In the weeks before Christmas, Gatlinburg, Tennessee goes the extra mile to make guests feel right at home while providing a festive atmosphere and loads of family fun. Surrounded by The Great Smoky Mountain National Park, the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride Of Lights meanders along Gatlinburg’s downtown Parkway, then to River Road and the triangle shaped area where the two meet.
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights: Visitors can immerse themselves in the holiday atmosphere in Gatlinburg from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights by taking the relaxing tour. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a memorable journey.
From November 8 to January 31 the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights rides through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. 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 the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.
- Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.
- All trolleys take the same route
- Children under 3 are free if they are sitting in an adults lap
- No food or drink on Trolley
- Trolley is enclosed and heated