Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 5 to 8 p.m.
This year, Chili Cookoff and Winter Magic Kickoff fall on Veterans Day
and in tribute, Gatlinburg will honor all service men and women with
the annual Veterans Day Celebration on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza at 11
a.m. Gatlinburg’s Veterans Day Celebration is recognized by the U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs as an official site for the observance of
Veterans Day. In accordance with honoring our military, The Ladies for
Liberty will provide entertainment for Chili Cookoff and Winter Magic
Kickoff. The Ladies for Liberty perform in WWII Andrews Sisters style
with their own rendition of vocals, costumes and the spirit of
patriotism reminiscent of the 1940s. The Ladies have performed at
patriotic ceremonies around the U.S. and their act is done in order “to
honor America – the Greatest Nation on Earth!”
Smoky Mountain Winterfest has had significant economic impact on holiday
tourism in Sevier County. Since its debut in 1989 to 2013, the
unemployment rate dropped from 14% to 4.5% for the months during
Winterfest. Lodging occupancy increased from 20% to 65% in that same
time frame across the county.
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.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Join us as for the 26th Annual Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, the nearly four-month celebration of winter in the Smokies.
This year’s celebration begins with Winterfest Kickoff on Tuesday, Nov. 10, in Patriot Park. The free event starts at 5 p.m. with live musical entertainment.
Beginning at 6 p.m., free rides aboard our Trolley Tour of Lights will show off more than five million twinkling lights on our Winterfest displays.
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.
Visit the Pigeon Forge theaters as they present holiday shows during November and December, bringing the spirit of Christmas to our Winterfest celebration.
We will also be all decorated up for the Winterfest holidays here at the Lodge!
Monday, October 5, 2015
Veterans Day Celebration
Nov 11, 2015
Join Gatlinburg in saluting America's veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute on Ripley's Aquarium Plaza. Every year since 2000, Gatlinburg, Tennessee hosts a very special event on November 11 to honor our nation’s veterans in a fitting and appropriate manner.
The title “Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration” is an accurate description of the event in that the service and sacrifices made by our veterans are celebrated with the intent to thank those who gave – and continue to give - so much to keep our nation free. The ceremony at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza starts at 11 a.m. and is free to the public.
Gatlinburg is among only 2 cities in Tennessee to be recognized as an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day. This is a prestigious distinction, given by the Department of Veterans Affairs, to only 41 sites total in the United States. The distinction affiliates this celebration with the one occurring at the National Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery. A number of ceremonies will be performed during the celebration, including music by bands from Gatlinburg-Pittman High School and Walters State Community College. There will also be a military flyover, a bald eagle presentation, and the recognition of present veterans.
Come visit with us and help us thank and celebrate our brave men and women who fight for our freedom!
Call us or visit our website and make plans to attend this special event! We hope to see you soon!
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen's Fair
Oct. 8- 2
Fall in the Smoky Mountains is a complete transformation from lush green colors to spectacular burnt orange, golds, radical reds, and brilliant yellows.
The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most
popular events... the 40th Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From
October 8 through 25, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a
multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United
A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact
that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale,
but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show,
which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by
the Southeast Tourism Society.
Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on
Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily, 12 and 2
p.m. on Sundays.
Please call us or visit our website and make reservations to come experience the beauty of all these gorgeous colors and fall festivities happening all around town!