Year after year tourists and locals pack into the Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN for a magical four months of Gatlinburg Winterfest. The beautiful tree lined streets and breath taking holiday light displays are full of winter joy. Gatlinburg Winterfest is a perfect destination for couples and families. The endless fun is for everyone!
The festival kicks off in early November and goes for the snowiest of winter months. The festival is free but bring your pocketbook because there are plenty of vendors. Over a dozen booths representing different charities, are open for donations. There is also a chili cook off where visitors can participate in tasting a delicious recipes from local chefs. A wristband for the event can be obtained in exchange for giving a $10 donation.
The Gatlinburg Winterfest has been celebrated for 75 memorable years. The area was once solely a summertime destination with very little tourism in the winter. But once the community started the festival, it had become a lively and anticipated time of year.
There are a variety of activities that are fun for everyone. For those that enjoy literature, there is an opportunity to meet costumed characters from literature. Storytellers from all over entertain the visitors.
During the Gatlinburg Winterfest, talented artists have unique arts and crafts for sale. The selection of homemade items make perfect holiday gifts or souvenirs for visitors to take home and remember their fun time at Gatlinburg Winter Fest.
When ringing in the New Year festivities, there's no better place than spending it in Gatlinburg. And, for any time after the first of the year, bring your family for winter fun. Just because the holidays are over, doesn't mean the winter magic is gone. Stay several days and relax in Gatlinburg in wintertime. It truly is a winter wonderland.
Thomas Greene is a writer and travel enthusiast and enjoys blogging about things to do in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Some of his interests include hiking, mountain-climbing, whitewater rafting, photography, and writing. He has a passion for life and is a regular contributor to Smoky Mountain Vacation Guide. He has traveled all over the world and currently resides in Knoxville.