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Downtown Gatlinburg, TN


River Terrace Resort & Convention Center, Gatlinburg, TN

Event Dates

December 8, 2019
December 7-9 2019 
December 14, 2019
December 13-15, 2019 
December 15, 2019
December 14-16, 2019 
December 21, 2019
December 20-22, 2019 
December 22, 2019
December 21-23, 2019 
December 28, 2019
December 27-29, 2019 
December 29, 2019
December 28-30 2019 
January 4, 2020
January 3-5, 2020 
January 11, 2020
January 10-12, 2020 
January 18, 2020
January 17-19, 2020 
January 25, 2020
January 24-26, 2020 

Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

Celebrate a Gatlinburg Christmas and experience the spirit of the holidays with a fun-filled Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights.

One of the most memorable attractions in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Gatlinburg Trolley of Lights is the perfect way to enjoy a Gatlinburg, TN Christmas.  You’ll climb aboard and enjoy the comfort of an enclosed and heated trolley and take a relaxing and memorable journey through downtown Gatlinburg area. The Gatlinburg Trolley lights include one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays that fill the mountain village’s quaint downtown Parkway and adjacent River Road.

Millions of twinkling Gatlinburg Christmas lights fill the trail, including displays that feature animals indigenous to the nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park such as deer, foxes, squirrels, and rabbits. You’ll also encounter a wide range of timeless holiday displays including fanciful snowmen, Santa’s reindeer, elves, toys, trees, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse.

The Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights is a delightful, 45-minute guided tour of the city, offering a whimsical look at this Great Smoky Mountains winter wonderland. This special holiday event is part of an exciting two-night getaway features Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights tickets, plus luxury  accommodations at the beautiful Westgate Smoky Mountain Resort & Spa. What better way to celebrate the season and enjoy the pure winter magic of a quaint mountain village filled with diners, galleries and boutiques as well as dozens of one-of-a-kind arts & crafts shops.

Meanwhile, your stay at River Terrace Resort also includes a special VIP party with dinner, open bar, prizes and an entertaining DJ, plus a late checkout on your final day.

Trolleys can be picked up in downtown Gatlinburg for the memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321. Trolley rides begin at 7:30 pm and depart from the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at traffic light #5, near Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. NOTE: Trolleys do not run on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and adjacent to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, River Terrace Resort and Convention Center in Gatlinburg offers scenic mountain views and easy access to the nation’s most visited national park. Step outside and enjoy a stroll down the bustling streets offering a variety of fun-filled shops, galleries, restaurants and attractions for the entire family.

In addition to the Gatlinburg Christmas lights, you can explore other fun-filled Gatlinburg event packages.


*Please note, transportation is not provided for this event.

VIP Experience

In addition to luxurious accommodations and special amenities at Westgate Resorts, you’ll enjoy VIP treatment throughout the length of your event vacation, including:

– A fun-filled VIP Party complete with DJ, open bar, dinner & prizes

– Personal Concierge Services

– Late check-out on final day

Downtown Gatlinburg, TN

The Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights is a 45-minute guided tour of the town’s spectacular holiday lighting display. Trolley’s are enclosed and heated for your comfort and convenience.

Resort Information

River Terrace Resort & Convention Center

The beautiful River Terrace Resort & Convention Center is conveniently located in downtown Gatlinburg right next door to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Offering more than 200 spacious hotel rooms, the resort features majestic views of the Great Smoky Mountains and the adjacent Little Pigeon River. Guests also enjoy easy access to Gatlinburg’s wide range of family attractions, specialty stores, arts & crafts shops, cafes, art galleries and more. Simply step outside and stroll down the beautiful Parkway.

Enjoy some of the best views of the surrounding Smoky Mountains! Guests enjoy private balconies overlooking the scenic Little Pigeon River and the exceptional Smoky Mountains. Our onsite restaurant, Drafts Sports Grill, offers a fun-filled atmosphere and an extensive menu featuring gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and more as well as an extensive array of ice cold beers and other refreshments. Other amenities include two seasonal heated outdoor swimming pools.


River Terrace Resort Amenities

• Gatlinburg trolley stop
• Picnic area
• Feed the ducks
• Next to Ripley’s Aquarium
• Drafts Sports Grill
• Duck Blind Lounge
• Two heated swimming pools (seasonal)
• Interior corridors
• Adjoining rooms
• Laundry facilities
• Complimentary high speed WiFi
• Motorcoach parking
• 24-Hour Front Desk & Security

River Terrace Resort Restaurants

  • Drafts Sports Grill
  • Duck Blind Lounge

River Terrace Resort

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Event Package Includes

  • -2 nights at Westgate River Terrace
  • -Welcome party with dinner, open bar, DJ and prizes
  • -2 tickets to the Trolley Ride of Lights tour
  • -Late checkout on the final day
Package Itinerary

Day 1


VIP check-in


Welcome party with dinner, open bar, DJ and prizes

Day 2


Breakfast and VIP resort preview


Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

Day 3


Late check-out

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