21st Annual Winterfest Kickoff 2010-2011

21st Annual Winterfest Kickoff
Tuesday, November 9th at Patriot Park

LIGHTS!

More than 5 million lights displayed all over Pigeon Forge

CAMERA!

Have our professional photographer take your picture with Santa in his sleigh with his reindeer.  $5 per photo.  Photos will be printed on site.   Perfect for Christmas cards!

ACTION!

Games for the children!  Fireman Fred!  Santa’s Elves with Candy!

Santa and Mrs. Claus with their Sleigh and REINDEER!

Complimentary Trolley Tours of Lights *** Depart from Patriot Park and see many of the wonderful light displays of Pigeon Forge.

Stage entertainment will begin at 4:00 pm with our community groups:

Pigeon Forge Middle and High School Dance Teams
Pigeon Forge High School Show Choir
Pigeon Forge Middle School Show Choir
Pigeon Forge Middle School Honor Band
Pigeon Forge High School Marching Band

Featured Entertainment!      

The Pigeon Forge Community Chorus
Dollywood Appalachian Christmas Ensemble
Jimbo Whaley and Greenbrier

Reasons for a Vacation in the Smoky Mountains

Take a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and you’ll be visiting one of the richest, most diverse ecosystems we have in the United States. There are more than 1,600 species of flowering plants in the national park. Because of the great altitude varieties in the Great Smoky Mountains, you can hike through the major forest zones of eastern North America on a single trail, from cove hardwood forests in lower drainages to spruce-fir associations on 6,000-foot peaks.  Whether you choose to hike a trail, ride a bike, tube the rivers, go camping, white water rafting, skiing, rappel, rock climbing, horse back riding, or a motor tour in your car… The Smoky Mountains have an activity for every age and energy level!  Go to http://www.nps.gov/grsm for more information on the Smoky Mountains.

The Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville area are known for their amazing shopping opportunities. From the outlet malls to specialty shops to large marketplace stores, they have it all!  For more information, go tohttp://aboutthesmokys.com/_shoppin/shopping.htm.

If you are looking for entertainment on your Smoky Mountain vacation, you have come to the right place!  From The Ripley’s Attractions in Gatlinburg, to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, to the amazing museums and theaters and local attractions in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville… there is plenty to do in the Smoky Mountains!  Visithttp://www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/attractions.html for more information!

One of the best ways to visit the Smoky Mountains is to stay in a luxurious cabin.  Rustic relaxation with all of the amenities, Timber Tops is the place to go to find your vacation cabin today!  Visit www.yourcabin.com for more information.

If you are a country music lover, a visit to the Smoky Mountains may be right up your alley!  Between concerts, museums and country music performances, you will be sure to find just what you are looking for!  Visithttp://www.allsmokymountainvacations.com/music-theaters.html for more information.

Have you ever wanted to mine your own gemstones?  The next time you come to the Smoky Mountains, try “panning” for your own gems!  Go to http://www.pigeon-forge-attractions.com/mine.html for more information.

Winter Fun in Gatlinburg 2010-2011

Are you ready for ice skating, snow skiing, tubing, louging, snow ball fights and hot cocoa by a roaring fire?  Gatlinburg TN has all of that and more in the Winter season!  Winterfest goes through the holiday season, with plenty of activities and millions of glowing lights!  If you are planning a Winter getaway to Gatlinburg TN, here are just a few activities you may want to check out;

Festival of Trees, November 23 – 27, 2010 Festival of Trees and weekend performances of a holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg. Location: W.L. Mills Conference Center Admission: Yes.  For more information go tohttp://www.gatlinburgfestivaloftrees.com/.

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff, November 10, 2010;The City of Gatlinburg kicks off Gatlinburg Winter Magic tm from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Downtown Parkway by turning on over three million lights. Location: Downtown Gatlinburg Admission: Yes. For more information go to http://www.eventsgatlinburg.com/event_detail.aspx?id=11.

Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, December 3, 2010; The City of Gatlinburg and Land O’ Lakes Half & Half invite you to bundle up and generate a spirited dose of holiday cheer and soak up Gatlinburg’s 35th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3 including marching bands and giant helium balloons taking to the streets. Location: Downtown Gatlinburg Admission:Free.

Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, December 1-5th 2010; Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual holiday show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com or call (800) 568-4748. Location: Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic, November 10, 2010 – February 28, 2011; The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with millions of spectacular lights and lighted displays from November through February. Location: Throughout Gatlinburg

The Nutcracker “Sweet”, November 26 – 27, 2010; 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. (GSE) Call (865) 680-7369 for information and reservations. Location: Gatlinburg Contact Info: (865) 680-7369

Trolley Ride of Lights, November 10, 2010 – January 30, 2011; Enjoy a guided trolley ride of the spectacular Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Location: Downtown Gatlinburg Contact Info: (865) 436-0535 Admission: $5.00

Tennessee Winter Special Olympics, January 30 – February 2, 2011 Watch and cheer as Special Olympics athletes compete for the gold in their annual Winter Olympics day.  You can ski, shop, skate and do many other activities in Ober Gatlinburg throughout the winter months!  Location: Ober Gatlinburg Ski ResortWebsite/Link: http://www.obergatlinburg.com

Winterfest Information 2010-2011

Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains runs from November 8, 2010 through February 28, 2011.  From the amazing light displays in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, to the amazing festivals and holiday activities and shopping, everyone can find something they will love about Winterfest!  There are some amazing things to do throughout the entire holiday season.  For detailed information, please go tohttp://www.smokymountainarea.com/winterfest-activities.html.  Here are some exciting things to do at Winterfest that you won’t want to miss out on;

1)      Dollywood always has fantastic holiday lights and displays during the winter season.  It’s a must see for the entire family!  For more information, go towww.dollywood.com.

2)      If you feel like looking at the lights and the fun things to do without having to drive, try taking a trolley!  Pigeon Forge has a trolley running, for more information contact Winterfest Trolley Tours Patriot Park Monday-Friday @ 6:30 PM – $5.00 Call Trolley Office for reservations and departure times. 865-453-6444.  Gatlinburg also has a trolley, for more information, go tohttp://www.ci.gatlinburg.tn.us/transit/trolley.htm.

3)      On November 10, 2010 Gatlinburg kicks off Winterfest by lighting their holiday displays which have over 2 million lights, live entertainment, fireworks and a chili cookoff.  For more information go to www.eventsgatlinburg.com.

4)      Sevierville will have a holiday parade on December 4th 2010 at 11am. For more information please call 1-888-738-4378.  Gatlinburg will have their holiday parade on December 4th 2010 at 7:30pm.  For more information please call 865-568-4748.

5)      The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge is celebrating the winter holidays by creating snow every Friday and Saturday evening from November 13, 2010-January 1, 2011.  On January 22, 2011 they are doing their First Annual Professional Ice Carving Competition from 9am-3pm.  For more information go towww.titanicpigeonforge.com. - Cabins in Pigeon Forge

Things to do for Kids in the Smoky Mountains

Things to do for kids in the Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee are an amazing adventure for kids and adults!  Take a look at the following ideas for things to do with your family in the Smoky Mountains on your next vacation.

1)      Ripley’s attractions including the Amazing Mirror Maze, the Gatlinburg Aquarium and Believe it or Not in Gatlinburg, TN, for more information go to www.ripleys.com

2)      Hikes in the mountains including Laurel Falls.  Here is a great website that has the hikes with difficulty ratings, go tohttp://www.hikinginthesmokys.com/difficulty.htm

3)      Shows and attractions in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, TNhttp://www.bestreadguidesmokymountains.com/theaters.html

4)      Dollywood is a wonderful amusement park in Pigeon Forge TN, and a favorite for kids!  Go to www.dollywood.com for more information

5)      Wonderworks is an amazing interactive attraction located in Pigeon Forge TN. For more information go to www.wonderworkstn.com