• 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.

  • Dollywood’s Christmas Celebrations Return!

    Dollywood is alive and well in 2020 and continuing to adapt their seasonal traditions to meet the safety standards of social distancing. They are currently bringing in the Halloween season with this year’s Pumpkin LumiNights, something we have longed for more than ever in 2020, and now we look forward to this year’s Smoky Mountain Christmas going on at Dollywood beginning November 7th.

    Here is what they about this year’s Smoky Mountain Christmas on their website:

    “Take in the experience of a traditional Christmas in the Smoky Mountains with our award-winning festival, named the best in America for over a decade. Gaze in awe at over 5 million glistening lights, and for the first time ever, fireworks that light up the winter night sky. Continue your family’s favorite Christmas traditions this year with award-winning shows, culinary delights, seasonal shopping and, most importantly, the light that brings us all closer together. Wrap your family in the light of the season this Christmas at Dollywood.

    More than 5 million sparkling lights surround you, adorning every building, illuminating each walkway and glowing in the sky above. Every part of the park is saturated in uniquely colored lights so no area feels like the last. As you explore, you’ll encounter classic Christmas red and green that turn to crisp, arctic blues that transform into warm gold hues. Come make millions of memories wrapped in light.

    Cherished holiday stories unfold onstage in a perfect harmony of song, family and celebration. Guest favorites “Christmas In The Smokies,” “Kingdom Heirs Christmas” and more return with daily shows performed indoors with reduced capacity.

    All-new this year at the Back Porch Theatre, “Heart of the Holidays” features members of Dolly Parton’s extended family sharing stories and showcasing songs from her brand new Christmas album, along with classic holiday favorites. These heartwarming holiday shows will tug at your heart and lift your spirit.

    Enjoy an all-new Dollywood Christmas tradition. Every Friday and Saturday* during Smoky Mountain Christmas, the “Merry & Bright” fireworks fill the sky with light and unfolds in rhythm to new holiday Christmas tunes. There are a variety of areas throughout the park where you can view this uplifting display.”

    We have video footage of previous Smoky Mountain Christmas Dollywood seasons so that anyone who has not had the privilege to attend one of their Winterfest festivals can get an honest look at what they might expect. Fireworks are not shown because, as the website states, this is brand new for 2020!

    Keep up to date on Dollywood and their Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration at https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Festivals/Smoky-Mountain-Christmas.

  • The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

    We had another wonderful Thanksgiving with more than a few families who made Deer Ridge their destination for the biggest family feast of the year and we’d like to thank all those who came out to see us!

    Now we have Christmas coming up and Gatlinburg is already getting the mood started with several special events, some of which are already going on, and it culminates with the biggest Gatlinburg Christmas event of the year: The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. Here’s what Gatlinburg has to say for the parade for 2018:

    “Gatlinburg’s most enchanting holiday tradition returns! Presented by Ole Red, the 43rd Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade promises to be a spectacular celebration filled with marching bands, large balloons, dancers, and of course, Santa Claus. It all happens on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. from Baskins Creek Bypass to traffic light #10 in downtown Gatlinburg.

    More than a dozen marching bands, full-scale balloons, and glimmering floats will take part in this year’s Fantasy of Light Christmas Parade, grand marshaled by celebrity barbecue chef Myon Mixon of “BBQ Pitmasters” fame.

    Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on the Parkway to watch the parade or you can purchase a bleacher seat to get one of the best seats in the house.”www.gatlinburg.com

    See more Winterfest events going on in Gatlinburg at www.gatlinburg.com/events.