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?…
You know one of the early Spring things East Tennessee is famous for? More than what we had in mind for the answer to this question, but if you said “those popcorn-looking trees” we have all across east Tennessee, that’s the one we’re looking for! Those famous flora are called Dogwood Trees and they’re the first indicator that Spring has hit or is close to hitting the Smoky Mountains!
For those who want to see them, a driving tour of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and, of course, Cosby, will provide views of them, but if you want to see something major with the Dogwood blooming as its center, you should see the Dogwood Arts Festival in Knoxville, TN, a day trip’s distance from Cosby, TN. This festival goes on from April 26th to the 28th for 2019.
“The Dogwood Arts Festival is an annual event in Knoxville, Tennessee, sponsored by Dogwood Arts, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and celebrate regional art, culture, and natural beauty. The event is held in April and celebrates the blooming of the dogwood trees. It includes a parade, a house and garden show, and demonstrations of various Appalachian arts and crafts such as quilting, bluegrass music, and doll-making. Many events are held in Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Additionally, driving trails are marked in Knoxville and the surrounding area for people to view the dogwoods in bloom.”
This is a nationwide famous event that has seen Bob Hope, Elvis Presley and Paul Harvey become just some of the names attached to it. Knoxville is a fair drive from our cabin in Cosby, but as you can see from those names and the fact that this festival is over 60 years old, it’s a big enough deal to be worth it.
See more on the Dogwood Arts festival at https://www.dogwoodarts.com/dogwood-arts-festival/.
Many of our guests ask for recommendations on restaurants in and around our area, so we’d like to take this article to showcase some of our favorite restaurants just a short drive from us in Gatlinburg! We’ll section it out by restaurant type to aid…
Each year, the Smokies is blessed to receive thousands and thousands of visitors who want to make our part of the region their holiday spirit destination. Many are return visitors who come each year or at least each year they’re able to, and many others are first timers who will have a very memorable holiday to look forward to.
If you’re planning on your first ever holiday Winterfest visit to the Gatlinburg side of the Smokies, here are some events to look forward to:
Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights
November 7, 2018 – January 26, 2019
“Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an injection of bright displays as well.
Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels, and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.” – Gatlinburg.com
See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-winter-magic-trolley-ride-of-lights/.
Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
November 23, 2018 – December 22, 2018
“Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 23-24 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on November 30 and December 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights… making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!” – Gatlinburg.com
See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-smoky-mountain-tunes-and-tales/.
Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
November 26, 2018 – December 2, 2018
“Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com.” – Gatlinburg.com
See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/great-smoky-christmas-arts-crafts-show/.
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade presented by Ole Red Gatlinburg
December 7, 2018
“Gatlinburg’s most enchanting holiday tradition returns! Presented by Ole Red, the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade promises to be a spectacular celebration filled with marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus. It all happens on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass to traffic light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg.
More than a dozen marching bands, full-scale balloons, and glimmering floats will take part in this year’s Fantasy of Light Christmas Parade, grand marshaled by celebrity barbecue chef Myon Mixon of “BBQ Pitmasters” fame.” – Gatlinburg.com
See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/.
New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
December 31, 2018
“Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2019 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31.
Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31 to ring in the New Year. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2019, fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with special music choreographed for the fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display.” – Gatlinburg.com
See more information on this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-ball-drop-and-fireworks-show/.
It is officially and effectively Winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less…
* Oktoberfest at Ober * September 21, 2018 – October 28, 2018 “Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun.…
There is still so much to see and do in the Smokies! If you are feeling like summer has come and gone and you were not treated enough, then we would love to invite you to Cosby Hollow Cabin for some relaxation, some fresh mountain air, and maybe some Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Fun!
All ages love Mini Golf, find many to choose from in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! Featured here we show Davy Crockett’s Mini Golf by Ripley’s Entertainment. All ages will find competition and fun when they get to Davy’s!
Visit The Island at Pigeon Forge and spend the day at Dollywood to really see it all! Have you been to Anakeesta Village in Gatlinburg? There is just so much to see and do! Late summer is a great time to visit as kids return to school and traffic lanes open up just a bit!