Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Lights in Gatlinburg, TN

As I mentioned in my last blog post,   George and I spent a few days in the beautiful Smoky Mountains with good friends, Judy and Charlie.  We went just to be together and enjoy each other's company at the Rocky Waters Motor Inn---but we also went to see the gorgeous Christmas lights in  Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.  (Those city leaders go ALL out in those 'resort' towns, and George and I haven't been there during the Christmas season in awhile.  By going during the week before schools are out,  there weren't many people around --which was wonderful!!!) 

Before dinner,  Charlie drove us through Gatlinburg ---but we didn't get any pictures then.  BUT--my Sweetheart later (after we got back to the room) walked back down toward town and took a bunch of great photos...  Hope you enjoy seeing some of Gatlinburg all lit up for the season!!!!  In the picture above,  you can see the Space Needle sticking up in the distance... Anyone who has ever spent time in the 'burg has been to or seen the Space Needle.  Click on the pictures to enlarge them...




This big horse could be seen from our motel...  Isn't he gorgeous?






Want to take a walk through the lights????















For those who know about Gatlinburg,  this picture was taken near the Aquarium.  Love the Christmas tree!!!!

I have many more pictures to show you ---but that will be next week.   There were fabulous pictures in Pigeon Forge and we walked around Patriot Park and took patriotic pictures...  SO---that will be next week.   Hope you enjoyed some pictures from Gatlinburg today.

Have a wonderful weekend --and I'll see you on Monday.
Hugs,
Betsy

62 comments:

Maple Lane said...

Very colorful and festive lights/decorations. Hope you have a nice weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful captures of Gatlinburgs Christmas lights. Hubby, son and I have visited Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Smokey Mtn Park and Loved it. It is a gorgeous place to visit. Thanks for sharing your trip.

Ms. A said...

That almost makes even an old poop like me feel festive! Love 'em!

Mr. Bill said...

Great pics....was in Gatlinburg yesterday. So beautiful.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Gorgeous light displays. I enjoy seeing what others have done,but don't go to great lengths to decorate outside,myself.

Snap said...

If these pictures don't get folks into the holiday mood, nothing will!

Daisy said...

Love the archway of lights! George got some great pictures. :)

Big Dude said...

They definately go all out to attract winter time visitors. George got some pretty shots.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shots. We loved Gaitlinburg when we visited. Very festive.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Sandra said...

these are wonderful, i would like to do that walk through the lights thing. they really do go all out and you got great shots of the lights and they are nt easy to take.

Dorothy said...

Wonderful pictures! George did good!! We drove through there on one of our late Fall vacations and they already had the light up. They were very beautiful and they were EVERYWHERE!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What pretty lights!

Have a great weekend, Betsy!

Roean said...

I was in Gatlinburg just once. Wish I'd stayed there. I didn't see any of it really because it was just a drive through.

Pam said...

Oh, I need to go there!

Mamabug said...

Betsy, they are just as beautiful as I remembered them! They always do such a wonderful job decorating for Christmas in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I've never been there, but they say it's really beautiful!
I like the lighted, arched walkway shot! =)

Merry Christmas to you, George & his dad!!! =)

My Kid's Mom said...

Gorgeous pictures!

Arkansas Patti said...

Wow,and I thought Gatlinburg was lit up pretty grand year round. They really do go all out for Christmas.

TexWisGirl said...

i like the archways!

gigihawaii said...

What a nice camera to capture all those wonderful sights! Senior Hiker has a terrific eye!

Denise said...

Loved all the Christmas lights Betsy. I was in Gaitlinburg several years ago but never at this time of the year.

Linda said...

Way to go, George! Those are some great photos.

Karin said...

Thanks for sharing those beautiful pictures with us you two! Blessings for the Christmas countdown!

LV said...

I love that area and do so enjoy seeing the lights. You make me feel as though I was there. I am getting me a camera that takes night shots.

Sandy said...

Great photos, so glad I found your blog. (o:

Amish Stories said...

Wonderful pictures as always Betsy, the funny part is around my way I'm not seeing as many folks with Christmas lights like i thought i would. A very rough year for most folks maybe being some of the reason. Richard

amelia said...

Lovely lights Betsy!!!! Have a lovely Christmas and I hope your health keeps getting better!!!
xoxox

Ginny said...

I love all these pictures!!! It was a hard choice, but my favorite has to be the beautiful horse!! It was so sweet of George to walk back and take pictures just for you!!! But for his blogs, too, I'm hoping. I am so dumb about this that I actually have always thought the Space Needle was in Seattle! Go ahead and laugh, but this was a big shock to me, ha ha ha!!

Diane said...

They do awonderful job with the lights Betsy. These are beautiful. Diane

imac said...

Real nice Christmasy Lights Betsy.

Happyone:-) said...

Thanks for the light pictures. They really go all out with the lights. Just beautiful.

Carletta said...

I love Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge!
These pics make me want to see it in all this festive glory.
For anyone who hasn't been, I loved the acquarium. A few years ago at least it was wonderful.
Have a great weekend Betsy!

Pearl@serenitycove said...

I've been looking forward to these photo's. Senior hiker did a good job! Can't wait to see more.
We like to stay at Zoders Inn which isn't too far from the Rocky Waters Motor Inn I believe.

A Brit in Tennessee said...

I do believe Smokies around Christmastime is one of my favorite times to visit, so magical !
George did an awesome job on the pictures, I feel as if I've had a little getaway :)
Thank you for sharing, and glad to hear you both had a wonderful time !
~Jo

Neal said...

Those are gorgeous Betsy. A friend of mine used to work at that aquarium so we went in real cheap....free. :)

My Journey With Candida said...

Now I don't have to go driving around looking at Christmas lights. I can just blog around. Very nice!

carolina nana said...

I love that area around Christmas time. We used to go to Dollywood to see the lights. They are so pretty when you ride the old train above the park.
We've had a really yucky day today with quite a bit of rain and cooler temperatures.
Merry Christmas
Marilyn

Glenda said...

Love, love Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, but we've never been at Christmas! These are wonderful pics!!

Chatty Crone said...

I didn't realize they decorated with all those lights there. It's beautiful. You guys always have the best of times together. sandie

Pam said...

So much eye candy going on here, I love it all.
Thanks for sharing your Gatlinburg pics.
Have a joy-filled weekend, Betsy.
Be well n happy,
Pam :)

Catherine said...

So much sparkle and beauty over here Betsy! It makes me happy! Hope you and your sweetie have a super weekend!
xo Catherine

SquirrelQueen said...

Goodness, I saw the Space Needle and thought you must be in Seattle. I didn't realize there was one in Gatlinburg. Of course that just shows how long it's been since I've been there. I love all the pretty lights.

Hope you and George have a great weekend!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Betsy, I have been to Gatlinburg once and that was in August. Tons of people - wall to wall people then. Good to hear that there are times to go when it is not crowded. Have a wonderful weekend!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Gatlinburg is very pretty at Christmas! Beautiful photos, Betsy, looks like you and George had a great time!
Have a wonderful weekend!

diane b said...

Good old George walking back into town to take the photos. They are excellent too. The town really do a great job with the lights. It is so pretty. I would like to walk under the lights. have a good weekend. Ours has started.

From the Kitchen said...

Thanks for the holiday treat George!! I love that horse too.

Best,
Bonnie

Mary said...

Light displays at Christmas are always so beautiful and cheerful. If they can't make you smile and feel happy, there must be something wrong with you :-) Beautiful!

Ann said...

Wow, they go all out for Christmas don't they. That must have been like walking in a winter wonderland. Well minus the snow anyway :)

Linda G. said...

I love that rocking horse you could see from your hotel. All the Christmas lights pictures are pretty.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I visited Gatlinburg many years ago and found it beautiful. It looks even prettier all lit up for Christmas! I've been visiting my grandkids the past week ...such good times!

Small City Scenes said...

Great shots, Betsy. I would like to see this in person. Maybe someday. MB

Busy Bee Suz said...

You weren't kidding...they do go all out for Christmas!!!
Love all the festive photos!
xoxo

Pam said...

I would never tire of see these beautiful Christmas lights and sights.

Betsy, in answer to your questions. I am younger- my sister lives 2 miles away and we talk every day- my brother is 41/2 yrs younger than me and lives in New Jersey where we were all born.

Beatriz said...

How beautiful lights in Gatlinburg!
What a wonderful "season" Christmas is!!!
Cheers
Bia
www.biaviagemambiental.blogspot.com

Marie said...

Patsy, great photos of some great lights! Glad George sneaked back to get them for you, and for the rest of us! Yep, Gatlinburg is a touristy place, but it's still just wonderful! So glad you had a good time while there. It's been quite a few years since we were able to go!

Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog! Yes, I am really enjoying the hummingbirds this winter!

Marie said...

I clicked to leave my comment, and went "Patsy?!" Yep, I think I just called you Patsy! Forgive me! It must be the altitude! :-)

Janie said...

What an amazing display, Betsy! I love the Christmas horse and the tower of lights.

Kirigalpoththa said...

Wow beautiful! Lovely X'mas decors.

Thanks for thinking about me. Find it difficult to keep up with blogging with my current commitments.

I'm doing fine and will not give up blogging :) I will visit your wonderful blog whenever I get a chance.

Ricardo MiƱana said...

Christmas is endearing,
Very beautiful pictures,
I wish peace and happiness these days,
Happy Holidays!.
a hug.

Rose said...

More lights I wish I could see in person! Tell George he done good!

I can't leave my girls, but I sure would like to be in Tennessee one more time for Christmas!

Lynn said...

I had to go back and find this one that I missed during the busy weeks before Christmas. Beautiful lights. Does George use his tripod to take the lights? Again, Gatlinburg gives me smiles and memories. So glad you all had a wonderful trip together. Thanks for sharing Christmas time in Gatlinburg.

Annesphamily said...

Aw...you have a terrific life! Always sharing these fabulous photos with us! I love the holiday lights! Christmas is such a spectacular time of year. Aw...sweet! Thank you!