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You haven't eaten Southern cooking until you have eaten in the Smokies. We have the best home cookin' in the South! With any type of restaurant you could imagine in all price ranges, you won't go hungry on your vacation here. (more)
The Smoky Mountains offers more diversity in accommodations than you will find in most other vacation destinations -- log cabins, chalets, luxurious bed and breakfast inns, villas, condos, mom and pop motels, full service hotels, and great resorts are yours to choose from. (more)
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Smoky Mountain Events

December 1 to 7
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show
Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

December 1-31
Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights
Fun Time Trolley Station at Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge
(Monday thru Friday only) 6:30 P.M., 7:45 P.M., & 9:00 P.M.; (Closed Dec 24 & 25) $5.00.

December 1-31
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley’s Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Excludes December 5, 24, 25, 31. Group reservations are available. Book your seats on-line by visiting www.gatlinburg.com/events ($)

December 1-31
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

December 1 to 31
Gatlinburg Winter Magic
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

December 1-31
Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede

December (Date TBA)
Christmas on Ice
Enjoy the spirit of the season as local skaters display their talents on ice to the sounds of holiday music in a two day performance at Ober Gatlinburg’s ice arena. (800) 251-9202

December 5
Gatlinburg’s 39th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
This popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg is recognized as one of the very best by the International Festival and Events Association. Parade features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and helium balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Traffic Light #1A and continues through downtown to Light #10.

December 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Winter Magic Tunes & Tales
Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling and entertainment along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this fifth annual event!

December 6
Breakfast or Brunch with Santa
Old Mill Square

December 6
Sevierville’s 52nd Annual Christmas Parade
A traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of the Grand Marshal – Santa Claus! Parade begins at 11am and can best be viewed on Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue in historic downtown Sevierville, TN.

December 6, 13, 20
Holiday Snow Wonderland
Titanic Museum Attraction

December 11
Sevierville Convention Center
Sevierville’s 3rd Annual Sugarfest celebrates all things sweet. Get a tray full of sweet confections from area restaurants and civic groups and bid for your favorite desserts during a silent auction. Tickets $10. Proceeds benefit local students.

December 11-13
Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival
Smoky Mountain Convention Center

December 11-13
Parker’s Greatest Knife Show on Earth
Sevierville Convention Center
Large-scale collectable knife show. Open to the public.

December 28-30
Southeastern Student Bible Conference
LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge

December 31
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop
Historic Nature Trail at the Parkway
For the 26th straight year, the Space Needle area at traffic light #8 comes alive at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous fireworks show. Features free party favors and live entertainment. “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South.”

December 31
New Year’s Eve Celebrations- Various venues for more information call 1-800-251-9100; 865-453-8574

  best guide smoky mountainsBest Guide to Smoky Mountain travel, accommodations, and fun

Discover beautiful waterfalls and exciting theme parks, enjoy an afternoon of golf, or go rafting down a cool mountain river.

Whatever your interests, age, or reason for visiting, About the Smokies is your primary source for Smoky Mountain accommodations, meeting sites, and area attractions.

You’ll delight in a region blessed with a remarkable spectrum of attractions — from our scenic natural beauty and amazing outdoor activities to vibrant history, parades, and festivals.

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Come to the Smokies and enjoy all of this, as well as our excellent restaurants — featuring every cuisine imaginable — and abundant Smoky Mountain lodging hotels, cabins, chalets, condos, villas, resorts, and bed and breakfast inns.

A vacation destination like the Smoky Mountains is rewarding because of the many things to do and the wonderful places to stay. The region offers everything you need for a family vacation, honeymoon, romantic getaway, church retreat, family reunion, military reunion, or corporate Smoky Mountain meeting place.

Gatlinburg is just outside an entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is a popular destination for meetings, church retreats, and family reunions. Gatlinburg is known for its arts and crafts festivals, Aquarium of the Smokies, unique shops and shopping villages, and its beautiful backdrop - the Smoky Mountains.

Pigeon Forge is a popular family vacation destination. It is the home of Dollywood, Dixie Stampede, and Dolly's Splash Country.

Townsend is a very quiet, peaceful town situated just outside Cades Cove. Townsend is a favorite place for church retreats and family reunions.

Sevierville is known for its great festivals on the courthouse lawn. Sevierville is the hometown of Dolly Parton.

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