Coming to Gatlinburg this month and anxious to get started celebrating your holiday spirit early? Well, Gatlinburg is ready and able to assist you. They have jump-started December’s season of joy, wonder, and wish fulfillment in November! There are a wide variety of activities and events for your family to enjoy, along with great winter getaway deals at Carr’s including $49 motel rates and then a Stay 2 Nights, Receive a 3rd Night Free special later in the month.
How about a forest of gaily-decorated Christmas trees? From November 20 – 24, 2012, there are dozens of decked out trees for you to view at the Gatlinburg W.L. Mills Conference Center. The annual display is free, but donations are accepted for the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry. This year’s theme for the Festival of Trees is “Winter Wonderland.” Don’t be surprised if you see a few snowflakes for real!
Of course, there is nothing to lift the spirits and help out the gift list and wallet like a craft fair. Hosted by the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, you will surely enjoy browsing the many talented, local artists’ booths at the Gatlinburg Convention Center while simultaneously picking up handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts for those special people on your list! The Thanksgiving and Christmas Arts and Crafts Shows will be spread over a two-week time period with autumn and holiday items for sale November 21 –25, and Christmas items for sale from November 26 – December 2.
You will have but two nights to attend the Nutcracker “Sweet” held in the W. L. Mills Auditorium in Gatlinburg November 23 & 24, 2012. The Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theater will perform this classic holiday presentation at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets range from $10-$25 each. Reservations must be made in advance at 865.680.7369.
And finally, if you are out and about on the Parkway in Gatlinburg on Friday or Saturday evenings between 5-9 p.m. starting November 23, and running weekends through December 22, you will be enchanted with Gatlinburg’s 4th Annual Winter Magic Tunes & Tales! What is that you ask? The city magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays throughout the town, and fills the streets with storytellers and fanciful winter characters such as snowmen, toy soldiers, and even Zeno, the Gatlinburg Bear, who will great you on the streets. And there is caroling, too. Groups of holiday carolers dressed in traditional Victorian era costumes will be singing all of your favorite, seasonal songs. Feel free to join in!
So come on up to Gatlinburg in November and nourish your soul and lift your spirits. ‘Tis the season of joy, magic, and wonder in the Smokies!