The season is upon us yet again and Christmas in the Smoky Mountains is just around the corner. Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy some of the beauty and wonder of the Smoky Mountains Christmas lights for the 2019 season. There have been some significant changes to to this years Christmas light schedules in the Smoky Mountains so be sure to check the dates and book your accommodations accordingly.
In this post you will find everything you need to plan a wonderful Smoky Mountains Christmas holiday and enjoy all the amazing Christmas lights in the Smokies.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland 2019
November 15th – January 5th 2020
It’s hard to believe before Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland moved to the Smoky Mountains, it actually began quite literally in my back door I can still remember taking my first born to see his “first Christmas lights” at Shadrack’s synchronized Christmas light display in Bristol, TN. At six months old he was probably less than enthuzed, but his dad and I were mesmerized by the immersive drive through Christmas light experience. Viewing Christmas light displays in our pajamas with hot cocoa and candy canes has now become a family Christmas tradition.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has since received nationwide recognition and has moved a few hours down the road, but that just gives us another great excuse to head to the Smokies for the Christmas season.
The 2019 Christmas season in the Smokies kicks off with Winterfest all over the area the second weekend of November. Shadrack’s opening night will be November 15th, 2019 and will continue nightly through January 5th, 2020. Cars can enjoy the synchronized Christmas light display from 6pm-10pm nightly with some extended hours on weekends.
Note: The lines can grow rather long on weekends and as the holidays approach. Visiting Monday-Thursday is advisable for shorter wait times.
Ticket Prices For Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
- Cars or Family Vans (8 passengers or less) All Sundays-Thursdays EXCEPT Dec 13th-29th: $25 and $30 on Fridays and Saturdays
- Activity Van, Limo, or Mini/Half Bus: $50
- Tour/School Bus: $100
Tickets can be purchased online or in person from your car with major credit cards or cash.
Santa’s Workshop Opens November 16, 2019
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland doesn’t stop with the amazing dancing Christmas lights. Santa’s Village is free with the price of admission in includes a whole host of other fun Christmas activities.
- Have your pictures taken with Santa (photo packages begin at $24.99)
- Pet and feed animals at the Petting Zoo – $2
- Pony Rides – $5.
- Food Vendors are also on hand with hot chocolate, kettle corn, and more
- Inflatables for kids.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is located at the Smokies Baseball Stadium in Kodak, TN.
Call For More Information: 888.321.7547
Gatlinburg Christmas Winterfest 2019
Gatlinburg Chili Cook-off
November 6, 2019
The 30th annual Chili Cook-off in downtown Gatlinburg will be held on November 6, 2020 with a $10 admission price.
The Gatlinburg Christmas parade will be held on December 6, 2019 at 7:30pm on the main parkway.
Gatlinburg Christmas Lights
November 22nd, 2019 – February 17th, 2020
In years past, Gatlinburg would light the city on this night, however, this year the lights will not be turned on until November 22, 2019 and will remain on until February 17th.
Gatlinburg Trolley of Lights
November 22, 2019-January 25, 2020
You can take a self drive to enjoy the lights, but for a special memory consider taking the Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights. These specially designated trolleys run throughout downtown Gatlinburg and Hwy 321 so you can sit back and take in the more than 5 million Christmas lights and displays from the comfort of a heated enclosed trolley.
This year some special enhancements have been added to the Trolley of Lights tour including,
– A special costumed storyteller as your guide
– Complimentary cup of hot chocolate provided by Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
– Special Christmas token to show our thanks and commemorate your experience on the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
- Cost: $10 Children 3 and under FREE
- Dates: November 7, 2019- January 26, 2019
- Trolleys run at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 and do not run on December 6, Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, or Christmas day.
- After Christmas, the trolley will continue to run on Saturdays at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 until January 25, 2020
Pigeon Forge Christmas Lights
November 22, 2019 – February 17, 2020
We spent the first weekend in November at the Margaritaville Island Inn and enjoyed the very convenient access to the Island Pigeon Forge while there. As a side note it was a GREAT HOTEL and I definitely recommend it and would stay there again. You can check the current rates here.
This year the official lighting ceremony has been pushed back to November 22, 2019 and will take place with the lighting of the Tree at The Island (it has previously been in Patriot Park so take note). The Island Christmas tree in Pigeon Forge will have 40,000 ornaments and more than 5,000 feet of garland so don’t miss it!
There are more than 5 million Christmas lights in Pigeon Forge ranging from traditional sites like Christmas trees and Soldiers to the woodland animals and familiar icons of the area like black bears and deer.
Dollywood Christmas Lights
November 9th, 2019 – January 4th 2020
No list of Christmas lights in the Smokies would be complete without paying tribute to the queen of the Smokies and her park. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas certainly shine bright with more than 4 million Christmas lights in the park!
Our family has enjoyed many years of taking in the beautiful Christmas decorations and lights of Dollywood on many occasions. In fact, my brother used to be one of the men responsible for the quick turn from the fall season to the winter wonderland that transforms Dollywood into a sparkling shimmer of Christmas illumination.
Of course the lights are just small part of what makes Dollywood special during the Christmas season. There are award winning shows and Christmas performances, great Christmas treats, and a nightly parade. More than 20 of the rides are in operation as well, so bundle up the kids and don’t miss the beautiful Dollywood Christmas lights this year.
- The Dollywood Christmas Parade of Many Colors runs nightly at 8:25 pm
- Tickets purchased for the 2019 Christmas season can be upgraded to a 2020 Season pass. Enjoy two Christmas seasons for the prices of ONE! Click here for specials and packages on this year’s Dollywood Tickets.
Christmas Light displays are a favorite part of our family tradition and the Smokies have more than enough to satisfy.
What are your favorite family Christmas traditions? Do they include a visit to the Smokies?
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