2016 Winterfest Kickoff Events

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year…

Sevierville’s Winterfest Kickoff

November 7, 2016 – February 28, 2017

See the Smoky Mountain city of Sevierville twinkle and shine during Winterfest! Kick off the 2016 holiday season with an evening of Music, Lights and Magic!

During the winter months, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains area sparkle with millions of twinkling lights during Smoky Mountain Winterfest (Nov. 7 – Feb. 28). Smoky Mountain Winterfest has become a holiday tradition for many visitors who return year after year to enjoy the lights, shopping, shows and attractions.

Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff

Pigeon Forge’s 27th Annual Winterfest Kickoff

November 8, 2016 – February 28, 2017

Join us for Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, the nearly four-month celebration of winter in the Smokies. Enjoy the light displays at your leisure on our Winterfest Lights Driving Tour. Pick up your tour guide at the Pigeon Forge Welcome Center at traffic light #0 or at the Fun Time Trolley office in Patriot Park. Winterfest light displays will shine through the end of February.

Schedule of Events:

4:00 PM Kids Area opens up Days Gone By Old Time Games
5:00 PM Activities start from stage National Anthem presenting of colors: Mayor and City Manager to speak recognize Volunteer of the Year Grace Stottlemeyer
5:15 PM Countdown to lights being turned on in Patriot Park only immediately followed by 3-4 minutes of fireworks
5:30 PM Entertainment starts from stage: Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Pistol Creek Catch of the Day & the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus: Note some members of Pistol Creek will be strolling through park earlier entertaining
6:00 PM FREE Trolley Tour of Lights rides will start; Local Girl Scouts will be selling hot drinks and cookies and we will have Winterfest shirt sales also.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ Trolley Ride of Lights

November 9, 2016 @ 6:30 pm – January 31, 2017 @ 8:30 pm

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride Of Lights will commence November 9, 2016 and continue through January 31, 2017. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30.

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.

Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an injection of bright displays as well.

Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and allowing the city to light the entire 120 days of the program for what it once cost for three days of electricity.

Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.


  • All trolleys take the same route
  • Children under 3 are free if they are sitting in an adults lap
  • No food or drink on Trolley
  • Trolley is enclosed and heated
  • When reserving more than one ticket, use copy feature in dropdown box and copy data.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic™

November 9, 2016 – February 28, 2017

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with millions of spectacular lights and lighted displays from November through February.

Gatlinburg will kickoff the 27th year of Smoky Mountain Winterfest with the annual Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff and Winter Magic Kickoff on Wednesday, November 9 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.”

Gatlinburg Winter Magic

Participants in the Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation and Best Apron. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition t-shirt available for purchase.

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 25-26 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on December 2-3, 9-10, and 16-17. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights….making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!