A Mountain Quiltfest 2019

A cozy mountain cabin and a nice warm and beautiful quilt just naturally go together, so it’s no surprise that the A Mountain Quiltfest is one of the most popular annual events in the Smoky Mountains. This year’s iteration is the 25th Annual and it’s taking place from March 19-23 in Pigeon Forge. Saturday, March 23, 2019 is the final day of the event, and it coincides with National Quilting Day which is coordinated by the Quilt Alliance and the National Quilt Museum.

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Santa Family Reunion March 2019 in Gatlinburg – Santa Comes Home!

Santa and Mrs. Claus work hard all year to make children’s eye sparkle with delight and warm the hearts of friends and family. While they live in the snowy climes of the North Pole, their hearts belong in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. That’s why when you arrive for your family spring break vacation this year, you may do a double take!

Between Thursday March 14th and Monday March 18th, the Gatlinburg Convention Center will host the Santa Family Reunion. This convention brings together Santa Clauses from around the country to spend time together, share ideas and learn professional trade secrets. This is all while having good fun and filling the streets of Gatlinburg with love and laughter.

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Winter Carnival of Magic 2019

The 45th Annual Winter Carnival of Magic takes place this year on Thursday, March 7 through Saturday, March 9 at Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The three-day convention consists of two evening shows, a stage competition, a close-up competition, several lectures, and a dealer’s room.

The Carnival attracts professional magicians from throughout the United States, who perform and lecture. This event is great to see some out-of-town talent passing through, and also for those who want to learn more about the art of magic itself, and improve their own skills.

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Gatlinburg Improv Comedy Fest 2019

The annual Gatlinburg Improv Fest takes place again this year at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre on Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, 2019. In its eighth year, the five-show festival features nineteen different improv troupes from Atlanta, Orlando, Cincinnati, Columbia, South Carolina, Saskatoon Canada, and all over Tennessee.

Show times are Friday at 8 PM and 10 PM, and Saturday at 6 PM, 8 PM, and 10 PM. The Gatlinburg Improv Comedy Fest has been called the Best Improv Festival in the area – and that’s by the other improv shows! Check out the complete show schedule below.

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Valentine’s Day 2019

With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, the season of romance begins. And whether you’ve been married for years or are just falling for each other now, there’s no finer place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than in the Smoky Mountains.

The magic of the Smokies is the backdrop for all of our luxury vacation cabins. Some are secluded enough to make you feel you’re the only ones up there. Others feature views of lushly wooded landscapes, babbling brooks, and rolling foothills. In all directions, you’ll enjoy the serene landscape of the Smokies, the fresh mountain air, and the song of birds and wind through the trees.

To make your Valentine’s Day getaway truly special this year, we invite you to add a romantic getaway package to the cabin of your choice. Check the 3 and 6 night romantic getaway packages in our Gatlinburg honeymoon cabins page. We have several options to choose from – and you can also create your own romantic getaway!

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New Year’s Eve 2018 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

New Year’s Eve 2018 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offers two great venues bringing the long-anticipated excitement of free concerts, DJ music, specials in local restaurants and theaters, crowds of revelers, millions of seasonal lights and massive fireworks to ring in a brand-new 2019 at midnight.

Tens of thousands of people will be outdoors and up late this year on Monday, December 31, 2018. Usually Gatlinburg’s Space Needle draws 50,000 attendees to the New Year’s event, featuring its own special countdown and ball drop from the 400-ft tower, in its 31st Annual New Year’s Eve celebration. At the same time in Pigeon Forge, excitement builds at The Island, providing free entertainment, a countdown, plenty of razzle dazzle, and more amazing fireworks.

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Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade 2018 in Gatlinburg

One of the best Christmas parades in the nation happens in Gatlinburg with the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights parade starting at 7:30 pm on Friday, December 7, 2018. The parade takes about an hour to pass along Parkway, and anywhere from 60,000 to 100,000 people can be expected to line the route, many having staked out their spot earlier in the day with chair and blanket.

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Ober Gatlinburg 2018 Begins with the Rail Jam and Snow Tubing

Ober Gatlinburg starts its 2018 winter season on Friday, November 16, 2018 with the freestyle Rail Jam, followed by Snow Tubing opening on Saturday, November 17. The advanced skier freestyle evening event known as Back in Blue Rail Jam, kicks off the winter sports season, even as the area is still ablaze with amazing fall colors, in this very late leaf-turning season.

In the Rail Jam, participants will be entered in a drawing for a prize, and the contest for showing off your ski and board moves – and just to practice – is from 6pm to 8pm.

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This is a great event simply to spectate, with vendors, food and on-snow entertainment. It’s too early yet to open the ski resort’s Terrain Park, but this kickoff party celebrates the Tubing Park, where they’ve been making a huge amount of snow and setting the rails and grooming for this event.

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