The Great Smoky Mountains are a fabulous place to be during the holiday season. All of the sights, sounds and smells you associate with a Southern Thanksgiving and Christmas are here in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Local restaurants feature seasonal dishes such as turkey and dressing, cornbread, ham and pumpkin pie. Area attractions are decorated with pumpkins, snowflakes, Santa Claus figures and holly berries. Shops smell of cinnamon and spice, and carolers fill the air with beautiful music. It is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.
From November 7th to February 28th, Gatlinburg will have its Winter Magic celebration. Millions of LED lights will brighten the city as people eat, play and shop. Since its inception in 1989, the Winter Magic lights display has become increasingly popular with guests and locals. Now, Gatlinburg has improved upon this already great event by converting all the previous 5-watt incandescent bulbs to LED (light emitting diode) bulbs. The $1.6 million display is both beautiful and energy efficient. The new displays have saved the city 95 percent in energy costs; Gatlinburg can now light the city for 120 days for what it used to cost for 3 days of electricity.
Displays feature animals indigenous to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park – deer, bears, foxes, squirrels and rabbits – along with branches, scrolls, snowmen, snowflakes, Christmas trees, fountains, children from around the world, a rocking horse and more. Some displays are timeless favorites, while others are new to this year’s Winter Magic celebration. New displays are also featured along Highway 321.
If you’re looking for the quintessential Southern Christmas, the Gatlinburg Winter Magic display is a great way to celebrate it. Walk, ride or drive and take in the sparkling lights throughout the city.