Winter Magic Tunes and Tales

Winter Magic Tunes and Tales will turn downtown Gatlinburg into a wintery wonderland of carolers and holiday cheer this season.

There’s nothing like FREE entertainment right? Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic version of its annual Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales program will be seen on the parkway downtown Friday and Saturday nights between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. So, if you weren’t able to catch the performers during the year, you’ll have another chance, except this go round it be holiday-themed tunes and Christmas tales.

The carolers are members of the Walters State Community College chorus under the direction of Deborah Hicks. You’re also bound to see the Gatlinburg-Pittman High School barbershop quartet at some point. They were regulars this past summer during Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales and performed to rave reviews. Catch them at the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees opening show as well as Gatlinburg’s performance of the Nutcracker Sweet on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30, both at W.L. Mills Conference center.

You’ll be able to recognize the carolers by their Dickens-style holiday garb. These are traditional Victorian-era costumes with top hats and bonnets aplenty. They’ll be strolling down the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg from 5-9 p.m. from November 23-24 and from December 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22.

You might even catch a glimpse of Zeno the Gatlinburg bear as he delays hibernation to catch visitors walking along the parkway and take in the holiday magic.

Winter Magic is an annual Gatlinburg holiday celebration in which the town is covered with spectacular lighting displays and Christmas decorations sure to take you back to your own childhood and the impending excitement of Christmas. Gatlinburg’s downtown area becomes a forest of branches and scrolls, accentuating the timeless Smoky Mountain displays visitors have come to know and love over the course of 22 years. From animals who call the Great Smoky Mountains National Park home – black bears to wintery snowmen, toy soliders and a shiny rocking horse, it’s a Christmas wonderland of past and present delight.