Celebrate the Christmas Season
The holiday season in the Smokies is filled with Christmas parades, special holiday shows, Santa Claus, and of course, millions of sparkling Christmas lights from Sevierville to Gatlinburg. No matter what date you choose for your winter getaway, there will be lots of family fun activities to choose from that will kick your holiday spirit into high gear!
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Christmas Craft Show: See members of the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community all gathered under one roof at the Gatlinburg Convention Center to show their skills and offer you a unique holiday shopping experience.
Mountain Top Conference with Dr. James Merritt: Engage in God’s Word during a fantastic time of worship, praise, fun and fellowship! Conference will features a special ministry series focusing on Stress, Worry, Guilt and Discouragement. Special evenings with Luke Zamperini, son of Louis Zamperini, and Will Graham, grandson of Dr. Billy Graham. Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge.
Pigeon Forge Christmas Shows: Most shows and dinner theaters offer their spectacular Christmas productions through New Year’s Eve. Confirm operating schedules and showtimes with your chosen theatre. Christmas shows are offered by Country Tonite, Smoky Mountain Opry, Comedy Barn, and Sweet Fanny Adams. Christmas Dinner Shows include Hatfields & McCoys, Dixie Stampede and Biblical Times.
Titanic Museum Attraction Christmas & Winter Celebration: Inside and out, Titanic is magical during the winter holidays as it hails the arrival of Christmas with the seasons sights and sounds. After a tour of the Titanic’s holiday spirit, visit the The Titanic Gift Shop for unique Christmas gift ideas and collectibles.
1-January 1, 2017
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland: Every night rain or shine – including holidays – it’s a Christmas Lights spectacular at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium in Kodak. From dusk to 10 p.m., take a driving tour of synchronous Christmas lights set to Christmas music. Santa’s Village with inflatables, Santa, and snack bar returns this year from November 20-December 27. Weekends are extremely busy, so a visit Monday-Thursday will help you avoid long lines.
1-January 1, 2017
Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival at Dollywood: The entire theme park will be filled with Christmas lights, music and themed entertainment through New Year’s Day. New for 2016 is Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors on Showstreet at 8 p.m. each evening and the new “It’s a Wonderful Life” production. Experience a winter wonderland like no other at Dollywood.
1-January 31, 2017
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights: Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic Christmas light displays at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., departing from Ripley’s Plaza. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=13.
1-February 28, 2017
Self-Guided Winterfest Lights Tour: The Pigeon Forge Trolley office at Patriot Park will provide maps with light display locations so that you can enjoy all the Christmas lights at your leisure.
Gatlinburg’s 41st Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade: Thousands of people will line the streets well before the 7:30 p.m. parade kickoff so grab your chair or blanket and arrive early! Parade features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and towering balloon characters. Parade starts on Hwy 321 and proceeds through downtown Gatlinburg to traffic light #10.
Yama-Con: Anime and Japanese culture highlight this convention that includes events related to video games, cards, board games, comics and more. Celebrate everything nerdy, geeky and otaku at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center! This year’s event includes Cosplay, Disney Karaoke, charity auction, gaming and AMV contest. Registration fees range from $25-$50 and can be completed online. Check out last year’s event!
Sevierville 54th Annual Christmas Parade: Enjoy at traditional, hometown Christmas parade in the middle of the downtown area beginning at 11 a.m.
Dine with Santa: Lasting memories made with Santa! Kickoff your holidays with a family meal with Santa Claus himself at the Old Mill Square! Enjoy Breakfast or Brunch with Santa at Pottery House Café. Breakfast is being served 8:15-9:30 a.m. and brunch 10-11:15 a.m. Also, enjoy a fun filled Kid’s Christmas Craft Tent from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations required by calling (865) 406-6558. Reservations taken beginning November 3.
Townsend Christmas Parade: Over on the quieter side of the Smokies, Townsend will round out the weekend with a “Back the Blue” Christmas parade. The family fun parade will follow a roughly two mile route along the Parkway in Townsend from the IGA to Nawger Nob Village. The parade starts at 2:30 p.m.
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Santa in Pigeon Forge: Visit Santa’s workshop at the Pigeon Forge Island for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival: Four days of bluegrass music and jam sessions held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Advance purchase and at-the-door 1-4 day tickets available. Visit online for a full lineup of schedule entertainers. Read about the 2015 Festival.
Loretty Lynn in Concert: Presented by First Class Concerts at Country Tonite Theatre, Loretta will be performing two concerts; 8 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Advance ticket purchases at firstclassconcerts.com . Call (865) 453-2003 for information regarding seating and accessibility.
23rd Annual Seymour Christmas Parade: This year’s “Hometown Heroes” parade begins at 3 p.m. starting at Valley Grove Baptist Church and concludes at Kroger. Retired “1st” Fire Chief will serve at Grand Marshall.
Tennessee Smokies Midnight 5K: This 5K course will take you from the Smokies Stadium parking lot, through the fabulous Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland and finishing at home plate. Check in is 11:15- 11:45 p.m. with an official start time at 12:30 a.m.
Santa Hustle: Don your best Santa suit and join in the fun of the Santa Hustle in the Smokies 5K & half marathon. There will be cookies, candy and Christmas music along the course! The 2016 Hustle charity is Keep Sevier Beautiful. Register online!
The Nutcracker “Sweet”: Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Pigeon Forge at Country Tonite Theater, with performances at 2 p.m.
Merry Christmas! From our family to yours, we wish you a blessed Christmas.
27-January 2, 2017
Xtreme Youth Conference: The Winter 2016 Xtreme Conference brings Christian speakers and musicians to the Gatlinburg Convention Center for 3 days of worship and fellowship.
Strength to Stand Student Bible Conference: Religious conference offering teaching, worship and fellowship for youths ages 12 and older at the LeConte Convention Center in Pigeon Forge.
Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop: Find a spot early near the Space Needle at Historic Nature Trail light #8 on the Parkway for the 28th Annual “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South.” Live entertainment begins at 10 p.m. and continues through to the stroke of midnight for the ball drop and fireworks show. (800) 568-4748
New Year’s Eve at The Island: Ring in the New Year on The Island in Pigeon Forge. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. and include live music, kid’s activities, food and fun throughout the night. The countdown begins at midnight and is followed by a terrific fireworks display!
New Year’s Eve Celebration: Country Tonite Theatre (865) 453-3002
31-January 2, 2017
Winter RAMP: A 3-day religious conference dedicated to the passionate pursuit of Jesus, held at the Pigeon Forge Event Center. One to three-day tickets available. For more information, call (205) 921-0909 or visit online. Read about Winter Ramp 2015.
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