Wilderness Wildlife Week, 2015

Image courtesy of Wilderness Wildlife Week

Image courtesy of Wilderness Wildlife Week

The last week in January marks the time of the 25th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week. Based in LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, the massively popular event is also incredibly huge in scope. Lasting 8 days from Saturday, January 24, 2015 through Saturday, January 31, the event is totally FREE and open to all.

With literally hundreds of experts and talents in practically any field you can think of, conducting hundreds of classes, demonstrations, tours and performances through the week, it is simply impossible not to find something each day that enthralls you. This is perfect family fun, informative and entertaining at the same time. Continue reading

Indigo Moon Lodge: 1 Bedroom Luxury Cabin with Sauna

Indigo Moon Lodge is a spacious 1-bedroom luxury cabin with three levels offering room to sleep up to 8 people comfortably. It has one master bedroom with an open plan loft area second bed, two full bathrooms with an extra half bathroom, and amenities that include a deck hot tub, an indoor jacuzzi, and even your own private sauna. Continue reading

2014 Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

“Bet that Pigeon River is colder than the sea.
Christmas in the Smokies that’s where I want to be”

Hey it’s Christmas, let’s have a Bluegrass Festival – of course! And the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge is the place to go for the 2014 Christmas in the Smokies Festival, Wednesday through Saturday, December 10-13, 2014. Continue reading

2014 Christmas on Ice at Ober Gatlinburg

images courtesy of Ober Gatlinburg

images courtesy of Ober Gatlinburg

This weekend Ober Gatlinburg ski area celebrates Christmas with its annual Christmas on Ice show.

The event is FREE, and held at the ski area’s year-round Ice Skating Arena, centerpiece of the resort’s indoor shopping mall on the mountain.

Christmas on Ice features two evening shows, on Saturday at 6pm and Sunday at 5pm, December 6-7, 2014. Our local area skaters again put on a colorful and dynamic show set to Christmas music and themes. Continue reading

Gatlinburg 2014 Christmas Parade (and Possible Guinness World Record)

images courtesy of Kevin Tierney video

images courtesy of Kevin Tierney video

Friday, December 5, 2014, marks the date of Gatlinburg’s 39th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. It will also be a Guinness World Record event, if 20,000 people wear a red nose!

The parade starts at 7:30 pm at Traffic Light 1A at the north end of Parkway. Some 80,000 people are expected to throng Parkway to watch the parade, and they’ll have to fight to get their red noses, because there’s only 20,000 of these to go around. Continue reading

Thanksgiving 2014: Fireworks at the Titanic in Pigeon Forge

images courtesy of Titanic

images courtesy of Titanic

There’s a spectacular fireworks show this Thanksgiving evening in Pigeon Forge at the Titanic Museum. For the 3rd year running, the acclaimed attraction plans to give us the biggest fireworks show of the year anywhere on the Smoky Mountain Parkway. Even more, the big ship will provide a real, live SNOWFALL from snow making equipment mounted in the bow.

Scheduled for 7 pm on November 27, 2014, the free event draws several thousand people, but you can watch it perfectly from the large parking lot. It will be a very busy visitor day inside the museum, so if you’re thinking of taking a tour you should book ahead. Continue reading

2014 Festival of Trees in Gatlinburg – Thanksgiving in the Smoky Mountains

images courtesy of Festival of Trees

images courtesy of Festival of Trees

The feast and celebration of Thanksgiving is upon us this week, bringing families together and opening the Christmas season. In Gatlinburg, the annual Festival of Trees for 2014 is an event to select for customized gifts and cards, family fun, and a heartwarming start to the time of giving and receiving.

Festival of Trees is a kid-friendly opportunity to wander through a world of sparkling Christmas trees, each ornamented with unique gifts and craft works, to create and send customized holiday cards, and to take family pictures with Santa. Continue reading

2014 Thanksgiving and Christmas Craft Shows in Gatlinburg

images courtesy of Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community

images courtesy of Arts & Crafts Community

Just in time for holidays, family celebrations, and the gift-giving season, the Gatlinburg arts and crafts community brings out its finest products in two great shows held back to back, at the tail end of November and in early December.

As winter follows fall in the Smoky Mountains, one thing we might miss – besides the leaves turning color of course – is the abundance of arts and crafts that always appears in Gatlinburg during the harvest festival time of fall, following a productive summer of labor. Continue reading

Ober Gatlinburg Snow Tubing 2014

image courtesy of Ober Gatlinburg

images courtesy of Ober Gatlinburg

Nothing says winter like snow, and Ober Gatlinburg in the Smoky Mountains has plenty of it. The slopes will open in December, but the 2014 fun season starts on November 21 with a Rail Jam on Friday night, celebrating the newly groomed snow in the Tubing Park. Then on Saturday – Snow Tubing begins and it’s winter!

The “Back in Blue” Rail Jam is a chance for skiers and boarders to try their moves on the rails – because facing in the same direction is boring, right? Competitors in two age groups of 14 and under and 15 and over will compete for a piece of the $1,000 prize money, along with lots of merchandise being given away. Continue reading