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Everything You Need to Know About the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

The Gatlinburg Christmas Parade is one of the biggest events of the season! Each holiday season, the Gatlinburg Parkway turns into a winter wonderland. The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade is just what you need to get into the holiday spirit! We’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about the parade.

What Can I Expect at the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade?

Christmas Parade watchers outside of the Pancake Pantry in Gatlinburg TN.The Gatlinburg Christmas parade is an annual event that draws in more than 60,000 spectators each year. Everyone lines the Gatlinburg Parkway, ready to catch a glimpse of the vibrant, one-of-a-kind floats, LED displays, marching bands, dancers, holiday characters and more. There are even large balloon characters that the kids are sure to love! Each year, the parade has a different grand marshal. Grand marshals chosen in the past have been Myron Mixon and and Alyvia Alyn Lind, who played a young Dolly Parton in “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors.”

Where is the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade?

The Gatlinburg Christmas Parade starts at Baskins Creek Bypass in downtown Gatlinburg. The lineup enters the main Parkway at Light #3 and ends at Traffic Light #10. The entire parade lasts about 1 hour.

When is the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade?

The Gatlinburg Christmas Parade typically happens the first Friday in December each year. The 2020 parade will take place on December 4. The parade starts at 7:30 p.m., but you’ll want to get there early to guarantee you get a good spot.

Does the Parade Cost Money to Attend?

No, the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade is free to watch. However, you may have to pay to park in downtown Gatlinburg.

Where Do I Park for the Parade?

Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies during christmasIf you arrive early enough for the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade, you might be able to find a parking spot in a free space along River Road. If there aren’t any spots left, don’t worry! There are a handful of lots along River Road that charge a small fee and two city-operated parking garages in downtown Gatlinburg. One of the parking garages is at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and another is near Traffic Light #3.

Where Should I Stay in Gatlinburg?

The best place to stay while you’re in town for the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade is in one of our Gatlinburg cabin rentals. We have a variety of cabin rentals that range in size, price and amenities. Whatever you’re looking for, we can help you find it. Some of our cabins come with added entertainment like game rooms, home theaters and indoor pools, and most come with relaxing amenities like hot tubs and mountain views! Our cabins put you far enough away from the action to give you some peace and quiet, but close enough so that you’re only a short drive from where the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade is held!

Take a look at all our Gatlinburg cabin rentals and start planning your visit today.