Experience the Magic of the Gatlinburg Christmas Fantasy of Lights Parade

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Get ready for the most spectacular event of the year - the 48th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade! It's happening on Friday, December 1, 2023, and you don't want to miss it. Over 60,000 people flock to witness this award-winning parade filled with dazzling lighted floats, mesmerizing marching bands, huge balloons, and, of course, the one and only Santa Claus!

The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. at Baskins Creek Bypass and East Parkway, and the excitement doesn't stop until it reaches traffic light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg. Local businesses, community groups, and high school marching bands have lined up to create magnificent floats for this extravaganza.  Make sure to grab your spot early, the 48th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade is the highlight of the holiday season!


Make sure to keep an eye out for our very own Mountain Music Festival float! 

Tree Lighting Ceremony:
City officials will host a grand illumination ceremony of the Gatlinburg Christmas Tree at 7:25 pm on the Parkway Plaza at Traffic Light #3.Parade Route:

Parade Route:
The Parade route begins at Baskins Creek By-Pass, travels to Traffic Light #3, turns south onto the Parkway, and ends at Traffic Light #10.


Lane Closure Information:
Outbound lane closures will begin approximately at 4:30 p.m. when all U.S. Route 321 traffic will be switched to one lane on the outbound side to make room for float staging. The inbound lane will shut down approximately at 6:50 p.m. All traffic along the parade route will shut down approximately at 7 p.m.

As always we would ask that people be aware of their surroundings and vigilant about personal safety. Officers and EMS will be posted throughout the parade route and available for assistance if needed.


Grandstand Tickets:

The grandstand seats will be in the TV zone (traffic light #3), which is near the beginning of the parade route. Each seat will have a great view of the parade. Seating for the grandstand will begin at 5:30 PM on December 1. The parade steps off at 7:30 PM.

  • You may have one child on your lap without purchasing a ticket for that child, as long as the child is under the age of 5.
  • No strollers are allowed in grandstand seats, and parking for strollers will not be provided.

We will have two locations of Grandstand Seating available this year. The first location will be in the TV zone (traffic light #3), which is near the beginning of the parade route. The next location is at the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, which will is near the middle of the parade route. Each seat will have a great view of the parade.  Purchase grandstand seats