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Here is the Best Way to See the Christmas Lights in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Christmas lights
November 17, 2014

During the holiday season, the city of Gatlinburg is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with over three million Christmas lights! If you’re looking for the perfect way to see all of the lights and decorations you can’t beat the Trolley Ride of Lights. Read on for everything you need to know about this special event.

(See Also: 4 Fun Things to Do in Your Gatlinburg Cabin on a Snowy Day)

What to Expect

Gatlinburg’s trolleys will take guests on a wonderful 45 minute tour of the city’s spectacular Christmas lights. The route includes the downtown Parkway, River Road, and Highway 321.

This year’s light displays will feature evergreen forests, jolly snowmen, and sparkling
fountains. Guests can also expect to see depictions of local wildlife found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, such as bears, foxes, rabbits, and deer. The Christmas lights in Gatlinburg are not only beautiful, they are also environmentally friendly. The city has recently converted to efficient LED bulbs that provide a 95% savings in energy costs.

Where and When

Winterfest Christmas lights

The Trolley Ride of Lights will run from November 12, 2014 – January 25, 2015. Tours leave nightly at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. The trolleys will not run on the first friday of December, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve, or New Years Day. During the month of January, tours will only be on Saturday nights.

You can board the trolley at the Mass Transit Center located at 88 River Road (near traffic light #5) in downtown Gatlinburg. A trolley ride costs $5.00 and can be purchased online at the official Trolley Ride of Lights website.

Where to Stay

Christmas lights scene

Our luxurious cabins are just minutes away from the incredible Christmas lights in Gatlinburg. With everything from one bedroom cabins in Gatlinburg for intimate getaways to fifteen bedroom cabins for family reunions, Timber Tops is guaranteed to have the perfect place to stay for your vacation in the Smokies. Give us a call today to start planning your winter retreat!

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