Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week already? The year has flown by and here in Gatlinburg we are already scrambling to prepare for the end-of-year festivities. If you are staying with us in one of our cabins during the Thanksgiving holidays, you can look forward to a clear sunny day around 55 degrees, according to Weather.com. That means you can easily go for a stroll through downtown or stay snuggled up inside your luxury rental. If you are coming in a few days before Thanksgiving, there are several events happening in and around town to gear up for the holiday season. Read the list below to help plan your upcoming vacation:
Festival of Trees
Held each year in the WL Mills Conference Center, the Festival of Trees is a family friendly event that represents all of Gatlinburg. Various businesses and organizations take the time to donate a tree, which makes for a beautifully colored and unique forest of Christmas trees. The event is completely free, which makes it easy to bring along everyone in your family. Handmade holiday gifts and treats are donated to the event, which also includes a gingerbread house competition. November 20th-24th.
Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show
While Gatlinburg is known for its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains, it is also famous for its arts and crafts community. Each year the community holds several craft fairs, including the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show. This year the event will be held from November 21st to 25th at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. The event is free to all who enter, so it is easy to bring everyone in your party to start shopping for the holidays. Coming after Thanksgiving? Don’t worry, they will be having the Christmas Fair from November 26th to December 2nd.
Nothing gets me in the mood more than watching the Nutcracker. That is why I am so excited that the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre is performing the classic ballet at the WL Mills Auditorium this year. There will be only two shows held this year, so it is important to order your tickets now before they run out. The two shows are on November 23rd and 24th at 7 PM. The cost for admission ranges based on where you choose to sit: adults will pay $15-$25 while children’s tickets are $12 to $25.
Winter Magic Tunes and Tales
Have the urge to go carolling but can’t find any willing participants? Satisfy your need to sing Christmas songs during Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic Tunes and Tales. Starting November 23rd, your weekends in Gatlinburg will get a whole lot more exciting! The city hosts free entertainment all along the Parkway, the main street of Gatlinburg. Every Friday and Saturday night you can find carollers singing classic songs from the holidays, all of whom are dressed in Victorian era costumes. Most of the carollers are members of the Walters State Community College chorus. You can enjoy the carollers until the weekend of December 22nd, 2012.
After reading all that, even I am getting excited about all the events I can attend in the upcoming weeks! If you have any questions about any of these events, don’t hesitate to contact us at the main office. We look forward to your stay at the Elk Springs resort this holiday season.