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Top 4 Ways to Celebrate the Magic of Christmas in Gatlinburg

November 17, 2022

When it comes to the magic of the Christmas season, there is no better place to be than Gatlinburg TN! You’ll find everything from spectacular light displays to festive holiday events, so bring the whole family along for a fun-filled Christmas getaway to the Smokies! Here are the top 4 ways to celebrate the magic of Christmas in Gatlinburg:

1. Take a Self Guided Driving Tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic

Christmas lights in downtown Gatlinburg

For over 30 years, Gatlinburg has celebrated Smoky Mountain Winterfest with millions of twinkling light displays throughout the city! The best way to experience these Gatlinburg light displays is with a self-guided driving tour from the comfort of your own vehicle! While many of the lights can be found right along the Parkway, you’ll also find displays on River Road and Highway 321 heading to Pigeon Forge! To add to the fun, play your favorite Christmas tunes in the car and have a family sing-along as you view all of the sparkling lights!

2. Experience the Lights Over Gatlinburg Event at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Another one of the top ways to celebrate the magic of Christmas in Gatlinburg is with the Lights Over Gatlinburg event at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park! This exciting event features a huge multi-colored Christmas tree that is animated to music, 20 dancing trees along the SkyTrail and a 300-foot tunnel of lights on the record breaking SkyBridge! Half of the fun is getting to the park, as the only way to reach the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is via a scenic chairlift ride from the heart of town! Other fun Christmas events taking place in Gatlinburg include the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop!

3. Holiday Shopping in Downtown Gatlinburg

holiday lights at The Village in Gatlinburg

You can’t celebrate the magic of Christmas without a little holiday shopping, and downtown Gatlinburg is the perfect destination! As you stroll through town, you’ll discover all types of quaint shops where you can purchase unique gifts for your family and friends! Be sure to visit The Village Shops, a European-themed shopping village that has nearly 30 specialty stores to explore! Some of the other popular shopping destinations in Gatlinburg include the Mountain Mall, Anakeesta’s Firefly Village and the Ober Mountain Tramway Mall!

4. Camp Under the Stars at Our Smoky Mountain Campground

You’ll be delighted to know that our Smoky Mountain campground is open all year long for your enjoyment, so don’t miss the chance to camp out under the stars this holiday season! We offer a variety of campsites and accommodations for your camping experience, including RV sites, RV rentals and camping cabins! You can even get into the holiday spirit by decorating your RV with Christmas lights and other decorations! While staying with us, enjoy a variety of excellent campground amenities including luxury bath houses, recreational equipment, playgrounds and more!

Make your Christmas in Gatlinburg more magical than ever with a stay at our campground in the Smoky Mountains! We’re located just minutes away from all the holiday festivities in downtown Gatlinburg and have everything you need for a fabulous camping experience!