When you stay at the River Edge Motor Lodge, you will be just minutes away from the enchanting Christmas parade in Gatlinburg! This annual event, now its 39th year, celebrates the holiday season with a spectacular procession of performers, floats and large balloons, as well as over a dozen marching bands. Read on for everything you need to know about this beloved Smoky Mountain tradition.
The 2014 Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg will be held on Friday, December 5th in downtown Gatlinburg. It starts at Traffic Light #1A on Hwy 321 at 7:30 p.m. and ends at Traffic Light #10 about 90 minutes later. The parade is scheduled to include more than 100 entries and will feature over a dozen marching bands from Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama. In addition, attendees will enjoy the thousands of twinkling lights from the Gatlinburg Winter Magic holiday light displays that line the parade route.
The Christmas parade is one of Gatlinburg’s most popular events, drawing more than 80,000 spectators each year! Therefore, we suggest that you arrive early to enjoy the town and to find that perfect viewing spot. Note that the Parkway through downtown Gatlinburg will be closed for a short period before and after the parade, as well as during the parade itself.
Guests at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel, you can simply walk to the Gatlinburg Christmas parade! Just leave your car in our free parking lot and enjoy the convenience of being right in the middle of the holiday celebration. Our large hotel rooms at the River Edge Motor Lodge have all the amenities you need for the perfect holiday trip to Gatlinburg. Check out our Discount Smoky Mountain Attraction Tickets page to learn how can save money on your vacation in the Smokies!