With fall colors waning, Gatlinburg prepares for holiday season

With fall colors waning, Gatlinburg prepares for holiday season

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There are more than three million lights in city displays. There are more than three million lights in city displays.
"The electric bills are cut way down from what they used to be," explained Jim Davis of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors' Bureau. "The electric bills are cut way down from what they used to be," explained Jim Davis of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors' Bureau.
In October, Jackson Mountain homes rented all of their nearly 200 cabins each weekend. In October, Jackson Mountain homes rented all of their nearly 200 cabins each weekend.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - Halloween has come and gone and even though Thanksgiving is just around the corner, the Christmas spirit is cranking up in the Smoky Mountains.

The twinkling lights and shiny tinsel are up in some areas, illuminating not only the cities in the Smokies, but also the Christmas spirit.

Now that the trees are shedding their fall colors, the City of Gatlinburg is gearing up for the holiday season.

"When the leaves are up, we don't have to worry about them and everybody comes to see them, but nobody knows that the whole month of October, the City of Gatlinburg spends putting up Christmas lights. They're everywhere, some on poles, some on displays," said Jim Davis of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors' Bureau.

There are more than three million lights in city displays, which will be switched on through February.

"They're now all LED and very environmentally-friendly and the electric bills are cut way down from what they used to be," explained Davis.

Cabin rental companies are getting ready to be busy again. In October, Jackson Mountain homes rented all of their nearly 200 cabins each weekend.

"It starts to quiet down a little bit until Thanksgiving, then Thanksgiving is huge, a little bit quiet in December, then Christmas, New Years is really, really big for us," said Christine Maltese, Director of Operations for Jackson Mountain Homes.

Everyone is working to make sure they're ready for another couple of big rushes before the year ends.

"We have checklists for our checklists and we do have extra staff that we can call in and we continually monitor the weather so we can alert our guests and we stay in constant communication with them prior to their arrival," added Maltese.

Just days after the lights flicker on Nov. 7, Gatlinburg celebrates Veterans' Day. That event is Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. outside the aquarium.

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