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Colorful illuminated displays provide delight for all ages at Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville, Tennessee.

MOST EVERYONE HAS A HOLIDAY
tradition-whether it's piling the
family into the car to drive past
twinkling lights and colorful displays, picking out a tree to cut and
carry home strapped on the roof of
the car, passing out a yearly ornament to family and friends, or digging a fork into a favorite family
recipe that's served only at Thanksgiving or Christmas.
You might even be looking for a
new tradition to begin. We hope to
inspire you with ten of our favorite
holiday traditions in the Blue Ridge
Country area.

01

WITNESS
SPECTACULAR
LIGHT
DISPLAYS

It's impossible to put a number on
the multitude of lights that twinkle each holiday season in Pigeon
Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg,
Tennessee. Suffice it to say crews
have installed millions-maybe
billions-of lights for the 28th
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Annual Winterfest celebration,
which glow from early November
until late February. Private attractions have their own displays-4
million alone at Dollywood for
Smoky Mountain Christmas and a
mile and a half of lighted displays
at Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville. There are
also special parades: The Fantasy
of Lights Christmas Parade is set
for 7:30 p.m. on December 1 in
Gatlinburg and Sevierville's 55th
Annual Christmas Parade starts
rolling on downtown streets at 11
a.m. on December 2.
Singer Dolly Parton, owner of
Dollywood, has long showcased
her love of the region through her
generous spirit. When fires broke
out in east Tennessee on November 28, 2016, many families, especially those in Gatlinburg, lost
their homes. Through the "My
People Fund," Parton's Dollywood
Foundation presented almost 900
families $10,000 each as a hand up
in rebuilding following the dev-

astating blaze. Her spirit provides
inspiration for what is the best holiday tradition of all-helping others when they need it most.
Other notable light displays:
* ROCK CITY, Lookout Mountain, Georgia: The Enchanted
Garden of Lights features nearly a
million lights and 30 illuminated
scenes, cookie decorating at the
North Pole Lodge and a buffet dinner with Santa on December 2, 3,
11 and 12 (seerockcity.com).
* North Carolina ARBORETUM,
Asheville, North Carolina: Winter
Lights, Open 6 to 10 p.m. nightly
November 17-December 31, 2017
(ncarboretum.org/exhibits-events/
winter-lights).
Walk
through
uniquely-lit displays with almost
500,000 LED lights. Tickets are date
specific and must be purchased in
advance.
* ROPER MOUNTAIN HOLIDAY
LIGHTS, Greenville, South Carolina: It's the 26th year of this event
which includes a stroll through
Winter Wonderland, which in-


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