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November 2017

Trolley Ride of Lights

November 8, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - January 6, 2018 @ 8:30 pm
Visit Gatlinburg, 811 E Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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Tickets are now on sale for Trolley Ride of Lights! Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic 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.

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Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Craft Show

November 21 @ 10:00 am - December 3 @ 5:00 pm
Visit Gatlinburg, 811 E Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry, unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth. Craft show hours: Weekdays – 10am – 5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm

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Festival of Trees

November 22 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 5:00 pm
Gatlinburg Convention Center, 920 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3324 United States
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The holiday season is rounding the corner and so is one of Gatlinburg’s most spirited events, the annual Festival of Trees. Presented by Gatlinburg Hospitality Solutions, the event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. For over 30 years, this free event has brought the joys of the season to visitors of all ages and will continue the tradition this year with even more exciting activities such as a children’s craft and play area, entertainment throughout the week, photos with Santa Claus and, of course, the exquisitely decorated Christmas trees and wreaths that will be available for purchase. The festivities will officially kickoff with Candy Canes & Cocktails Preview Party and Silent Auction Tuesday, November 21 at 6 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase silent auction items, beautifully decorated wreaths and swags, and bid on their favorite Christmas trees. This spectacular event is sure to be a night of fun and festivities with plenty of hors d'oeuvres and signature cocktails. Breakfast with Santa will be returning this year on Saturday, November 25 at 8:30 a.m. and another session at 9:15 a.m. With a friendly visit from Santa, delicious pancakes, and fun activities, this event is sure to be a wonderful family-friendly occasion. Breakfast is $15 for adults and children. Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees will be located at W. L. Mills Conference Center in the Gatlinburg Convention Center at stoplight #8, Historic Nature Trail. The Festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 22 and continue through 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 26.

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December 2017

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

December 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Visit Gatlinburg, 811 E Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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The 42nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will be held on Friday, December 1, 2017. More than 60,000 people come to view the award-winning parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and of course Santa Claus! The parade route starts at Baskins Creek Bypass on Hwy 321 (East Parkway) and travels to Hwy 441 (Main Parkway) and continues from light 3 to traffic light 10. This year we are honored to have for our Grand Marshall Del Bryant, son of “Rocky Top” songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, in honor of the 50th anniversary of their penning of “Rocky Top” at the Historic Gatlinburg Inn. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to get here early and reserve your spot.

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NYE with Raelynn

December 31, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - January 1, 2018 @ 1:00 am
The Island in Pigeon Forge, 131 The Island Dr
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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Join us for a FREE concert with country music artist, Raelynn, at The Island in Pigeon Forge presented by Q100 Country. No tickets required! This is a family-friendly event and fun for all ages. Dance with us on stage and play games for a chance to win fun prizes before Raelynn goes on at 11:00. End the night at midnight with a firework show!

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