Smoky Mountain Winterfest – Winter Activities in The Smoky Mountains
A series of winter activities in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville TN transform resort towns into winter wonderland with a four-month winter calendar of special events and things to do in The Smoky Mountains.
Winterfest in The Smoky Mountains is full of excitement and things to do for all ages. Join in on the fun this winter as the popular resort towns transform into one gigantic winter wonderland with special events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and all of The Great Smoky Mountains. The 2012 winter season begins Nov. 5 marking the 23rd annual series of celebrations for, Smoky Mountain Winterfest in Sevierville TN (Nov. 5- Feb. 28), Winterfest Kickoff in Pigeon Forge, TN (Nov. 6. -Feb. 28) and Gatlinburg Winter Magic and Chili Cookoff in Gatlinburg, TN (Nov. 7- Feb.28).
“Sevierville will be the first to kick off Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the annual Music, Lights & Magic event on Nov. 5 at the Sevierville Municipal Complex. This completely free event annually draws around 7,000 spectators who enjoy entertainment, free food, kids’ games, fireworks and plenty of great surprises. The event runs from 3-8pm at the Sevierville Municipal Complex located at 110 Gary Wade Blvd. in Sevierville.”
According to, Visit My Smokies website.
The second event scheduled is the 23rd annual Winterfest Kickoff in Pigeon Forge, on Nov. 6 hosted at Patriot Park located off the Pigeon Forge Parkway. The Kickoff includes a grand ceremony and the illumination of five million lights, festive decorations, special events, and traditional mountain music. Leading to the evening’s festivities is the City of Pigeon Forge’s second annual Salute to Veterans Parade on the Parkway beginning 4:30 pm. Concluding the event is the Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights. The trolleys will arrive to the park, heated and with a personal tour guide who will share stories about Pigeon Forge’s history, and its famous Winterfest light displays.
To finish the series of events is the 23rd annual celebration of Gatlinburg Winter Magic tm and Chili Cookoff VistMySmokies.com stated on its website,
“The City of Gatlinburg hosts its 23rd Annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Nov. 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m on the Downtown Parkway. The event includes live entertainment and the turning on of more than three million LED lights, one-of-a- kind light exhibits, and displays up to 40 feet tall. During the Chili Cookoff, for a small fee guests can sample mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili with a spoon they purchase, that allows all the chili sampling you desire and a chance to cast your vote for the People’s Choice award.”
Available to Winterfest visitors is a four-month calendar of events and things to do in The Smoky Mountains. Visitors can enjoy the holiday season with local businesses throughout the towns who will offer exciting Smoky Mountains Winter Activities, season event specials, theaters transforming into Christmas shows, a grand fireworks display, a ice carving competition, winter-themed 5k marathon, 3D light adventures, and a New Year’s Eve ball drop. There are many fun things to in The Great Smoky Mountains during the 2012-2013 Winterfest season
Winterfest was established in the late 1980’s early 1990’s it was designed to create a new visitor season for Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg TN. The season quickly rose to popularity with families and has since turned into a tradition for many visitors who return year-after-year to enjoy the lights, lodging, shows, shopping, and attractions. Winterfest is a combination of holiday festivities, seasonal events and millions of holiday themed lights.
Established in 2009, VisitMySmokies.com is The Great Smoky Mountain destination lodging website. The program is owned by Sevier County Tennessee, developed to build revenue through the promotion of travel and tourism in relation to Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area lodging, attractions, dining and shopping. VisitMySmokies.com is operated by the Sevier County Economic Development Council. All offices are located at 125 Court Ave., Suite 102 E, Sevierville, TN 37862 .
For more information regarding Winterfest 2012 link to Visit My Smokies.
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