Smoky Mountain Winterfest

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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How To Spend New Years in The Smokies

The end of the year only comes once a year and we like to punctuate the change and transition by ending the previous cycle and beginning a new one – with a BANG!Or rather a series of BANGs across a couple areas at least once the world’s most popular midnight hour clocks in. In Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, we celebrate New Years Eve and the first seconds of the new year with fireworks most colorful and explosive along with some…

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Upcoming Christmas Fun in the Smokies

Planning on coming to the Smokies this weekend for some Christmas time with the family? Here are some of the things to consider to get into the spirit. * Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade * 12/1/17 From Gatlinburg.com: “More than 60,000 people come to view the award-winning parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and of course Santa Claus! The parade route starts at Baskins Creek Bypass on Hwy 321 (East Parkway) and travels to Hwy…

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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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