If you’ve been keeping up with what’s going on in Gatlinburg through our blog, then you know that the city’s calendar is packed, particularly during the winter holidays. If you’re spending some time in the Great Smoky Mountains this holiday season, here are a few events during December that you won’t want to miss:
- Winter Magic Tunes and Tales – From 5 pm to 9 pm on December 3rd, 9th and 10th, and 16th and 17th, the city of Gatlinburg will be giving visitors and locals a classic Christmas experience. Directed by Deborah Hicks, carolers (most being members of the Walter State Community College chorus) dressed in Dickens era costume will warm the hearts of those strolling the Parkway. Gatlinburg Pittman High School’s barber shop quartet will also join the festivities this year. The entertainment is free, the city will be sparkling with thousands of the Winter Magic lights, and Zeno the the Gatlinburg Bear will be making an appearance. This will certainly be a magical time to walk the streets of Gatlinburg.
- Trolley Ride of Lights – There is no better or more comfortable way to view the amazing lights display of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic than on the Trolley Ride of Lights. The ride begins at Traffic Light #5, and continues through downtown Gatlinburg and along Highway 321. Trips embark nightly at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm, excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks – This event is going to send the year 2011 off in style. This 24th annual event will happen at the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail, at the base of the Space Needle. Mr. Tablecloth will be providing party favors, a DJ will be entertaining the crowd, and the ball drop will be followed by an amazing fireworks show, which will be choreographed to music. Best of all, it’s free, so make your plans for an awesome New Year’s Eve with family and friends in Gatlinburg this year. Go to www.gatlinburg.com or call the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at 865-436-4178 for more information.
- Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas – Dollywood is a great place for families year round, but during the month of December, it becomes even more magical. Four million Christmas lights blanket the park, and Santa’s elves can be caught busying themselves in his workshop. Entertainment includes The Polar Express 4-D experience, Dollywood’s Christmas on Ice, Christmas in the Smokies, Parade of Lights and more. Visit www.dollywood.com for more information.
- Winterfest – This is Gatlinburg’s largest winter event, because it encompasses so many other activities in the city. Millions of LED lights are on display, including those shaped like black bears, Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and candy canes. Although there will be caroling, parades, Christmas crafts, and amazing shopping, the display of lights is an event all itself!