Gatlinburg transforms into a winter wonderland during the holiday season as spectacular Christmas lighting displays shine along the downtown Parkway! These unique displays feature everything from traditional holiday favorites such as dancing snowmen and evergreen trees to scenes of animals native to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. While you can drive through town to see all of these magnificent displays, here are 3 fun ways to view the sparkling Christmas lights in Gatlinburg TN:
1. Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights
Soak up the the spirit of the holiday season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley aboard the Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights! This relaxing ride takes you on a magical 45 minute journey through the Christmas lights in Gatlinburg TN without having to focus on driving your own vehicle. The Trolley Route departs the Mass Transit Center at traffic light #5 three times nightly from November through December, excluding the first Friday in December, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The tour will also take place each Saturday night in January. Departure times on each night of operation are at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
2. Gatlinburg Space Needle
One of the best ways to view the Christmas lights in Gatlinburg TN is from the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle! This 407-foot-tall observation tower features stunning views of downtown Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains. After riding a glass elevator to the observation deck, you can enjoy the incredible scenery and see all of the sparking holiday lights from a bird’s eye view! While at the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle, you can also take advantage of the free viewfinders to zoom in on some of your favorite Christmas displays!
3. Gatlinburg Sky Lift
Rise above the magical Christmas lights of downtown Gatlinburg with a ride on the Gatlinburg Sky Lift! This ski lift style attraction takes you on a smooth glide to the top of Crockett Mountain where you are surrounded on 3 sides by the beauty of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. However, the real treat is on the ride back down the mountain where you will be in awe at the beauty of Gatlinburg during the holiday season! While you can purchase a ticket for one ride, the best deal is the unlimited ticket where you can ride as much as you want during the day AND at night!
Where to Stay
Stay close to all of the Christmas festivities in Gatlinburg with a holiday vacation at Chalet Village! We have cabins of all sizes to accommodate your needs, including a selection of pet friendly cabins where you can bring your furry companion along to the Smokies! While staying in our cabins, enjoy all types of fantastic amenities including fully equipped kitchens, refreshing hot tubs, delightful fireplaces, game rooms and much more!
Check out all of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals today to make your vacation plans to come see all of the beautiful Christmas lights in Gatlinburg TN! We look forward to seeing you during the holiday season at Chalet Village!