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Lighting Up Winter Nights in the Great Smoky Mountains

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Festive, illuminated, family fun is spilling from every corner of communities near the Great Smoky Mountains this time of year!  No matter how cold, or wet, or frozen the winter may get, they’re ready for a Smoky Mountain Christmas plus New Year’s and general holiday revelry.  A blue and green Space Needle towers over the main street of downtown Gatlinburg, where a variety of shops and shows compete for attention on the road toward Ober Gatlinburg skiing and historic Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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Downtown Gatlinburg, TN

Only in nearby Pigeon Forge could you find a traditionally lit nativity scene along with an “upside down” building!  Next to this is a life-size replica of the Titanic, complete with its own museum.

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Pigeon Forge, TN

Occasionally you’ll find something even stranger, like this cheerily decorated outhouse along the sidewalk.

OuthouseGatlinburgFlourSackMamaYes, they do have indoor plumbing for the tourists.  You have to appreciate the sense of humor that builds on hillbilly ingenuity and brings people together in the mountains from all over the globe!

The darling of Smoky Mountain tourist attractions is, of course, Dollywood, with world-class musical performances along with the trappings you expect in an amusement park.  Yet a host of other attractions help create what could be an extended family holiday in the mountains.

If you decide to spend your holidays vacationing in the Smokies, here are a few helpful hints:

  • Plan ahead for lodging, because peak times will sell out.
  • Entertain kids in the car, because you can expect traffic delays.
  • Brace yourself for endless shopping temptations!
  • Take along blankets, coats and gear listed in a Red Cross emergency kit.
  • Remember to set aside at least one day to visit Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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