Celebrate Winterfest in the Smokies
If it isn’t enough that the temperatures will be perfect for any and all outdoor fun in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (or for Christmas shopping until you drop), maybe some of these interesting activities will lure you back to Gatlinburg and your favorite Carr’s Cottages accommodation in November 2016.
Beginning November 9th, the City of Gatlinburg will be aglow with three million Christmas lights. That very day, dignitaries will “flip the switch” to set the city awash in holiday glory! However, during the fun of that evening’s (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) “Winter Magic Kickoff,” (which opens Gatlinburg’s celebration of Smoky Mountain Winterfest also celebrated in Sevierville and Pigeon Forge) you can enjoy tasting some seriously amazing chili during the annual Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff. Participants will be out in force, locking horns for the “People’s Choice Award,” “Best Booth Presentation,” and “Best Apron”! Tasting tickets are $10, and will be worth every single penny, if chili’s your thing! And whose “thing” isn’t it? At 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., you can jump on the Trolley Ride of Lights and see the beautiful light displays throughout the city. Children under three ride free in the enclosed, heated trolleys, if they are in an adult’s lap. There are happy snowmen, a rocking horse and brightly lit children and animals along the route, to name a few sights.
Our country’s veterans will be honored November 11, 2016 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies in Gatlinburg. The “Gatlinburg Veteran’s Day Celebration” will begin at 11 a.m. and will be open to the public. Come and honor those who have honored you by protecting your freedoms, and enjoy the stunning aquarium afterwards!
Love arts and crafts? Hit the Gatlinburg Convention Center November 22nd through the 27th and enjoy an assortment of handcrafted items offered for sale by members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. From the “folksy” to the useful, to the truly elegant and divine, the wares sold at this show will wow you. The craft show will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Great Smoky Christmas Arts and Crafts Show will take place at the same location from November 28-December 4.
If you’re in Gatlinburg from November 25th through December 17th, chances are you’ll encounter Winter Magic Tunes and Tales carolers and performers singing while strolling or gathered on the sidewalks. They’ll fill the air with every musical style appropriate to the season from bluegrass to country and more! Enjoy sacred tunes of the season as well as the folksy, fun songs we’ve all come to know and love. There will be characters from favorite Christmas stories strolling about as this entertainment-on-the-go really connects with the Gatlinburg holiday crowds! Performances run from 5 to 9 p.m. and will take place on November 25th-26th, December 2nd -3rd, 9th – 10th, and 16th – 17th.