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Dollywood's Festival of Nations

Location: Dollywood
On-Going Event: March 16-April 14

Dollywood's Festival of Nations displays the most captivating entertainment from around the world during celebration of music, dance, food and art. Shows are free to attend with paid admission. Closed Tues.

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Pigeon Forge Spring Rod Run

Location: LeConte Event Center, Pigeon Forge
Dates: April 11-13

A spectacular 3 day event for any car enthusiast! $10,00.00 cash giveaway, Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and King of the Hill. Huge swap meet with hundreds of showcars and car corral.

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Sheep Shearing Day

Location: Museum of Appalachia
Dates: April 11-12

Demonstrations of shearing, carding, spinning, weaving, and other ways that pioneers turned fleece into woven goods. Guests will also enjoy sheep herding, Appalachian music, an animal meet & greet, storytelling, and several historic demonstrations, including soap carving, beekeeping, sawmilling, blacksmithing, pioneer gardening, and dulcimer lessons.

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Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts

Location: Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community
Dates: April 12-14

A weekend event that provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands. Visit the website for class information, prices, and times.

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Rt. 411 Yard Sale

Location: Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville
Dates: April 13

Yard sales stretch along the 24 miles of Rt. 411 from Sevierville to Newport. Those who rent space for vendors donate the proceeds to local charities. 7am-3pm. Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville.

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Smoky Mountain WineFest

Location: Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Gatlinburg
Dates: April 13

From 1-6pm, festival-goers can sip and savor from this year's amazing lineup of wine and food vendors at the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Wine Fest, all while strolling the picturesque grounds of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Ticket purchases include a commemorative wine-tasting glass, wine tastings throughout the event, food sampling tickets and access to the festival.

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Easter Egg Hunt and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Location: Patriot Park, Pigeon Forge
Dates: April 20

The Easter Egg Hunt is held at Patriot Park the Saturday before Easter. This is a Free Event for children ages 0-12! Afterward, brunch with the Easter Bunny is held at the Old Mill Restaurant. Tickets are required for breakfast and sell out quickly. Purchase your ticket at the Old Mill Square or by calling (865) 429-3463

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Earth Day 5K Night Run/Walk

Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
Dates: April 26

Runners and walkers are invited to celebrate Earth Week by participating in the annual Earth Day 5k Run/Walk in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg. This night race is scheduled at 10:00 pm. Registration fee applies.

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Yellow Mustang Car Show

Location: The Inn At Christmas Place
Dates: May 2-5

The Yellow Mustang Car Show will be held in May 2-5, 2019 at the Christmas Place Inn. This is a celebration of Ford’s “Pony” car and is located at Christmas Place Inn on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, TN. You can register your yellow Mustang, get merchandise, find out about events and get more information at Yellow Mustang Registry.

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Music In The Mountains Spring Parade

Location: Pigeon Forge Parkway
Dates: May 3-5

Formerly referred to as the Dolly Parade or Dolly Parton’s Homecoming, Pigeon Forge’s annual springtime parade was renamed to “Music in the Mountains” in 2018. New for 2019! There will be 4 giant cold air balloons depicting popular children’s characters and a 10 foot baseball in honor of Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge. The event will also last throughout the weekend with a couple of free concerts to keep you in the spirit of springtime and bluegrass.

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Hotshots 5K

Location: Pigeon Forge Community Center
Dates: May 4

Join in on the first annual 5K supporting the area fire departments in Sevier County. The Hotshots 5K will start at 8 a.m. on May 4, 2019 at the Pigeon Forge Community Center. Runners and supporters are invited to come out and meet local firefighters on race day.

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Wilderness Wildlife Week

Location: Pigeon Forge
Dates: May 7-11

A week long celebration of the Smoky Mountains featuring guides hikes, classes, history, art and music. From educational programs designed specifically for the youngsters to guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains for the more adventurous folks, Wilderness Wildlife Week offers a variety of programs for all ages and interests. This spring celebration of the great outdoors is free and open to the public Seminars and workshops are offered daily at the LeConte Center.

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Smoky Mountain Antique Toy and Pedal Car Show

Location: Country Cascades
Dates: May 8-11

Join us at Country Cascades in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for the 2019 Smoky Mountain Antique Toy and Pedal Car Show on May 8 – 11, 2019! Featuring antique toys, vintage pedal cars, wagons, ride-on toys and parts. Country Cascades sits just off of the Pigeon Forge Parkway at 204 Sharon Drive. (Behind TGIFridays, between Stoplight #3 & #4)

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Shenandoah & Exile Live

Location: Country Tonite Theatre
Dates: May 10

Country Tonite presents Shenandoah & Exile as part of their 2019 Celebrity Concert Series. Two shows: 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road”, and “Next to You, Next to Me”, as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. Shenandoah has recorded nine studio albums (3 certified gold) and placed 26 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, including thirteen Number One hits. Their 30th Anniversary Tour is continuing in 2018. Other audience favorites include: “Sunday In The South”, “Mama Knows”, “Rock My Baby”, and “Moon Over Georgia”.

In the early 1980’s, Exile began to focus on country music. During their run on the country charts Exile had 10 number one singles including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory,” “Give Me One More Chance” and “She’s A Miracle.” The band wrote their own songs, played on all their recordings and also proved to be prolific songwriters composing hits for other artists such as Alabama, Restless Heart, Engelbert Humperdinck, Huey Lewis, Diamond Rio, Janie Fricke and many more. During this country phase of their career, Exile received 11 nominations including Vocal Group of The Year and Best Instrumental Performance for the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, March 19th at 9:00AM! See the Country Tonite show for half price with your celebrity concert ticket! Use promo code CONCERT19.

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Grand National F-100 Ford Reunion

Location: Music Road Convention Center
Dates: May 16-18

The ultimate parkway cruise through the Smokies from Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg! Shop the greatest selection of new and original F-100 parts ever! Over the past several years, F-100 enthusiasts have looked for a hotel-based show in Pigeon Forge, and that’s what the Grand National F-100 Ford Reunion is all about. Three days of trucks, vendors, and giveaways at Music Road Resort & Convention Center. Join the fun, be safe, and respect all of your fellow truckers so we can make this the best F-100 show yet.

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Bloomin’ BBQ & Bluegrass

Location: Sevierville, TN
Dates: May 17-18

Two-days of food and fun in historic downtown Sevierville. See live entertainment from Priscilla & Little RicKee ft. Louisa Branscomb, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Balsam Range, Dale Ann Bradley, Love Canon, Phil Leadbetter & the All-Stars of Bluegrass, Dale Ann Bradley, and headliner Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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Pig Pickin 5K

Location: Downtown Sevierville
Dates: May 18

The Pig Pickin 5K will take place in Downtown Sevierville on May 18th. Registration will open at 7, with the race starting at 8. The course promises to be exciting, and male and female winners will receive a big swag bag. There will also be a kids fun race for children up to the age of 10.

The Pig Pickin 5K will benefit the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries (SMARM). SMARM provides one-on-one assessments and point-of-need services such as short-term housing, utility assistance, transportation, food and clothing, as well as organized mentoring and permanent housing resources to help families move from crisis to stability, according to their website.

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Mermaids At Ripley’s Aquarium

Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Dates: May 27

Ripley’s Mermaids return on May 267! See the mermaids Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend! Live Shows, Meet & Greet, and Photos are available! Swimming June and July daily beginning Memorial Day. Call for dates and times in August through Labor Day.

“We are so excited about having the Mermaids back at the Aquarium. They are such a great addition to our Aquarium for everyone to enjoy of all ages. Everyone loves to be entertained by the mystical beauty of the Mermaids,” said Ryan DeSear, general manager of Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

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Location: Pontiacs In Pigeon Forge 2019

MainStay Suites
Dates: May 30- June 2

The annual Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge features a Swap Meet and classic GTO’s, Firebirds, Fieros, Best in Show, Best in Stock and the Saturday Night Cruise. Music Road Hotel is the host for the Pontiacs and you can register and get more information online. Classic car show. Admission fee. See Facebook page for more details.

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Location: Alcatraz East Graffiti Contest

Alcatraz East
Dates: June 1

Graffiti is defined as the name for images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on property. Graffiti may appear in the forms of simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. It is considered a crime of vandalism; many cities and business owners subscribe to using graffiti art in order to prevent vandalism.

Alcatraz East is accepting submissions for our 2nd Annual Graffiti Art Contest. We are looking for graffiti artists who want to showcase their talents and techniques. Winners will receive cash prizes and have their winning pieces displayed as part of a graffiti exhibit inside the museum! The deadline to enter is May 8, 2019

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Hotel Transylvania 3 at Governor’s Crossing

Location: Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14
Dates: June 11-13

Enjoy our 2019 Summer Kids Shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am from June through August. Tickets are $4 total with tax and include a kids combo with popcorn, drink & fun size candy.

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A Night At The Titanic Museum: Flashlight Tour

Location: TITANIC Museum Attraction
Dates: June 15-29

A Titanic crew member will guide the way, along with your official complimentary Titanic flashlight to help shed light on a maze of Titanic myths, mysteries, legends and facts! A great family fun event! Select dates. Limited space. Guided tour. Reserve today and receive a complimentary Titanic Flashlight! To reserve your tickets, please call (800) 381-7670..

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Smallfoot at Governor’s Crossing

Location: Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14
Dates: June 18-20

Enjoy our 2019 Summer Kids Shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am from June through August. Tickets are $4 total with tax and include a kids combo with popcorn, drink & fun size candy.

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Kid’s Night Out at Ripley’s

Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Dates: June 23

This program is for kids only! Moms and Dads leave your worries behind and enjoy your own night out because this will be a night your kids will never forget! They will explore Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies during Scavenger Hunts and participate in a variety of Science Experiments, Crafts and Activities. After a fun-filled evening, we will set up camp in the Shark Lagoon tunnel.

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Paddington 2 at Governor’s Crossing

Location: Governor’s Crossing Stadium 14
Dates: July 2

Enjoy our 2019 Summer Kids Shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 am from June through August. Tickets are $4 total with tax and include a kids combo with popcorn, drink & fun size candy.

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29th Annual Patriot Festival

Location: Patriot Park
Dates: July 4

Experience the 4th of July in Pigeon Forge, TN! The 29th Annual Patriot Festival will take place on Thursday, July 4th, 2019! The night will feature music, food and fun games, all of which are free and open to the public. Join us for a celebration of America’s birthday- bring blankets, lawn chairs and the whole family. Umbrellas and coolers will not be permitted on site.

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Picnic Wine Trail

Rocky Top Wine Trail
Dates: July 13

Travel the Rocky Top Wine Trail while “picnicking” along the way!” Enjoy a glass of wine (your choice of two offerings) paired with delicious picnic foods at each of the following (3) locations: Mountain Valley Winery, Hillside Winery, and Sugarland Cellars Winery. Take home a commemorate Tumbler glass and receive your free souvenir wine glass after visiting the three participating locations on the Rocky Top Wine Trail. Early Bird Pricing is available until June 30th, 2019. No refunds, cancellations, or exchanges. This is a rain or shine event.

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Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference

Gatlinburg Convention Center
Dates: July 27

The first Smoky Mountain Bigfoot Conference will be held on July 27, 2019. From 9 am to 5 pm, enjoy stories of Bigfoot investigations and sightings from Cliff Barackman, a Bigfoot Field Researcher and co-host of “Finding Bigfoot” on Animal Planet, plus other speakers. Ask your questions during Q&A periods after every speaker. Open seating GA tickets, and VIP seating are available. Purchase your tickets online today.

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Tennessee Smokies Beerfest

Smokies Stadium
Dates: August 3

Join the Tennessee Smokies and Quaker Steak & Lube for the second annual Beerfest at Smokies Stadium. On August 3, 2019 from 4-8 pm, enjoy samplings from over 30 breweries. Early bird tickets go on sale on April 25th at 9 am and will include a tasting glass, unlimited pours at the festival, 2 drink tickets to taste at Old Forge Distillery’s tasting section and an undated Tennessee Smokies baseball ticket voucher. VIP tickets will include early event access, a buffet dinner and designated driver tickets. This year, the festival is dog-friendly and a portion of all tickets will benefit Young-Williams. Free shuttle service will be available to and from Knoxville and Smokies Stadium.

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Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

LeConte Center
Dates: August 23 - 24

Once again we will be holding our annual Jeep Invasion at the beautiful LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Both days are 9am to 5pm. $10.00 General Admission per day per person on the days of the show at the door or entry gate. This is an indoor and outdoor event that will feature an array of over 150 national, regional and local Jeep accessory vendors. We had over 7,000 Jeeps attend in 2017 and are looking to break that record again. We will also be having our vendors donating off lots of cool jeeping products and there will be plenty of show Jeeps on display for your viewing pleasure. Please check back for the latest updates.The Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion is an annual event hosted by the Smoky Mountain Jeep Club of Maryville, Tennessee. This year’s 6th Annual Invasion will be held on August 24th-25th, 2018. This event is a vendor-driven event open to all Jeep enthusiasts. Anyone who owns or loves Jeeps is welcome and encouraged to attend this event.

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The Oak Ridge Boys Live

Country Tonite Theatre
Dates: August 30

Country Tonite presents The Oak Ridge Boys as part of their 2019 Celebrity Concert Series.

Theirs is one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The four-part harmonies and upbeat songs of The Oak Ridge Boys have spawned dozens of Country hits and a Number One Pop smash, earned them Grammy, Dove, CMA, and ACM awards and garnered a host of other industry and fan accolades. Every time they step before an audience, the Oaks bring four decades of charted singles, and 50 years of tradition, to a stage show widely acknowledged as among the most exciting anywhere. And each remains as enthusiastic about the process as they have ever been. Their hits include “Elvira”, “(I’m Settin’) Fancy Free”, “Bobbie Sue”, and “American Made”.

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Brew At The Zoo

Zoo Knoxville
Dates: September 20

Zoo Knoxville invites everyone who is wild about craft beer to Brew at the Zoo happening Friday, September 20 from 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. Animals, live entertainment, local food trucks and over 40 craft breweries are on tap at this unique after-hours event. Tickets are not yet on sale. Stay tuned for updates on early bird and regular ticket sale dates.

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National Quartet Convention

LeConte Center
Dates: September 22 - 28

Gospel Music’s largest gathering is coming to Pigeon Forge! Join 40,000 people from 40 states and a half dozen foreign countries for the largest annual event in Gospel Music. Reserve your seats now for the National Quartet Convention.

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Rocky Top Chocolate Wine Trail

Rocky Top Wine Trail
Dates: October 26

Halloween shouldn’t only mean candy for the kids! Enjoy a glass of wine (your choice of two offerings) paired with hand crafted desserts at each of the following (3) locations: Mountain Valley Winery, Hillside Winery, and Sugarland Cellars Winery. Take home a commemorate Taster Glass and receive your free souvenir wine glass after visiting the three participating locations on the Rocky Top Wine Trail. Early bird pricing is available until September 30th, 2019. Info on the food offerings and wine pairings to follow soon.

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Oktoberfest at Ober

Location: Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park & Ski Area
Dates: September 27-November 3

Mountaintop resort Ober boasts the most stunning views in Gatlinburg — particularly during the month of October. Take it all in as you observe (or better yet, participate in) time-honored traditions straight from Munich. Eat your fill of German-inspired dishes such as bratwurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, pretzels, and strudel. Of course, your meal won’t be complete without a beer — this is Oktoberfest, after all. A different brewery is featured every weekend, providing ample opportunities for sampling unique brews. Get adventurous with a beer card that allows you to chug either four or eight samples…or stick with your all-time favorite in a 24-ounce beer boot.

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Trick Or Treat Kickoff Karnival

Location: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies Plaza, Gatlinburg
Date: October 31

If you prefer to celebrate Halloween while the sun is up, you’ll appreciate the festivities at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg. Technically, however, this ‘karnival’ serves as preparation for the big event: nighttime trick-or-treating. Your little ones will learn all about Halloween safety from the Gatlinburg Police Department. They’ll also receive a bonus lesson in fire safety from the Gatlinburg Fire Department. Other event highlights include costumed characters, a pumpkin contest, and, of course, plenty of candy. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to wear costumes; think of this as a dress rehearsal for your nighttime trick-or-treat adventures.

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Tracy Lawrence Live

Location: Country Tonite Theatre
Dates: November 1

Tracy Lawrence is one of the most recognizable voices in Country Music with songs such as “Paint Me a Birmingham”, “Time Marches On”, “Alibis”, and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are”. The entertainer has enjoyed twenty-two songs on the Billboard top ten charts with eighteen number one singles, selling over thirteen million albums.

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International Gift Expo

Location: Sevierville Convention Center
Dates: November 5 - 9

The 2019 International Gift Exposition in the Smokies will take place at the Sevierville Convention Center from November 5-9 and the Pigeon Forge LeConte Center from November 6-9. The expo began in 2000 to showcase the wholesale resort merchandise industry and has expanded to become one of the largest gatherings of souvenir and resort merchandise. This year, the expo will host a variety of vendors and buyers of resortwear, souvenirs, name drop apparel, customized gifts, Made in America and more. Returning vendors from 2018 include Cash and Carry Pavilion with the Gourmet Selection, featuring Moonpie Direct, Tennessee Spice Company, Nectar of the Vine, Smokehouse Jerky Co., Hillside Orchard, and more.

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Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s Chili Beans

Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
Dates: November 6

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s Chili Beans on Wednesday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Festival-goers will enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.

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Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

Location: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Dates: November 29 - Dec 1

If you’re visiting Gatlinburg in late November and early December you’re in luck as you can get a head start on your holiday shopping at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community's Thanksgiving & Christmas Craft Shows. Enjoy dozens of booths featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. This special event offers craft shopping all in one location in downtown Gatlinburg.

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Gatlinburg Winter Magic

Location: Gatlinburg
Dates: Throughout Dec

The annual Gatlinburg Winter Magic adds a special touch to an already beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains to experience the winter season. What started as a handful of Christmas light displays and events in 1989 has grown into well over one million dollars worth of environmentally-friendly LED light displayed throughout Gatlinburg, TN. Hundreds of thousands of visitors will flock to Gatlinburg during the 2018 Smoky Mountain Winterfest to see the lights and experience all that Winter Magic has to offer. Below, you can find details on when the 2018 Gatlinburg Winter Magic begins and some of the most popular events that take place throughout the season.

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Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

Location: Downtown Gatlinburg along the Parkway

The annual Gatlinburg Winter Magic adds a special touch to an already beautiful part of the Smoky Mountains to experience the winter season. What started as a handful of Christmas light displays and events in 1989 has grown into well over one million dollars worth of environmentally-friendly LED light displayed throughout Gatlinburg, TN. Hundreds of thousands of visitors will flock to Gatlinburg during the 2019 Smoky Mountain Winter fest to see the lights and experience all that Winter Magic has to offer. Below, you can find details on when the 2019 Gatlinburg Winter Magic begins and some of the most popular events that take place throughout the season.

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New Year’s Eve Ball Drop And Fireworks Show

Location: Around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle
Dates: December 31

TNew Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg, TN seems to get bigger and better each year and the 2019 New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks is set to be the best one yet! All of the action takes place in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg at the Space Needle (intersection of the Parkway and Historic Nature Trail).

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