Posted by Leif Palmer in Events
Got big plans for the holiday season? For a lot of people, the weeks will be filled with a frenzy of activities that range from school plays to office parties to last-minute shopping excursions. It's all part of the joy of the season, and for most of us, we wouldn't have it any other way.
But taking a break for some true family time is important, too. A quick out-of-town jaunt can be just what you need to reconnect with the kids, relax a bit, and create some precious Christmas memories you'll treasure.
If you're in the mood for some toe-tapping sing-along fun, you won't do better than the many musical and comedy theaters in and around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. When holiday season rolls around, many of these shows get into the spirit with family-friendly versions of the most popular classics. Make a reservation for Country Tonite and enjoy your favorite carols and more than a few laughs as talented performers take the stage for a Christmas extravaganza. Eleven shows weekly, including four matinees, ensure you'll find one to meet everyone's schedule.
One annual tradition that's not to be missed is the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. For nearly four decades, Gatlinburg has welcomed spectators from all over the world to this favorite family event. With more than 100 entries, a dozen marching bands, and even giant balloons, it's an evening you'll remember for years to come. The fun starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014.
Looking for a few unique gifts this holiday season? Be sure to stop by the Great Smoky Mountain Christmas Arts & Crafts Show. Gatlinburg is home to the nation's largest organization of independent artists and craftsmen, and when they get together to put on a show, it's truly unforgettable. You'll find pottery, musical instruments, jewelry, home furnishings, cookware, and a host of other items on display, so no matter who's on your Christmas list, you'll find the perfect gift. And who knows? Maybe you'll even take home a few treasures for yourself.
The Smoky Mountain Christmas Arts & Crafts Show takes place in the Gatlinburg Community Center from December 1 through December 7.
To really get a taste for Christmas in the Smokies, consider renting a private chalet in the woods. A comfortable mountain hideaway is the perfect place to treasure your time together as a family as you play games in front of a roaring fire, watch a selection of holiday movies, or simply admire the view from your back porch. Close enough to town to enjoy all Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have to offer while still offering true backwoods seclusion, a cabin is the perfect home base for your vacation.
When it comes to creating unforgettable family memories, you can't do better than a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Dozens of family-friendly attractions, one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts, and good old-fashioned Southern hospitality make this a favorite spot for quick getaways and week-long excursions alike. Not only that, but you'll be surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery you'll find anywhere on earth. It's easy to see why families from all over the country return to Gatlinburg year after year for their holiday break. So what are you waiting for? This year, pack up the kids and join them.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in the Smoky Mountains. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.