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December 2019 Seasonal Events in the Smokies

Here are the many seasonal shows and attractions in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area that mark the Christmas season, as well as festivals, parades, lights and shopping opportunities in abundance, with something to suit every age and taste. These are the season-long events – and for the shorter, special festivities and events happening during the Christmas period, see our Christmas 2019 guide.

Christmas Shows

Pigeon Forge hosts a lot of great theater and dinner shows, and many of them have Christmas themes running during this season.Here are the highlights.

Images courtesy of Comedy Barn, Sky Park and Shadrack

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Trails and Waterfalls in the Smoky Mountains

There are over 800 miles of hiking trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and even those don’t account for all of the walks, drives, overlooks and scenic views that can be found in this beautiful area of the Smoky Mountains. Here are some of our favorite trails and outdoor attractions.

Grotto Falls is the waterfall that you can walk behind – you’ve probably seen someone’s photo of this one. The trail that leads to Mount LeConte runs under the falls, and a Llama train walks this trail weekly, running supplies to the LeConte Lodge. This is Trillium Gap Trail, that starts from the Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail – a beautiful scenic drive rather than a hike, and one that many people don’t realize exists. See our feature page on Grotto Falls for all the details.

Clockwise from TL: Rainbow Falls, Meigs Falls, Grotto Falls, Grotto Falls, Thousand Drips, Spruce Flats Falls

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Fall in the Smokies: What’s Happening in October 2019

October in the Smoky Mountains means that the famous Fall Colors are underway, and much festivity is in the air. A hundred species of tree light up the scene as their leaves turn color, first at the high elevations, then gradually rolling down the slope to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge – where you can also find numerous events and celebrations happening during this time.

See below for everything you want to know about October events. Check out our Guide to Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains for everything you need to know, and to keep track of the fall colors, check the Fall Color Reports for 2019 from Great Smoky Mountains Association.

Images courtesy of various sources

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Smoky Mountain Vacation Photographers

When you’re making lifetime memories in the Smoky Mountains, it’s easier than you may think to get a professional photographer to help make those photographs truly outstanding for generations to come. One local company that makes this easy is Gatlinburg Photo Studios, a team of photographers who come to where you are, or provide studio settings, to capture the essence of your trip in the Smokies.

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