Smokies visitors enjoy shopping and snow on Christmas Eve

Smokies visitors enjoy shopping and snow on Christmas Eve

Tourists taking in the snow in Gatlinburg Tourists taking in the snow in Gatlinburg

6 News Reporter

GATLINBURG (WATE) - One place that was very busy on Christmas Eve was Sevier County.

The streets were packed in Gatlinburg as people rushed to get last minute gifts.

"I'm actually still looking for two last minute gifts," said shopper Laura Green. "I always get the kids an ornament for the holidays, so this year I found one, still looking for two more."    

While some shoppers were still looking for that perfect gift, some had already found exactly what they were looking for.

"We got the Duck Dynasty shirts," said shopper Phil Conley. "We got some plaques to give out, and we are going to get some hats for some folks back home in Cleveland."    

To the surprise of many,m snow started falling early on Tuesday.

"Never seen snow fall before," said Green. "We don't mind."

"I spent 40 years in the snow, but it's nice especially for Christmas," said Conley.

Others who were enjoying the snow were those visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

"It's a surprise because they said it was going to snow, then they changed the weather," said park visitor Loreen Butcher, "Surprise, Surprise."

All the visitors we spoke with said this snow was an extra bonus to their Smoky Mountain Christmas.

"It was Christmas time," said park visitor Kyle Thompson, "Hoping to see some snow, as you can tell we were able to see it."

"Love it," said park visitor Linda White. "We love the snow. We rarely see snow in Smithville, VA."    

Despite the snow, the families we spoke with still are going to do some hiking, and visit some areas of the park like Cades Cove.     

All of them say they do have plans to return to the park for the holidays.

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