There is no greater time to be in Gatlinburg than Christmas time! Christmases curled up by a roaring fire, inside a rustic cabin, surrounded by family while listening to Granddaddy read the Christmas story are some of my greatest Christmas memories. Not to mention there is always a chance for a white Christmas! For the days that surround that special day, there are many Christmas Spirit bolstering activities to be found in Gatlinburg.
Trolley Ride of Lights: Now through January 30, there is a new ride in downtown Gatlinburg. This is a guided trolley ride of the beautiful Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. The tours begin at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. every night except December 3, 24, 25, and 31. Trolley Ride of Lights departs from Mass Transit/Trolley Center at Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza.
Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade: On December 3, Kris Kringle will be making a special appearance in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! The red haired star of the 1970’s classic animated holiday TV special will be coming to Tennessee via ICE!! His side-kick Topper the Penguin will be riding with him through downtown Gatlinburg, starting at 7:30. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town will be brought to life by expert ice sculptors in two million pounds of ice.
The Oscar-Meyer Weiner mobile will also be in this year’s parade. This year’s parade has marching bands and giant helium balloons!
Santa’s Autograph Party: Santa Claus loves Gatlinburg so much, that he has agreed to hold a very special event for the children this year! Do not miss Santa’s Autograph Party!! This great party begins at 6p.m. at the Riverbend Mall on December 3. This is a main viewing area for the parade, so you will already be in position for Gatlinburg’s Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade.
Christmas on Ice: If you are fortunate enough to be in Gatlinburg on December 4-5, Ober Gatlinburg has a wonderful treat for you. Local skaters will be displaying their talents on ice in a two-day performance at Ober Gatlinburg’s Ice Arena. Come enjoy the spirit of Christmas and the sounds of holiday music, and best of all, it’s FREE!
Come enjoy the holiday season with those you love most in Gatlinburg, Tennessee!