Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; inside a warm cabin in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains! If ever there were a perfect winter vacation destination it would be Gatlinburg Tennessee! Our small town of 4,000 comes alive with the Christmas Spirit! Downtown Gatlinburg twinkles with thousands of lights like a lone star fallen on a snowy mountain. Our annual ‘Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade’ draws over 75,000 visitors, and took home 2nd place in the Kaleidoscope Awards competition during the Southeast Festivals and Events Conference.
Walking through the beautiful downtown streets you will find treasures in the small old-world style Village Shops. Many of the local favorites sell things you just can’t find anywhere else. From the handmade stained glass products at ‘Glass Illusions’ to the ‘Cliff Dwellers Gallery’ featuring local art and fine crafts from over 50 local artists; no shopping trip here is complete without visiting the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, featuring 36+ shops each with a very unique theme.
Whether you live to shop or shop to live there are lifelong memories waiting to be made this Christmas season. This year’s festivities start with the ‘Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cook-off’ on November 10th, winter will officially begin with the turning on of over 3 million Christmas lights! Plan your shopping getaway between November 26th and December 18th to enjoy the ‘Gatlinburg Winter Magic Tunes and Tales’ where performers will set up all over the city and take their show to the streets!
From the sights to the lights, from the haste to the tastes, our city offers something new and exciting this winter! Take a step away from the ordinary and come experience the extraordinary city of Gatlinburg at its best!
Glass Illusions – 170 Glades Road Suite 2 (865) 436-5882
Cliff Dwellers Gallery – 668 Glades Road (865) 436-6921
Mountain Mall – 611 Parkway Suite F15 (865) 436-5935