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January

Gatlinburg Winterfest Illumination and Decoration Contest
Held all of January and February
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town.  Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone.  Special lighting displays added in January for "Smoky Mountain Romance".   

Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Rides of Lights

Night Magic Skiing
Held all of January and February
Location: Ober Gatlinburg

Traditions of Christmas
Held the first week of January
Location: Christus Gardens
Experience the true meaning of Christmas at one of America's most visited nativity settings.  Colorful banners, award-winning lighting displays, presentations of Christmas around the world and St. Nicholas, too!  

Special Olympics
Held in late January – early February
Location: Ober Gatinburg
Winter sports competitions for ice skating and snow skiing.

February

Gatlinburg Winterfest Illumination and Decoration Contest
Held all of February
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town.  Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone. 

"People of Color from the Bible"
Held all of February
Location: Cristus Gardens
Exhibit commemorates Black History month using illustrations and stories of influential characters from the Bible who were of African descent.

Lou Vuto's Reflections Theater - Salute to Elvis
Held a variety of days in February
A riveting tribute to the King of Rock & Roll. 

March 

Annual Spring Fest
Early – mid March
A county-wide festival, which includes the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.  Festival will include special events, local craft show and much more.

Easter Arts & Crafts Show
Held at Easter time
Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community members assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known.

April 

Annual "Rib Fest"
Usually held the third week of April
Location: Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Enjoy award winning ribs from the area's finest restaurants and entertainment.

Wildflower Pilgrimage Week
Held in late April
Events take place at Mills Auditorium, Gatlinburg Convention Center and the National Park
Enjoy the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by participating in the "Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage".  The Wildflower Pilgrimage offers over 150 different hiking tours, motorcades, demonstrations and classroom lectures centered on the flowers, plants and wildlife in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is led by experts from the Park and the University of Tennessee in nearby Knoxville.

May 

Gatlinburg Highland Games
Held in mid May
Location: Mills Park
Highland athletic games, food vendors, Highland dancers, bag pipe bands, border collie demonstrations, entertainment, Scottish clans and whiskey tasting and much more.  

Gatlinburg's Fine Arts Festival
Held in mid May
Location: Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
Enjoy a beautiful relaxing day along the river at the gorgeous Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies at an art exhibit with local & international artists.

July

Annual 4th of July Midnight Parade
Held over the 4th of July weekend
Location:  Downtown Gatlinburg
Enjoy lighted floats, marching bands, & giant helium balloons. 

Annual River Raft Regatta
Held July 4 and 5
Location:  Starts at Christus Gardens bridge and finishes at the Aquarium Bridge
Enjoy a fun, unmanned, floatable object race for the whole family.  Unmanned, floatable objects are launched in the river and they compete for prizes. 

Fourth of July Fireworks Show
Held on the 4th of July
Location: City of Gatlinburg
Held in downtown Gatlinburg to celebrate the nation's "Independence Day" with a magnificent fireworks show.  The City of Gatlinburg lights up its beautiful mountain skyline downtown 1 hour after dark with this grand show. 

Gatlinburg's Craftsmen's Fair
Held in late July
Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Over 180 of the finest craftspeople gifted in woodcarving, pottery, broom making, stained glass, metal work, basket weaving, calligraphy, jewelry and much more gather at the Gatlinburg Convention Center to offer their unique art for sale. Country and bluegrass music performed daily.

August 

Annual Gatlinburg Heritage on Display - Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community
Held in late August – early September
Enjoy two weeks of "Heritage" in the arts and craft community.  Visit over 80 shops filled with traditional and contemporary crafts, handmade gifts, collectibles and one of a kind pieces.

September

Old Fashioned Hayrides
Held during the entire month
Location:  Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall
Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg.  As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath taking views of the beautiful mountain foliage. 

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival and Fall Decorating Contest
Held mid – late September
A county wide festival, which includes cities of Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Pigeon Forge.  Festival will include decorating contest, special events, local craft shows and much more. 

The Annual "Taste of Autumn"
Usually held the third week of September
Location:  Mills Auditorium
Sample Gatlinburg's finest restaurants and homemade desserts for a United Way of Sevier County Benefit Event.  Enjoy live entertainment, benefit auction and door prizes for a wonderful countywide cause. 

October

Old Fashioned Hayrides
Held during the entire month
Location:  Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall
Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg.  As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breathtaking views of the beautiful mountain foliage. 

Fall Celebration - Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community
Held during the entire month
Drive the 8 mile loop and celebrate fall in the historic Arts & Crafts Community, one of the longest running craft show in the nation.

Ripley's Haunted Adventure Annual Fright Night Shows
Held a variety of dates in October
Location: Ripley’s
Ripley's Haunted Adventure becomes even scarier during its special Halloween shows.  Live actors, street performances, and nightly character parades make the haunted house the place to see. 

Ghost Walk of Gatlinburg
Held during the entire month of October
Not a "spook house" tour.  Lantern led journeys into an exciting mix of drama, horror, humor, and history.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair
Held early – mid October
Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Over 180 of the finest Craftspeople gifted in woodcarving, pottery, broom making, stained glass, metal work, basket weaving, calligraphy, jewelry and much more gather at the Gatlinburg Convention Center to offer their unique art for sale. Country and bluegrass music performed daily.

November 

Old Fashioned Hayrides
Held during the entire month
Location:  Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall
Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg.  As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath taking views of the beautiful mountain foliage.

Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Ride of Lights
Held the entire month
Location: Departure at traffic light #3.
Enjoy a trolley ride of Gatlinburg's spectacular light displays. 

Gatlinburg's Annual Winterfest Kick-off & Chili Cook-off
Held in early November
Location: Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza and River Road
Join the City of Gatlinburg as they light the city with millions of sparkling winter lights.  Sample award winning chili from approximately 20 booths.

Gatlinburg's Annual Winterfest
Held most of November
Location: Throughout Gatlinburg
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town.  Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone. 

Annual Veteran's Day Celebration
Held of the Monday of Veteran’s Day
Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
The celebration includes two events to recognize America's veterans.  A patriotic celebration saluting America's heroes is presented on the Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies plaza and a musical tribute to America's veterans is presented at the First United Methodist Church.

Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
Held Thanksgiving Week
Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community member assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known.

December 

Old Fashioned Hayrides
Held during the entire month
Location:  Departure is at traffic light #6 at the Mountain Mall
Enjoy a unique hayride with family or friends downtown Gatlinburg.  As fall begins in the Smoky Mountains, take this fun filled hayride and enjoy breath taking views of the beautiful mountain foliage. 

Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Ride of Lights
Held the entire month
Location: Departure at traffic light #3.
Enjoy a trolley ride of Gatlinburg's spectacular light displays. 

Gatlinburg's Annual Winterfest
Held all of December
Location: Throughout Gatlinburg
The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with over 2 million spectacular lights in fantastic displays throughout town.  Displays are sure to dazzle the spirit and bring out the kid in everyone. 

Traditions of Christmas
Held during the entire month
Location: Christus Gardens
Experience the true meaning of Christmas as visitors view one of America's most visited nativity setting.  Colorful banners, award-winning lighting displays, presentations of Christmas around the world and St. Nicholas, too!  

Gatlinburg's Annual “Fantasy of Lights" Christmas Parade
Held in early December
Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
Enjoy lighted floats, marching bands and giant helium balloons.   

Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
Held in early December
Location:  Gatlinburg Convention Center
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community members assemble in downtown Gatlinburg to display the unique crafts and artwork for which they are nationally known. 

Christmas on Ice
Held in early December
Location: Ober Gatlinburg
Enjoy the spirit of the holiday season as local skaters display their talents on ice to a wide variety of holiday music. 

Gatlinburg's Annual New Year's Ball Drop and Pyrotechnic Show
Held on December 31
Location: Space Needle on Historic Nature Trail-Airport Road
The Space Needle will come to life at the stroke of midnight with a fabulous pyrotechnic show. 

Arts & Entertainment 

Lou Vuto’s Reflections Theater
570 East Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Don't miss a chance to celebrate once again the King of Rock-n-Roll with a "Salute to Elvis" and hear the Show Band perform those "oldies but goodies". 

Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre & Music Hall
This live on-stage, comedy show is one of the most visited attractions in Gatlinburg and was officially declared A National Historical Treasure.

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