surrounding states.
Toast the end of the Christmas holiday season on December 31. Crowds enjoy an evening of music and fun that culminates in a ball drop from the Gatlinburg Space Needle at the stroke of midnight. The show continues by more music and a fireworks show.
There's still time to enjoy the magic of Gatlinburg at Christmas! The town offers numerous lodging options including cabin rentals, hotels, B&Bs, and campgrounds.
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