Christmas Expo Lights Up Gatlinburg For Christmas In July

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Christmas Expo will take place 9 a.m.5 p.m. on July 11-13 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Tickets are $8.

The three-day conference will draw Christmas home-decorating enthusiasts, professional decorators, consultants and vendors nationwide and features shopping, educational seminars, a performance by Grammy-nominated artist Judy Pancoast, special guests and a first look at the top holiday products arriving in stores this fall.

The Christmas Expo offers a full slate of educational courses for both the enthusiast and professional decorator. Classes include seminars on computer animation, how to produce a big display on a small budget, how to get started with animated shows, storytelling, animatronics and more.

A $4-off general admission coupon is available at www.ChristmasExpo.com.

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