Gatlinburg Winterfest Events (Part 2!)
The first Smoky Mountain Winterfest events blog concluded with kickoff events for all the cities. In this article, we’ve got the Winterfest events in Gatlinburg covering Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve.
Great Smoky Thanksgiving & Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
November 22, 2022 – December 4, 2022
Recurrence: Recurring daily
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
“The Great Smoky Thanksgiving & Christmas Arts & Crafts Show runs from November 22 – December 4. Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans and makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road, and Glades Road.
The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand-carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears, and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry, unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth.”
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
December 2, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
“Beginning at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass and East Parkway, a spectacular parade line-up of balloons, floats decorated by local businesses and community groups, and high school marching bands, spans through downtown before ending at traffic light #10. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early on parade day.
Tree Lighting Ceremony:
City officials will host a grand illumination ceremony of the Gatlinburg Christmas Tree at 7:25 pm on the Parkway Plaza at Traffic Light #3.
The Parade route begins at Baskins Creek By-Pass, travels to Traffic Light #3, turns south onto the Parkway, and ends at Traffic Light #10.”
See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/36/.
New Year’s Eve Celebration and Fireworks Show
December 31, 2022
“Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for its 34th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show on Saturday, December 31. Since 1987, this free, family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s celebration is set to be a spectacular end to the year.
Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses. Live music begins at 10 p.m. at the base of the Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail/Airport Rd.”