Gatlinburg Christmas Lights and Winter Magic 2014

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gatlinburg winter magic lightsThe 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 2014 Smoky Mountain Winterfest to see the lights and experience all that Winter Magic has to offer. Below, you can find details on when the 2014-2015 Gatlinburg Winter Magic begins and some of the most popular events that take place throughout the season.

2014 Gatlinburg Winter Magic Chili Cookoff

The Smoky Mountain Winterfest in Gatlinburg traditionally begins with a Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 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 online at

Popular Gatlinburg Winter Events 2014 – 2015

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 2014-2015 Gatlinburg Winter Magic is like, the city of Gatlinburg posted the video below featuring some of the Christmas light displays that can be seen.

Final Thoughts

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 2014 – 2015 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.


  1. Nancy Schaaf says

    The music on this video of beautiful lights is horrible. Sounds like holloween instead of Christmas. We will be visiting in a couple of weeks and hope this music is not playing.

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