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Pigeon Forge 's 25th Annual Winterfest Kick Off &
4th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade
November 11, 2014

Come see what makes Winterfest in Pigeon Forge such a magical time of year! The lights and sounds of the season will officially begin on November 11, 2014, with the 4th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade's conclusion at Patriot Park.

For the fourth year in a row, you'll have a chance to see the festivities start with a bang and celebrate the brave men and women who have served our country by attending the parade and Winterfest Kick-Off event. The parade will feature celebratory bands, seasonal floats and top-notch entertainers marching down the north side of the Parkway from lights #10 to #7, then straight into Patriot Park for the parade's conclusion and the official Winterfest Kick-Off Ceremony.

Salute to Veterans and Winterfest KickoffIn addition to a keynote speech, Winterfest Kick-Off visitors will enjoy a variety of seasonal delights, including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, musical entertainment, a kids' play area and an assortment of tantalizing treats from local food vendors!
The evening will close with the ceremonial lighting of Winterfest's more than 5 million lights, followed by a fireworks display.

Start the holiday season with a bang attending the Pigeon Forge parade and Winterfest Kick-Off!

Kickoff festivities are free and will begin around 5:00 pm. The traditional lighting of more than five million sparkling lights on our Winterfest displays will highlight the evening.

Following the lighting ceremony, get in line for the free Trolley Tour of Lights, offered at no charge for one night only, as part of the Kickoff activities.

The ceremony will take place at the intersection of River Road and Old Mill Avenue. The location is the bridge near Old Mill Restaurant, which is the site of one of the city’s newest and largest Winterfest light displays.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ Kickoff & Annual Chili Cookoff
November 12, 2014

Wintefest is a magical time of year the Smoky Mountains! Start the season and fill your belly at the annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff in Gatlinburg on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg Winterfest Kickoff EventsThis kickoff event is one of Gatlinburg's favorite events of the year. The downtown happening promises a family-friendly evening of food, fun and, finally lights.

The special evening begins at 5:00 pm, when the Chili Cookoff participants start serving up helpings of their smoky stew. Attendees have an opportunity to sample all the chili they can handle, and then are invited to cast their vote for the People's Choice Award to be given to the maker of their favorite entry. A panel of judges will also be casting votes for other awards, including best chili, best presentation and best chili apron.

Chili cook off participants run the gamut of Gatlinburg's finest. Local restaurants, attractions, retailers, banks, civic groups and other agencies will perfect their recipes and cook up their best chili concoction for this year's event.

The chili cook off culminates with the ceremonious lighting of more than one million LED lights covering Gatlinburg for the Winterfest season.  The 2014 display lines the resort city's famous downtown Parkway, the adjacent River Road and fills the triangle median where the two roads meet.  See custom holiday lights and celebrate the season while making special Smoky Mountain memories with loved ones.

From seasoned chili to seasonal magic, Winterfest in the Great Smoky Mountains is truly a special time of year.


Sevierville's Winterfest Kickoff
November 10, 2014

See the Smoky Mountain city of Sevierville twinkle and shine during Winterfest! Kick off the 2014 holiday season with an evening of Music, Lights and Magic!
The 2014 Sevierville Winterfest kick off, dubbed “Music, Lights and Magic,”  takes place in the heart of the city at the municipal complex downtown. This year's event promises tons of seasonal fun for the entire family, with food, music, fireworks and more. Local entertainers will hit the main stage when the event open, while families and friends gather around the celebrate the start of the holiday season.
Sample yummy food from Sevierville’s restaurants and vendors, watch the kids play games, and rock out with local musicians! The celebration will end with a bang, as the evening will conclude with a fireworks display! The sky will twinkle with bursts of color, serving as an exciting way to start the holiday season.
 Experience the wonder of Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains with fun, flair and fireworks at this annual Sevierville event!

Free food, local entertainment, kids' games and fireworks make this event fun for everyone! The evening wraps up by turning on the area's first Winterfest lights. 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm., Sevierville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 110 Gary Wade Blvd. in Sevierville TN

Titanic Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff
Thanksgiving Evening, November 17, 2014

Titanic Thanksgiving Fireworks

This exciting evening of light and fantasy begins at 7:30 p.m. Thanksgiving evening. This is a perfect way to get some fresh air after a day filled with feasting!

“It is the largest fireworks event of the year on the Smoky Mountain Parkway, and we look forward to celebrating an evening with our community friends and neighbors,” says John Joslyn, co-owner of the museum attraction.

Digital snowfall from the ship’s bow will begin on Thanksgiving weekend and continue every Saturday throughout December. To help make the season even brighter, Father Christmas, dressed in a style most familiar to the children aboard Titanic in 1912, will make special stops at Titanic on these magical snowy Saturdays.

Kids enjoying snow at Titanic Pigeon Forge

Greystone Lodge

Moose Creek Crossing

Smoky Mountain Property Management Sugar Maple Cabins

Fireside Chalets

The Inn at Christmas Place

Great Outdoor Cabin Rentals

Bush's Visitor Center

Shular Hospitality

Gatlinburg Falls Resort

Timber Tops