Rachel Grant - 2023 Christmas Parade

The 48th Annual Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade stepped off on Friday, December 1, ushering in one of the city’s long-Ume cherished holiday traditions. Thousands gathered along the downtown Parkway to glimpse the merry parade surrounded by Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic.

Decorating the Gatlinburg Parkway with all things merry and bright, the festive line-up included special appearances from celebrity guests such as Grand Ole Opry Member Mark Wills, celebrated Actress Rachel Grant, BBQ Connoisseur Myron Mixon, and Country Music Artist Canaan Smith. Adding to the holiday procession were elaborate floats, exciting dance groups, award-winning marching bands from across the Southeast, holiday-themed balloons, and of course, a special visit from Santa Claus.

To add a bit of spice to the sweetness of the holidays, the parade entries competed in a friendly competition to be the best of the best in four separate categories: Best Professional Float, Best Original Float, Best Use of Lights, and Best Marching Band. The winners are as followed:

Best Professional Float: Jason Aldean’s Rooftop + Kitchen

Best Original Float: Dirt Cheap Hauling & Services

Best Use of Lights: Smoky Mountain Jeep Club

Best Marching Band: Etowah County Schools All-Star Band

The 48th Annual Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade can be viewed on select Nexstar stations across the United States on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Gatlinburg 48th Annual Christmas Parade Dates and Times
MARKET STATION AFFILIATION AIR DATE TIME        
Ft. Wayne, IN WANE CBS 12/23/23 7:00 PM        
Hattiesburg, MS WHLT CBS 12/23/23 10:00 AM        
Jackson, MS WJTV CBS 12/23/23 10:00 AM        
Youngstown, OH WKBN CBS 12/23/23 6:30 PM 12/25/23 EYTV 7:00 PM  
Chicago WGN IND 12/24/23 4:00 PM        
Dothan, AL WDHN ABC 12/24/23 4:00 PM        
Indianapolis, IN WTTV/WXIN CBS/Fox 12/24/23 2:00 PM 12/23/23 WXIN 6:00 PM  
Lexington, KY WDKY FOX 12/24/23 8:00 AM        
Nashville, TN WKRN ABC 12/24/23 4:00 PM        
New Orleans, LA WGNO ABC 12/24/23 12:00 PM 12/23/23 WNOL 12:00 PM  
News Nation Network   12/24/23 9:00 AM        
Panama City, FL WMBB ABC 12/24/23 4:30 PM        
Salt Lake City, UT KTVX ABC 12/24/23 11:00 AM KUCW 7:00 AM    
Tampa WTTA MyNet 12/24/23 11:00 AM WFLA 1:00 PM    
Austin, TX KXAN NBC 12/25/23 12:00 PM KNVA/CW 7:00 AM    
Birmingham, AL WIAT CBS 12/25/23

6 AM & 4 PM

       
Charlotte, NC WMYT MY 12/25/23 10:00 AM        
Columbus, GA WRBL CBS 12/25/23 6:00 AM        
Columbus, OH WCMH NBC 12/25/23 12:00 PM        
Dallas, TX KDAF CW 12/25/23 11:00 AM        
Dayton, OH WDTN NBC 12/25/23 4:00 PM WBDT 8:00 AM    
Denver, CO KDVR FOX 12/25/23 11:00 AM KWGN 8:00 AM    
Grand Rapids, MI WOOD NBC 12/25/23 12:00 PM WOTV 6:00 AM    
Greensboro, NC WGHP FOX 12/25/23 3:00 PM        
Greenville Spartanburg WSPA CBS 12/25/23 10:00 AM        
Houston, TX KIAH CW 12/25/23 9:00 AM        
Huntsville, AL WHNT/WHDF CBS/CW 12/25/23 9:00 AM        
Knoxville, TN WATE ABC 12/25/23 9:00 AM        
Lansing, MI WLNS CBS 12/25/23 5:00 PM        
Memphis WREG CBS 12/25/23 9:00 AM        
Myrtle Beach, SC WBTW CBS 12/25/23 9:00 AM        
New York, NY WPIX CW 12/25/23 8:00 AM        
Philidelphia WPHL MyNet 12/25/23 10:00 AM        
Raleigh, NC WNCN CBS 12/25/23 10:00 AM        
Richmond, VA WRIC ABC 12/25/23 6:00 AM        
Savannah, GA WSAV NBC 12/25/23 4:00 PM        
Springfield, MO KLOR CBS 12/25/23 9:00 AM KRBK 7:00 AM KOZL 7:00 AM
Terre Haute, IN WTWO NBC 12/25/23 11:00 AM        
Tri-Cities, TN-VA WJHL CBS 12/25/23 7:00 PM ABC 10:00 AM    
Washington DC WDCW CW 12/25/23 1:00 PM        
Wheeling, WV - Steubenville, OH WTRF CBS 12/25/23 7:00 AM        

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chelsea@gatlinburg.com