It is that time of year again! Winterfest is here! Winterfest in the Smokies is back. The 27th annual Winterfest celebration is a four-month celebration in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville. This four-month celebration starts November 7, 2016 and ends February 28, 2017. Each city has their own kick-off. Sevierville is November 7, 2016 at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce (110 Gary Wade Blvd., Sevierville). Events start at 3:00pm – 10:00pm. Pigeon Forge is November 8, 2016 at The Patriot Park (186 Old Mill Avenue, Pigeon Forge). Events start at 4:00pm – 10:00pm. Gatlinburg is November 9, 2016 in downtown Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg also has a chili cook-off during their Winterfest kick-off. Event starts 5:00pm -8:00pm.
27 years ago the inception of Winterfest helped locals and tourists enjoy the holiday season more in our area. Unemployment rates dropped during the winter time, because of the added visitors to our area during Winterfest. Celebrations turned sleepy wintertime into a booming season. Small light displays have turned into driving tours throughout the years. Each city has a trolley schedule or special maps to guide you through the tour.
This year many attractions have something new to add to the celebration. Dollywood has a new production of It’s a Wonderful Life and $2.5 million Parade of Many Colors. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has added a new Santa’s Safari display to their show. The Island in Pigeon Forge has created a new $1.5 million Winterfest experience including a 40-foot Christmas tree you can walk through, 40,000 ornaments, and 300,000 lights. Local shows in the area will have their Christmas shows starting in November for you to enjoy.
Not only can you enjoy the natural beauty of our area during the day, but at night dazzling lights displays through all three cities are for your enjoyment. Shows to bring back fond memories of Christmas past or new memories can be formed with your loved ones. Enjoy seasonal holiday dishes at the many distinctive restaurants we have in the area. There truly is something here for everyone to enjoy during Winterfest.
Never forget that shopping great sales for that special someone on your list can be done while in town to enjoy our light displays and Winterfest celebrations. We have many local artisans or boutiques in the area that help you find a unique item for those you love.
Gatlinburg hosts a huge New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in the New Year. Pigeon Forge has several events to celebrate ringing in the New Year also. Valentine’s Day specials can be found all around town whether it is shopping, lodging, or restaurants specials to celebrate the day with your loved ones.
Smokymtngetaways.com hopes that you will be able to join us this year for our Winterfest celebrations. Come enjoy the natural beauty of our town and the glittering, outstanding light displays through our cities. Depending on the time and weather you might even be able to enjoy some snow in the mountains while visiting us. We would love to see you here!