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A Winterfest lights display depicting the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.

Top 3 Ways to See the Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights

Now that it is time for the holiday season, you and your family may find yourselves looking for the best ways to explore all of the beautiful Smoky Mountain Christmas lights. Not only are these lights the best way to get you and your loved ones in the holiday spirit, but it is also a unique way to start creating long-lasting Christmas memories.

For a list of our favorite places to see the holiday lights, read below!

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride

The Gatlinburg Winter Magic is the best way you and your family can see all the spectacular Smoky Mountain Christmas lights from the comfort of one of the Gatlinburg trolley cars. Departing from the Mass Transit Center, the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley ride will take guests on a scenic tour throughout downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding area.

Smoky Mountain Christmas treeHere, visitors will see millions of holiday lights and displays that light up the night sky. In addition, you will also be able to see all of the festive local businesses and shops that have also gotten into the holiday spirit by decorating their storefronts.

Tour times are at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. from now through the end of January.

Tickets can be purchased online.

Pigeon Forge Trolley Lights Tour

If you don’t feel like looking for parking in downtown Gatlinburg, why not experience the Smoky Mountain Christmas lights from the comfort of the Pigeon Forge Trolley system? Similar to the route taken in downtown Gatlinburg, the folks with the Pigeon Forge Trolley tour will take visitors on a scenic tour of all the illuminated displays that line the Parkway.

Winter events in the Smoky MountainsTour times to see the Smoky Mountain Christmas lights in Pigeon Forge this year last from the beginning on November through the end of February.

Tickets are $5 per person, and they can be purchased at the ticket booth at the Pigeon Forge Trolley station near The Old Mill and Patriot Park.

Shadrack’s Christmas Lights at Smokies Stadium

If you are looking for a way to explore the Smoky Mountain Christmas lights from the comfort of your own car, why not consider heading over to Shadrack’s Christmas Lights at Smokies Stadium? Here, you and your family can take a personalized auto tour of thousands of magical lights that are all synced to music you can listen to on your radio. The songs include holiday classics like Hallelujah, Silent Night and many more!

Rain or shine, this Sevierville attraction is open from dusk until 10 p.m. seven nights a week from now through January 6. Ticket prices vary by vehicle size.

  • Cars or family cans: $25
  • Activity van, limo or small bus: $40
  • Tour/school bus: $80

Smoky Mountain Christmas lightsOnce you have had your fill of seeing the holiday lights, be sure to swing by and say hi to Santa Claus and his friends found inside Santa’s Village. Here, kids will also be able to experience a thrilling pony ride, play on inflatables and feed animals at the petting zoo! Cost per activity may vary.

For a peaceful and relaxing place to stay after spending the evening exploring all of the Smoky Mountain Christmas lights, why not consider renting one of the many welcoming cabin rentals offered by Auntie Belham’s Cabin Rentals? Perfect for any size family or group looking to spend the holidays in the Smoky Mountains, our rentals come equipped with full kitchens, laundry facilities, outdoor hot tubs, pool tables, cable tv, internet, fireplace, and much more.

To learn more about our Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg cabins, feel free to give us a call today! Our reservation team will be more than happy to assist you and your family plan the perfect trip to the Smokies this year.