Gatlinburg gets ready for the Christmas season in a big way. From parades to lights to traditional favorites, there's plenty of family-friendly fun in this town in the heart of the Smokies.

Gatlinburg’s winter calendar of events is packed with fun seasonal activities like Winterfest, Winter Magic, the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show, the Festival of Trees, the Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, the Sugarlands Spirits Stage, the Junior Winter Slam, the Winter Special Olympics, and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks show.