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 2013 Smoky Mountain Winterfest to see the lights and experience all that Winter Magic has to offer. Below, you can find details on when the 2013-2014 Gatlinburg Winter Magic begins and some of the most popular events that take place throughout the season.
2013 Gatlinburg Winter Magic Chili Cookoff
The Smoky Mountain Winterfest in Gatlinburg traditionally begins with a Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 featuring the best Chili recipes from chefs from all over Gatlinburg. It takes place from 5:00pm-8:00pm in downtown Gatlinburg on the Parkway. Admission is free, but in order to taste the Chili, they usually have a wristband that must be purchased for $10 with a portion of proceeds going to benefit the local elementary school PTA. The wristbands can be purchased the day of the cookoff at two different ticket booths on the parkway.
Popular Gatlinburg Winter Events 2013 – 2014
There are numerous winter events in Gatlinburg through Winterfest with some of the most popular being the Festival of Trees, Winter Magic Tunes and Tales, Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Show, Christmas on Ice, Gatlinburg Christmas Parade, New Year’s Eve Ball Drop And Fireworks Show, and more! We’ve got details on these Gatlinburg winter events at:
Gatlinburg Christmas Lights
To get an idea of what the 2013-2014 Gatlinburg Winter Magic is like, the city of Gatlinburg posted the video below featuring some of the Christmas light displays that can be seen.
If you have never experienced Gatlinburg Winter Magic or the Smoky Mountain Winterfest then be sure to visit the biggest and best on yet during the 2013 – 2014 winter season! There’s so much to see and do that make Gatlinburg a fantastic place to be during winter! Also, be sure to check out our guide for the Pigeon Forge Winterfest as well.