The winter months in the Great Smoky Mountains come alive each year during Smoky Mountain Winterfest, a holiday tradition for many visitors who return each year to enjoy the millions of twinkling lights, spectacular shows, and captivating attractions.

Encompassing the cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, Smoky Mountain Winterfest provides a wonderful opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountain area.  Since Winterfest actually begins in late fall, the vibrant colors of autumn are still on display for all to see.  And as long as the milder temperatures hold out, there are numerous hikes to go on and outdoor places to see.

The main attractions of Winterfest, however, are not fashioned by nature by rather by skilled human hands.  Dazzling light displays, such as Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium, illuminate the skies on a nightly basis.  One hundred percent of Sevierville’s Winterfest lights, displays, and attractions are LED, which equals at 90 percent energy savings for the city and a lesser toll on the environment.  To bring the beauty of the displays out even further, 3D glasses are available at the Sevierville Visitor Center.

Lights are not the only reason to visit Winterfest, though.  Activities ranging from Thanksgiving fireworks at the Pigeon Forge Titanic exhibit to a chili cook-off to farmers markets Christmas parades fill up the Winterfest calendar.  Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland alone boasts a petting zoo, pony and camel rides, pictures with Santa, and a Christmas tree lot.

Detailed lists of shops, shows, and attractions can be found right here on, so you can begin planning your winter excursion right now!  Also be sure to visit our events calendar for specific Winterfest events

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