A Smoky Mountain Winter

 

Winterfest is in full effect here in the winterfest lights.jpgGreat Smoky Mountains. Everywhere you turn you are filled with the joy of the holidays, lights throughout the city and holiday decor on every corner will definitely put you in the mood!

Take the Trolley Ride of Lights to sit back, relax and enjoy all the lights in the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley. The journey takes you all around town to view the one of a kind displays put out by the city. The new LED lighting provides a bright blast of new and old scenes that portray what Winter means to us, showing off native wildlife to the Great Smoky Mountains as well as holiday themed scenes and some classics from the last 23 years.

 

dollywood-chapelDollywood has all the classic shows going on through their own celebration, Smoky Mountain Christmas. Featuring shows including It’s A Wonderful Life, O’ Holy Night, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and more, you’re sure to get in the spirit of Christmas! Stop by Santa Land with the kids for crafts, huge toys and of course a visit with Santa and meet Rudolph and his Friends too! The Parade Of Many Colors closes the night with a spectacular show of lights, floats, characters and more.
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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a Christmas light show unlike one you’ve ever seen before. It is the largest drive-through, fully computerized, LED light and music show of its kind! You just pull up and tune your radio station to the one provided and start your drive through a magical wonderland of moving lights that are synced to the music. After your tour, stop by Santa’s Workshop for several attractions including a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, crafts, Christmas movies and of course pictures with Santa! They are located at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium.

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For over thirty years The Christmas Place has give us the opportunity to enjoy Christmas all year long and is now the South’s largest Christmas shopping village. With over 60 themed Christmas Trees, there is definitely something for everyone! They have everything you may need for Christmas, including decorations, presents, collection items and many others! You can even personalize an ornament for each member of the family. Now that would be a Christmas tradition you wouldn’t forget!

 

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This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Smoky Mountain areas.

The Best Way To Send Out Cards

Send a card for free today!I know, I know… it’s not even Halloween yet. But you have to admit… Christmas is just around the corner. You’re already beginning to think about what you’d like for Christmas, and what you’re going to get your family and friends. And what about all those acquaintances… are you already composing your annual family newsletter? Or perhaps you are planning in your mind what you will all wear to get that family photo taken that will grace the front of your custom Christmas cards. Whatever your plans are, make them a ton simpler by using SendOutCards. This is a fabulous website, through which you can create your own custom cards, write a personal message, choose from hundreds of beautiful card covers, or make your own with your personal photos! You simply create your card(s), enter the name(s) and address(es) of your recipients, and click send! The card will be printed and sent directly to your recipient(s) from the SendOutCards print shop! If you have trouble remembering to send out the cards at just the right time, you can get your cards all ready ahead of time, and then set their send date for that perfect date, and then just forget about it! SendOutCards will print and send your card by the date you set!

And don’t forget, SendOutCards is great not only for Christmas cards, but for cards of every occasion, all year long!

You can try it out and send one card for free! Just follow this link to send your first card! We know you’ll be coming back for more!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

The Best Way to Send Cards

Send a card for free today!I know, I know… it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. But you have to admit… Christmas is just around the corner. You’re already beginning to think about what you’d like for Christmas, and what you’re going to get your family and friends. And what about all those acquaintances… are you already composing your annual family newsletter? Or perhaps you are planning in your mind what you will all wear to get that family photo taken that will grace the front of your custom Christmas cards.  Whatever your plans are, make them a ton simpler by using SendOutCards. This is a fabulous website, through which you can create your own custom cards, write a personal message, choose from hundreds of beautiful card covers, or make your own with your personal photos! You simply create your card(s), enter the name(s) and address(es) of your recipients, and click send! The card will be printed and sent directly to your recipient(s) from the SendOutCards print shop! If you have trouble remembering to send out the cards at just the right time, you can get your cards all ready ahead of time, and then set their send date for that perfect date, and then just forget about it! SendOutCards will print and send your card by the date you set!

And don’t forget, SendOutCards is great not only for Christmas cards, but for cards of every occasion, all year long!

 You can try it out and send one card for free! Just follow this link to send your first card! We know you’ll be coming back for more!

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

GATLINBURG: Family Winter Holiday Traditions

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Gatlinburg Cabin Easy Livin' features a Big Screen TV.Traditional family holiday time doesn’t just mean football on the TV and a turkey in your home oven anymore. Gatlinburg is a popular destination for families to spend holidays year ’round.  You don’t have to worry about finding something to do or somewhere to eat; Gatlinburg has something to offer families of every size from 2 to 32 and larger.  Here are just a few ideas for the upcoming winter holidays:

Order your holiday meal today!1. Food, glorious food.  Let’s face it…most of us equate holidays with a chance to eat all the traditional family favorites from turkey and ham to sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.  Don’t be afraid to try it away from home.  The local Food City offers holiday packages that only require that you place the order and pick out the fixings.  Click to Learn more about Shopping in the Smokies!You can leave the rest to the professionals.  However, if you just can’t imagine not cooking this holiday season, renting a cabin could be your solution.  Cabins usually come with fully-equipped kitchens, but make sure you bring specialty pans and cooking utensils with you.  And for those of you that just want to show up to the meal, there are plenty of restaurants open every holiday.

2. Shopping.  Are you afraid to miss out on the post holiday sales and specials?  Never fear.  Gatlinburg offers the ultimate shopping experience with everything from local artisan crafts to brand-name outlet stores.  The deals abound and many stores are clustered for your shopping convenience.  Read more about Shopping in the Smokies.

Almost Heaven is always decorated for the holidays!3. Decorating.  Don’t think that have a destination holiday experience means you have to forgo the holiday decorations.  Many rental cabins come fully-decorated for the holidays, and if you are looking to bring your own decorations…just ask.  Gatlinburg is known for customer service and hospitality.  ERA In The Smokies thinks of visitors as their guests and always try to accommodate requests.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!4. A White Christmas.  Do you live somewhere that never sees snow?  Come on over to the Great Smoky Mountains.  The Smokies get a small amount of snow each year.  Even though it rarely snows at Christmas, the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg are often open by mid-December even if it requires man-made snow.   Ober Gatlinburg now offers snow tubing, too!

5. Holidays on Ice.  For many people, winter holidays conjure images of ice skating, woolen mittens and hot chocolate.  Ice skating is a popular year ’round activity at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort.  Don’t worry about driving up the mountain in icy weather; the aerial tram offers a breath-taking view and eliminates the need to drive.

Make Winter Adventure your new Family Tradition!6. Winter Adventure.  There are lots of activities that shut down in the Mountains during the winter due to the temperature or precipitation; however, there are just as many that are great fun regardless of the weather.  Take a wild and wacky and snowy roll inside an inflatable Zorb ball or take an off-road Hummer tour with the whole family!  And Walden Creek Stables offers horseback riding even in December!

See the lights at Dollywood this holiday season!7. Twinkling Lights.  Does your home town offer a beautiful lights display?  So does ours.  Gatlinburg loves holiday lights so much that they are up from the first week in November to mid-February each year.  From Dollywood to Downtown, whimsical LED light displays are a beautiful reminder of the holiday season and a great reminder of Gatlinburg’s vow to go green.  Read more about Holiday Lights locations.

See Yuletide Madness at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre!8.  Fa La La La La.  Most of the Smoky Mountain musical shows that your family loves have special holiday editions.  From the always-funny Sweet Fanny Adams and Hoot ‘n’ Holler to the sacred Miracle theatre, holiday music abounds.  You won’t miss caroling either.  Each year the City of Gatlinburg sponsors roving minstrels, carolers and story tellers.  The Village even has photo opportunities with old Kris Kringle himself!

Start your ornament collection in Gatlinburg!9. Buy an Ornament.  Did you buy an tree ornament for your baby’s first Christmas?  First year in school?  Why stop there?  Gatlinburg offers a varied assortment of shops dedicated to just holiday decorations.  The Christmas Tree offers a quaint shopping experience in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg where you can buy your Department 54 favorites or a hand-painted one-of-a-kind. Christmas Eve Gift is a world of Christmas all year long and is located in the heart of the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community.  In addition, many of the Downtown Parkway’s shops carry souvenir Christmas ornaments as well as other ornaments and souvenirs for each and every holiday.  Make collecting ornaments part of your family’s tradition.12 Drummers Drumming

10. 12 Days of Christmas.  This is one of my family traditions.  Pigeon Forge puts up a light display featuring the 12 Days of Christmas from the Partridge in a Pear Tree at the Sevierville end to the 12 Drummers Drumming on the Gatlinburg end.  Each year, my family piles in the car and sings the song as we pass the individual displays for each day.  Of course, traffic lights and placement mean we end up singing  v – e – r – ys – l – o – w – l – y or sometimes very very fast to keep up, but it always ends in laughter.  I’ll photograph the 12 Days of Christmas light display this year and feature it in a separate blog post.    Don’t miss this light display.

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.