Winterfest in Gatlinburg, TN

 

The annual Winterfest IN Gatlinburg event will begin November 7th, 2011 and will be celebrated through February 28, 2012. The festivities are diverse with revelers having the chance to experience Gatlinburg’s more than 2 million holiday lights, which will begin on November 9th. Other activities include the Festival of Trees featuring dozens of decorated trees waiting to delight Christmas merrymakers in a snowy wonderland. The tree festival begins on November 21st and ends on the 25th.

The Smoky Mountains have hosted the Winterfest for over 25 years and travelers come from all over the world to celebrate this special occasion. Most of the town’s local businesses join in the festivities and it’s a great place to start or end your holiday season.Gatlinburg cabins are available for reservations where you can discover a rustic holiday adventure. The town celebrates with different lighted displays arranged in a variety of shapes from America’s war veterans to Santa Claus and his eight reindeer. Additional celebratory touches include artificial snow, dancers and elves along with horses, llamas and costumed figures.

If you have children, then they will be enchanted by the number of activities Winterfest offers them such as hayrides, hot chocolate and old-fashioned games. Also, don’t forget to get their picture with Santa after they’ve told him what they want for Christmas this year.

You and your family can relax in the back of a tractor towed wagon filled with hay while you drink hot cocoa or cider and take in the lights. Tractor trips also journey to the Historic Nature Trail and alongside Baskins Creek in addition to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Another ride option is the Trolley Ride of Lights, which will take you on a tour through downtown and into the Glades Arts and Crafts community. You will have a knowledgeable guide during the tour telling you and your family interesting stories about the town.

Travel packages are available for romantic excursions as well, and they come in packages that include amorous foods, bath oils and goody baskets. Additionally, you can schedule a couple’s massage with a masseuse who will come directly to your cabin.

Cabins in Gatlinburg will often welcome your pets, and you can even find luxurious features such as your own private Jacuzzi or swimming pool along with a fireplace and widescreen television. You can book a king size bed, and cabin rentals have been constructed near downtown Gatlinburg for convenient access to town activities and restaurants.

This time of year is great for taking in a seasonal Christmas program. When you visit Dixie Stampede, you’ll see a shimmering fantasyland complete with twinkle lights, holiday plants, festive music and historic costuming. The happy elves will excite your children for Santa Claus’s arrival, and after taking in the heartwarming nativity scene, the Christmas spirit will embrace you and your family.

When you experience Winterfest in Gatlinburg, you’ll find a town ready to offer you an unforgettable break from your regular activities. Furthermore, bringing your family on an old-fashioned holiday adventure will ensure that you have a charming Christmas this year.

First Independence Day Parade in the Nation!

If you will be in the Smoky Mountains in early July, don’t miss the 36thAnnual First Independence Day Parade in the Nation!  In Gatlinburg, TNthere will be a huge July 4th parade at 12am.  There will be over 100,000 viewers at the parade, and many members of the US Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy and the Coast Guard will participate this year.  There will be military vehicles and bands participating, including the 100th United States Army Band from Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Catherine Bach, better known as “Daisy Duke” of “Dukes of Hazzard” will appear in the Midnight Parade, as well as Rick Hurst, better known as “Cletus” from the same series.  There will be vehicles from Hazzard Countyincluding the “General Lee”.

The 100th US Army Band from Ft. Knox, Kentucky, will feature concerts on Sunday, July 3, with all performances at Ripley’s Aquarium of the SmokiesPlaza. The Sunday lineup will include the Dixieland Band at 10 a.m., the Brass Quintet at noon, the Jazz Ensemble at 2 and the Rock Band at 4. On Monday, July 4, the entire 100th Army Concert Band will perform on the Plaza beginning at 8:30 p.m. before the Independence Day fireworks finale at 10 p.m.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians will be paying tribute to two deceased tribal veterans with their entry: Medal of Honor Recipient Charles George and Bronze Star Recipient Reuben Taylor. George threw himself on a hand grenade in the Korean War to save his fellow soldiers and Taylor fought in World War II battles including the “Battle of the Bulge” and the invasion of Holland known as “Operation Market Garden.”

Ripley’s Entertainment will have a new attraction, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” a modified Delta 88 with a psychedelic design honoring the Beatles Viewers can spot such manifestations from Beatles’ lyrics such as “Marmalade Skies,” “I am the walrus, I am the egg man,” and “Mother Superior jumping the gun.”  The car came from Ripley’s Believe It or Not inOrlando, Florida.

“This will be one of the most patriotic and colorful midnight parades that the City of Gatlinburg has ever produced,” said Special Events Manager George Hawkins, who organized the first Gatlinburg 4th of July parade in 1976 in celebration of America’s Bicentennial. “We are very excited about the entire weekend of events, which will include a two-day festival highlighting our armed services.”

Check out the parade route early to choose your viewing spot, because many of the spectators will start arriving with their chairs along the parade route as early as 7 a.m. on July 3.

Looking for more information about the 36th Annual 4th of July Midnight Parade? Please call 800-56-VISIT (568-4748) or visit www.gatlinburg.com.

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

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

Tennessee’s First Legal Moonshine Distillery Opens in Gatlinburg July 2, 2010

GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE – Tennessee Moonshine will be available legally for the first time when Ole Smoky Distillery opens for business in Ole Smoky Holler at 903 Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. The distillery will have a grand opening celebration on Friday, July 2 and will offer free tours, free samples of moonshine to adults over 21, and moonshine for sale.

Ole Smoky will offer a number of moonshine products: original unaged corn whiskey moonshine, apple pie moonshine, sweet tea moonshine, and peach moonshine. Moonshine cherries will be available for purchase during the holiday season. The Ole Smoky recipes are the product of the hard work and experience of local families who have made moonshine in the mountains for over a century. Dave Pickerell, who served as the Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark for over 15 years, assisted with the refinement of the recipes in order to ensure a superior mountain – made moonshine.

A highlight of the facility is the authentic working moonshine still where visitors will learn the science of the distilling process as well as the history and lore of moonshining in East Tennessee. Ole Smoky is the only distillery in the state dedicated to moonshine products. Proprietors Joe Baker, Tony Breeden and Cory Cottongim place a particular emphasis on celebrating their mountain heritage as well as the historical significance of the moonshine craft in sustaining families during hard economic times of the early 20th century.

“Moonshine played an integral role in the daily lives of families in this region,” said Baker. “Too often, people rely on the stereotype of a backwards old man making a cheap, dangerous product. In truth, a lot of good people made and sold moonshine in order to feed and clothe their families. Without moonshine, many mountain families would not have survived.”

Ole Smoky is the first federally licensed distillery in the history of East Tennessee, and is currently one of only four distilleries operating in the state. Jack Daniel’s and George Dickel received their licenses before Prohibition, and Prichards Rum opened their Tennessee facility in 1999.

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