November 8-11, 2023 | Gatlinburg Convention Center

Press Release 5.8.18


Press contact: Amy Dufour
P: 678.285.0597 | E:



(KENNESAW, GA) May 8, 2018 - The 53rd annual edition of the Smoky Mountain Gift Show returns to the Gatlinburg Convention Center, November 4-7, 2018, with exciting  “Mountain Money Madness” and “Great Gatlinburg Getaway” giveaways joining Tennessee’s largest selection of top-name souvenir and resort gift lines under one roof.


When gift, souvenir and resort retailers pre-register, they’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win the Great Gatlinburg Getaway, which includes an all-inclusive Gatlinburg Attraction VIP Pass. A partnership promotion between the Smoky Mountain Gift Show and Gatlinburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, the pass – a $1200 value - awards complimentary admission for two to more than 30 of the popular mountain resort town’s top indoor and outdoor attractions.

New Mountain Money Madness cash giveaways also join the show’s full line-up of buyer services, networking events and savings programs. On Sunday, November 4 and Monday, November 5, pre-registered buyers can enter to win up to $1,000 cash.

“For 53 years, the city of Gatlinburg has welcomed thousands of specialty, souvenir, resort retailers and manufacturers who come not just for our show’s tremendous selection, but for the renowned reputation the location has cultivated --fun networking opportunities in a charming downtown setting surrounded by restaurants, shops stunning mountain views, fall foliage and crisp mountain air,” says Christina Bell, vice president, Urban Expositions. “Our new giveaways are designed to give our retail buyers the opportunity to shop, stay, play and experience all that Gatlinburg has to offer.”


NEW Exhibitors Join Full Roster of Top-Name Brands, Industry Best-Sellers

Attendees will find a number of new exhibitors, including those who’ve returned to the show after an absence, as well as first-timers joining the roster of 300 plus exhibitors representing hundreds of lines in every category, including: wholesale destination souvenir, innovative resort and tourist merchandise, souvenirs, t-shirts, lake, mountain and lodge, ski-themed products, logo products, shell items, jewelry/fashion accessories, toys/games and much more. Look for updates and listings coming soon.

Enter to Win Daily $100 Cash Prize Giveaways: Registered buyers can enter to win one of three (3) $100 cash prizes given away on Tuesday and Wednesday during the show. 

Gift Basket Raffle: Pick up an entry form at the registration desk to enter to win one of the fabulous gift baskets from Smoky Mountain Gift Show exhibitors. Baskets will be raffled each day during the show from 4:30 - 5:00 pm.

Daily Popcorn Social: Buyers can stop by the Mills Auditorium each day between 1:00 – 3:00 pm to pick up a complimentary bag of freshly popped popcorn.

Smoky Mountain Gift Show Party at Blaine’s Grille & Bar on Monday, November 5:  All show attendees and exhibitors are invited to the annual show party immediately following the show. To gain entry to Blaine’s Grille and Bar in downtown Gatlinburg, all attendees and exhibitors must wear their show badge. 21 and up only.

Free Parking & Complimentary Shuttle Service for Pre-Registered Buyers: Pre-registered buyers can park for free at the Bearskin parking garage. This is the only free lot available and there is limited space. Parking will be first-come, first-served. Urban Expositions will also provide complementary shuttle service between the Smoky Mountain Gift Show and the IGES event in Pigeon Forge running Sunday - Wednesday.       

Enjoy Southern Hospitality: During the show, attendees are invited to enjoy southern hospitality at its finest with the show’s free buyer services and amenities. Buyers can start their day by enjoying complimentary coffee and pastries each morning from 9-10 am located in the Mills Auditorium and Parkway Tower – Level 2. Then relax, unwind and “sit for a spell” while also enjoying complimentary beer, wine, and cheese, each afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Three Days of Goody Bag Giveaways: The first 100 retail stores to arrive at the show on Sunday, November 4 and Monday, November 5, and Tuesday, November 6 will receive a special tote bag filled with free gifts from many of the show's exhibitors.                                                                  

Living Legend Association Networking Reception | Tuesday, November 5 | Gatlinburg A & B Room: The Living Legends Association will host a networking reception on Tuesday, November 5 from 5:31 -6:30 pm. The reception will take place in the Gatlinburg A & B meeting room inside the convention center.

Zoo & Aquarium Buyers Group (ZAG) to host Made in America Buying Tour:  The Smoky Mountain Gift Show has partnered with the Zoo & Aquarium Buying Group to host its curated Made in America buying tour on Monday, November 5 and Tuesday, November 6 from 11 am to 12 pm.  Attending retailers and ZAG members will visit vendors on the show floor and learn tips and strategies to merchandise and sell Made in the USA products in their stores. A complimentary lunch will be provided to those that complete the tour. 


WHEN:   Sunday, November 4, 2018 – Wednesday, November 7, 2018

WHERE:  Gatlinburg Convention Center (including the W.L. Mills Conference Center) 

                   234 Historic Nature Trail/Airport Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

HOURS:  9 am – 5:30 p.m., Sunday - Tuesday; 9 am – 3 pm, Wednesday

MORE INFO:  | 678.285.3976 (EXPO) or 800.318.2238


TO EXHIBIT: For exhibitor information, contact Smoky Mountain Gift Show Director Christina Bell  at 678.370.0335,  or Sales Manager Joseph Lee at 678.831.4576 and   


Founded in 1995, Urban Expositions, now operating as Clarion UX and owned by Clarion Events, produces and manages a portfolio of 36 trade and consumer events, serving a range of industry sectors including Gift, Souvenir, Art, Aviation, Apparel, Foodservice, Specialty Retail, Gaming, Automotive and Enthusiast Lifestyle, with offices in Kennesaw, GA, Trumbull, CT, Portland, OR, and Boca Raton, FL.