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Winterfest Kick Off Events

Pigeon Forge 's 25th Annual Winterfest Kick Off &
4th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade
November 10, 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 10, 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 which takes place 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm. 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!

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 Kick Off
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Sevierville Christmas Parade begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 6, 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 at 5:00 pm 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. The fireworks is slated to begin at 9:00 pm, and will be visible downtown and along the Parkway.
This year, the Winterfest light displays features extra magic! While supplies last, visitors can purchase a pair of 3D glasses at the Sevierville Visitor Center. These special specs will make the Winterfest light displays even more magical by giving extra sparkle and depth to local light displays.
Experience the wonder of Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains with fun, flair and fireworks at this annual Sevierville event!

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