November 11, 2015 - January 31, 2016
Visitors can soak up the spirit of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season
from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley
Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on
a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing
everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter
Magic. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.
Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s
famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture
of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and
fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of
winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an
injection of bright displays as well.
Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to
quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent bulbs and
saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and allowing the City to
light the entire 120 days of the program for what it once cost for three
days of electricity.
Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains
National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits are part of
the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown
accustomed to over the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as
well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of
international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.