Gatlinburg chili cook off

Gatlinburg Winterfest Kickoff 2018

Today is the kickoff for the next big season in the Smoky Mountains – our longest tourism season in the year – Winterfest 2018! As is tradition in Gatlinburg, we celebrate Winterfest with a Chili Cookoff in downtown Gatlinburg between Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. This event is so big that the city of Gatlinburg shuts down a whole section of the downtown parkway just to hold it. The first part of the…

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Upcoming Winterfest Kickoff Events

While Halloween and the peak colors of the mountains get closer in our month of October, we wanted to take a minute to look ahead at the next truly big event coming up in the Smokies – the Winterfest kick off! Most of you know that all three cities have a party within very short dates of each other, some years had them all on the same day. In this article, we’ll give you some beginning information on all three…

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