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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 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.

Pigeon Forge Winterfest 2020

For those wondering if the city of Pigeon Forge is going to be doing their traditional Winterfest celebration for 2020, the answer is an emphatic YES!

Here is what the city of Pigeon Forge is releasing for information on this year’s Winterfest season scheduled to begin on November 13th, 2020 and continue to February 21st, 2021:

“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 Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration.

Visit Dollywood to see more than 5 million lights sparkling around you during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. The park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, and for the first time ever, fireworks that light up the winter night skies. Make Dollywood your family’s Christmas tradition and enjoy award-winning holiday shows, scrumptious cuisine and seasonal shopping.

A favorite of locals and visitors alike is Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, where all the stops are pulled out when it comes to decorating for the holidays. The arena is transformed into a winter wonderland with a special appearance from Santa himself. Another highlight 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 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.

Old Mill Square’s Holiday Open House features holiday lights, displays and decorations. Explore the shops and catch up on your holiday shopping. You can also sample some of the delicious food items and get a few ideas for your own holiday celebrations. The Old Mill also features a holiday light display of a covered bridge made out of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge.

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.

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.”

Get to know more about Winterfest in Pigeon Forge by visiting https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/winterfest.

Knoxville Wedding Coordinator

For those who are interested in having the wedding of their dreams in Knoxville, Knox County, Maryville or nearby, finding a concentrated list of recommended vendors in the respective area can be challenging. Meeting this need for visitors and betrothed couples coming to East Tennessee is what Knoxville Wedding Coordinator is for!

Some of our preferred vendors include:

Chef Tony Catering
East Tennessee’s Premier catering co. and Wedding Specialist. Offering Gourmet Southern Comfort foods and Trendy buffets. Chef Tony Catering is a full service catering company with the capability to offer plated meals, buffet stations, Hor d oeuvre receptions, custom lunches, gourmet brunch events, charity fundraising galas, and everything completely Customizable. Chef Tony Catering is more than just catering, they own a retail Bakery and Wedding Cakes kitchen. Chef Tony personally prepares each wedding cake and “the secret to the perfect cake” is freshly baked cakes that are never frozen- using fresh ingredients and a special recipe Buttercream frosting.

First Fruits Catering
Knox and Blount Country’s premier catering company and wedding specialist including surrounding areas since 1996. Client satisfaction is our #1 goal and main source of advertising. Referrals are available upon request. First Fruits Catering offers its services for any Knoxville Wedding Venue, Blount County Venue, Maryville Wedding Venue, and East Tennessee.

Stephen Goff Entertainment
Stephen Goff Entertainment is East Tennessee’s premier wedding ceremony, wedding reception and special event entertainment company. We can cover all of your needs including live music, lighting & sound, DJs, photo booth, karaoke and more. SGE creates unforgettable events by working with some of the most talented musicians and DJs in Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains, including musician, emcee and DJ Stephen Goff. Whether you want a dance party or an intimate, relaxed setting, our DJs and lighting services can help create the reception of your dreams. We can also rock out your reception with our live party bands. For ceremonies and cocktail hours, we offer singers and instrumentalists including guitar, violin, harp, horn, piano, or any other instrument you love. Based upon your event needs, SGE musicians and instrumentalists perform as solo acts, duos, trios, or multi-genre cover bands. These talented musicians can perform music from all of your favorite genres including rock, pop, soul, R&B, Motown, country, dance, jazz, bluegrass or a variety.

Sampson’s Hollow
We are Sampson’s Hollow—a 120 acre family farm in Walland, Tennessee. Our property is reminiscent of the rolling green hills of Ireland and connected to the heritage of the Tipton-Oliver family from nearby Cades Cove. The charm of a farm wedding can be as rustic and vintage as influenced by your favorite Pinterest boards. Do you have a vision of a woodland wedding, in a whimsical and enchanted forest surrounded by tall trees and mossy paths inspired by Twilight? Would you love having stunning photographs made in fields and meadows of billowy wildflowers? Are you concerned about having a backup plan in case of bad weather, and having an experienced group of people who can make that change for you at a moment’s notice? Gently kissed by the romantic mist of the Great Smoky Mountains, Sampson’s Hollow been recognized as a Century old farm by the state of Tennessee, making it a historical site deeply rooted in Appalachian values and traditions. Our venue lies in the shadow of the national park, in a valley surrounded by the majestic Smoky Mountains. We are located next door to world-renown Blackberry Farm, and share the same stunning views and vistas.

See more vendors at www.knoxvilleweddingcoordinator.com.

Where To See Snow in the Smokies

Now that the Winter Holidays are done for another 10 months or so, we enter a quieter season of the other half of Winterfest in the Smokies. Don’t think that there isn’t anything worth coming to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley, though, with the special events no longer the big focus of the season, there are different things that these Winter months provide visitors and locals alike.

And the biggest one of them is snow.

Although we do often see some snowfall before January, and 2019 into 2020 showed us a little more snow than usual, our real season for snow doesn’t begin until after the near year begins. We see our biggest snowfalls in January, February and sometimes in March as well. We usually get at least one really good snowfall of several inches at once, good enough to close local schools for a week, but we don’t always know when we can expect that snowfall to come in. Therefore many people come to the Smokies wondering where they can see the snow, because it is possible for snow to come in with short notice while they are vacation, and there are major elevation differences where it is possible to see snow high in the mountains even when it’s reasonably mild on the parkway in Pigeon Forge.

Here are our recommendations of how to enjoy snow in the Smokies and where to find them:

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/.