The 37th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

As a 40 year old Gatlinburg native, this parade is special to me. I can remember as a small child standing on the sidewalk of my hometown watching what I thought to be the most wondrous and dazzling display. I remember the firetrucks slowly moving their way along the Parkway of Downtown Gatlinburg with the fireman throwing out hand fulls of candy left and right. The late 70’s era Christmas decor and lights hanging from all of the buildings and light poles. My sisters coming down the street twirling their batons the best that they could. Then at the end of the parade came the most exciting sight that a 6 year old boy could imagine, Santa Claus on his Sleigh with all of his elves. A couple of years later I was fortunate enough to be a participant in this parade for the 1st time when my youth league football team was ask if we would like to ride on one of the firetrucks in the parade. Would we? Of course we did. Riding on a firetruck in a parade with Santa Claus, what else could thrill an 8 year old boy more. Well 30 years later the parade has grown and become more than just a small town parade. With over 1 dozen marching bands from different states to large helium balloons and Millions of dollars of upgrades in Christmas lighting and decorations. This has become a yearly tradition for families from all around. My little girl turned 5 this summer and this will be the 1st of many Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parades that I will enjoy with my daughter. Why not come and join us? The parade is on Friday, Dec. 7th at 7:30 pm.