Posts Tagged: Christmas

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


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


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.

Images courtesy of Gatlinburg


Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival 2016

Let’s have some bluegrass for Christmas! It’s time for the Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival again, happening in Pigeon Forge December 7-10, 2016. Led by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the festival features a host of great performers at Smoky Mountain Convention Center at 4010 Parkway (close to Light #8) in Pigeon Forge.

Tickets are available at the door (including a general admission ticket), and the music starts at 5 pm on Wednesday the 7th. Shows start at 4 pm on Thursday, and 11 am on Friday & Saturday. And on Friday there’s a late-night jam session after the show. This is a family-friendly good time.



Touring the Christmas Lights of Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

With millions upon millions of Christmas lights in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and throughout the area, what are some of the best ways to see them? You can choose to drive yourself around town, take a scenic aerial tram or mountain coaster ride, or take advantage of local holiday transportation and travel by trolley. Here are the best ways to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit and join other revelers for Christmas fun and festivities.

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are winter wonderland destinations and both cities will be lighting up the night sky during the holiday season with festive displays and many millions of lights – often animated or synchronized to music – in celebration of Christmas. Each city has scheduled events running from November through January and February.

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland 2016

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland opens for 2016 from November 4 through January 8, 2017. Located a short drive from any of our Pigeon Forge cabins and Gatlinburg cabins – at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville – Shadrack’s lets the whole family and pets stay in the car and drive through a world of high-tech lighting synchronized to Christmas music. This is an attraction not to miss during the Christmas season.

Images courtesy of Shadrack’s


Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival 2015 at Dollywood

One of the seasonal events not to be missed during Christmas time in the Smoky Mountains is the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival at Dollywood. Like every production Dollywood puts on, the Christmas entertainment is a rich experience.

Images courtesy of Dollywood

Images courtesy of Dollywood


The Christmas fun started on November 7, 2015, and will run through Sunday, January 3, 2016, when the park will shut down until March. There’s a lot going on at Dollywood, not the least of which are the 4 million Christmas lights on display all over the theme park.


Christmas Season 2015 in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

2015-11-29_161708In the days following Thanksgiving, you cannot miss the fact that Christmas season has begun, here in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge area of the Smoky Mountains.

We are deep in the Winterfest time of year, with millions of Christmas lights twinkling everywhere – strung throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and the theme park village of Dollywood.