A Quick Tour Through Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

A Quick Tour Through Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Like the name says, here’s a quick tour through Dollywood in the Christmas season at night. Video footage by Ge’ne L. Kea and the music used is a public domain recording from Jon Sayle.

Upcoming Christmas Fun in the Smokies

Upcoming Christmas Fun in the Smokies

Planning on coming to the Smokies this weekend for some Christmas time with the family? Here are some of the things to consider to get into the spirit. * Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade * 12/1/17 From “More than 60,000 people come to […]

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in the Smokies 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in the Smokies 2017

The Thanksgiving Weekend special events for this year remain largely traditional, but we’ll add a few other recommendations for family fun in the Smokies as well. You’ll be able to enjoy these whether you’re staying in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville or Wears Valley as they should be roughly 30-40 minutes driving time at some of the farthest.Let’s look.

* Thanksgiving/Christmas Craftsmen Fair *
11/21/16 – 11/26/17 and 11/27/17 – 12/3/17

Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country and Bluegrass entertainment.;

* Winter Tunes and Tales *
Each weekend starting 11/21/17 – 12/16/17

Tunes and Tales is a big hit and one of Gatlinburg’s newest traditions, as far as traditions are structured in Appalachia. Previously a Summer-only event, Tunes and Tales is now entering its second year of a Winter edition complete with caroling, holiday themed storytelling and more. Come see it and get in the Christmas spirit!;

* Festival of Trees *
11/22/17 – 11/26/17

The Gatlinburg Festival of Trees takes place at the W.L. Mills convention center and its also an excellent introduction to the coming Christmas season. This is a charity event sponsored by Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries and features dozens of exquisitely made Christmas trees to make a man-made Yuletide forest in the great convention center. All proceeds go to the ministry efforts of Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.;

* Titanic Museum Fireworks *

At 7:00PM on Thanksgiving day, the Titanic Museum on the parkway in Pigeon Forge will celebrate the occasion with a fireworks display. There aren’t too many places here in the US that choose this holiday for fireworks, so you’re definitely getting a Thanksgiving treat from Titanic with this event.;

* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas *
Now to 1/3/18

The entire park turns into a Winter Wonderland with decorations from end to end. Millions and millions of lights, parades, Christmas shows and a Santa’s workshop is just the starting point of what Dollywood offers families. See more info at

* Christmas at Dixie Stampede *
Now to 12/31/17

The best dinner-theater show in Sevier County transforms for the season as well. Snow will fall, a true Winter fantasy land opens up before you, old-fashioned constumes, favorite holiday music and even a Live Nativity will be how Dixie Stampede celebrates the season of Christmas for this year!

Stay tuned for more holiday-related news and information here and visit for other area information that can benefit your Smoky Mountain getaway!

4th of July 2017

4th of July 2017

That time of the year is coming up – everyone’s favorite part of the Summer is more than celebrated here in the Smokies and we want to give you 2017’s information on the 4th of July Festivities in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg’s tradition […]

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2017

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2017

It’s already going on here in Gatlinburg and those who come and explore the main downtown area at 6:00 in the afternoon will find some additions to the atmosphere in the form of Gatlinburg fan-favorite event “Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales”. Smoky Mountain Tunes and […]

The August Eclipse

The August Eclipse

Here’s some news to look out for once it gets to be late August. It seems the Knoxville area of East Tennessee (and presumably those of us in Sevier County) will get to experience a Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017. Although this will be a partial solar eclipse instead of a total solar eclipse, you should definitely save the date and get ready for a visual treat!Here’s all the current information we have on that:

Viewing Time: 1:04PM – 3:58PM
Max Viewing Time: 2:34PM

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park Service will also be holding a viewing event at three places within the Western side of the National Park:

* Clingman’s Dome
* Cades Cove
* Oconaluftee

See more information on the viewing and tickets for it at

You can also build a simple card projector using these instructions from

DIY: Simple Card Projector
The simplest and quickest way to safely project the Sun is with a projector made from only 2 pieces of card or paper.

You Need:
* 2 pieces of stiff white cardboard, e.g. 2 paper plates
alternatively, 2 sheets of plain white paper
* a thumbtack, a sharp pin or a needle.

What to Do:
Diagram of a DIY pinhole projector.
The concept of a pinhole projector ©

To make a quick version of the pinhole projector, take a sheet of paper and make a tiny hole in the middle of it using a pin or a thumbtack. Make sure that the hole is round and smooth.

With your back towards the Sun, hold 1 piece of paper above your shoulder allowing the Sun to shine on the paper.

The 2nd sheet of paper will act as a screen. Hold it at a distance, and you will see an inverted image of the Sun projected on the paper screen through the pinhole.

To make the image of the Sun larger, hold the screen paper further away from the paper with the pinhole.

A box projector works on the same principles, it requires a little more time and a few extra items to construct, but it is more sturdy.

Keep Safe! Never look at the Sun directly without protective eye gear. Even sunglasses cannot protect your eyes from the damage the Sun’s rays can do to them.

See more information on this at

Celebrate New Years in Gatlinburg!

Celebrate New Years in Gatlinburg!

We look forward to the new year and the new year’s celebrations at the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg. In Gatlinburg, the New Years party for that city runs traditional as it has for decades begins. Throughout the day, the knowledge of the impending countdown […]

Winterfest Kickoff Events For 2016

Winterfest Kickoff Events For 2016

It’s that wonderful time of year again when we welcome the Winterfest holiday season with not one, not two, but THREE Winterfest kickoff events that you can enjoy within less than an hour’s drive from one another should you choose to want to do all […]

Scenes of the Nativity in Gatlinburg

Scenes of the Nativity in Gatlinburg

We received a request to post this on behalf of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg, TN.

“Our Savior Lutheran Church invites you to celebrate the season at its Scenes of the Nativity Open House held at the church on Historic Nature Trail road in Gatlinburg. Scenes of the Nativity will be open on Saturday, November 26th from 10:00AM to 2:00PM and on Sunday, November 27th from noon to 2:00PM.

Member and friends of the congregation will display their own Nativities. There will be one-of-a-kind Nativity sets from around the world, pieces, and collectibles like the Hummel and Willow Tree, hand-carved, humorous, new and old, papier-mâché and more.

“Many of these displays are family treasures,” says Robin Whiting, event organizer. “These Nativities have been in our homes passed down through the family or gifts from special friends for ages. This open house is our gift to the community and to our Gatlinburg visitors. We hope that the thirty or so minutes you spend here viewing these artistic expressions of the Christmas story will renew a spirit of Christmas and christian tradition for you.”

In addition to the Nativities, there will be cookies and hot apple cider, and childrens’ activities centering on the Christmon Tree and the Season of Advent. A Nativity scene will be given away each day. Parking is free at the church. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted for the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Smokies. We encourage everyone to also attend the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees at Mills Auditorium, which also benefits the Boys and Girls Club.

Please visit our website at for additional information or contact Robin Whiting at

Our Savior Lutheran Church is located at 423 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738 and their phone number is 436-5641.

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