Smoky Mountains Christmas Vacations

Christmas in TN Smoky Mountains

Step into a winter wonderland of twinkling lights, hearty holiday foods, stunning scenery, and friendly locals with Christmas in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains.

Every winter, the Smoky Mountains Winterfest transforms the Tennessee mountains into a magical holiday destination. Millions of Christmas lights twinkle in the mountain towns, Christmas parades light up the night, live music has people dancing in the streets, while delicious holiday food and drink tempt the tastebuds.

From the Christmas musicals at Dolly Parton’s theme park Dollywood to the light displays in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg, and the annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, there’s something for everyone. Including a Christmas shopping extravaganza for those who are looking for the perfect present.

Smoky Mountains Winterfest

Celebrating its 20th year in 2009, the Smoky Mountains Winterfest is a four-month holiday that runs from November to February every year. Christmas is one of the highlights of the festival, with light displays, parades, and special events.

Each town pulls out the stops to put on a magnificent lighting display, with more than five million lights shimmering in Pigeon Forge, and millions more in neighboring Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Visitors can take advantage of the special trolley tours that take people around the best light displays, or simply walk around the streets, soaking up the Christmas spirit.

To make the displays even more spectacular, the Sevierville Visitor Center offers free 3D glasses which can make the Christmas lights look like snowflakes,. The center can be found on Hwy 66, 1.5 miles from I-40 Exit 407. Glasses are available while supplies last.

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