Holiday Events in East Tennessee make for fun Family moments

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SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. For 24 years communities in the Smokies worked together to put on a show with millions of lights. Local 8 News Sevier County reporter Kyle Grainger shows there's a lot more to do this season than just see lights.

The sparkle of lights is sure to dazzle your imagination for the holidays.

"Winterfest lights start at the Sevierville/407 exit. Go all the way to the entrance to the National Park so there's at least 30 minutes of driving and light viewing," says Amanda Maples Marr of Sevierville.

Starting with a drive through display at Smokies stadium-- Shadracks Christmas display. All to help draw more people to the area during what used to be a slow time of year.

"It makes this destination a 4 season resort. So by offering Winterfest we have things for people to do now during the winter time," says Marci Claude of Gatlinburg.

The festivities also take you indoors. Hundreds of trees not only will get you into the spirit at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, but also to help out people in need to have a brighter Christmas.

Festival of Trees happens over Thanksgiving weekend and it's a wonderful time to get into the spirit and go see Santa Clause and a whole bunch of Christmas decorations."

The Titanic explodes into the holidays with a fireworks display on Thanksgiving night leading right into the holiday shopping rush on Black Friday.

"There are so many things to do and see here and of course I must mention Black Friday that is going to be huge in Sevier County," says Marr.

Of course all the theaters are already running holiday shows like a Christmas Carol at Dollywood.

That one features Dolly herself thanks to a little "techno magic."

This new technology utilizes a series of projectors to show an image the audience sees, but it's a new challenge for the actors who can't see anything.

And don't forget the millions of lights at Dollywood as well. Lots to do all month long.

Kick off the season with Townsend's Heritage Center Holiday Homecoming this Saturday, November 23rd. Starting at ten in the morning. Admission is free for the entire family.

Knoxville's Christmas in the City kicks off in one week on November 29th with Holidays on Ice in Market Square and the Regal Celebration of Lights in Krutch park.

The WIVK Christmas Parade will run through downtown Knoxville December 6th and the Comcast Christmas at Chilhowee Park happens December 13th.

And if you want to venture out a little further take a drive up to Bristol Motor Speedway for what's claimed to be the largest holiday light show in the south. It runs through January 4, 2013. Take in the lights, tube slide and ice skating rink.

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