Smoky Mountain Winterfest and Christmas Celebrations

If you’ve never experienced Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains, you’re missing out on a frolicking good time. The entire way from I-40 Exit 407 in Sevierville, through Pigeon Forge and to light #10 in Gatlinburg is decorated with Christmas lights and each city offers exceptional winter events and holiday festivals. We love Christmas and winter and celebrate it in a big way–from November through February–with lights, sights and sounds of the holidays.

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Oktoberfest: Annual Ober Gatlinburg October festival features Bavarian-style food, a bier garten, Bavarian music and live entertainment with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (865) 436-5423

1-December 31
Titanic Museum Christmas and Winter Celebration: Inside and out, the Titanic will hail the arrival of Christmas with joyous sights and sounds of the season. Visit the gift shop after your Titanic tour for Christmas gifts and collectibles.

Creekside Gospel Music Convention: This annual convention that the Smoky Mountain Convention Center kicks off with Lou Hildreth Honors, gospel music concerts and Midnight Prayer when fans and artists gather for more music, prayer and fellowship. The convention continues with round-the-clock concerts and awards, and time to meet artists, vendors and friends.

Smoky Mountain Winter Wonderland3-December 31
Christmas at Dixie: Enjoy an indoor snowfall, live nativity with camels and ascending angels during this show spectacular with a holiday feast served by elves from the north and south poles.

Gene Watson & Jeannie Seely in Concert: First Class Concerts presents Gene and Jeannie at Country Tonite Theatre at 8 p.m. For advance ticket purchase and seating, call (865) 453-2003.

MLC Ladies Conference & Retreat: Women of the Mother Lode Church come together during this semi-annual retreat to grow in the knowledge and understanding of God through fellowship activities, worship and song. Held at Music Road Hotel Convention Center.

7-January 3, 2016
Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival at Dollywood: The entire theme park will be filled with Christmas lights, music and themed entertainment now through January 3. Experience Dolly’s winter wonderland with a parade, holiday characters, and special shows.

26th Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff: A celebration of winter in the Smokies begins at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge at 5 p.m. with live musical entertainment and Christmas light displays. Beginning at 6 p.m., free rides aboard our Trolley Tour of Lights will show off Winterfest displays throughout the city. The Pigeon Forge Winterfest continues through February 29, 2016.

10-December 31
Self-Guided Winterfest Lights Tour: The Pigeon Forge Trolley office at Patriot Park will provide maps with light display locations so that you can enjoy all the Christmas lights at your leisure.

Veterans Day Celebration: Join the City of Gatlinburg, locals and visitors in saluting the men and women of America who have served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This 15th annual program begins at 11 a.m. is free to attend.

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Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff: The 26th annual party takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on the downtown Parkway and includes a chili cookoff, live entertainment and millions of Christmas lights.

11-February 28, 2016
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Christmas Lights: Take a leisure tour of the city of Gatlinburg and enjoy wonderful lighting displays through the end of January.

12-January 31, 2016
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights: Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic Christmas light displays at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., departing from Ripley’s Plaza. Tickets can be purchased at

Old Mill Square Holiday Open House: Visit Old Mill Square for a showcase of Thanksgiving and Christmas gift items and decorations, and to sample foods that you’ll probably want to add to your holiday dinner menus.

2015 Hearts on Fire Youth Conference:  Middle and high school teens are invited to find and solidify a life in Christ with worship and Christian music concerts by Hearts on Fire Ministries.  LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge.

24-December 6
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Craft Show: Two winter holidays combined into one unique craft show in downtown Gatlinburg at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Members of the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community gather to show their skills and sell their handmade, homemade products.

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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy family and friends, a wonderful feast and your bounty of blessings.  Read more about Thanksgiving in the Smokies and holiday dining in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge.

Thanksgiving Dinner at The Old Mill: Serving a traditional, family style Thanksgiving Feast from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm. Pottery House Cafe will also be open. Reservations not available; meal is first come, first server. All of the Old Mill Shops will be open.

Fireworks at the Titanic: Titanic Museum continues its Thanksgiving tradition with free fireworks at 7 p.m.

The Nutcracker “Sweet”: Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7 p.m. in the W.L. Mills Auditorium. Call (865) 680- 7369 for ticket information.

30-December 4
Mountain Top Conference with Dr. James Merritt: Engage in God’s Word during a fantastic time of worship, praise, fun and fellowship! Conference will features a special ministry series focusing on Stress, Worry, Guilt and Discouragement. Special evenings with Luke Zamperini, son of Louis Zamperini, and Will Graham, grandson of Dr. Billy Graham. Smoky Mountain Convention Center, Pigeon Forge.