Winter Magic Tunes And Tales Creates Holiday Atmosphere In Gatlinburg

Friday, November 16, 2012 - by Jim Davis
Gatlinburg Carolers
Gatlinburg Carolers

The Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau spices up the holiday season with free weekend entertainment by presenting the Gatlinburg Winter Magic version of its Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales program live on the Parkway on Friday and Saturday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve.

The company will debut at the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees and kick off the opening performance of the Nutcracker Sweet on Friday, Nov. 23, both at W.L. Mills Conference center.

Groups of Dickens-style holiday carolers dressed in traditional Victorian era costumes will stroll along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg from 5-9 p.m. on the evenings of Nov. 23-24, Nov. 30, and Dec. 1, 7-8. 14-15 and 21-22.

In addition, Zeno the Gatlinburg Bear will be delaying hibernation this year to make occasional appearances and greet holiday visitors on the streets as well.

During Gatlinburg Winter Magic, the City magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays throughout town, featuring all LED bulbs. The length of the Parkway is lined by a forest of branches and scrolls, accentuating the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23 years including animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, busy black bears, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children, toy soliders and a shiny rocking horse.

For more information on wintertime fun in the Smokies, visit www.gatlinburg.com or contact the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at (865) 436-4178.


Winter Magic Tunes and Tales Carolers
Winter Magic Tunes and Tales Carolers

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