If you’re staying in one of our Gatlinburg rental cabins this week, your timing is great. This week is the kickoff of Winterfest in Gatlinburg. It all gets started tomorrow night (11/7) with the city’s 23rd annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff from 5 to 8 p.m. on the downtown Parkway. In addition to lighting the city’s millions of Winterfest lights, area restaurants and other businesses will be competing for best-chili awards, while a Beatles tribute band provides entertainment.
Of course, Winterfest isn’t just this week. It continues with nearly four full months of special events and activities, all topped off with the dozens of Winterfest light displays. One of the most convenient and relaxing ways to see those lights is on the city’s Trolley Ride of Lights. These special trolleys take guests in heated comfort on a tour throughout the town. That means you don’t have to get out in traffic and burn gas money. The tours run through January 26, 2013.
Other Winterfest events in Gatlinburg include the Festival of Trees (11/20 – 11/24), the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Shows (11/21 – 11/25 and 11/26 – 12/2), Winter Magic tunes & Tales (11/23 – 12/22), Christmas On Ice (12/1 – 12/2) and the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade (12/7).