Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg
Carr’s Cottages is not only a great location for an affordable Christmas vacation, but also for watching the 2012 Fantasy of Lights Parade on December 7! The parade begins just a hop and a skip across our footbridge at traffic light #1A on Hwy. 321.
Thousands of people gather each year for this spectacular parade that lasts nearly an hour and half. You’ll think you’re in a big city instead of our little ski town when you see the number of inflated balloons floating high above the Parkway. Each year there are more parade participants, more to see, and more to cheer! There will be marching bands from five states, dancing elves, holiday singers and glorious floats, and many of your favorite Smoky Mountains characters.
A new addition to this year’s parade lineup will be the “Guardian of the Ribbon” pink fire trucks out of Radcliff, KY. Chief Henderson and his crew will be guiding two pink fire trucks in the parade, celebrating cancer survivors and spreading awareness that Pink Heals.
If you do decide to walk downtown, you can also enjoy the live entertainment of Winter Magic Tunes & Tales strolling carolers beginning at 5 p.m. Join in the singing with traditionally dressed Victorian carolers or watch for barbershop quartets and Zeno the Bear. Though there won’t be a Trolley Ride of Lights on parade night, you can still marvel at the millions of lights along the Gatlinburg Parkway while shopping and dining.
We look forward to welcoming you to Gatlinburg for a winter getaway during the 37th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade!