Skywatch Friday Christmas Lights in Gatlinburg, TN

Last week I mentioned going to two Smoky Mountain foothills communities to enjoy the beautifully decorated buildings.ย  It was a gorgeous day, as you can clearly see in this picture taken at The Apple Barn & Cider Mill in Pigeon Forge.DSC_5774

I shared some day shots of Gatlinburg on #WW The Village if you want to take a peak, but the main reason we went were to see the evening Christmas lights pageantry. The weather was mild and the crowd was light ~ prime conditions for casually walking around.

This is Gatlinburg looking toward the Smoky Mountains. DSC_5912

In The Village, we bought some candy at the Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen. A family tradition we’ve done over the years off and on. This was an on year. ๐Ÿ˜€

DSC_5898This is another shopping plaza across the street from The Village. I love the gas lanterns! It adds that old world charm, don’t you think?

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There’s something magical about this place at Christmas. I love the sense of wonder that fills me; the best part is that feeling lingers on for hours and capturing the moments then lets me to relive that sense of wonder any time.

Do you have a favorite town to visit at Christmas? Is this something you do yearly?

I’m linking up with the SWF team and invite you to join other photo enthusiasts across the net. Next up, I’m joining Lexa in Celebrate the small things.

I’m celebrating…

Cathy Kennedy makes nice list

You probably thought I was being naughty by telling you I made the Nice List, right?

Life should be celebrated, even when it seems like you have no reason to celebrate. Just look around, I bet you’ll see something good! What are you celebrating?

One way to celebrate is withย  Friendship Friday and Friday Features Linky Party, where you’re sure to make new friends and get lots of inspiration to boot!

That’s a wrap for now. Next week, I’m taking all of next week off; I plan to return January 4th. Meanwhile, enjoy my scheduled posts, the warmth and beauty of this Christmas holiday, and I pray for God to bestow many blessings on you and yours in the coming new year.


~All images captured with my big girl camera ~ Nikon D7000 & preferred lens Nikkor 18-105mm zoom, unless otherwise noted.~

21 thoughts on “Skywatch Friday Christmas Lights in Gatlinburg, TN

  1. Paul S

    I’ve read about Gatlinburg in a couple of Bill Bryson’s books. It certainly looks a picture at night, at this time of year.

    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Paul, thanks for visiting. Gatlinburg is a lovely town, especially for the Christmas season. Other times of the year, we tend to avoid it because it’s SO busy with tourists. It’s not a very big town and at the height of the Smoky’s busiest time (July & August) they get about 10 million visitors. That’s crazy! We prefer to steer clear of the park, especially on the weekends during the summer. Unfortunately when DH is working then that’s next to impossible. Right now things work out well with him unemployed and we can visit anytime, but then this is off peak.

    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Kim, I agree, we are lucky to live in area with so much beauty. The one thing DH & I have commented on is that, if we have to move because he can’t find a job around here then this is going to be REALLY hard to give up. This is just about the most perfect place in the world for us ~ not too hot, not too cold, taste of all 4 seasons, mountains all around us, and if we want the Atlantic coast is only 8-hours away. What’s not to love about living in East Tennessee?

    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Alan, thanks! My husband and I had a beautiful day. We couldn’t have asked for better weather than what we got for mid-December. I think God was smiling down on us!

  2. Birgit

    Great pictures and I love the gaslight! A dream of mine would be to go to Germany and/or Austria before Christmas and visit their markets. I heard Rothenberg has a beautiful Christmas store. I go to Niagara On The Lake which is a historic town and very picturesque. I am going there tomorrow

    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Birgit, visiting Germany or Austria for Christmas would be beautiful. Some European communities are quite festive. They really know how to celebrate the season. The interesting thing is when I watch a documentary that they aren’t shy about saying Merry Christmas. The political boob heads in the USA can learn some things from the German folks. I hope you have fun taking in the sights at Niagara on the Lake. Do take pictures to share!

  3. Tonja Drecker

    That looks like an amazing town to visit. Lovely pictures. I thought I was done baking Weihnachtsstollen for this year but my husband informed me today that he needs 2 more. So I guess it’s back to baking tomorrow. Have a nice Christmas!

  4. lexacain

    Thanks so much for the pictures! I love it when towns and homes decorate with Christmas lights. Everything looks like a fairyland! Yay for Stollen, Peppermint Cathy’s, and being on the “nice” list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. dolorah

    Oh, those are beautiful pictures. I would have loved to be there with you. Back in the day, I’m sure the gas lanterns were not as quaint and lovely as they are now, but I wonder if people did not walk the streets and be grateful for them. Such warmth.

    Thanks for sharing your art. Have a Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Cathy Kennedy Post author

      Donna, yep it would have been fun to have you there, too. I’m sure you’re right the lanterns from bygone days probably aren’t as pretty as the ones we have now. I sure do like them! It does add an element of warmth. Thanks for dropping by!


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