Sevier County is celebrating its twenty-fourth year of Smoky Mountain Winterfest, which begins on November 12 and lasts through February 28, 2014. Here are the upcoming kickoff events in each city:
Pigeon Forge begins their celebration on Tuesday, November 12, after a Veteran’s Day parade. Action is centered at Patriot Park, with live music, celebrity appearances and more before illuminating over 4 million holiday lights. http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/winterfest/
Sevierville also begins on November 12 at the Sevierville Community Center, with live music and dancing. All Christmas lights in the city provide a 100% LED glow, shining both bright and environmentally green. http://www.visitsevierville.com/winterfest.aspx
Gatlinburg actually starts its events on Monday, November 11 at Ripley’s Plaza at the Aquarium, with a ceremony honoring our military, including music and a flyover salute. Then the Winter Magic street fair begins Wednesday, November 13 on the Parkway in the center of town, from 5-8 pm. Enjoy live entertainment and vote in the chili cook-off contest before over 3 million lights ignite the season with brightness. http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=11
Multiple local businesses add to the festivities throughout the holiday season. Just a few to consider are Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, and several local theater holiday shows are available. Ober Gatlinburg Winter Resort offers snow skiing and tubing, along with ice skating and other activities. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium is a stunning drive-thru lights display with synchronized lights and music. Shopping season is already in full swing, with multiple opportunities for bargains and special sale events.
The weather has crisply cooperated with an appropriate chill! So light the fireplace in your Smoky Mountain cabin rental, and settle in for another great season of pleasure in our Tennessee home. See you soon at Smoky Mountain Winterfest!