The holiday season will soon be upon us, and no one celebrates the holidays like Gatlinburg, TN. I don’t know how many towns celebrate the start of the winter holidays with fireworks, but it is a heart warming way to have it all begin. If you are one of those folks that cry at parades, you’d better bring your Kleenex. Here are just a handful of ‘bright” ways to celebrate the season starting the first week of November each year and stretching through to February!
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Lights. Listed as one of winter’s “Top 20 Events” by the Southeast Tourism Society, Gatlinburg’s four-month Winterfest Celebration transforms the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg into a spectacular winter wonderland from November through February. The light display has received a $1.5 million injection of new displays plus a 100-percent conversion to energy-efficient LED bulbs over the past three years reduced the City’s electricity cost for the program by some 85 percent. Check out this map of all the light displays. Gorgeous holiday lighting displays–and fireworks to boot!
Smoky Mountain Christmas. See one of the Smokies’ most spectacular light display and a lineup of live Christmas shows that celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, all at Dollywood. 4 million lights drape the park in holiday splendor, casting a warm glow that sets the scene for a winter wonderland like no other.Don’t miss Santa’s Workshop, where larger-than-life-sized toys and an 18-foot-tall Christmas tree fill guests of all ages with wide-eyed wonder as they discover a giant wagon, sailboat, dollhouse and more amid the hustle and bustle as Santa and his helpers ready for their big night!