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Enjoy Free Music, Find Unique Gifts at the 7th Annual Fine Arts Festival – May 14-15

Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival

The Gatlinburg Fine Arts Festival (GFAF) is a free outdoor family event that features quality artists from around the country along with Appalachian music from the area. Volunteers from the community produce the festival to benefit the Sevier County Arts Council, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and the Gatlinburg Boys & Girls Club.

2011 will be the seventh year of the festival and large crowds are expected. Gatlinburg is a thriving tourist destination and a gateway city to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with over 9 million visitors annually.

The festival is being held in the center of the city at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts Campus adjacent to Arrowcraft Shop at Light # 5.

For more fun things to do in Gatlinburg, TN, visit GatlinburgConcierge.com.

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Gatlinburg Winter Magic Lights FestivalThere’s still time to experience the holiday magic in Gatlinburg, TN. The annual Gatlinburg Winter Magic event is going on now through February, 28. The lights are on every evening during the wintertime in Gatlinburg, and now every display is environmentally friendly, using LED lights.

Over the past 22 years, visitors have enjoyed dazzling displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park such as deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits as well as branches and scrolls that light up the entire length of the Parkway. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse joined the lineup.

Come and experience the Magic of Winter Lights in Gatlinburg, TN through February 28th. This annual event will be the start of a new holiday tradition for you and your family.

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Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort and an amusement park that guarantees a good time for the whole family. Great winter activities at Ober Gatlinburg include skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating and tubing. There are many attractions designed just for kids such as the wildlife encounter, carousel, mini golf and an arcade.

For the times when it is just too cold to be outside, visit a museum or one of the many haunted houses in Gatlinburg. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies has educational presentations, exciting dive shows, and hands on stations where kids can pet a stingray or hold a horseshoe crab. Not to mention the 12-foot sharks and thousands of exotic sea creatures.


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Visitors of all ages can marvel at the traditional mountain scenes, colorful winter displays which have been converted to LED. The north end of Gatlinburg received an injection of fresh exhibits and subtle enhancements, while most of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 17 years were converted to LED.

Adjacent to the famous Parkway, River Road features a “magical” touch along the popular Riverwalk area, where the romantic arched walkway is enhanced by a pair of graceful 40-foot swans and several ornate floral representations to set the tone for romance in lovers of all ages.

The convergence of the Parkway and River Road forms the landmark downtown triangle that is transformed into a cluster of tall evergreens swirled in color, certain to become a popular photographic backdrop as visitors enter the above two sections on foot or via the Parkway. Smoky Mountain Romance touches are added in several display areas after the holidays, with wild animal scenes, winter forests and swirling trees accenting the season.

“With Gatlinburg Winter Magic, we will continue to glorify the winter landscape of Gatlinburg and the beauty of the mountains,” said Mr. Michael Anderson, co-owner of Jackson Mountain Homes. “You’ve not experienced winter until you see the lights of Gatlinburg again.” Gatlinburg Winter Magic has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

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Old Tymey

Old Timey Photos By Renee

716 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3240

(865) 436-4411‎

Miss Dee’s Old Fashioned Photos

174 Old Mill Ave
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863-3516
(865) 429-0111

Dixie’s Old Time Photo
529 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-0055

Garters & Guns Old Time Saloon Photos
602 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-430-4455

Miss Sadie’s Old Time Photos
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-430-4120

Old Town Photos
651 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-430-7660

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The Hollywood Wax Museum in Gatlinburg is one of three in the United States. The sets and stars of the museum are so realistic and magical, that you will want to touch the figures! You will be able to stand beside and have your picture taken with stars such as Julia Roberts, Katherine Hepburn, Tom Hanks, and the celebrity list (both old and new) goes on. These wax figurines are so detailed and life-like you can’t help but wonder how difficult they are to recreate. It can take up to four pounds of wax from 56,000 bees just to make one head! And the final product would not be complete without the help of sculptors, hair stylists, eye and teeth specialists, make-up artists, costume and set designers, and special effects technicians. The museum is located on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg, call (865) 430-1800 to plan your visit. This is the only Hollywood Wax Museum on the east coast, so while your visiting be sure to make a point to go see the stars!

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Every year on November 11, veterans are celebrated for serving our country. Gatlinburg is hosting its own Veteran Day Celebration this year. In order to honor veterans, Gatlinburg gather musical talents and speakers and puts on a display at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza downtown. Admission is free, so this event is something that anyone can enjoy. For more information, visit their website: http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=14

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