Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Celebrate Winter Magic in the Great Smoky Mountains in a Charming, Rustic Cabin in Gatlinburg Tennessee. TRAVEL SNOB TRAVEL BLOG

From November through February, more than three million lights, illuminated chandeliers and animated displays light up the mountain resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennesse as part of the Winterfest Celebration Festival. Following the kick-off Chili Cook-Off on Wednesday, November 8, the months that follow will feature live musical entertainment from the like of 60s soul group The Marvellettes and soulful blues band Beat Daddys, a Veteran's Day Celebration tribute, a display of ornately decorated Christmas trees, a free (!) performance of the Nutcracker, shopping at an arts & crafts show, a colorful Christmas parade, and New Year's Eve pyrotechnics.

What's doing in Gatlinburg for the Winterfest Celebration Festival:

  • Nov. 8: 4-8 pm Kick-Off & Chili Cook-Off
  • Nov. 11: Veteran's Day Celebration with a fly-by, patriotic choral and orchestral tributes, and appearance by an American Bald Eagle from the American Eagle Foundation.
  • Nov. 21-26: Browse for unique gifts crafted by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at the annual Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show.
  • Nov. 24, 25: Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees at the Gatlinburg Convention Center featuring dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees. Live entertainment daily. At 7 pm, the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company will perform the Nutcracker "Sweet" at 7 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Nov.27-Dec.3: Christmas Arts & Crafts Community Arts & Crafts Show.
  • Dec. 1: Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade in Downtown Gatlinburg at 7:30 p.m. with more than 100 parade entries, marching bands, baton twirlers, millions of lights and giant helium balloons with special guests Santa Claus and his elves.
  • Dec. 2: Christmas on Ice - local skaters display their talents on ice.
  • Dec. 31: New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show, from 11 p.m.- 12:30 a.m.. An estimated crowd of 40,000 gather for a street party including free party favors, hats, tiaras, a fireworks show and live entertainment.

For more info on visiting Gatlinburg & staying in a cabin, visit AuntieBelhams.com.

- The Travel Snob

(photo: Gatlinburg-Tennessee-Information.com)


Anonymous Gatlinburg said...

Gatlinburg with it's million + light display is almost magical during the winter Christmas months.

12:11 PM  

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