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Arrowmont Quilt Show Exhibit    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  December 23, 2016 thru January 13, 2017
Contact:  865-436-5860
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is exhibiting over 25 quilts in Piecing Together a Changing Planet - a juried exhibition of fiber arts highlighting climate change in America's national parks. The exhibit will be on view November 14, 2016 - January 14, 2017 in the Sandra J. Blain Gallery. Community members are invited to view the exhibition and attend the opening reception on Thursday, November 17, 2016, 6-8 pm. Admission is free.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Sevierville
When:  January 16, 2017
Contact:  865-453-6411
Join us in a Sevierville Downtown to celebrate Martin Luther Kings Jr. Day!
Strength to Stand Bible Conference    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  January 14, 2017 thru January 16, 2017
Contact:  865-439-7432
The Strength to Stand Student Bible Conferences are designed to offer a well-balanced, intense conference that will challenge your students to go beyond the surface of casual Christianity.
Back Porch Old Time Music Jam    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Cherokee
When:  January 21, 2017
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First and Third Saturdays, all year. Bring an acoustic instrument and join in on this old-time jam. Or just sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds as others play traditional Appalachian Music. On the covered porch at the visitor center. 1-3 p.m.
Resurrection Youth Conference    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  January 20, 2017 thru January 22, 2017
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Resurrection is an awesome annual event of worship and spiritual growth for youth and youth leaders.
Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition Leadership Conference    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  January 18, 2017 thru January 22, 2017
Contact:  1-844-993-9659
The Southeastern Foot Trails Coalition (SEFTC) seeks to promote and protect the long-distance foot trails in the Southeast and to connect trails and their natural trail corridors by building a regional trail system and an active network of hiking organizations. The meeting will be held at the Music Road Inn in Pigeon Forge, TN. The hiking component of this event is meant to continue the winter hiking tradition popularized for 25 years by Wilderness Wildlife Week, an annual winter event, now being held in May due to winter scheduling conflicts. The appeal of winter hiking in the Smokies, although not for everyone, has a sizeable following and SEFTC is glad to resurrect this winter hiking opportunity.
2017 Winter Heritage Festival    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Townsend
When:  January 27, 2017 thru January 29, 2017
Contact:  865-448-0044
The Cades Cove Preservation Association in conjunction with the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center are proud to present the Winter Heritage Festival. Join us as local Historians share the stories and tales that created our past.
Smoky Mountain Square Dance    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  January 27, 2017 thru January 29, 2017
Contact:  1-865-691-1580
Join us for the Smoky Mountain Square Dance, also known as Smoky Mountain Celebration! For three days you will experience the excitement and fun of square dancing taught by Bronc Wise from Lakewood, CO and Steve Kopman from Knoxville, TN. The event will be held at Music Road Hotel & Convention Center and will consist of three dancing levels: A2 - C1 - C2
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride Of Lights    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  November 9, 2016 thru January 31, 2017
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Visitors can soak up the spirit of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg's famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an injection of bright displays as well.

Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and allowing the City to light the entire 120 days of the program for what it once cost for three days of electricity.

Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.
Tennessee Winter Special Olympics    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  January 29, 2017 thru January 31, 2017
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Watch and cheer as Tennessee Special Olympics athletes compete for the gold and earn medals at their annual Winter Games two-day sports festival. Events include snow skiing, ice skating and snowboarding.
International Junior Miss Pageant    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  February 4, 2017 thru February 5, 2017
Contact:  1-865-453-2003
The 2017 International Junior Miss Pageant is coming to Country Tonite Theater in beautiful Pigeon Forge, TN! Bring the whole family and enjoy the pageant as the 2017 royalty contestants put on an incredible show. Royalty will consist of Jr. Princess, Princess, Pre-Teen, Jr. Teen, Teen and Miss.
Daddy Daughter Dance    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  February 11, 2017
Contact:  1-865-429-7573
Join us February 11th for the 2017 Daddy Daughter Dance held at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. Families are welcomed and we encourage you bring your dancing shoes as this will be a fun and memorable day for everyone.
Special Valentine Dinner Aboard the Ship    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  February 11, 2017
Contact:  1-800-381-7670
This February, bring that special someone to a very special event aboard the Titanic to celebrate Valentine's Day. This is an elegant event that is sure to make your night one to remember. Reservations are required to attend and seats are filling fast, so reserve your spot today!
Sweetheart Market at Cades Cove Cellars    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Townsend
When:  February 11, 2017 thru February 12, 2017
Contact:  865-325-9463
Come on out to Cades Cove Cellars and enjoy an open market with local arts and crafts along with candies for your valentine sweetheart or yourself! Free tasting and local wines for sale.
Make It Count Gymnastic Classic    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  February 18, 2017 thru February 20, 2017
Contact:  865-429-7432
Gymnastics is a unique sport that build confidence, character, discipline, endurance, determination, strength, and coordination. These are skills that a child can use in real life situations as well as any other sport. Join us for the 4th Annual Make It Count Gymnastics Classic and become a member of the Gymnastics Counts family.
Rose Glen Literary Festival    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Sevierville
When:  February 25, 2017
Contact:  865-868-1551
This year, Rose Glen, annual Literary Festival in Sevierville, TN featuring Ben Montgomery, staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times, New York Times Best Selling Author Jefferson Bass, June Hall McCash and many more!
Challenge Youth Conference    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  February 24, 2017 thru February 26, 2017
Contact:  865-439-7432
The mission of CYC is to present a program utilizing solid and sound scriptural emphasis. In doing so we will neither go to the left nor to the right, but we will seek the middle path, striving to do as God has commanded. If this speaks to your needs and interests, we hope you will come and be a part of it and help us to accomplish this mission.
Gatlinburg Winter Magic    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Gatlinburg
When:  November 9, 2016 thru February 28, 2017
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The lights are on every evening during the wintertime in Gatlinburg, and now every display is environmentally friendly.

Whatever could Gatlinburg do to improve upon its annual four-month long citywide winter lights promotion, an endeavor which has grown in popularity every year since its inception in 1989? Why, start over, of course, with more than a million dollars worth of imagination and an eye on protecting our environment with the use of LED (light emitting diode) bulbs!

With the 100 percent conversion of Gatlinburg Winter Magic from incandescent to LED, the City has launched the milestone transformation to a new era of winter-long visual entertainment in Gatlinburg, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year to its must-see collection of bright, colorful lights and favorite winter scenes through the month of February.

Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg's famous Downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays is marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. Now, Hwy. 321 features an injection of new displays.

Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and allowing the City to light the entire 120 days of the program for what it once cost for three days of electricity.

Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits are part of the program, with the length of the Parkway accentuated by branches and scrolls which have been converted to LED. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 22 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse joined the lineup.
27th Annual Winterfest    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  November 8, 2016 thru February 28, 2017
Contact:  865-453-8574
Join us for Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, the nearly four-month celebration of winter in the Smokies. Enjoy the light displays at your leisure on our Winterfest Lights Driving Tour. Pick up your tour guide at the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center at traffic light #0 or at the Fun Time Trolley office in Patriot Park. Winterfest light displays will shine through the end of February.
Bullseye Preparedness & Outdoors Expo    Add to Trip Planner
Where:  Pigeon Forge
When:  June 10, 2017 thru June 11, 2017
Contact:  740-352-8542
The Bullseye Preparedness and Outdoors Expo is a two-day event at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Attendees can expect numerous exhibits from a wide variety of vendors, manufacturers and organizations from all over the country; hunting, camping, hiking, emergency preparedness, homesteading, self-reliance, to name a few. For more information, call (740) 352-8542 or visit their website at www.bullseyeexpo.com
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