The 45th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will step off at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020, with the Van Zant Brothers leading the way as Parade Grand Marshals. Parade-goers can expect an entertaining parade with new protocols in place this year to honor the Tennessee Pledge.
The community-oriented parade will include floats from local businesses, additional cold air balloons and regional marching bands, though some high school marching bands will not participate this year due to travel restrictions. Participants will be provided with festive face coverings to wear during the parade.
“Traditionally held on the first Friday in December, visitors plan weekend getaways around the parade,” reports Marci Claude, Public Relations Manager Gatlinburg CVB. “We are confident that with the protocols in place honoring the Tennessee Pledge, we will have a safe and entertaining parade.”
Event organizers have lengthened the parade route to provide more space and advantageous locations to watch the parade. The 1.5-mile long route steps off at the intersection of East Parkway and Silverbell Lane at traffic light 1A, ending at traffic light #10 at the intersection of Parkway and Ski Mountain Road.  Three miles of sidewalks on either side of the Parkway offers ample, spacious viewing area.
Parade-goers are strongly encouraged to spread out and take advantage of the expanded viewing areas, stick with their group, wear face coverings and practice social distancing. Those who are unable to attend can watch the parade on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on local television stations throughout the country. Check local listings for times.