Winterfest Celebrations in the Smokies

October 25, 2022

Winterfest is a celebration, created by the communities of the Smokies to carry the tourist season further throughout the year. Over 30 years old now, the annual Winterfest Celebration in the Smoky Mountains has become very popular and a family tradition for many. Weekends fill with light viewers and shoppers and those looking to experience a bit of Christmas Magic.

Over 5 million lights shine through the season and bring a delightful display of Holiday Spirit. Businesses offer special Winterfest items and opportunities and the celebration is a very well constructed event in the Smokies.

The Gatlinburg Christmas Parade is a favorite as Santa Claus takes the time in such a busy season to greet the visitors to Gatlinburg and area. Marching Bands, Floats, Characters and Churches will march down the parkway and wish all a Merry Christmas. The Gatlinburg Christmas Parade is held the first Friday of December every year in downtown Gatlinburg.

Dollywood is an annual tradition for Christmas lovers. Visit Dollywood to see more than 5 million lights sparkling around you during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. The park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, and for the first time ever, fireworks that light up the winter night skies.

Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with thousands of ornaments, millions of lights and over a mile of garland. Guests are treated to three different Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

There is a drive through Tour of Lights Map available on the Pigeon Forge Tourism Website at Come and experience the fun. Enjoy some hot chocolate, bring some peppermint sticks, let the magic happen when you take in the sights, sounds and smells of Smoky Mountain Winterfest.

Christmas in the Smokies is special. A Tennessee Christmas just can’t be beat. Whether you are going to reside or visit we send you the greatest of wishes for your Holiday times always.