smoky mountains

Smoky Mountain Chamber of Commerce
Experience the Smoky Mountains - All Four Seasons!

 
Nature:
dollywood
elkmont
Mountain river in Elkmont, the largest campground in the Smoky Mountains

Hiking
Waterfalls & Streams
Wildlife
Fishing
Cades Cove


Featured:
Train Ride
Whitewater Rafting


Plan Your Trip:


Restaurants
Attractions

Recommended Hotels:

americana inn
Americana Inn

hampton inn
Hampton Inn

Recommended Restaurants:

alamo steakhouse
Alamo Steakhouse

duff's
Duff's Smorgasboard

legacy mountain resort
Legacy Mountain Resort



Welcome to the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Smoky Mountain Winterfest starts on November 4th in the Smokies telling us it's time to enjoy nature at its finest. When you visit during the Fall/Winter months you will be amazed by the beauty of nature. White-tailed deer, mountain lions, red fox, and black bear present a fantastic show with their gorgeous images against beautiful snow or a peaceful mountain river. For a real treat make sure you visit the waterfalls and old mills after a hard rain. It's a great time to get a room in downtown Gatlinburg and enjoy all the beauty the Smoky Mountains has to offer. Shop 'til you drop in world class outlet malls and quaint shopping villages, dine in great restaurants, hike one of America's most beautiful mountains, and enjoy the most visited aquarium in the U.S. If you haven't planned your trip yet, do it real soon.

Special Smoky Mountains Events 2009:

November 1 - December 31
Old Fashioned Hayrides
Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg.  As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath taking views of our beautiful mountain foliage.  Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall.  Rides leave approximately every 45 minutes.  Call 865-436-3897 for more information.

November 7 - January 2
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
Dollywood’s winter wonderland of more than 3 million holiday lights sets the stage for the premiere of Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland, Dollywood's most elaborate stage production ever. Enjoy a family holiday like no other with heartwarming Christmas shows, holiday foods, and thrilling rides.

November 3 - February 28
20th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest
A county wide event, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge.  See millions of Christmas lights, parades, and lots of special events.
www.thewebstation.net/winterfest

November 4
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kick-off & Chili Cook-off
Gatlinburg lights the city with millions of winter lights, an award winning chili contest, fireworks and entertainment. Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 20th annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. on River Road and Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza.

November 5
20th Annual Winterfest Kickoff
Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge.

November 6 - December 30
Winterfest Trolly Tour of Lights
Fun Time Trolley Station at Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge. 6:30 p.m. (Mon. - Fri. except Nov. 23) - Call 865-453-6444 for reservations.

November 26
Tanger Style Midnight Madness Sale
Beginning at 12:01am on Nov. 27, enjoy the Tanger Midnight Madness Sale at Tanger Five Oaks Factory Outlet Center – 865-453-1053 www.tangeroutlet.com

November 27-29
Tanger After Thanksgiving Sale
After the Midnight Madness Sale, enjoy a few more days of unbelievable savings at Sevierville's famous outlet mall, Tanger Five Oaks. (865) 453-1053 www.tangeroutlet.com

November (TBA)
Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame Gala
Hosted by the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, this is Tennessee's largest annual aviation social event. The state’s Official Aviation Hall of Fame honors and enshrines individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to aviation and aerospace. The public is invited. Black-tie optional. Reservations are required.
Toll-Free: (866) AV MUSEUM.
www.tnairmuseum.com

November (Thanksgiving week)
Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
The Arts & Crafts Community Easter Arts & Crafts Show displays unique handcrafted wares made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Daily
Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg
"Ghostwalk of Gatlinburg" is a walking night-time tour of Gatlinburg's most historic and "haunted" places which takes about one hour, and is approximately one mile in length. The walk is lantern-led and guided by a local storyteller dressed in costume. "Ghostwalk" is not a haunted-house tour. It is a storytelling experience with a twist of murder and mayhem. We get your attention, but we don't chase you around with chainsaws. The stories feature a combination of local legends, history, superstition, folk tales and fiction. The tour's purpose is to revisit many historic and forgotten stories of murder and chaos that took place during the past 100 years in Gatlinburg and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tours leave nightly at 9, 10:30 and midnight. Reservations required. 865-556-0674
www.ghostwalkofgatlinburg.com

December 5
Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
Gatlinburg’s Winterfest Celebration features the 32nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2008 in downtown Gatlinburg. Millions of twinkling lights and more than 100 parade entries will be featured. This year is the 32nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade and more than 80,000 people are expected to attend the event. More than 100 floats, Budweiser Clydesdales, VIP appearances by Santa Claus and his elves, marching bands, giant helium balloons, and corporate floats will be featured. There will be artificial snow, sparklers, dance teams, elves, walking inflatable costumes, clowns, horses, and marching bands.

The parade route begins at Traffic Light No. 1A on Highway 321 and continues to Traffic Light No. 10 at the Parkway and Ski Mountain Road. Limited bleacher seating is available in front of the parking garage at Traffic Light No. 3. Spectators are encouraged to arrive early to get a parking spot. Free parking is available at the Gatlinburg Park and Ride Lot located at the Spur Welcome Center at the entrance of Gatlinburg. Parking is also available at the Reagan Drive parking lot, the Aquarium parking lot and various additional parking lots in the downtown area.

November 25 - December 7
Christmas Arts and Crafts Show
Members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community assemble to make Christmas Shopping easy at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
artsandcraftscommunity.com

December 11-13
Belz Outlets Sidewalk Sale
Belz Outlets; For More information call (865) 453-7316

December 1 - December 31
Old Fashioned Hayrides
Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg.  As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath taking views of our beautiful mountain foliage.  Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall.  Rides leave approximately every 45 minutes.  Cal 865-436-3897 for more information.

November 4 - February 28
20th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest
A county wide event, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge.  See millions of Christmas lights, parades, and lots of special events.
www.thewebstation.net/winterfest

December 31
Gatlinburg's New Year's Ball Drop & Fireworks Show
Space Needle street party and midnight pyrotechnics show, music, free party favors and ball drop.

December 31
New Year’s Eve Fireworks Display
Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds, Cherokee, NC. Cherokee’s traditional fireworks display to bring the New Year in with pyrote. Fireworks start at 10:45 p.m.

December 31
Gatlinburg's New Year's Eve Celebration
Gatlinburg welcomes the arrival of the New Year with a street party that begins around 11 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31. An estimated crowd of 40,000 revelers gather in the streets of downtown Gatlinburg. Then, at the stroke of midnight, the sky will light up with a fireworks and music show produced by Pyro Shows of Lafollette, TN. The event is free to the public and features music and free party favors. Performers from Hard Rock Café entertain the crowd along with Rich Bailey of Star 102.1 providing music in the streets. The entire city of Gatlinburg celebrates New Year’s Eve in a big way with many restaurants and attractions offering special celebrations. Gatlinburg trolleys will run until 2 a.m.

December 31
28th Annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza
Grand Resort Hotel & Convention Center
1-800-251-4444

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