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 […]
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.
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 *
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.”
* Sevierville Christmas Parade 2017 *
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.”
* 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.
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 […]
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!
“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/.
We look forward to the new year and the new year’s celebrations at the Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg. In Gatlinburg, the New Years party for that city runs traditional as it has for decades begins. Throughout the day, the knowledge of the impending countdown […]
It’s that wonderful time of year again when we welcome the Winterfest holiday season with not one, not two, but THREE Winterfest kickoff events that you can enjoy within less than an hour’s drive from one another should you choose to want to do all three – since each one takes place on a different day in a different city.
Let’s take a look at what’s going on this year:
The city of Sevierville has the first Winterfest kickoff on November 7th at the Sevierville Civic Center/City Hall/Community Center on Dolly Parton Parkway. This event goes on from 3:00PM to 8:00PM and has a huge stage erected on site for a variety of local entertainment acts to perform. Offstage there is free food, play areas for kids and even fireworks. At 7:45PM the lighting ceremony will begin and the Winterfest lights for Sevierville will be turned on.
See more on Sevierville’s Winterfest Kickoff at https://www.facebook.com/SeviervilleWinterfest/.
Things are a little bit different with the Pigeon Forge Winterfest kickoff this year. There won’t be a parade to start the event, but it will begin all the same at 4:00PM at Patriot Park on November 8th. There will be a kids’ play area, presentations from the Mayor and City Manager of Pigeon Forge, fireworks, a stage with music entertainment and, of course, the big switch for the Winterfest lights coming on followed by FREE trolley tours of the Winterfest lights.
See more on Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest Kickoff at http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/winterfest/
And now the big party to signal the full transition into Smoky Mountain Winterfest season – the Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff/Winterfest Kickoff on November 9th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. This event is so big that the city of Gatlinburg shuts down a whole section of the downtown parkway just to hold it. The first part of the event is the chili cookoff where dozens of tables featuring dozens of local restaurants (as well as those from abroad) set up to serve all-you-can-eat chili. The purchase of an admission “spoon” is you all need to enjoy the best chili in the Smoky Mountains. Then later the switch will go on and BOOM, Gatlinburg will finish putting on the last of the Winterfest lights with their own trolley tours to follow.
See more on Gatlinburg’s Winterfest Kickoff at http://www.gatlinburg.com/events/details.aspx?id=11
We’ll have more Winterfest events coming up for you soon, be sure to come back and check on us! www.allthesmokies.com.
We received a request to post this on behalf of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Gatlinburg, TN. “Our Savior Lutheran Church invites you to celebrate the season at its Scenes of the Nativity Open House held at the church on Historic Nature Trail road in […]