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Holiday Events In Gatlinburg

The holidays are a time for family and friends to come together, enjoy the season, and celebrate. In Gatlinburg, there is no shortage of holiday events that can help you get in the spirit! Gatlinburg has so much going on this holiday season, from Santa Claus parades to light displays at nightfall. Check out these top Holiday events in Gatlinburg you need to know about this season!

December Holiday Events In Gatlinburg

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.

Where: 234 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Who: Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community

(865) 436-4178

Cost: Free

Date/Time: Recurring daily | 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM

For more than two months, guests to the park will be enchanted by our winter decorations, including a 40-foot tall Christmas tree at the Anakeesta plaza on the Parkway. Visitors can snap a photo in front of the tree before taking a cozy ride on our Ridge Rambler vehicles through the forest or enjoying a scenic trip through the crisp winter air on our Chondola.

Where: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Who: Anakeesta

(865) 325-2400

Cost: $20 – $33 per ticket

Date/Time: Recurring daily

Magical and heartwarming, this adaptation of Dickens’ classic tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to change for good. With your favorite carols from around the world as well as awe-inspiring special effects you’ll be able to revisit a time when life was simpler with its warmth in every note played on stage!

Where: 765 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Who: Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

(865) 436-4307

Cost: $19 – $30 per ticket

Date/Time: Recurring daily

The Budweiser Clydesdales will lead off the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade on December 3, 2021, ushering in the 46th annual holiday tradition. The star-studded parade line-up also includes country music star Canaan Smith and BBQ Pitmasters star, Myron Mixon. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass and East Parkway, a spectacular parade line-up of balloons, floats decorated by local businesses and community groups, and high school marching bands, spans through downtown before ending at traffic light #10.

Where: 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN

Who: Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

(865) 436-4178

Cost: Free

Date/Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales returns this winter to entertain Gatlinburg visitors! Tunes & Tales is street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, dancers, and storytellers portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s.

Where: (Along) Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN

Who: Winter Magic Tunes & Tales

(865) 436-4178

Cost: Free

Date/Time: Fridays, Saturdays | 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Santa Claus is coming to town! Join us at Anakeesta for a delightfully enchanted breakfast this winter season with a very special guest, Santa Claus himself! Tickets to our Breakfast with Santa event include EARLY access to Anakeesta before other guests arrive, all-day access to the park, a delicious breakfast served at Cliff Top, holiday crafts, a sing-a-long, and a professional photo with Santa himself! 

Where: 576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Who: Anakeesta

(865) 325-2400

Cost: $98.99 for Adults $84.99 for Children ages 4-11 $91.99 for Seniors aged 60 and over Children three and under are free with the purchase of an Adult or Senior ticket, but they do require a reservation.

Date/Time: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM

For the 34th straight year, the Space Needle area at traffic light #8 comes alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show. Features live entertainment. “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South.”

Where: 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Who: Gatlinburg Space Needle

(865) 436-4629

Cost: $10 – $16 per ticket

Date/Time: New Years Eve

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With so many holiday events happening in Gatlinburg, it can be hard to keep up with all of the top ones. Fortunately for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best that are sure to get your family or group into the spirit! Check out our list above and make plans now before they sell out! Share this blog post with a friend who loves celebrating holidays in Gatlinburg by clicking on one of these share icons at the end. Happy Holidays from All Gatlinburg!

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First off, Gatlinburg is a fun place to visit. Secondly, the kids will love it. Thirdly, you'll make so many memories. Above all, you will love the holidays here.First off, Gatlinburg is a fun place to visit. Secondly, the kids will love it. Thirdly, you'll make so many memories. Above all, you will love the holidays here.

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