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Winterfest in the Smokies

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Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Sevier County will kickoff Smoky Mountain Winterfest this November 2016. Winterfest is a heartwarming season of enchanting light displays, unique shopping, award-winning shows, family-fun attractions and the winter beauty of our Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains is family-fun for all ages beginning November 7, 2016 and continuing through February 2017.

New experiences this Winterfest season includes Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas - $2.5 million Parade of Many Colors and brand new production of It’s a Wonderful Life.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies introduces their Discovery Center addition featuring a $1 million 3-story Treehouse and Play Center with bridges, slides and obstacle course, as well as their all-new Pearl Harbor Exhibit.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland debuts their newest addition, Santa’s Safari – a half mile of the largest and most vibrant light displays this award-winning show has ever presented.

The Island in Pigeon Forge creates an all-new $1.5 million Winterfest experience with 40,000 ornaments, 300,000 lights, a 40 foot walk-through Christmas tree and much, much more!  

With over 15 million lights adorning the streetscapes and businesses throughout our Smoky Mountain area, Winterfest showcases our winter season, beauty and wonders.  With an abundance of Winterfest fun awaiting, area theaters offer themed shows echoing the wintery sentiment, festive shopping experiences are aplenty at Tanger Outlets Sevierville and Dollywood adds to the magical fun with its own Smoky Mountain Christmas.

For the chilly weather adventurer, excitement abounds at Ober Gatlinburg and the spellbinding mystique of our Great Smoky Mountains offer a priceless opportunity to create cherished family memories that will last for generations.

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Sevier County will be vibrant with winter fun, offering great vacation value and family adventure all in one convenient location beginning this November. So make your plans today at and experience this special season with us in the Smoky Mountains…Smoky Mountain Winterfest!

For more information and a complete list of Winterfest events please visit

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