• Upcoming Autumn 2019 Festivals in Gatlinburg

    Oh yes, it’s that time of the year where we start gearing up for all the wonder that Autumn brings the Smoky Mountains and nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be bringing in the season in short order with some noteworthy events that we’ll showcase in this article.

    Have a look and consider coming out to the Smokies to enjoy them!

    Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights:
    September 27-November 2, 2019
    https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Harvest-Festival

    Harvest Festival:
    “Each fall unique artisans from around the country visit Dollywood to share their beautiful handmade crafts with guests during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana. In addition to Dollywood’s own skilled craftsmen, many talented artists set up shop to demonstrate a number of traditional crafts.

    This year’s booths feature inspirational jewelry, paintings, handmade historic games, textile art, woodworking, felt hats, dolls and textiles, pottery, glass jewelry, chainsaw carvings, fiddles, and hand-painted ornaments. Visiting crafters are located in booths throughout the park.” – official website

    Great Pumpkin LumiNights:
    “Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana is even more spectacular this season, with thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns immersing families in fabulous fall fun. The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun throughout Timber Canyon.

    Great Pumpkin LumiNights also features new pumpkin-themed food options, entertainment and interactive opportunities for park guests to experience an exciting nightly finale during the best fall festival in the Smokies.” – official website

     

    Oktoberfest at Ober
    September 27-November 3, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/

    Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun. OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking as the resort commemorates the 208th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany.

    The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.

    For more information on OktOBERfest call 865-436-5423.” – official website

     

    Old Mill Heritage Day
    September 28th, 2019
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/old-mill-heritage-day

    “Experience the past in the present during Old Mill Heritage Day, at the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Take the whole family to this event for a fun filled day! At Old Mill Heritage Day you will find quilt demonstrations, a petting zoo, kid’s train rides, basket making, a farmers market and much more! See firsthand what life in the 18th century was like as you learn to make lye soap and yummy apple butter. This is a fun-filled day for the whole family featuring arts & crafts, pumpkin painting, bingo and much more. Adults can enjoy moonshine making, a farmer’s market and sorgum making demonstrations. In addition, families can enjoy music and entertainment with world-class Bluegrass, traditional folk songs, cloggers and twirlers. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, fire trucks, music and a special arts and crafts tent.” – official website

     

    Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales
    October 2-24, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-harvest-festival-tunes-and-tales/

    “Visitors are invited meet costumed storytellers, musical ensembles and cloggers portraying Appalachian characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings.” – official website

     

    Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair
    October 10-27, 2019
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-craftsmens-fair/

    “The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events… the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From October 10 through 27, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States.

    Autumn’s brisk air signals all of nature to transform the Great Smoky Mountains from lush green to a majestic patchwork quilt of colors.

    A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society.

    Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. daily.”

     

  • Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg 2017

    You may not know it to look at us and our specialization for 1 and 2 bedroom luxury condos that focus on coziness and amenities over accommodation size, but Deer Ridge has over 20 years of history in providing families big and small with the perfect Thanksgiving accommodations for their turkey days! One might not think a series of condos would be possibly BETTER at cooking Thanksgiving dinner and accommodating for dinner time, but think about it – multiple condos means multiple kitchens. One group works on the turkey, another works on the mashed potatoes and sides, one can do the dessert, etc. Has there ever been a Thanksgiving where one house and one kitchen ever offered you enough room to cook for so many? Then simply gather together in one condo for the big Thanksgiving meal and you and your family have the perfect accommodations for the event. The fireplace burning, a Christmas special on the TV and the views from the Smokies alongside it… what else could make it better?

    The Thanksgiving events in Gatlinburg, of course! Here’s what we have to report for this year’s activities:

    Gatlinburg’s favorite W.L. Mills Auditorium events are back on this year between 11/21/17 to 11/27/17, and this year it even extends right into the starting Christmas events in early December. Gatlinburg Festival of Trees (11/22/17 – 11/27/17), The Great Smoky Mountains Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show (11/21/17 – 11/26/17) and Winterfest Tunes and Tales (11/24/17 and continues on each weekend until the 17th of December). And then, quite literally right after the 29th, the the Great Smoky Christmas Arts and Crafts Show continues on from the Thanksgiving show listed above between 11/27/17 and 12/6/17. These can all be found quite close to one another and will greatly hype up the coming Christmas for this year, just as it has for years before that.

    Visit www.gatlinburg.com for more information on those events.

    Also, those who might be interested in seeing fireworks on Thanksgiving day should go visit the Titanic Museum on the parkway. On the 23rd, Titanic will be holding a fireworks show, having musical entertainment by singer Caitlin Mesiano, and even have their own “fantasy” princess there to entertain the younger guests. You can see more info on this at http://www.titanicpigeonforge.com/.

    We’ve still got some condos available for the Thanksgiving weekend and you can find those open reservations on the front page of www.deerridge.com.

  • Upcoming Winterfest Kickoff Events

    While Halloween and the peak colors of the mountains get closer in our month of October, we wanted to take a minute to look ahead at the next truly big event coming up in the Smokies – the Winterfest kick off!

    Most of you know that all three cities have a party within very short dates of each other, some years had them all on the same day. In this article, we’ll give you some beginning information on all three since it’s still a little while before the event will take place and some information hasn’t been detailed yet. Let’s look:

     

    Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff 2017
    November 6th at Sevierville Community Center and Civic Center
    From 3:00PM to 9:30PM

    More information TBA. Stay tuned at http://visitsevierville.com/.

    The 28th Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff
    November 8th at Patriot Park
    From 5:00PM to 7:00PM

    MyPigeonForge.com writes:

    “Draped in more than 5 million lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the end of February.

    From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Winterfest Celebration.

    Visit Dollywood to see more than 4 million lights shine during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, when the park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, a nightly Parade of Lights and much more to celebrate the season. Dollywood recently announced the addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life.

    Old Mill Square features a light display depicting its own version of a covered bridge, one made of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge. The Smoky MountainOpry is decked out for the holiday season with giant trees, wreaths and more, all covered with sparkling lights. You might even catch Old Saint Nick making a rooftop delivery.

    Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating for the holidays. One of the highlights is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top. Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with all new decorations including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Guests are treated to three new Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their new workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

    And the best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway.

    Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.”

    See more on Winterfest events in Pigeon Forge at www.mypigeonforge.com.

    Gatlinburg Winterfest Magic Kickoff
    November 8th in Downtown Gatlinburg between Ripley’s Aquarium and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum
    From 5:00PM to 8:00PM

    From Gatlinburg.com:

    Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown.

    City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.”

    Participants in the Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition t-shirt available for purchase.

    See pictures of Chili cookoffs from yesteryears at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-magic-kickoff-chili-cookoff/.

     

    We’ll report again on the Winterfest Kickoffs as it gets closer to the event times. until then, enjoy your Harvest Festival here in the Smokies!

  • Upcoming Fall Events and Colors

    We don’t want cry wolf, but it’s extraordinarily obvious that the color change has already started in the Smokies. Heck, the colors started changing in AUGUST this year! That was due to the early cold snap we had for a while at the late end of that month and the first half of this month and now that the temperatures are back up, we’re not quite sure what could happen. We could see the full Autumn Bloom as early as 1-2 weeks ahead of schedule, right on schedule (which is towards the last week of October) or maybe extend it on through November. Could be anyone’s guess at the moment, so those of you looking to get a bright and colorful Autumn getaway in the Smokies might want to start planning now and make your trip sooner.

    Why sooner if it’s not guaranteed the peak will come sooner? Well, the colors have already started for one thing, so you’ll still get many gorgeous views from our decks and we have a slew of special events to celebrate the season coming up as well. In Pigeon Forge, we have the Annual Heritage Day at the Old Mill on September 23rd, which will include music performances and crafts in a festival setting. From the 24th of September to the 30th, we will be the headquarters of the National Quartet Convention at LeConte Conference Center on Teaster Lane parallel to the main Pigeon Forge parkway. Then, for a full month starting September 29th to October 28th is Dollywood’s world-famous Harvest Celebration – where the music will play non-stop, booths will set up for more Appalachian artists to congregate and show off their talents, and the rides will be even sweeter! This year also features a brand new event called the “Great Pumpkin LumiNights” which will bring back a sense of Halloween to Dollywood for the first time in decades!

    Then in Gatlinburg, starting September 22nd and going on to October 29th is the Oktoberest at Ober Gatlinburg where German fun, food and beer will run practically non-stop for its duration and the Autumn Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair where over 100 booths will open, gathering a majority of crafters from our area as well as many from further out across the country. It’s like the entire Arts and Crafts Community all concentrated in one spot!

    You can get more information on these events at www.mypigeonforge.com and www.gatlinburg.com.

    And don’t forget you’ll have even more reasons to book your Fall vacation early with our upcoming Sunset Festivals. We hope to see you then.