Let’s have some bluegrass for Christmas! It’s time for the Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival again, happening in Pigeon Forge December 7-10, 2016. Led by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, the festival features a host of great performers at Smoky Mountain Convention Center at 4010 Parkway (close to Light #8) in Pigeon Forge.
Tickets are available at the door (including a general admission ticket), and the music starts at 5 pm on Wednesday the 7th. Shows start at 4 pm on Thursday, and 11 am on Friday & Saturday. And on Friday there’s a late-night jam session after the show. This is a family-friendly good time.
With millions upon millions of Christmas lights in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and throughout the area, what are some of the best ways to see them? You can choose to drive yourself around town, take a scenic aerial tram or mountain coaster ride, or take advantage of local holiday transportation and travel by trolley. Here are the best ways to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit and join other revelers for Christmas fun and festivities.
Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are winter wonderland destinations and both cities will be lighting up the night sky during the holiday season with festive displays and many millions of lights – often animated or synchronized to music – in celebration of Christmas. Each city has scheduled events running from November through January and February.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Gatlinburg Winter Magic
How do you know that the holidays have arrived in Gatlinburg, TN? For many people, visiting the Thanksgiving and Christmas craft shows at the Gatlinburg Convention Center is a time-honored family tradition that starts the holiday season.
The Thanksgiving Craft Show is held from Tuesday, November 22 through Sunday, November 27. As a stark contrast to typical Thanksgiving week shopping events, you can shop a vast array of products hand-crafted by local artisans including pottery, wood carvings, candles, quilts and plenty of gift-worthy decor.
November in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge marks the changing of the seasons with multiple events celebrating winter. Moving from the colors of fall into the glitter of Christmas, this time presents a host of things to do in Gatlinburg and the whole area. Early in the month, the two towns turn on their millions of Christmas lights, joined by Sevierville in a coordinated series of lightings and celebrations, beginning the Winterfest and Winter Magic festival seasons that last into February.
Snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg
Starting the first week of November and ending January 1, Dollywood’s annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festivities for 2016 are plentiful with lots of sparkling lights, colorful characters, seasonal songs and music, classic performances, and much more.
Images courtesy of Dollywood
The lights are coming on for winter in the Smoky Mountains as Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg take a day each on November 7, 8 and 9 to kick off the 2016 Winterfest and Winter Magic celebrations with millions – and millions – of Christmas lights strung across the towns. Festivities abound as each town turns on its lights in the midst of celebration, food and live music.
It’s October with Halloween approaching scary fast, but any time is good to visit the Mysterious Mansion in Gatlinburg. This three-level haunted attraction is open throughout the year and has been scaring the young and old since 1980. How young? Experience suggests older than about 7-8 years – experience it yourself before you take very young ones, or friends who don’t like too much fright. This is a very scary place.
Image courtesy of Mysterious Mansion
Sugarlands Distilling Company in Gatlinburg is a place to taste many different flavors of shine, take the tour to see the moonshiner’s art in action, buy jars of moonshine, apparel or mountain merchandise – and listen to the wonderful bands and musicians that Sugarlands brings to play on the Spirit Stage in back of the stillhouse.
Sugarlands offers free music performances throughout the year from a variety of great musicians and bands from near and far. Sugarlands opened its doors in 2014 and since then has brought a whole world of music, fun and of course Tennessee moonshine to the area.
Images courtesy of Sugarlands
Images courtesy of Ober Gatlinburg
It’s that time of the year again. Oktoberfest has come to Ober Gatlinburg with the promise of cooler weather, snow on the horizon, amazing German food, and of course beers galore! As winter beckons and the fall leaves begin to turn to brilliant shades of red and gold, visitors are flocking to the Smoky Mountains and enjoying the ski area’s 7th Annual Oktoberfest.
This annual event can be enjoyed from September 23 through October 30, 2016. Families and friends can delight in the special German food that is prepared on a daily basis. The cuisine is inspired from traditional Bavarian festivals and includes a few crowd-pleasing classics such as turkey legs, strudel, schnitzel, bratwurst, pretzels, and of course heaping side orders of sauerkraut. Attendees over the age of 21 can choose from a wide selection of exotic beers that make the perfect accompaniment to the German cuisine.
Image courtesy of Ripley’s
October’s menu of spooktacular events in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is guaranteed to bring out ghosts, goblins and creatures of the night in celebration of the Halloween spirit. Through the end of October, consider these scary encounters for adults and children of all ages to experience.
Gatlinburg Halloween Events
Celebrate Halloween with the annual Trick or Treat Kickoff Karnival from 1 pm to 5 pm on Monday, October 31 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies plaza. A favorite for kids, the Karnival offers plenty of entertainment, contests, games and activities, creative costumes, Halloween safety tips, candy galore and food vendors with tasty delights.