Gatlinburg is mostly a tourist town, clinging to the smells of hot chocolate, fudge, and the history of panning for gold, and nearby indian reservations, and the bears who wander around nearby.
You can shop for mementos of the trip, people watch, or just enjoy all the touristy attractions – it seems as if Ripley’s museums own half the city!
Located in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is a small town in Tennessee. People come from all over the country to experience all that the town has to offer. The holiday season is the most exciting time of the year in Gatlinburg, as there are so many attractions to see.
The Great Smokey Mountains attract us by the millions. Why? It is our heritage, the roots of our ancestors. Yes, Gatlinburg, Dollywood, Pigeon Forge may have some tourist traps, but you can go any place in the world and run into tourist traps. My advice, take the road less traveled. You may find what your looking for. And please pack out what you take in, leave no trace…The Great Smokey Mountains
On December 2nd, the town will host the annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. The Parade begins at 7:30 p.m and is hosted by Ripley’s Entertainment.
Included in the parade is the world-renowned Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, marching bands and enormous helium balloons. There is a Santa’s Autograph Party, which takes place before the parade. It will really put you in the holiday spirit.
From November 9 to January 30, visitors can take the Trolley Ride of Lights. These guided trips leave at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 each night and advance reservations are available.
While you could walk or drive, Gatlinburg’s Trolley Ride of Lights is the perfect way to enjoy this beautiful display. You won’t have to bother with traffic and you’ll get around much more quickly and comfortably in the trolley. For only $5, you can enjoy a lovely ride through downtown Gatlinburg and along the adjacent Highway 321. Simply sit back, relax and watch the lights pass by…cabinsforyou.com
The tour consists of thousands of sparkling lights that will light up the night. The ride is 45 minutes long, and you can see the festive lights of Gatlinburg. In the exhibitions, you can expect to see animals, balloons, Christmas trees and much more.
The driver of the trolley will narrate the ride. The nights in Gatlinburg can get quite cold, so you should dress appropriately.
Chili is one of the best foods to eat during the fall, and Gatlinburg is home to an annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cook-off. The event takes place on November 9, and you can taste scrumptious homemade Chili and listen to the popular music of the Tams.
Other entertainment will also be provided. At the event, over 20 restaurants and other establishments and agencies will cook delicious cups of Chili. Awards will be distributed, and you will not leave hungry.
The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is located on an eight-mile loop at the northeast edge of Gatlinburg. And twice a year, the community comes into Gatlinburg for a big show. One of those times is quickly approaching…cabinconnection.com
On November 11, Gatlinburg will honor our veterans with a Veteran’s Day celebration. The city wants to thank the men and women who have sacrificed so much. Admission is free, and you will be able to hear keynote speakers as veterans are honored.
There will be patriotic music, a military flyover, an American Bald eagle production and much more. It is a great time for America to tell the veterans how much they are appreciated.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, you can attend the Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts show. You can see crafts, including jewelry, candles, candy and quilts. Various artists and craftsmen will show off their skills in this fun holiday event.
One of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit is Winter Magic Tunes and Tales. This Friday and Saturday night live program takes place from November 25-December 17.
You will see carolers dressed in costumes from the Victorian era. You can meet characters straight from “A Christmas Carol.” It is an entertaining evening.
You can end the year in style by watching the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve. Located at The Space Needle, the area will glow with red lights as you celebrate the beginning of a new year.
Prior to midnight, you will be entertained by a disc jockey, and party favors will be provided at the event. Following the ball drop, you can see a spectacular fireworks display that will astound you.
The Great Smokey Mountains is one of the best places to celebrate the spirit of the season. There are so many holiday activities to do in Gatlinburg, and it will be a memorable experience filled with holiday cheer.
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