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Fourth of July 2018

Fourth of July 2018

Gatlinburg is known for their Midnight Parade on the 4th of July. Year after year people line the streets of Gatlinburg at Midnight on the 4th to see the floats and bands and crazy fun! Are you planning on attending the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival? […]

Have you been to The Island in Pigeon Forge?

Have you been to The Island in Pigeon Forge?

It’s one of Pigeon Forge’s newest attractions in the recent years and is quite popular! There is no admission price and plenty to do whether you are a shopper, a diner, or a people watcher! Enjoy the rocking chairs that surround the fountain show in […]

The Smokies in January

The Smokies in January

Just for fun, and to continue to showcase the wonderful Smoky Mountains at a time of peace and quiet, we present for you this gallery of gorgeous Smoky Mountain imagery.

How To Spend New Years in The Smokies

How To Spend New Years in The Smokies

The end of the year only comes once a year and we like to punctuate the change and transition by ending the previous cycle and beginning a new one – with a BANG!Or rather a series of BANGs across a couple areas at least once […]

A Quick Tour Through Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

A Quick Tour Through Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Like the name says, here’s a quick tour through Dollywood in the Christmas season at night. Video footage by Ge’ne L. Kea and the music used is a public domain recording from Jon Sayle.

Upcoming Christmas Fun in the Smokies

Upcoming Christmas Fun in the Smokies

Planning on coming to the Smokies this weekend for some Christmas time with the family? Here are some of the things to consider to get into the spirit.

* Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade *
12/1/17

From Gatlinburg.com: “More than 60,000 people come to view the award-winning parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and of course Santa Claus! The parade route starts at Baskins Creek Bypass on Hwy 321 (East Parkway) and travels to Hwy 441 (Main Parkway) and continues from light 3 to traffic light 10.”
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/

* Sevierville Christmas Parade 2017 *
12/2/17

From PigeonForgeWinterfest.com: “Viewing the Christmas parade with friends and family is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit! This year’s parade takes place December 2, 2017 in downtown Sevierville from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.”
https://pigeonforgewinterfest.com/event/sevierville-christmas-parade-2017/

* Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival *
12/6/17 – 12/9/17

Another small but long-running Christmas tradition in the Smokies, this is a four-day festival featuring, you guessed it, almost non-stop Bluegrass music from more than two dozen artists and bands that perform at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. http://bluegrasschristmasinsmokies.com/

* Ober Gatlinburg – Winter Sports *
Ober Gatlinburg is the mountainside amusement park overlooking the city and it functions in the Winter season as both a family fun center and a sports center where they offer the only place to ski, snowboard, snowtube and ice skate for miles around. Definitely a worthy visit. www.obergatlinburg.com

* The Village *
Does anything in downtown Gatlinburg bring that old-timey Christmas-in-town experience like The Village? No sir. This little slice of heaven offers a wonderful pancake restaurant, candy shop, jewelry, toys and gifts, bakery, Christian shop, Celtic store and much more to see and experience. http://www.thevillageshops.com/

* The Arts and Crafts Community *
Naturally, an environment like the Glades and further artisan places along Highway 321 will be the perfect place to build holiday spirit. Many places will have Christmas sales, wonderful gift items you can’t find just anywhere, music playing both on speaker and occasionally live, awesome restaurants like Three Jimmys, The Ship and, of course, much more just waiting for you to discover it. http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/

See more at www.gatlinburg.com.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in the Smokies 2017

Thanksgiving Weekend Events in the Smokies 2017

The Thanksgiving Weekend special events for this year remain largely traditional, but we’ll add a few other recommendations for family fun in the Smokies as well. You’ll be able to enjoy these whether you’re staying in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville or Wears Valley as they […]

4th of July 2017

4th of July 2017

That time of the year is coming up – everyone’s favorite part of the Summer is more than celebrated here in the Smokies and we want to give you 2017’s information on the 4th of July Festivities in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg: Gatlinburg’s tradition […]

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2017

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales 2017

It’s already going on here in Gatlinburg and those who come and explore the main downtown area at 6:00 in the afternoon will find some additions to the atmosphere in the form of Gatlinburg fan-favorite event “Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales”.

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales is in its 12th year (!) of providing both solstice seasons in the Smokies with a touch of the old days as professional actors, storytellers and singers entertain folks with ancient Appalachia. The past comes alive as you hear stories, old mountain songs, watch clog dancers and other traditional dancers perform that which became our heritage right in front of you!

From Gatlinburg.com:

“This popular seven-week event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets in the walkability of the city and provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.

The collection of personalities and performers arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Visitors witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling.”

This more on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-tunes-tales/.

The August Eclipse

The August Eclipse

Here’s some news to look out for once it gets to be late August. It seems the Knoxville area of East Tennessee (and presumably those of us in Sevier County) will get to experience a Solar Eclipse on August 21st, 2017. Although this will be […]


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