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Winterfest Kickoff in Pigeon Forge, TN
When the last of autumn’s colorful leaves fall from the trees and the mountain air carries a chill, you’ll know it’s time for Winterfest in Pigeon Forge. This award-winning annual festival makes the Smoky Mountains sparkle with millions of bright, twinkling lights and a heaping helping of fun holiday spirit.

Winterfest Kickoff EventsWinterfest is extra special this year, as 2014 marks the festival’s silver anniversary. The 25th annual Winterfest celebration will kick-off on November 11, 2014, right after the Salute to Veterans Parade at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. Participate in the annual lighting ceremony after the parade, then take a trolley tour to see all the twinkling lights at no charge for one special night.

Winterfest lasts through the end of February, which gives you multiple chances to celebrate the season and take in the holiday sights. Other Winterfest kickoff events in the Smoky Mountains include:

  • Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff – November 10, 2014:  See the Smoky Mountain city of Sevierville twinkle and shine during Winterfest! Kick off the 2014 holiday season with an evening of Music, Lights and Magic from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on November 10 at the Visitor and Convention Center in downtown Sevierville.
  • Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ Kickoff & Annual Chili Cookoff -- November 12, 2014: Warm up from the inside out at one of Gatlinburg’s favorite annual events! Kick off the holiday season with Smoky Mountain style in downtown Gatlinburg at 5 p.m. on November 12! See the city aglow with holiday magic and sample some of the region’s finest versions of this smoky stew!
Keep your eyes peeled to PigeonForge.com for more information about upcoming holiday events in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. We’ll have information about trolley tours, holiday shopping, activities and so much more!

What do you love about winter in the Great Smoky Mountains? Share your thoughts at the PigeonForge.com Facebook page!

Posted: 10/23/2014 3:14:25 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Paw Paw tree near Pigeon ForgeDown here in Pigeon Forge the trees are still developing their color, and there are still plenty of green leaves just waiting to put on bright red, orange, and yellow. We are looking forward to a couple more weekends of gorgeous fall foliage. Persimmons ripened early and are now finished dropping their wonderful fruit, which adds a sweet autumn fragrance to the atmosphere. Paw paw trees are the stand-out stars this week...putting on a show of extreme green and yellow. Local gardeners are picking their final pods of okra. Who knew something so delicious also puts on a lovely flower?

Pigeon Forge shops and restaurants are beautifully decorated with fall scenes, hay bales, and caramels. There is nothing like the sights, sounds, and smells of Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains. Photo opportunities abound. Tulip poplar trees turned brown a little early, and their leaves are providing a festive and fun crunch as we stroll along sidewalks and hike near back roads.

okra flower near Pigeon Forge, TN

Mid-elevations (around 3,000 feet) as you go up into the Smoky Mountains have great color. The brightest brilliant reds have now faded into a rich burgundy. Most of the hardwood trees at the tippy top of the Smoky Mountains (around 4,500 feet) are now leafless because of high winds and storms.  It is a wonderful time of year for a scenic drive over to Cherokee, NC. It is the best way to view the leaves at every possible elevation. Who knows? You might even see an elk. Pigeon Forge truly is the best central location to rent a cabin and take pictures that capture every phase of autumn leaf color.


dogwood tree near Pigeon Forge transitions from green to burgundy



Posted: 10/21/2014 3:43:07 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


Pigeon Forge WinterfestI just have to tell you that I am so excited about Winterfest this year! Can you believe that it has been 25 years? We are ready to kickoff this 2014 Winterfest season with even more light displays, shows, attractions and more. 

The fun starts on November 10th in Sevierville with "Music, Lights & Magic."

On November 11th we celebrate our true American heroes, our veterans and servicemen and women, with the 4th Annual Veterans Day Parade on the Parkway and Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff that evening at Patriot Park.

And on November 12 we have the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cook-off. 

There is so much going on this Winterfest season. Just be sure to reserve your cabin or hotel soon. They fill up and I don't want you to miss out. Want to learn more? Visit www.PigeonForgeWinterfest.com


Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Posted: 10/21/2014 2:04:00 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


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