Christmas in the Smoky Mountains: Best 3 Ways to See Holiday Lights

Beautiful holiday lights celebrating Christmas in the Smoky Mountains.

It’s hard to believe that it is almost time for Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. It seems like only yesterday we were packing up the decorations in preparation for the warmer seasons.
Nonetheless, we at Stony Brook Cabins could not be more excited to see the return of the area’s beloved holiday lights! That is why we have put together a list of our favorite ways for our guests to experience the dazzling holiday magic of these stunning displays.

Enjoy the Trolley Ride of Lights

Hands down, the best way for visitors to enjoy the festive holiday lights for Christmas in the Smoky Mountains is to experience them from the comfort of one of the trolley tours in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg trolley rides run Monday-Friday at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The route begins on River Road and travels down the Parkway to Traffic Light #10.

Tours are just $5 each, per person, and are perfect for any size family or group looking to spend Christmas in the Smoky Mountains.

(See Also: The 4 Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg in Winter)

Visit a Smoky Mountain Attraction With Scenic ViewsA holiday light display depicting The Old Mill in the Smoky Mountains.

If you are looking to add a little excitement to your Christmas in the Smoky Mountains experience, you and your family should consider viewing the holiday lights from one of the many attractions with scenic views. Not only do these attractions give you and your loved ones something fun to do to pass the time, but they also give you an unparalleled vantage point for admiring the beautiful lights.

A few of our favorite Smoky Mountain attractions to see holiday lights from include:

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Every year, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland takes over Smokies Stadium and converts it to a true Christmas capital. Here, guests will find thousands of holiday lights all synched to festive seasonal music that they can play in the comfort of their own car.

This holiday attraction is open rain or shine seven nights a week from dusk to 10 p.m., including holidays and weekends. Follow the link for more details on Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland:

The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge at night.The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge

If you want to see the holiday lights but you don’t want to sit in your car, why not head on over to The Island in Pigeon Forge? From the top of their 200-foot Ferris wheel, guests will enjoy breathtaking aerial views of Pigeon Forge and all of the city’s magical lights.

Follow the link to learn more about The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel:

Gatlinburg Space Needle

The Gatlinburg Space Needle, the tallest building in Gatlinburg, is by far one of the most unique attractions in the Smoky Mountains. From the top of the tower, you and your family will have a clear view of the Parkway and the millions of holiday lights below. This is perfect for panoramic photos and family memories.

Visit the Gatlinburg Space Needle’s website at

Drive the Parkway

If you are looking for a more cost-effective way to see the holiday lights, or if you can’t find a tour that meets your schedule, we suggest creating your own exciting auto tour of Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. To do so is quite easy.

All you and your family have to do is hop in the car and simply drive around. You can explore either the Parkway in Holiday lights on the Parkway in Gatlinburg.Pigeon Forge or downtown Gatlinburg. You can also explore the many side roads to see the Christmas decorations set up from some of our favorite local businesses. Who knows, maybe you fill find a new Smoky Mountain attraction or restaurant that you didn’t know existed before your adventure! To pick up a free brochure and map of the holiday lights in Pigeon Forge, visit the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center or the Pigeon Forge Trolley Office.

If you and your family are searching for a peaceful and relaxing place to spend Christmas in the Smoky Mountains, look no further than inside one of the spacious Gatlinburg cabin rentals offered by Stony Brook Cabins. All just minutes from the hustle and bustle of the Parkway, we are sure that you will find just what you are looking for in our inventory.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Happy holidays!

Stony Brook Cabins and Chalets
1663 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738, USA
Reservations: 800-633-5652
Local: 865-436-7428
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