Winterfest in Gatlinburg

By Darryl Payne
Posted on November 22, 2011

This week, we’ll take an overview look at all the activities and special events taking place in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, this Winterfest season. Hopefully, we’ll plant a few seeds when it comes to ideas for holiday travel in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The entire town will be decked out for the next few months in Winterfest lights and animated light displays, many of which are operated by the city and many of which are put out by individual businesses. You can see them just walking on foot downtown, or you could get out in your car and wander around town at your leisure, or you could pay just $5 for one of the city’s Trolley Ride of Lights tours that depart three times nightly from the trolley center at traffic light #5 through January 30.

If you still have shopping duties to be done, you might get a lot knocked off your list at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Show, running through December 4, at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. You’ll see handmade works on display, crafted by dozens of Gatlinburg’s own skilled artisans. Or you may want to go drive the eight-mile loop that makes up the Arts & Crafts Community itself and see these talented crafts people at work in their shops and studios.

You’ll really be in the mood for old Saint Nick once you’ve watched the 36th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade on December 2. This yearly seasonal event features a procession of bands, floats and Santa Claus himself, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on the downtown Parkway.

Darryl Payne the blogger

About Darryl Payne

Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.

 

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