Gatlinburg SkyLift Park
December 9, 2021

When you visit the Smoky Mountains during the holiday season, you will not have any problem finding amazing Christmas festivals. From sparkling lights to sweet holiday treats, all of the Smokies are transformed into a marvelous winter wonderland. If you are staying in Gatlinburg, there is one event you don’t want to miss that offers amazing views of the Smoky Mountains. Here is everything you need to know about the Lights Over Gatlinburg at the SkyLift Park:

What to Expect

SkyLift Park

This year’s festival at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is going to be bigger and better than ever! They have added an additional 20,000 lights and 10 new dancing trees. The opening of the new section of the park has allowed them to make this festival even brighter with more sparkling lights. The highlight of the event is the ginormous 30-foot multi-colored LED tree. Be sure to bring your camera along to get pictures of your family posing in front of all the bright sculptures. One of the other highlights of the festival is the return of the Tunnel of Lights! This is a light show spectacular you don’t want to miss!

Details of the Festival

The Lights Over Gatlinburg event runs daily during normal business hours. Please note that the best viewing time for the lights is after the sun goes down. Admission to all the festivities are included with your admission ticket to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park. During the day, you can enjoy all the fascinating attractions at the park, including the all new SkyTrail! After the sun goes down, the lights come alive and fill the air with holiday spirit! The good news is you have plenty of time to go enjoy the festival because it doesn’t end until the end of January.

Other Thrilling Activities


When you visit the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, the fun begins right from the start! To get to the top of the theme park, you must first take a ride on the iconic Gatlinburg SkyLift. Open since 1954, it was the first four-season chairlift in the South. When you are driving through town, one of the first things you will notice are the famous yellow seats that take guests on a joyride up and down the mountain.

Once you reach the top of Crockett Mountain, your family will have an array of amusing activities to choose from, including the one and only SkyBridge. It is the longest pedestrian cable bridge in not only the United States, but all of North America! The bridge stretches nearly 700 feet in length, and is highlighted by the 30-foot stretch with a glass floor. This allows guests to see exactly how high up they are. Trust us, it looks even cooler after dark with Christmas lights hanging off both sides.

Now that you know about the Lights Over Gatlinburg festival at the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, be sure to check out all the other fun things to do in town while you are here! We hope to see you soon in the Smoky Mountains!

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