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One of the most anticipated local winter pleasures in the beautiful Smoky Mountains is the annual Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales event, which will bring music, culture, and holiday fun to the streets of Gatlinburg. The popular event takes place on select dates beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing through mid-December. Residents and holiday visitors to the area flock to the streets to enjoy the live entertainment every year.

Winter Smoky Mountains Tunes and TalesThe sights and sounds of traditional bluegrass music, acapella carolers, and other live musicians and performers will ring in the holiday season against a sparkling backdrop of millions of twinkling lights. Sacred and secular music will feature styles ranging from Appalachian to country to pop hits, and a little bit of everything in between.

Entertainers will stroll as they perform, and in addition to the music and singing, there will be storytellers, characters, and a chance to meet Santa’s elves!

Event organizers plan lots of variety, with history, humor and more woven between the musical performances. Kids will love getting the chance to capture a “selfie” with Frosty the Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Performances will be on Friday and Saturday nights, and the event is especially sure to tempt lots of locals and visitors looking for something fun and festive to do on the Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Visitors to the event can enjoy all the offerings of downtown Gatlinburg during the Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales event. From shopping to dining, the streets of the city bustle with activity during the holiday season, and even more so when the music and magic of this beloved annual gathering gets underway. The entertainment takes place on scheduled nights from 5 pm until 9:30 pm, so you can make dinner reservations at your favorite downtown restaurant, and then enjoy the performances afterward. Or, show up spontaneously and watch the wide variety of entertainment while enjoying the warmth of a cup of hot chocolate!

The 2017 Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales event kicks off on Friday, November 25th with a second-night of holiday music and revelry on Saturday, November 26th. The music, singing, costumed character appearances, and other wintry delights return for the next three weeks, Fridays and Saturdays, December 2nd and 3rd, 9th and 10th, and 16th and 17th.

Dress warm and bring your camera to capture the magic of the authentic, homegrown music and culture of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains at wintertime.

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