Come watch as the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville illuminate the area for the upcoming holiday season. One can surely get into the spirit once they see these LED lights light up the streets. The Sevierville Winterfest Kick Off Music, Lights & Magic will start things off on Tuesday, November 12th with local entertainment and games for the children. The evening will continue with fireworks and the “flipping of the switch” on the area’s first Winterfest lights. This years Winterfest can be viewed in a whole new light with 3D glasses that can be purchased for a $1.00 (while supplies last) at the Sevierville Visitor on Hwy 66. These spectacles will allow every light to shift into a snowflake!
Pigeon Forge will commence their Winterfest after the completion of the Veteran’s Day Parade on Tuesday, November 12th. The city’s festivities will start at 5:00 PM and include a children’s play area and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. There will be musical entertainment and the lighting of more than five million lights on the Winterfest displays, they will top the evening off with fireworks.
On Wednesday, November 13th the city of Gatlinburg will join in with the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and the Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. Visitors can taken in the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. These designated trolleys take guests on a memorable journey through downtown Parkway, River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. These specially designed LED light displays form animals indigenous to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits. Trolley times are set for 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 PM.
How About Chili to Take Away the Chill!
On Wednesday November 13th stroll down parkway and take away the chill at the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff. will take place on the will take place from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM and tickets can be purchased online for $10. Guests will be able to sample chili prepared by more than twenty chefs from local restaurants and businesses. The Chili Cookoff will also feature a chili-eating contest. Guests who take part in this yearly competition will eat chili that gets progressively hotter with each round. Those attending are encouraged to vote for their favorite chili. These votes will be tallied to award the coveted People’s Choice Award to the most popular chili. A panel of judges will cast their votes for other awards, including: Best Presentation, Best Chili Apron, and Best Chili.
Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees
Stroll through the intricately decorated Christmas trees at the Gatliburg Convention Center from Tuesday, November 26th thru Saturday, November 3oth. Experience the ambiance of a Christmas in the Smokies. While there you can enter a Gingerbread House Contest. They will be taking donations for admission to the event. You can also take this opportunity to shop for unique handcrafted gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. Their annual Thanksgiving show will also being taking place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center from November 26th – December 1st.
Take in a performance of the Nutcracker “Sweet” from Friday, November 29th and Saturday, November 30th. Presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theater, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7:00 PM in the W.L. Mills Auditorium. (GSE) Call (865) 680-7369 for information and reservations.