Gatlinburg Festival of Lights Parade This Friday in Gatlinburg, TN

Gatlinburg Parade of Lights
Gatlinburg Parade of Lights

Watch the parade live on the internet at Gatlinburg TN Live. Have you been walking around with a big smile on your face recently? We predict it is because the holidays are nearly here. While you still have so much to do – decorate the tree, buy presents and plan holiday parties – you can’t help but be excited about all of the great times that December brings each year. If you are lucky enough to be staying in Gatlinburg, TN this weekend, you are in for a real treat.

This Friday you can help the locals ring in the holidays with the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade. This is the 36th year that the parade has rung in good tidings along the major streets of our quaint mountain town. The Fantasy of Lights parades begins sharp at 7:30 p.m. so you will want to arrive early to secure a spot. Since this is one of the most anticipated events of the year, the sidewalks will be packed with friends, neighbors and families gathering together to participate in the fun.

The parade will be led by the grand marshalls better known as Sharky and Sharkette of Ripley’s Aquarium. In addition to characters from all of the Ripley’s enterprises that are located in Gatlinburg, you will be able to see the famous Weinermobile thanks to participation with Oscar Meyer. Marching bands from around the southeast will liven the parade route with cheery renditions of your holiday favorites. In addition to over a hundred parade participants there will be huge helium balloon characters that are certain to delight all the kids in the crowd, both young and old.

Before you take in the parade, get your holiday spirits high with a visit to the Winter Wonderland at the Carousel. The jolly old man himself will be present at the Lucinda Ogle Cabin Restoration Project to give out autographs and have secrets whispered in his ears. What is normally an ordinary round building at traffic light #3 will be transformed into a gorgeous vision of a winter wonderland. This project is a collaboration between the Gatlinburg Garden Club and several high school students that are donating their time and effort.

In addition to the building decorations, another team of students will be working hard in the kitchen to prepare for the big day. Students from a local culinary school will be whipping up bevies of scrumptious treats to sell at the winter wonderland. Proceeds from the sales will go to benefit the restoration. There is no greater way to experience Gatlinburg then to interact with the locals and contribute to a great cause. If you are bringing kids along with you to Gatlinburg this weekend, you will not want to miss out on Santa’s appearance before the parade.

Don’t be blue when the fun ends Friday night: Gatlinburg will only be starting off the holiday season! There is so much to see and do in and around your luxury cabin rental that will help you get ready for your own holidays. We suggest checking out one of our 2 bedroom Gatlinburg cabins for you next visit as they are truly unique and a great value. You can take care of Christmas shopping, enjoy some winter sports at OberGatlinburg, even sing some carols out on the porch of your luxury cabin rental. Whatever the holidays mean to you, celebrate them with us at the Elk Springs Resort.

Have questions about your next stay? Don’t hesitate to call or email us at the main office.