The first Friday of December each year features Gatlinburgs┬á”Fantasy of Lights” Christmas Parade.┬á Ranked as one of the Top 20 Events in the South, the parade starting at 7:30pm features over 100 floats and entries as well as marching bands, helium balloons and of course, Santa Claus.
The parade starts┬ájust west of City Hall and makes its way through downtown┬áGatlinburg.┬áThis is a big event for the kids and adulst and many arrive early and mark their spots, however, if you are open to walking after you park you can find a┬ágood spot┬áoff the parkway.┬á Dress warm and bring a blanket as it was in the low 30′s with some┬áflurries┬áfor last years parade.┬á Lower temperatures at night are not uncommon.
Elk Springs Resort Gatlinburg Cabins are within an 8 minute drive to downtown Gatlinburg and within 5 minutes to city hall.┬á You can avoid the heavy gridlock traffic on the spur and within Gatlinburg by driving to food city or to city hall and then walking to the event.┬á During the parade, the spur and downtown are in a virtual gridlock and unless you really know the backroads you will either get lost or will not be able to leave the parade until late into the eveining.┬áThe resort is conveniently located to allow easy access to the parade and an easy against traffic route when leaving early or when the parade is over.
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