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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 2021 season with our Christmas Smoky Mountains Vacation Guide.

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.

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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland 2021

November 5, 2021 – January 2, 2022

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 firstborn 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 enthused, 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 national 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 2021 Christmas season in the Smokies kicks off with Winterfest all over the area the second weekend of November. 

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

  • Value Ticket:
    • Passenger Car (up to 8 people): $25
    • Activity Van (up to 25 people): $50
    • Tour Bus: $150
  • Standard Ticket:
    • Passenger Car (up to 8 people): $30
    • Activity Van (up to 25 people): $60
    • Tour Bus: $150
  • Prime Ticket:
    • Passenger Car (up to 8 people): $40
    • Activity Van (up to 25 people): $80
    • Tour Bus: $150

Tickets can be purchased at Shandrack’s website or in person from your car with major credit cards or cash.

Santa’s Workshop Opens Nov 19 – Dec 23, 2021

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.

SANTA’S VILLAGE – Open Nightly: 6-10:00 PM , Nov 19 – Dec 23, 2021

  • Have your pictures taken with Santa
  • Pet and feed animals at the Petting Zoo
  • Pony Rides
  • 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 2021

Gatlinburg Chili Cook-off

November 11, 2021 

The 31st annual Chili Cook-off in downtown Gatlinburg will be held on November 11, 2021.

Tickets will be required to enter.

VIP tickets are $20 per person for early entry beginning at 5 p.m.

General Admission tickets are $15 per person beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Children 5 and under are free

Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

  • Dates: December 3, 2021
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Gatlinburg Christmas Lights

Start Date:Nov 10, 2021

End Date:Feb 20, 2022

In years past, Gatlinburg would light the city on the night of the parade, however, in more recent years, the dates generally coincide with the beginning of the Pigeon Forge Christmas Light celebration.

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Gatlinburg Christmas Lights

Pigeon Forge Christmas Lights

Start Date:Nov 10, 2021

End Date:Feb 20, 2022

We spent the first weekend in November 2019 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 11, 2021, 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 6th, 2021 – January 2rd 2022

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!     

Smoky Mountains Christmas Lights in Dollywood
Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

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 a 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 8:00 pm
  • Tickets purchased for the 2020 Christmas season can be upgraded to a 2021 Season pass.
  • Enjoy two Christmas seasons for the prices of ONE!

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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