• Sevierville\’s Winterfest Map For 2021

    Visit Sevierville’s website has published a map of Sevierville Winterfest landmarks that can function as a tour of the lights for the holiday season. Take a look.

    See more on Winterfest events in the Smokies at:

    Sevierville
    https://visitsevierville.com/SmokyMountainWinterfest.aspx

    Pigeon Forge
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest

    Gatlinburg
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/events/winter/

  • Winterfest Kickoff Information 2021

    The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have posted their official information on Winterfest kickoff events for 2021 and we would like to repost them here.

    Pigeon Forge’s official tourism website writes:

    32nd Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration

    Draped in more than 5 million holiday 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 until 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 Pigeon Forge Winterfest Celebration. The best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the holiday light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway. You can also download the Winterfest Driving Tour Map.

    Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with thousands of ornaments, millions of lights and over a mile of garland. Guests are treated to three different Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

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

    Gatlinburg’s official tourism website writes:

    “Celebrate the kickoff of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic at the 32nd Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s Chili Beans. Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, Gatlinburg hosts this annual event on Thursday, November 11 from 5 to 8 PM at the Anakeesta Plaza, located at 576 Parkway. Festivalgoers will enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION
    Tickets will be required for entry to 2021 Gatlinburg Chili Cook-Off
    Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.
    Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly suggest you purchase tickets in advance.
    There will be no refunds for this event.

    VIP tickets are $20 per person for early entry beginning at 5 p.m.
    General Admission tickets are $15 per person beginning at 5:30 p.m.
    Children 5 and under are free.

    Grand Ole Opry Member and Country Music Star Mark Wills headlines the entertainment.”

    See these full articles at:
    https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-chili-cookoff-and-winter-magic-presented-by-bushs-chili-beans/16/

  • Winterfest Events 2020 Starting Today

    It is officially and effectively winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less obvious reason is that we have capabilities for Winter sports enthusiasts to break out their skis, snowboards and more; and those seeking to get a hot burst of adrenaline out in the cold will want to get to the Smokies ASAP! Here are the Winterfest events 2020 we have coming up:

    Here are some Winterfest events we have coming up:

    * Ober Gatlinburg – Winter Sports *
    11/21/20 – Easter Day 2021

    Ober Gatlinburg is the mountainside amusement park overlooking the city and it functions in the Winter season as both a family fun center and a sports center where they offer the only place to ski, snowboard, snowtube and ice skate for miles around. Definitely a worthy visit. https://obergatlinburg.com/winter/

    * Sevierville Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland *
    12/1/20 – 1/3/21

    From Visitsevierville.com: “It is officially and effectively winterfest in the Smokies! During this time, people come to the mountains for a variety of reasons, not the least because of the holidays, the romance opportunities and just a badly needed break from the routine, but one slightly less obvious reason is that we have capabilities for Winter sports enthusiasts to break out their skis, snowboards and more; and those seeking to get a hot burst of adrenaline out in the cold will want to get to know more about these facilities!”
    https://visitsevierville.com/EventsCalendar.aspx#!/208477-shadracks-christmas-wonderland

    * Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade *
    12/4/20

    From Gatlinburg.com: “On December 4, the 45th Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade rolls through downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the beginning of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.

    Floats will be decorated with one-of-a-kind displays of LED lights, marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and holiday characters.”
    https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/fantasy-of-lights-christmas-parade/36/

    * Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival *
    12/9/20 – 12/12/20

    Every year hundreds of fans pour into the Evergreen Smoky Mountain Lodge & Convention Center to come to the Christmas In The Smokies Bluegrass Festival. While the bluegrass festival is enough fun for anyone, there is so much more to offer in Pigeon Forge! The festival is held in the heart of Pigeon Forge on Parkway. The whole city is decorated for Christmas and sparkles everywhere you go at night. There is lots of shopping, food, and fun in Pigeon Forge. Come join us this year at the festival! https://bluegrasschristmasinsmokies.com/

    Find more events at mypigeonforge.com, gatlinburg.com and visitsevierville.com.

  • Where To See Snow in the Smokies

    We have said goodbye to 2019 and the holidays for now and hello to the new year and the second half of the Winterfest season in the Smokies. After the month-long celebration that is December, we do appreciate the quieter and more atmospheric period that follows, but Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Cosby and the nearby communities are not devoid of reason to visit our region – we have one thing we can reliably look forward to in January and February.

    You guessed it: snow! Although we have gotten snow in late 2019 before Christmas and sometimes do each year, the months where we know we can expect it for sure are January, February and March. There may be only a handful of snowfalls per year, but that just makes it all the more special! From there, visitors and Deer Ridge guests often ask for suggestions of how to see snow when it falls on the distance peaks or here in town, and we have this article prepared for that.

    Let’s take a look:

    Ober Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Snow
    The first recommendations are sort of a cheat, but if you want to be as close to guaranteed snow-styled fun in the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Snow are the best places for them. The reason for this is they CREATE their own snow at their attraction establishments daily – Ober Gatlinburg from early-mid December to around the start of the March (give or take a week) and Pigeon Forge Snow all-year-round. Ober Gatlinburg creates snow so winter sports enthusiasts can get their snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing, ice skating and fill of more while Pigeon Forge Snow offers indoor snow tubing and a snow play area for the little’uns. And don’t forget the views you can see from the Ober Gatlinburg attraction and its gondola cars.

    See Ober Gatlinburg at www.obergatlinburg.com and Pigeon Forge Snow at www.pigeonforgesnow.com.

    Newfound Gap
    Newfound Gap is also somewhat tricky as it comes with the caveat that, often, when there is snow, the National Park Service will close sections of the road for safety. That being said, because Newfound Gap is the road that goes straight into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, connecting Gatlinburg to Cherokee, even if the road is closed at the Sugarlands Visitors Center, you will still get quite a lot of gorgeous views of the snow covering the dense and lush surrounding forest – and the Visitors Center itself and the outdoor trails to it are usually open during snowfall as well. This author himself has hiked the nearby trail when 2 or more inches of snow had fallen and shut down much of the rest of the town. It was an extremely memorable experience.

    See the Sugarlands Visitors Center at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm.

    Gatlinburg SkyLift and SkyBridge
    The Gatlinburg SkyLift is one of the oldest attractions in town and has consistently provided decades of views and atmospheric wonder for Gatlinburg visitors. They have a much newer attraction and one that got national attention with the SkyBridge that was completed in 2019. The SkyBridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge on the continent and both the Lift and the Bridge will give you incredible views of snow-covered Smoky Mountains – some that were previously unable to obtain without a drone.

    See more on the Gatlinburg SkyLift and SkyBridge at https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com.

    Space Needle
    Short of turning yourself into a bird, there is no better way to see the sights of Gatlinburg from the center of the city than the impossible-to-miss Space Needle. The Space Needle takes visitors over 400 feet above the ground of the downtown strip and allows for full 360 degree views of the city, the woods, the mountains and the peaks of the mountains as well as coin-operated super binocular stations that let you see incredibly close up on the city and those distant, white-covered peaks. Practically no visit to Gatlinburg is complete without going to the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

    See more on the Gatlinburg Space Needle at https://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com/.

    And of course, Deer Ridge condos provide the BEST views of the Smokies from our condo porches and you will be able to get more than a handful of wonderful snow pictures of the Smokies onsite alone. Get some ideas of what our views look like at https://deerridge.com/photo-gallery/.

  • Black Friday and Cyber Monday at Deer Ridge


    Get an awesome jump start on the post-holiday Winterfest in the Smokies with a discounted reservation at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort near Gatlinburg!

    How this works: We are offering 50% off 2-night or more vacation dates at Deer Ridge that are available between January 1st, 2018 to February 8th, 2018 when you make the actual reservation itself between November 24th to the 27th, 2017. For those of you who didn’t get the chance for a peaceful, relaxing Winterfest getaway during the holidays, this is the perfect opportunity to indulge!

    And what’s there to do in Gatlinburg during the post-holiday Winterfest? Well, the big attraction that takes center stage from there is Ober Gatlinburg about 20 minutes away from Deer Ridge. Ober Gatlinburg is a fantastic January destination in the Smokies. Their new snow machine allows for snow making all season long, no matter what Mother Nature brings, and that means snow tubing and skiing are available to those who love some winter sports thrills whether it’s 30 degrees outside or 56. Winter Magic lights also continue to shine all through January to February, so why not come and enjoy the magic of wintertime at Deer Ridge Mountain Resort when there’s still lots of winter things to enjoy just minutes down the road from us?

    Make those reservations between November 24 to the 27th.

    Call Toll Free at:
    877-333-7743

    Book Onilne at:
    https://www.deerridge.com