Christmas Lights in the Smokies

The Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains puts on a fabulous light show each Christmas, with many millions of lights to see. From driving tours through towns to stage shows to spectacular fireworks, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get in the holiday spirit and see millions of lights in the Smokies this season.

These noteworthy light displays and shows are some of the most popular Christmas celebrations in the area.

Image courtesy of Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

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Christmas 2017 at Dollywood

Dollywood in Pigeon Forge will celebrate Christmas 2017 with numerous concerts, performances, activities, and spectacles, in its Smoky Mountain Christmas season from November 4, 2017 through January 3, 2018.

Dollywood puts on a great show in every season, and Christmas 2017 is no exception. Expect some of the area’s best food, costumes, lights, decorations, music and merriment. Here are highlights of the Dollywood Christmas festivities.

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Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival 2017

It’s Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival again in Pigeon Forge as Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road gather with a couple of dozen hot bluegrass bands and performers for this year’s amazing music festival, Wednesday though Saturday, December 6-9, 2017.

This is a really good 4-day festival, held at Smoky Mountain Convention Center on Parkway, with top-notch talent. Lorraine Jordan is a legend in the genre – she and her band’s musicians are all highly awarded. She is noted for her fusion of country music and bluegrass in her Country Grass offerings and collaborations with country performers – as you can find out for yourself on Saturday night when she and the band play with country star Eddie Raven.

Images courtesy of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

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Christmas Parade 2017 in Gatlinburg

December 1, 2017 marks the arrival of the 42nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas parade in Gatlinburg. It starts at 7:30 pm on East Parkway at Baskin Creek Bypass, (line up begins around 5:30 pm). The parade will roll into Parkway itself (at Light 3) and continue south down the strip, arriving at Traffic Light #10 by about 9 pm.

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Thanksgiving 2017 Fireworks at the Titanic

Pigeon Forge is the place to be Thanksgiving evening, November 23, 2017 for the annual fireworks show at the Titanic Museum attraction on Parkway between Lights #1 and #0. The show starts at 7 pm.

The Titanic offers one of the greatest pyrotechnic displays of the year, and you can easily view it from the large parking lot, or go on board and join the special festivities – if you can get a ticket that is. The Titanic is very popular at any time and this special event draws thousands of people.

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Festival of Trees 2017

The holidays are right around the corner and this is the season of giving. Why not combine the two with a family-friendly charity event? The Festival of Trees is a five day festival held in Gatlinburg from November 22nd to the 26th. It is a great way to both celebrate the holidays and make a difference in the local community.

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Thanksgiving & Christmas Arts & Crafts 2017

The 2017 Thanksgiving Craft Show in Gatlinburg starts on Tuesday, November 21 and runs through Sunday, November 26. The 2017 Christmas Craft Show follows the next day, Monday, November 27 and runs through Sunday, December 3.

Start the holiday season off with fun, food, excitement, and an assortment of quality handcrafted items with back-to-back craft shows at the Gatlinburg Convention Center located just three miles from downtown Gatlinburg.

Images courtesy of Arts & Crafts Community

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