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Gatlinburg Special Events & Annual Festivals 2014 Calendar

** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in the Smoky Mountains area is current as of 2013.
Event listings are subject to change without notice to Best Western Ogle's Properties.  Please confirm events, times and locations if your travel plans are contingent on this list of events. **

| December |

Things to Do November 2014

1
Dollywood National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration:
  America's largest southern gospel event brings over 300 concerts from gospel stars and the art of the country's best crafters to Dollywood Theme Park.

1-2
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg:
  Bavarian-style food, beverages, music and live entertainment fuels this festival through November 2.  Multiple shows Fridays-Sundays.

Ripley's Fright Nights:  Ripley's Haunted Adventure spooks up the season with a special show each Friday-Sunday evening in October and on Halloween night.  Not appropriate for young children.

8-January 3, 2015
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival:
  Celebrate Christmas in the Smokies and include a day (or two!) at Dollywood for endless Christmas lights and special holiday shows.  Closed 12/24, 12/25 & 12/31.  dollywood.com

11
Veterans Day Celebration:
  Gatlinburg, an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day, will salute the men and women of the Armed Forces during a special ceremony at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza at 11 a.m.

12
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff:
  Enjoy live entertainment and lots of chili on the downtown strip from 5 to 8 p.m.   Lights come on at 8!

12-December 30
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights:
  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Group reservations are available. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Tickets can be purchased online from eventsgatlinburg.com.  Excludes December 5, 24, 25.

13-February 28, 2015
Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
  Light up your winter nights with spectacular LED light displays throughout the Parkway, compliments of the city of Gatlinburg.

25-December 7
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show:
  Annual craft show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center featuring the unique handcrafted items of the members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

26-30
Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees:
  Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center's W.L. Mills Conference Center. Event benefits Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. (800) 568-4748

28-December 20
Winter Magic Tunes & Tales:
  Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings through December 20 beginning at 6 p.m.

28-29
The Nutcracker "Sweet":
  Holiday classic performance at 7 p.m. by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company at the Gatlinburg Convention Center W.L. Mills Auditorium. Call (865) 680-7369 for ticket purchases.

 

December 2014 Christmas Season Things to Do

1-February 28, 2015
Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
  Light up your winter nights with spectacular LED light displays throughout the Parkway, compliments of the city of Gatlinburg.

1-January 3, 2015
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival:
  Celebrate Christmas in the Smokies and include a day (or two!) at Dollywood for endless Christmas lights and special holiday shows.  Closed 12/24, 12/25 & 12/31.  dollywood.com

1-7
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show:
  Annual craft show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center featuring the unique handcrafted items of the members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community.  www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

1-30
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights:
  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley's Aquarium Trolley Station. Group reservations are available. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Tickets can be purchased online from eventsgatlinburg.com.  Excludes December 5, 24, 25.

5
Gatlinburg's 39th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade:
  Recognized by the International Festival and Events Association, this popular Christmas parade in downtown Gatlinburg features lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units and helium balloons. Parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at Traffic Light #1A and continues through downtown to Light #10.

5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Winter Magic Tunes & Tales:
  Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 6 p.m.

31
New Year's Eve Fireworks Show & Ball Drop:
  Downtown Gatlinburg's fabulous fireworks show, live entertainment, and free party favors at the stroke of midnight for the 27th straight year!  Be at the Space Needle area (traffic light #8) for the "South's Best New Year's Eve Show."

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** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in the Smoky Mountains area is current as of 2013.
Event listings are subject to change without notice to Best Western Ogle's Properties.  Please confirm events, times and locations if your travel plans are contingent on this list of events. **

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