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Gatlinburg Christmas Parade 2022

One of the most popular annual events in Gatlinburg

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Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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Wintertime in the Great Smoky Mountains always seems like a fairy tale. Besides beautiful nature, Gatlinburg is famous for its outstanding Christmas celebrations, such as Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade.

When is the Gatlinburg Christmas parade

The holiday season kicks off in early December with the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. One of the most important annual events in Gatlinburg transforms the downtown and launches the long-awaited Winter Magic illumination.

Gatlinburg Christmas parade route

The Parade route meanders through downtown Gatlinburg to the delight of spectators. Marching bands create a festive mood along with dozens of colorful floats decorated with unique LED lights and large balloons. Dancers and holiday characters amaze the cheering crowds. For more details and the latest updates, please check with the official website (see External Resources below.)

Gatlinburg during Christmas

The Christmas season in Gatlinburg is indeed magical and full of special events. The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and fireworks show are some of the most exciting seasonal events in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

When planning a winter getaway in Gatlinburg, make your bookings in advance. Take a look at the map below, suggesting the best accommodations nearby.

Find hotels and airbnbs near Gatlinburg Christmas Parade (Map)