Christmas in Gatlinburg 2018

Christmas in Gatlinburg 2018


Celebrate the Holiday Season in Gatlinburg

The holidays are in full swing in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. All around Gatlinburg, local shops, restaurants and attractions are celebrating the best time of year. View the incredible Christmas displays as you shop the locally-owned stores. The area’s best attractions are also in the Christmas spirit with events, shows and more. Between the twinkling lights, holiday festivals and mountain charm, you can’t beat Christmas in Gatlinburg.

Downtown Gatlinburg Christmas Events

The lights along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg can be seen from far and wide. Holiday music fills the air as people stop and stare at the creative light displays. While you’re in downtown Gatlinburg, make some time for these Christmas and holiday events.

Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

The Gatlinburg Parkway shines with thousands of twinkling lights during the holiday season. View this magical scene aboard a Gatlinburg Trolley during the Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights. These trolleys are heated and enclosed, guaranteeing your comfort as you ride through downtown Gatlinburg. Admission is $5.

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Get your holiday shopping done early at the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, November 26­–December 2 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Shop one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods made by members of the talented Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

On Friday, December 7, Gatlinburg ushers in the holiday season with the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. This free parade along the Gatlinburg Parkway will showcase spectacular floats, dozens of marching bands, dancers and an appearance from Santa Claus.

Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Celebrate the holidays mountain-style by enjoying free entertainment and musical performances. Friday and Saturday evenings, until December 22, catch Christmas-themed entertainment strolling along the Parkway during Winter Magic Tunes and Tales. The Smoky Mountain air is filled with holiday music as well as storytellers, costumed performers and more.

Santa’s Village at Anakeesta

Every Saturday in December, meet Santa Claus in his village when the Anakeesta Plaza becomes Santa’s Village. Take photos with Santa and his elves, hear music from carolers and enjoy tasty treats. The plaza is free to visit and open to the public, so stop by when you’re in downtown Gatlinburg.

Looking to stay in a downtown Gatlinburg hotel? Click here to read more about some of the great hotels in downtown Gatlinburg.

Christmas Time at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is a family-friendly winter paradise. Feel the crisp mountain air in your face as you ski, snowboard or snow tube. Then, warm up inside at one of the restaurants or shops. Ski and snowboard season begins in December at Ober Gatlinburg, making Christmas the perfect time of year to hit the slopes. Ober Gatlinburg is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas at Dollywood

Head a few miles along the Parkway into Pigeon Forge and you’ll be near Dollywood. There’s never a bad time of year to visit the fabulous theme park but Dollywood shines brightest during the holidays. Dollywood is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but will be open throughout the rest of the holiday season.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

The award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival at Dollywood is perfect for families looking to make new Christmas traditions. Experience a new themed area, Glacier Ridge, as well as musical productions and over five million lights during the Parade of Many Colors. Purchase your Dollywood ticket to witness these spectacular holiday entertainment and light displays.

Christmas Celebration! Dinner Show

Dollywood’s newest Christmas show is a hit for the holiday season. Treat your senses to a thrilling performance featuring holiday music, sensational special effects, jaw-dropping acrobatics, whirling ice skaters, a live nativity scene and more. While you watch the show, enjoy a delicious four-course meal, with options for gluten-free and vegetarians.

Dollywood DreamMore Resort Christmas Packages

When you visit Dollywood, stay close to the action by booking a room at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort. Plan your Dollywood Christmas getaway from now until December 31 to take advantage of this package.

The Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Package includes:

  • 20% off each night in a room of your choice at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort
  • Two admission tickets to Dollywood
  • Two TimeSaver passes
  • Transportation to Dollywood aboard the free shuttle

Celebrate Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

The holiday fun doesn’t stop at Dollywood. Just down the road at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Christmas celebration meets dinner theater during this fantastic show. Dolly Parton’s Stampede will not have any performances on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Your favorite horses from Dolly Parton’s Stampede get a sprinkle of holiday magic. Thirty-two horses will perform dazzling tricks while you enjoy a four-course meal. The whole family will enjoy this unique Christmas performance and holiday feast (vegetarian option available).

Before the show, view the live nativity scene, meet the horses of Dolly Parton’s Stampede and enjoy live music and snacks in the Saloon.

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Hotel Packages

From now until December 31, save on your hotel and admission tickets when you select one of these hotel and attraction packages.

The Resort Dinner Show Package includes:

  • A room of your choice at the Dollywood DreamMore Resort
  • Two tickets either Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede or Christmas Celebration! Dinner Show

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Lodging Package includes:

  • Two tickets to Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede
  • Your choice of a select hotel

Dolly Parton’s Stampede & Dollywood Vacation Package includes:

  • Two tickets to Dollywood
  • Two tickets to Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede
  • Your choice of a select hotel