2014 Winterfest Kick Offs in the Smokies
Oct 07, 2014
Smoky Mountains’ cities celebrate with winter kick-offs
The cooler weather of fall has arrived in the Smokies, and before you know it, winter will be here. Plan on celebrating the start of the season here with us: There are three area winter kick-offs over three days!
First up is Sevierville’s Winterfest Kick-off, “Music, Lights and Magic,” set for 3-7 p.m. Monday, November 10, 2014 at the Sevierville Civic Center on Gary Wade Boulevard. Local entertainers will perform on the main stage while attendees enjoy free food from Sevierville restaurants and vendors. Kids’ games and a fireworks display are also part of the evening, which wraps up with the turning on of the first set of Winterfest’s more than 5 million lights.
Pigeon Forge Winterfest
Festivities for Pigeon Forge’s 25th Annual Winterfest Kick-off and 4th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The parade will begin at the north side of the Parkway from Traffic Light #10 to Traffic Light #7, then straight into Patriot Park for its conclusion and the official Winterfest Kick-off Ceremony.
Celebratory bands, decked-out floats and top-notch performers will all be part of the parade. Local food vendors, musical entertainment and a kids’ play area will be included in the festivities, as well as photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
After the lighting ceremony, guests can get in line for a free Trolley Tour of Lights (offered free of charge only at the Kick-off event).
Gatlinburg rounds out the Winterfest kick-off activities with its Winter Magic Kick-off and Annual Chili Cook-off at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in downtown Gatlinburg. Attendees can sample all of the chili they can handle, then vote for their favorite with the People’s Choice Award. A panel of judges will also be casting their own votes for awards like Best Chili, Best Chili Presentation and Best Chili Apron.
Chili cook-off participants include the popular resort city’s restaurants, attractions, retailers, banks, civic groups and other agencies.
The cook-off culminates with the lighting of more than 1 million LED lights covering Gatlinburg for the Winterfest season (which will last through the month of February).
The 2014 display lines downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road and fills the triangle median where the two roads meet.
Choose to attend one, two or all three kick-offs! After three nights of great food, music and entertainment, you’ll need a comfortable spot to rest your tired feet (and a soft place to lay your head). Give us a call today at 1 (888) 711-0087 to reserve your Gatlinburg Cabin or Book Online. We’ll make you feel right at home!
By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.