Start this holiday shopping season off right on Black Friday by snagging the best deals on your favorite items and holiday gifts. You can stretch your budget a little farther by taking advantage of some of the best holiday deals, and we all know most of those deals appear on Black Friday, the infamous day of deal shopping paradise!

You can find amazing deals in Gatlinburg and Sevier County on Black Friday and leading up to Christmas Day. Holiday shoppers can find their favorite items discounted up to 70% at the outlet stores or browse one-of-a-kind Gatlinburg gifts and souvenirs in downtown Gatlinburg or in the Arts & Crafts Community. Here are some tips and ideas to help you make the most of your holiday deal shopping on Black Friday!

Do Your Research

Before Black Friday, research which stores will be carrying what you want to buy. Make sure to have a back up plan and check in with several stores so that you won’t miss out on your favorite items if you get caught in a traffic jam or can’t find a parking place at your first choice. You can also use some deal-shopping apps and websites so that you can find out in advance which stores will be offering the best deals of the season.

Make sure to check out the Deals page on to find great discounts and free nights for your holiday stay in the Smokies. You will also find deals on shopping, attractions, restaurants, and anything else you might want to do while you’re in town.

Make a Plan

After you’ve done some research on where you want to go on Black Friday, plot a course of attack so that you won’t waste time trying to figure out where you should be when you’re trying to catch the best deals. Make sure to have a backup plan for all of your major purchases so that you don’t miss out on any deals. If you plan to hit one store first, make sure to have another store on your radar that sells similar items in case what you’re looking for is sold out by the time you get there.

Plan for parking in advance, too. Parking spots go like hot cakes on Black Friday at the outlet mall and in downtown Gatlinburg so make sure to grab a central parking sport early and go on foot to your target stores. You don’t want to end up driving around in circles for hours looking for a spot!

Connect with Your Favorite Stores before the Big Day

Before Black Friday, sign up for newsletters from your favorite stores, and like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. A lot of stores are sending out exclusive deals to holiday shoppers through social media and their newsletter so make sure to take advantage and sign up before you start scouting those deals this holiday season.

Stay up Late on Thanksgiving Night

Check to see when the stores you plan to visit are opening because many major retailers are opening up at midnight on Thanksgiving night instead of waiting until 3:00 am or 4:00 am to open. Stay up late this year and grab the deals before anyone else does!

Go Digital

If you’re going from one store to another looking for the same item, snap a picture of the item and the price so that you can get the lowest price. A lot of stores will price match on Black Friday so grab your digital camera and go.

Do you have any Black Friday tips for holiday deal busters? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook, or on Twitter!