Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gatlinburg's Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

Its almost that magical time of year, thats right, Christmas!!! Why not bundle up and start the holiday season right with a good old fashion Christmas parade in the heart of the Smokes. When you ask, Friday, Dec. 3rd at 7:30 pm. This is Gatlinburg's 35th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade.

With more than 100 parade entries including dozens of floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, lots of lights and helium balloons as well as special guest Santa Claus, you will surely see why the parade has been recognized as one of the “Top Twenty Events in the South” by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Want to take the kids to get Santa's autograph then arrive early for Santa’s Autograph Party which cranks up at 6 p.m. at Riverbend Mall, in the midst of a main viewing area for the Parade at Traffic Light #3 in front of the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. The parade begins at Traffic Light #1A on Hwy 321 and ends about an hour-and-a-half later at Traffic Light #10.

Pre-parade performances by the Walters State Performing Arts Program, Elizabeth Williams School of Dance, and the Winter Tunes & Tales Whimsical Elves are also planned.

Crowded sidewalks and balconies along the parade route, will allow for a crowd in excess of 80,000 people to enjoy the illuminating festivities for Gatlinburg Winter Magic, the City of Gatlinburg’s popular holiday lights program which has received a $1.5 million injection of new displays plus a 100-percent conversion to energy-efficient LED bulbs.

To learn more about these and other events in Gatlinburg, call 800-56-VISIT (568-4748) or visit the Gatlinburg website at

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