Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Gatlinburg's 27th Annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff

November 9, 2016

Gatlinburg will kickoff the 27th year of Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the annual Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff and Winter Magic Kickoff on Wednesday, November 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city while thousands sample from more than 25 vendors from area restaurants and businesses.

 This year’s event features great musical acts throughout the night performing on multiple stages. Chili Cookoff is happy to announce country music singer Tara Thompson as the headliner. Tara is a featured act in many of Nashville’s premier honky-tonks and has recently been the opening act in front of thousands for her cousin, the Queen of Country Music, Loretta Lynn. She released her EP “Someone to Take Your Place” this year and is expected to release her full-length album later this year. Thompson will go on at 6:15 p.m. on the Bush’s Best Stage at traffic light number 6. Grassabillies will open at 5:15 p.m. The Greenbrier Band will perform four times throughout the night beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the south entrance of the Cookoff near the Historic Gatlinburg Inn. All Sauced Up Hot Chili Eating Contests are at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., and Winter Magic Kickoff lighting starts at 6:00 p.m. on the Bush’s Best Stage.

“We are so happy to celebrate 27 years of Winterfest in Sevier County with Gatlinburg’s Chili Cookoff,” said Mark Adams, CEO/President of Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. “In the nearly 30 years since its inception, Winterfest has proven to be extremely beneficial to the people of Sevier County while also providing one of the best holiday experiences in the South for the guests who visit our area during the winter months.”

Participants in Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation and Best Apron. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition t-shirt available for purchase the night of the event.

 Food vendors serving are Collier Convention and Catering, Courtyard by Marriott Gatlinburg, Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, Delauder’s Smoky Mountain BBQ, Dick’s Last Resort, Drafts Sports Bar & Grill, Gatlinburg Fire Department, Gatlinburg Police Department, Great Smoky Mountain Catering Co., Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, Hilton Garden Inn, The Inn at Christmas Place, IX Nubes Vape Lounge, Lil Black Bear CafĂ©, Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina, Margaritaville Island Hotel, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Ober Gatlinburg, Paula Deen Store, Puckers Sports Grill, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, Sensible Concrete Works, Sugarlands Distilling Co., The Melting Pot, and The Popcorn Emporium. Sponsors of Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff are Bush Brothers and Company, All Sauced Up, Food City, and Smoky Mountain Living.

We sure hope you can come visit us during this magical time of year. Call us 865-908-7935 or visit our website at to make reservation to join us in this wonderful and delicious celebration! We will also be all decked out. Hope to see you soon!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

27th Annual Winterfest Kickoff Pigeon Forge

Nov. 8- Feb. 28, 2017

Join us for Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, the nearly four-month celebration of winter in the Smokies. Enjoy the light displays at your leisure on our Winterfest Lights Driving Tour. Pick up your tour guide at the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center at traffic light #0 or at the Fun Time Trolley office in Patriot Park. Winterfest light displays will shine through the end of February.

Winterfest Kick-off
4:00 PM: Kids Area opens up Days Gone By Old Time Games
5:00 PM: Activities start from stage National Anthem presenting of colors: Mayor and City Manager to speak recognize Volunteer of the Year Grace Stottlemeyer

5:15 PM: Count down to lights being turned on *in Patriot Park only immediately followed by 3-4 minutes of fireworks

5:30 PM: Entertainment starts from stage: Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day & the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus: Note some members of Pistol Creek will be strolling through park earlier entertaining

6:00 PM: FREE Trolley Tour of Lights rides will start
Local Girl Scouts will be selling hot drinks and cookies and we will have Winterfest shirt sales also.

We hope you can visit us during this magical time of year! Please call us at 865-908-7935 or visit our website to reserve your stay so that you too can enjoy the magic of Christmas Pigeon Forge Style. From Sevierville to Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg we light up our town for a few months of winter magic. Here at the lodge we will be all decked out by November 16.
 Hope to see you soon!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 5 - January 3

 A seven-time award winner of America's Best Christmas Event, Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival presented by Humana, Nov. 5 through Jan. 3, 2016, features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including Dollywood's A Christmas Carol, an all-new adaptation of the Dickens classic.
Show's  you will see this year on your visit to Dollywood at Christmas.

It's a Wonderful Life





Appalachian Christmas





Meet Rudolph and His Friends





Christmas in the Smokies





 Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs





Dolly's Christmas Chapel





 O' Holy Night





Parade of Many Colors





Timber Canyon Festival of Lights





 See all of these magical shows and more when visiting Dollywood during the special time of year! Call us now to reserve your room we are only a mile from Dollywood.  We will be all decked out at the lodge November 16 so we hope you can come join us and help us celebrate th most wonderful time of the year!  or call us at 865-908-7935

For more information on Dollywood winter celebration click on the link posted below.


 'Twas the Night Before Christmas




Thursday, July 21, 2016

Gatlinburg's 4th Annual Smoky Mountain Song Writers Festival 2016

August 24 - 28, 2016

 Celebrating the area’s Appalachian musical roots, Gatlinburg will host its fourth annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival.

The sounds of some of the biggest hits in country, gospel and bluegrass music will resonate through the streets of Gatlinburg when Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival comes to town August 24 through August 28. The festival will feature over 130 acts of songwriters and musicians who have shaped the top Billboard charts for generations as well as those just getting started in the music industry.

The SMSWF Mission is to promote songwriters and to help their talents and songs be discovered not only by publishers and producers, but also by all of us fans, who simply love the songs that the stars perform.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Dollywoods National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration 2016

Sept. 30 - Oct. 29

If you love autumn, handmade arts and crafts, and free concerts then come to the National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration!
Don't miss out on this four week event of crisp autumn air filled with gospel music and beautiful scenery.

Watch crafters at work throughout the park as the country’s most talented artisans showcase their artistry with up-close demonstrations. Purchase handmade treasures for the home, unique collectibles and stunning artwork create an impressive craft exhibit you won’t find anywhere else.
Special dishes, all prepared with a taste of fall, showcase some of the harvest season’s most celebrated recipes.

 Over the four weeks of celebrations, performances will take place throughout Dollywood on five specialty stages – the Celebrity Theater, the Showstreet Theater, Pines Theater, on the Singing News Stage at the Valley Theater & Robert F. Thomas Chapel, and on the Praise 96.3 FM Stage at the Back Porch Theater.

 Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration is sponsored by Humana. You will be mesmerized by the park’s colorful autumn decor when you’re aren’t listening to some of the best gospel performers around.

Also Dollywood’s restaurants will be serving some of the finest seasonal fare to go around. Visit the park, eat some of the delicious seasonal offerings, peruse the local crafts, and stay for some great gospel.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Gatlinburg's 41st Annual First Independance Day Parade in the Nation 2016

July 3rd at Midnight

 Saluting the valiant men and women of our military services, this 41st annual showcase is the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!” Parade starts at the stroke of midnight to begin Independence Day.

 This 41st annual showcase salutes the valiant men and women of our military services in the “First July Fourth Parade in the Nation!”  Floats, balloons, and marching bands pay tribute to our country during this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event.

 The Parade route will extend from traffic light #1A on East Parkway, turn South onto Parkway at traffic light #3, then traveling the length of the downtown street to traffic light #10 at Ski Mountain Road.

Last year over 100,000 people attend ed the Parade with several of them having selected their viewing spots by placing folding chairs along the route as early as 7:00AM on July 3rd. 

Please come celebrate this special event with us! Call us or visit our website to reserve your stay. We hope to see you soon! 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Gatlinburg's Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

June 10- July 30

Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as 1800.

 This popular seven-week event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets in the walkabout through the city that 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.

 The City also hosts a Winter Magic Tunes & Tales event featuring a capella carolers on weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales is an official activity of the Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.
 We hope you will come visit during this magical time and take a walk back in time while strolling through town enjoying the beautiful sights. Call us or visit our website to make your reservations. We hope to see you soon!