Gatlinburg Winter Events

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.

The Gatlinburg Christmas lights turn ON November 7, 2018 and usually remain lit until February 28! We shot a live video of the big kickoff event from a previous year…check it out below:

2018 Gatlinburg Winter Magic Chili Cookoff

The Smoky Mountain Winterfest in Gatlinburg begins with a Chili Cookoff on November 7, 2018 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 at .

Popular Gatlinburg Winter Events 2018

There are numerous winter events in Gatlinburg through Winterfest with some of the most popular being the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Show, 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 2018 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 2018 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.

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