Plan Your Trip Around These Special Events

 December 1: Fantasy of Light Christmas Parade

Come watch the award-winning, 42nd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons, and Santa Claus! 

November 7- February 28: Smoky Mountain Winterfest

The towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are decked out in lights from November 7th until February 28th for the Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration. There are over 15 million lights in a 25-mile radius!  There are various activities held throughout the month, including Santa safari, photos with Santa, arts & crafts and night shows.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Welcome 2018 Gatlinburg-style with the Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show! This family friendly celebration is one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation with nearly 50,000 people gathering to ring in the New Year.

November 27- December 3: Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is back again with the area’s largest selection of unique handcrafted gifts at their annual Christmas show. 

December 6-9 : Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies

Each year this music festival attracts hundreds of fans to Pigeon Forge to enjoy the seasonal sounds and sights of Christmas. With shopping, food, and all kinds of bluegrass, this festival is fun for the entire family!

November 7- February 28: Smoky Mountain Winterfest

The towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are decked out in lights from November 7th until February 28th for the Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration. There are over 15 million lights in a 25-mile radius!  There are various activities held throughout the month, including Santa safari, photos with Santa, arts & crafts and night shows.

January 28-30 Tennessee Winter Special Olympics

Come celebrate the 33rd anniversary of the Tennessee Special Olympics Winter Games at Ober Gatlinburg! Over 150 athletes with disabilities will compete in Alpine Skiing, Snowboards and Speed Skating.

February 3: 3rd Annual King of the Mountain

Compete to be names the King of the Mountain at Ober Gatlinburg.  The competition combines technical skiing and freestyle to determine the best on the mountain.

March 3: Chuckwagon Cook-off Competition

Experience a meal fit for a cowboy, cooked in a chuck wagon, America’s first food truck.  These impromptu kitchens on wheels were used to feed cowboys on the open prairies during cattle drives.  They use simple ingredients and fire powered ovens to make delicious hearty meals. 

March 20-24: 24th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest

This festival showcases the timeless folk art of quilting which dates back to the first settlers of the Smoky Mountains.  Attendees can admire the craftsmanship, creativity and artistry that goes into the creating these timeless quilts.

April 1: Easter Sunrise At Ober

The Gatlinburg Ministerial Association will be sponsoring an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 6:30 AM in Ober Gatlinburg’s mountain parking lot, overlooking the mountains.  The Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway will operate free of charge for all those attending the service.

April 13-15: Hands On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts

This weekend provided arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to make their own piece of artwork.  More than 15 studios throughout the Smoky Mountain area host over 40 classes providing instruction on how to make their favorite crafts.

April 19-21: Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run

Join us for the largest automobile event of the year! This car show is held  at The LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

April 7-8: The  19th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

This tournament is open to fishermen of all levels.  Tourists and locals alike compete in this 2-day trout tournament for the chance to win over $10,000 in cash and prizes.

April 14: Smoky Mountain Winefest

Sample a variety of wine from Tennessee’s wineries, as well as small dishes from local chefs.

April 24-28: Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

Welcome in the spring season by attending the botanical event of the year.  Enjoy seminars and guided tours led by botanical and wildlife experts.  

May 4: 33rd Annual Dolly Homecoming Parade

Watch as local entertainers, floats, military veterans, and marching bands march down the Parkway in Pigeon Forge to welcome Dolly Parton home.  The parade begins at 6:00 PM and starts at travel light # 6 and ends at traffic light # 3.  

May 9-13 28th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week

Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of programs from guided hikes to educational programs.  This celebration is free and open to the public and is perfect for all  people who love the great outdoors.