Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

gatlinburg christmas paradeUPDATE: The 2020 Gatlinburg Christmas Parade has been canceled due to rain and falling temperatures.

The 2020 Gatlinburg Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg, TN is known as the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade and features parade entries of marching bands, floats, helium balloons, performers, and more! Below, you will find information about the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade route and the date & time that it is scheduled to take place.

2020 Gatlinburg Christmas Parade Date, Time, and Route

The Gatlinburg Christmas Parade 2020 takes place on Friday, December 4 at approximately 7:30 p.m. beginning historically at Baskins Creek Bypass and ending at Traffic Light #10…if you’re at traffic light 10, the parade should reach you around 8 p.m. The entire parade typically lasts around an hour. The majority of people tend to sit or stand along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg for the best views closest to all the action. If you would like to view a map of Gatlinburg to see where the traffic lights are, you can view the city’s map at: http://www.gatlinburg.com/ .

Keep in mind that the Parkway through downtown Gatlinburg will be closed off during the Christmas parade as well as slightly before it begins and after it ends. With this in mind, if you plan to attend the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade then we highly suggest arriving in town earlier in the day, find a parking spot, and stroll through the downtown shops, grab a bite to eat, sip some hot chocolate and make an afternoon & evening out of it. Have fun and enjoy the entire experience!

This year’s Gatlinburg Christmas Parade will be broadcasted Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on local TV stations in more than 100 markets throughout the country, which means you can enjoy the magic of Smoky Mountain Christmas from home!

2020 Gatlinburg Christmas Parade Grand Marshal

This year, the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade will have two grand marshals: the Van Zant Brothers. Brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant are set to headline the 2020 Christmas celebration. Johnny Van Zant, lead singer of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Donnie Van Zant, co-founder and lead vocalist of 38 Special, are also a part of their own act, Van Zant. The band Van Zant took off in 1998, and its most recent album was released in 2007.

If you can’t make it to the parade to see the Van Zant brothers serve as grand marshals, you can catch the television broadcast of it on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

Where to Park

If you’re fortunate enough to find a parking spot along River Road (which parallels the Parkway), most of those spots are free. If there aren’t any open spots, there are a handful of privately-owned parking lots along River Road that typically charge a flat fee. There are also two city-operated parking garages, one at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and the other at Traffic Light #3, the McMahan Parking Garage. Both of these parking garages provide numerous parking spots that should be available.

Gatlinburg Christmas Parade Video

Below is a video the city provided of a previous Gatlinburg Christmas Parade if you would like an idea of what to expect if you have never seen it before. Keep in mind that it is much better in person!

Also, here is a video of the parade a couple of years ago: