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Gatlinburg’s Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade is one of the biggest events of the holiday season! Everyone loves watching as Christmas cheer is spread throughout downtown Gatlinburg. This parade is one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit in the Smoky Mountains. If you can't attend this year's parade, don't worry! It will air nationally on TV over 100 markets across the country! We’ve got all the details on the Gatlinburg Christmas parade and why you should attend!

October is one of our favorite months to visit Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains! Not only is this when the leaves in the trees start to change colors, but there are also a variety of fun and exciting things to do in Gatlinburg in October! From seeing the changing leaves to enjoying seasonal events, you'll find so many great activities to do during your trip! Check out these 8 amazing things to do in Gatlinburg in October:

Do you love saving money when you shop? From Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31, Tennessee Tax Free Weekend will be in full swing across Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. You can save on plenty of items items while shopping during the tax free holiday. But that's not all — in 2022, there's a second Tax Free Weekend for food and food ingredients! Find out more below!

Nowhere else in the United States celebrates Independence Day quite like Gatlinburg, TN! Each year, our Smoky Mountain city rings in the holiday with an incredible parade starting at midnight on July 4th. This annual event typically draws around 80,000 spectators and has been named one of the “Top Ten Parades to See in the U.S.” by National Geographic Traveler Magazine. To help you prepare for Independence Day, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to everything you need to know about the Gatlinburg parade on the 4th of July.

We have exciting news — Spring Blake is back! Blake Shelton is returning to Gatlinburg. Get ready to kick off the spring season Shelton-style — with good music, good company and good drinks! We have all the details on Blake Shelton’s visit to Ole Red Gatlinburg below:

2022 will be here before you know it, and there is no better place to ring in the new year than Gatlinburg, TN! Our Smoky Mountain city will host its annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks show at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. This hugely popular event is expected to draw more than 50,000 people from across the nation. Visit My Smokies has all of the details on the Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve festivities.

Three…two…one…Happy New Year! As this year comes to a close, end the year on a good note when you celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Smoky Mountains. From fireworks to incredible live entertainment, you’ll ring in the new year in style. Visit My Smokies put together some of the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Many people call the holiday season the most wonderful time of the year and we’re inclined to agree with them! During the month of December, the city of Gatlinburg is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with festive decorations, special events, and, hopefully, some snow! Here are 8 of the best things to do in Gatlinburg TN in December:

Christmas is one of the most magical times in the Smoky Mountains. The streets are aligned with sparkling lights and there are dozens of winter events that you do not want to miss! If you are grinning just thinking about the most wonderful time of the year, the good news is there is an upcoming event that will give you a sneak peak to all there is to come! Here is everything you need to know about Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees:

There is certainly no shortage of things to do in Gatlinburg TN in April! Now that spring is on its way, the Smokies are bursting at the seams with incredible events that celebrate East Tennessee’s culture and the great outdoors. If you plan on being here during April, you're probably wondering what all there is to do. Here are 8 of the best things to do in Gatlinburg in April:

For the first time ever, Gatlinburg is hosting a Creatures, Legends, and Lore Conference! This first annual conference is brought to you by the same people who brought you the Bigfoot Conference. If you want to attend this event, start making plans to be in Gatlinburg on October 12! To help you plan, we’ve gathered all the details on what to expect at this Gatlinburg conference and how to get tickets.

Have you ever thought you’ve spotted Bigfoot during one of your hikes in the Smoky Mountains? Probably not, but you still might believe in this giant, ape-like creature! If you’re interested in hearing more about Bigfoot, we have good news. Gatlinburg is home to the very first Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference on July 27! Here is everything you need to know about the event: