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Your Complete Guide to Christmas in Gatlinburg TN

Are you headed to the Smoky Mountains for Christmas this year or simply thinking about planning a holiday vacation? Then you need to read this complete guide to Christmas in Gatlinburg TN!

Anakeesta’s Enchanted Christmas 

Anakeesta is a well-known family attraction, but if you haven’t visited during the holiday season, then it’s like you’ve never been there at all! This Gatlinburg attraction transforms into a winter wonderland– their Enchanted Christmas celebration is sure to entertain the entire family for hours! Thousands of twinkling lights dance to the soundtrack of your favorite Christmas songs, and they also offer a special breakfast with Santa experience the kids will never forget. 

Winterfest Christmas Lights

christmas in gatlinburg tn winterfest lightsThere’s no better way to experience the millions of Christmas lights in Gatlinburg than by taking a scenic drive or trolley tour! Even walking through downtown is magical, from the twinkling shop decorations to the singing and performances from the talented Winter Magic Tunes & Tales. No matter where you go, you’ll constantly be surrounded by Christmas cheer on the streets of Gatlinburg!

Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Festival

There are so many exciting events happening during Christmas in Gatlinburg TN, and if you’re a fan of live music, then you should check out The Bluegrass Christmas Festival. Located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, this festival hosts a variety of bluegrass musicians over 3 days. 

Lights Over Gatlinburg

gatlinburg tn at nightGatlinburg SkyPark’s Lights Over Gatlinburg event attracts people of all ages, with its Christmas lights spanning the entire length of the SkyBridge. Spending Christmas in Gatlinburg TN isn’t complete without experiencing this incredible attraction at night! Admission to this special event is included in the ticket price, so you can enjoy the SkyPark during the day and go back to soak in the views at night!

The Festival of Trees

The Festival of Trees is another annual Christmas event in Gatlinburg that will send you headfirst into the holiday spirit. This is a free event, with donations being accepted for the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. As you walk through the W. L. Mills Conference Center, your senses will be overwhelmed by the beautifully decorated Christmas tree displays. With activities for kids and opportunities to take photos with Santa, this holiday event is a must!

Gatlinburg’s Annual Fantasy of Lights Parade

winterfest light display that says gatlinburg welcomes youAnother one of the biggest draws to the area during the holiday season is the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade. On the first Friday in December, the main street comes alive with big floats, marching bands, and lots of festive cheer. The parade begins with the lighting of a giant Christmas tree, then the route will start at Baskins Creek By-Pass and end at Traffic Light #10 on the Parkway. Our hotel is within walking distance of all the action in downtown, making it easy to experience this Christmas parade!

Ober Mountain 

Snow tubing and winter sports are some of the best activities to participate in during Christmas in Gatlinburg TN In fact, Ober Mountain is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Enjoy the views as you ride up the Aerial Tramway and then choose from a variety of fun things to do, from ice skating and skiing to snow tubing and the famous Tennessee Flyer mountain coaster. 

Staying at our hotel in downtown Gatlinburg makes it easy for you and your family to experience all of the festive events in the area. With a continental breakfast, a heated enclosed pool, spacious rooms, and an unbeatable location, Black Bear Inn & Suites is the best place to stay during your holiday vacation. Read more about Christmas in Gatlinburg TN and how you can save money during your Smoky Mountain vacation