Christmas Events in the Smokies

Oh yes, it’s time to start thinking about heading to the Smokies for the holiday season. Here’s what to plan around:

Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival

  • Dates: Nov. 9 – Jan. 4
  • Where: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge
  • What: “A five-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival presented by Humana, Nov. 9 through Jan. 4, 2014, features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, an all-new adaptation of the Dickens classic.”
  • More info: Dollywood Website

24th Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff

  • Date: Nov. 12, starting at 5 p.m.
  • Where: Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge
  • What: Festivities include a kids’ play area, food vendors, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, live music, the lighting of more than five millions lights on the Winterfest displays, and fireworks.
  • More info: MyPigeonForge.com

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff

  • Date: Nov. 13, 5 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Gatlinburg
  • What: “Winter is an exciting and magical time in Gatlinburg, as millions of LED lights are switched on throughout the beautiful resort city on Wednesday, November 13 at the 24th annual Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff. … The Chili Cookoff will feature area restaurants, attractions, civic groups, retailers, banks, and public service agencies serving thousands of cups of chili as each participating group competes for a variety of awards. “
  • More info: Gatlinburg Chamber website

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights

  • Date: Nov. 13-Jan. 25
  • Where: Downtown Gatlinburg
  • What: “Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. “
  • More info: Gatlinburg Chamber website

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland and Santa’s Village

  • Dates: Nov. 14-Dec. 31
  • Where: Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium, 3540 Line Drive, Kodak, TN
  • What: New for this year — large expansion of driving route with all-new giant displays; Santa’s village, with a free petting zoo; pony and camel rides; photos with Santa; a Christmas tree lot; fun refreshments
  • More info: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland site

Festival of Trees

  • Dates: Nov. 28-30
  • Where: WL Mills Conference Center
  • What: “Surrounded by the twinkling lights and sounds and smells of the holidays, shop the many handmade centerpieces and craft items, and return to the joys of celebrating Christmas in the Smokies.”
  • More info: GatlinburgFestivalofTrees.com

Holiday of Dreams

  • Dates: Nov. 28-Dec. 28
  • Where: Titanic Pigeon Forge Museum, Pigeon Forge
  • What: “Experience a Holiday of  Dreams this winter at Titanic Museum Attraction with magical snowfalls off the ship-shaped museum’s bow to bring the wonders of the season to life.”
  • More info: Titanic Pigeon Forge website

Nutcracker “Sweet”

  • Dates: 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30
  • Where: W.L. Mills Auditorium, Gatlinburg
  • What: Presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre
  • More info: Gatlinburg Chamber website

2013 Christmas Craft Show

  • Dates: Dec. 2 – Dec. 8
  • Where: Gatlinburg Convention Center
  • What:Our show is sure to stir emotions and put you in the Christmas spirit. Give a truly unique gift this Christmas… or find something just for you.”
  • More info: Gatlinburg Crafts website

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

  • Dates: Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Downtown Gatlinburg
  • What: “The City of Gatlinburg invites you to bundle up and generate a spirited dose of holiday cheer and soak up Gatlinburg’s 38th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade.”
  • More info: Gatlinburg Chamber website

Christmas on Ice

  • Dates: Dec. 7-8
  • Where: Ober Gatlinburg
  • What: “Enjoy the spirit of the season as local skaters display their talents on ice to the sounds of holiday music in a two-day performance at Ober Gatlinburg’s ice arena.”
  • More info: Ober Gatlinburg website

Santa Hustle 5K

  • Dates: Dec.15
  • Where: Streets of Sevierville
  • What: “Every participant will receive a free Santa hat, beard, and customized Santa dri-fit shirt to wear while running. With outrageous holiday decorations, festive music, and a large after party.”
  • More info: Santa Hustle website
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