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Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride Of Lights 6:30 pm
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride Of Lights @ Downtown Gatlinburg
Nov 8 @ 6:30 pm – Jan 31 @ 8:30 pm
Visitors can soak up the spirit of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an injection of bright displays as well. Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and allowing the City to light the entire 120 days of the program for what it once cost for three days of electricity. Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over[...]
Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales 5:00 pm
Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales @ Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
Nov 24 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 16 @ 9:30 pm
What could make strolls along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg even more magical this winter? How about costumed carolers singing the songs of the season and telling the stories of the mountains as you go? Winter Magic Tunes and Tales brings a touch of whimsy and holiday cheer to the streets of Gatlinburg through Thanksgiving and Christmas. Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24-25 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on December 1-2, 8-9, and 15-16. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights….making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!
Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show @ Gatlinburg Convention Center
Nov 27 – Dec 3 all-day
Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
Movies At Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14
Movies At Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14 @ Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14
Dec 1 – Dec 7 all-day
Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14 Cinema is the premier luxury theater in Sevier county. Amenities include Dolby 7.1 audio, luxury seating featuring leather recliners, and large format presentations in the 40,000 watt SXS auditoriums. Bring your friends and family for a movie night to see the best blockbusters out today.
Yama-Con 2017 @ LeConte Center
Dec 1 – Dec 3 all-day
Yama-Con is coming to Pigeon Forge! This convention focuses on Anime and the Japanese culture, but will also feature other events that are related to video games, cards, board games, comics and more. Registration fees range from $25-$75 and can be completed online at www.yamacon.org. Come celebrate everything nerdy, geeky and otaku!
Festival of Christmas Past 9:30 am
Festival of Christmas Past @ Sugarlands Visitor Center
Dec 1 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Celebrate an old-time Christmas at the Festival of Christmas Past at Sugarlands Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park! Complete with music, harp singing, story-telling, craft demonstrations, and reminiscing about how Christmas used to be for residents of the mountains. There will also be special activities for the kids as well as craft demonstrations like quilting, basket making, and old-fashioned toy-making. This unique Christmas event traces its roots back to Gatlinburg’s earliest days and demonstrates a traditional Smoky Mountain Christmas. Learn about the history of Christmas in the Smokies at the Festival of Christmas Past!
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade 2017 7:30 pm
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade 2017 @ Gatlinburg
Dec 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The award winning 42nd Annual Christmas Fantasy of Lights Parade will step off at 7:30pm on Friday, December 1, 2017.
Breakfast or Brunch with Santa 6:30 am
Breakfast or Brunch with Santa @ Old Mill Square
Dec 2 @ 6:30 am – 1:15 pm
Sevierville’s 55th Annual Christmas Parade 11:00 am
Sevierville’s 55th Annual Christmas Parade @ Downtown Sevierville
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Viewing Christmas parade with friends and family is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit!
Bluegrass Christmas In The Smokies 2017
Bluegrass Christmas In The Smokies 2017 @ Smoky Mountain Convention Center
Dec 6 – Dec 9 all-day
Every year hundreds of fans pour into the Smoky Mountain Convention Center to come to the Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival. While the bluegrass festival is enough fun for anyone, there is so much more to offer in Pigeon Forge! The festival is held in the heart of Pigeon Forge on Parkway. The whole city is decorated for Christmas and sparkles everywhere you go at night. There is lots of shopping, food, and fun in Pigeon Forge. Come join us this year at the festival!
Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival 2017
Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival 2017 @ Smoky Mountain Convention Center
Dec 6 – Dec 9 all-day
Great Smoky Mountain Nationals 2017 7:00 am
Great Smoky Mountain Nationals 2017 @ LeConte Center
Dec 9 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 pm
Eastern Cheer & Dance brings you the hottest competition of the winter with the Great Smoky Mountain Nationals. Teams from all over will bring their best to compete and showcase their talent.
Santa Hustle Smokies 5k & Half Marathon 7:00 am
Santa Hustle Smokies 5k & Half Marathon @ Wilderness at the Smokies Resort and Waterpark
Dec 10 @ 7:00 am – Dec 1 @ 10:43 am
It’s not just a race. It’s a magical experience. Come join the Santa Hustle magic on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at The Wilderness Resort. The 5K run/walk will begin and end at The Wilderness at the Smokies Resort and Waterpark at 7:30 am. Participants will receive a Santa hat and beard with this limited time discounted registration, along with a lightweight performance hoodie. Cookie and candy stations, along with holiday music and cheer, will fill the course along Sevierville’s historic resort. Attendees are invited to an after party at the Wilderness, outside in a large heated tent for a full awards presentation. Awards and customized Santa Hustle medals will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each age group Entry Fees 5k Run/Walk $40: Until Nov 25 $45: Nov 26 – Dec 9 $50: Packet Pickup & Race Day Half Marathon $60: Until Nov 25 $65: Nov 26 – Dec 9 $70: Packet Pickup & Race Day Kids Races (12 & under) $5: 100-Yard Santa Sprint $10: 1-Mile Rudolph Run
Strength To Stand Bible Conference
Strength To Stand Bible Conference @ LeConte Center
Dec 28 – Dec 30 all-day
The Strength to Stand Student Bible Conferences are designed to offer a well-balanced, intense conference that will challenge your students to go beyond the surface of casual Christianity.
New Year’s Eve At The Smoky Mountain Opry 8:00 pm
New Year’s Eve At The Smoky Mountain Opry @ Smoky Mountain Opry
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm – Dec 1 @ 10:50 am
Why not start the new year off seeing an award winning variety show, watching the ball drop from NYC Times Square and dancing to a live band at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.? The 2017 New Year’s Eve party at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will start with the show “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. The holiday show features singers, dancers, ice skaters, aerialists, magicians and comedians. It has many special effects including laser lights and pyrotechnics and a live show band. The theater will feature big screens inside the theater broadcasting the live feed ball drop in NYC Times Square. Also the party will include the area’s biggest midnight balloon drop and an after party in the theater. After the ball drop there will be a chance for guests to meet and greet the cast of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show and dance with the live show band on the Opry stage.
New Year’s Eve 2017 Ball Drop & Fireworks Show 8:00 pm
New Year’s Eve 2017 Ball Drop & Fireworks Show @ Gatlinburg
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm – Jan 1 @ 1:15 am
Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2018 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Sunday night, December 31.
New Years Celebration At The Island 10:00 pm
New Years Celebration At The Island @ Ths Island
Dec 31 @ 10:00 pm – Jan 1 @ 12:30 am