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Special Smoky Mountains Event Celebrates Christmas By Honoring Past

Christmas tree decorated in the snowTreat your family to something special this weekend by attending the 38th annual Festival of Christmas Past. Sponsored by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, this Smoky Mountain Christmas event is the perfect blend holiday cheer and rich mountain history.

This Smoky Mountains Christmas event will include dozens of local artisans displaying their talents in a variety of fields including old-time mountain music, traditional harp singing, rug weaving, apple-head dolls, quilt making, and more. The cherished Smoky Mountain storytellers Kathy and Mike Gwinn will also be in attendance to entertain the crowd with their vast knowledge of mountain lore.

A definite must see! One of the best parts about this Smoky Mountains Christmas event is the ever-popular Memories Walk. Here guests are taken on a guided tour of the Sugarlands Visitor Center and the surrounding area where “early settlers” tell their stories of early life in the mountains.

This year’s Smoky Mountains Christmas Past celebration will take place on Saturday December 14 at the Sugarlands Visitor Center. Event hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free.

To find out more about other exciting upcoming Christmas-themed events in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, Visit My Smokies invites guests to check out our Area Calendar of Events page on our website. Along with a full list of all the fun and exciting things to do in the Smoky Mountains, visitors will also find exclusive attractions and lodging discounts, as well as tons of vacation planning tips. See you in the Smokies!