2008 Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

2008 Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

Experience the magic of a Tennessee Smoky Mountain Christmas. Gatlinburg’s annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. – downtown. I will be there with bells on, but I don’t have any bells! There are plenty of Christmas shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, so I can get some bells.

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Gatlinburg Christmas Parade Float

There will be more than 100 parade entries that include marching bands playing uplifting Christmas music, giant helium balloons, impressive lighted floats, dance teams, corporate floats, and equestrian units for one of the region’s top nighttime Christmas Parades. There will be millions of twinkling lights to help you get into the holiday season with an illuminating start.

You will need to bundle up because the weather will be cold. The high temperature for the day is predicted to be 49 degrees and a low of 28 degrees with a 60% chance of scattered snow showers. It would be best to wear heavier shoes, such as hiking shoes, and two pair of socks, with the inside pair being dress socks. Layered clothing works best. You loose a lot of heat through your head and neck, so wear a cap or hat and wear a scarf around your neck. This gives you a chance to wear that Christmas scarf that you got for Christmas last year that you thought you would never wear.

The sidewalks and balconies along the parade route will be jammed. A crowd in excess of 80,000 people is expected to enjoy the illuminating festivities of the parade and the town. The city of Gatlinburg’s holiday lights program is expanding their popular holiday lights program this year by $1.5 million dollars.

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Gatlinburg Christmas Lights

The Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, is sponsored by Schwan’s, and is recognized as one of the top twenty events in the South by the Southeast Tourism Society. The parade is also recognized as one of the very best by the International Festival and Events Association.

The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. at traffic light #1a and continues through downtown to traffic light #10. The traffic lights in Gatlinburg are numbered with traffic light #1 being on the side of town closest to Pigeon Forge. The last traffic light, at #10, is on the side of town adjacent to the Smoky Mountain National Park.

There will be a special appearance by Santa. Santa’ autograph party begins a 6 p.m. at the Riverbend Mall near traffic light #3. Bring your children to visit with Santa and his elves. Join over 80,000 others for this special Christmas event. You will be impressed by the quantity of twinkling lights and all of the things that are going on around you.

The Gatlinburg Trolley System, monitored by a gps system, is the easiest and most convenient way for visitors to get around town. A digital sign at the main trolley stop adjacent to the Ripley’s Aquarium tells you how long you will have to wait for your trolley. The trolley routes are color coded so that if you get on a trolley making the blue route near where you are staying, then be sure to get on a blue trolley to return. The Gatlinburg trolleys are accessible to the disabled. Exact change of fifty cents, is required on all Gatlinburg routes. The trolley to Pigeon Forge cost more. Another trolley will be at any trolley stop within 30 minutes.

Join me this year at the Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade.

Author: ParentingUncle

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