Come and Venture Out to the Mountains!


Now that we’ve detailed the Christmas events going on around the lake, let’s take a look at what Smoky Mountain Christmas means around the mountains. Sevierville, Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are all at the foothills of the National Park, and they all provide copious decorations and events which bring the Christmas spirit to life. In this blog post, we’ll focus on the big attractions and provide some links for more information on others that are worth driving from Douglas Lake to.

Sevierville – Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Located right where Sevierville turns into Kodak on Highway 66, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland turns the Smokies Baseball Stadium into that which truly lives up to the name “Christmas Wonderland”.
Shadrack’s includes Santa’s Village, inflatable entertainment for kids, and some of the most brilliant lighting displays ever made. See more on this at

Gatlinburg – Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
This Friday, December 4th, will be Gatlinburg’s favorite city-wide Christmas event – the Fantasy of Lights Parade for 2015!

This is the highlight of the Christmas season for Gatlinburg as they pull out all stops to give their audience a fully realized and awe-inspiring show. From The Alamo Steakhouse all the way down to Stoplight #10, all your favorite Christmas characters will march, dance and more with wondrous music, lights and performances you and your kids will never forget.

And this year is something new too. The guest Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Rachel Grant. Rachel Grant is an actress known for her role in 007 movie “Die Another Day” whose resume also includes travel writing, world adventuring, international beauty queen and champion philanthropist for social needs in the Philippines. We’re proud to have such a person lead our Christmas parade and you should come out to join in the festivities!

Parade starts at 7:30PM. See more at

Pigeon Forge – Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
Is it any wonder the best Christmas activity in Pigeon Forge comes from Dollywood? The entire park transforms and the decorations are unrivaled by anyone for miles. Lights reach from the entrance all the way to the very tall trees, rides, and even out to the furthest corners of Dollywood. The hours stay open later, the rides operate in the dark (unless it’s too cold), there is a Santa’s workshop, nightly parades, carolers and, yes, much more.

See more on Dollywood at


Where to find more events going on in town?
* Pigeon Forge Events
* Gatlinburg Events
* Sevierville Events