Why not consider a wintertime visit to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains, the perfect spot for a family Christmas in the Smokies or a cozy cabin retreat?

Gatlinburg’s winter calendar of events is packed with fun seasonal activities like Winterfest, Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show, Festival of Trees, Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks show, just to name a few.

Experience the Winter Happenings


Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

Date: December 6

The Gatlinburg Christmas Parade is an event that you won’t want to miss! Drawing a crowd of over 60,000 people, the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade features marching bands, floats, balloons, performers, and entries from area shows and attractions.

The Gatlinburg Christmas Parade begins at the Baskins Creek By-pass and continues all the way through downtown, ending at traffic light #10 which is Ski Mountain Road. The entire parade lasts about an hour and is best viewed along the entire stretch of the main Gatlinburg Parkway. We highly recommend bringing along a lawn chair along with you.

The Gatlinburg Parkway will close for the parade just shortly before it begins and will reopen after the conclusion of the parade. Due to this, we recommend that you arrive in Gatlinburg early, find a parking spot, and make yourself comfortable.

While you’re waiting on the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade to begin, walk the streets of downtown and visit a few of the downtown Gatlinburg shops, grab a bite to eat, sip on a cup of coffee and soak up the ambiance of the Christmas spirit of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.


Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

Dates: November 22 - January 25

Admission: $10

Come enjoy the spectacular lights of the holiday season in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! The Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights takes you on a magical journey through downtown and the adjacent East Parkway, allowing everyone to experience the beauty and wonder of Gatlinburg winter magic, all from the comforts of a trolley.

Visitors can ride the trolley daily at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. until December 31.

After that, the trolley will only run on Saturdays at the same time until January 25.


Gatlinburg New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Gatlinburg New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Date: December 31, 2020

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2020 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle on December 31st.

Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31 to ring in the New Year. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with special music choreographed for the fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display.

Gatlinburg Christmas Arts and Crafts Show

Gatlinburg Christmas Arts and Crafts Show

Dates: December 2 - December 8

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans that makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road, and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand-carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears, and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry, unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth.