Awesome Local Events


Winter Magic

winter-lightsWinter| November 13, 2012 -
January 31, 2013

Lights go up and snow comes down for Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic Winterfest Celebration. Like the MountainFest before it, Gatlinburg TN enhances every winter season with characters and entertaining performances throughout the city in addition to their award-winning lights and festive decorations.

Plan your winter vacation getaway with ‘cool’ lodging and special discount coupons, or hold your winter wedding in the Smokies during these local wintertime events. Gatlinburg Winter Magic is a winter wonderland for all ages. Playful teddy bear light displays throughout the city delight the youngsters while the city’s guided trolley tour lights will entertain the entire family.

River Road features a “magical” touch along the popular Riverwalk area. The romantic arched walkway is enhanced by a pair of graceful 40-foot swans and several ornate floral representations to set the tone for romance in lovers of all ages.

Festival of Trees

Festival of TreesFall | November 26 – 30, 2012
Arts, Entertainment

Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors to this Winter Wonderland at W. L. Mills Conference Center Tuesday through Saturday from 4 – 7pm, sponsored this year by Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.

More Info

  • Admission is free to the Festival of Trees
  • For festival information, call 800/568-4748

Smoky Mountains Tunes & Tales

Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
Arts, Entertainment, History

Gatlinburg’s annual presentation of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales™ begins in downtown Gatlinburg on June 17, 2011 and will run through August 13. Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as 1800.

This popular eight-week event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community – and provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.

The collection of personalities and performers arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Visitors witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling until 11 p.m. As many as 18 nightly acts perform throughout the evening.

Trios, duos, single acts and clogging groups will perform seven nights a week for the duration of the summer. The mountain style of music is featured all season. From the beginnings of the pure Appalachian sound with groups like Boogertown Gap and Rattlesnake Hollow, to more traditional bluegrass music from groups such as Tunes & Tales regulars like Hurricane Ridge, The Grassabillies, Southern Skye, Timber Creek, and the Holloway Sisters.

Visitors will also be able to learn how instruments like the mountain and lap dulcimers and gourd banjo are made by local craftsmen like Denton Bragg and Mark Edelman. They will also enjoy the talents of the Back Porch Cloggers demonstrating old time clogging and even teaching folks some fun moves and steps.

Characters including Miss Nan the School Marm and Quiltin’ Annie often teach the young and old alike their old time ways. Zeno, the Gatlinburg Bear, the official ambassador of Gatlinburg, loves to welcome everyone to Gatlinburg with his signature bear hugs, and visitors will be entertained with songs and stories by such personalities as Uncle Tubby, Ol’ Rowdy and Smiley Burdett, each relating stories of the Great Smoky Mountains, its people and history and even sing a little song about them.  

Back by popular demand, Gatlinburg’s sixth annual presentation of Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales™ begins in downtown Gatlinburg on June 17, 2011 and will run through August 13. Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance event featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying time periods as far back as 1800. 

This popular eight-week event truly highlights one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community – and provides guests with an interactive, educational and entertaining experience the whole family can enjoy.

The collection of personalities and performers arrive nightly at 6 p.m. in the center of town. Visitors witness a magical transformation of sidewalk to stage as the characters disperse along the downtown Parkway for an evening of entertainment and storytelling until 11 p.m. As many as 18 nightly acts perform throughout the evening.

Trios, duos, single acts and clogging groups will perform seven nights a week for the duration of the summer. The mountain style of music is featured all season. From the beginnings of the pure Appalachian sound with groups like Boogertown Gap and Rattlesnake Hollow, to more traditional bluegrass music from groups such as Tunes & Tales regulars like Hurricane Ridge, The Grassabillies, Southern Skye, Timber Creek, and the Holloway Sisters.

Visitors will also be able to learn how instruments like the mountain and lap dulcimers and gourd banjo are made by local craftsmen like Denton Bragg and Mark Edelman. They will also enjoy the talents of the Back Porch Cloggers demonstrating old time clogging and even teaching folks some fun moves and steps.

Characters including Miss Nan the School Marm and Quiltin’ Annie often teach the young and old alike their old time ways. Zeno, the Gatlinburg Bear, the official ambassador of Gatlinburg, loves to welcome everyone to Gatlinburg with his signature bear hugs, and visitors will be entertained with songs and stories by such personalities as Uncle Tubby, Ol’ Rowdy and Smiley Burdett, each relating stories of the Great Smoky Mountains, its people and history and even sing a little song about them. 

“Our intent is to take what we feel is one of Gatlinburg’s greatest assets – the walkability of the community – and provide something that is fun and somewhat different than what most places are doing,” Tourism Director David Perella noted.

Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountain Tunes and TalesTM is an official activity of the City’s Department of Tourism. For more information on this and other special events, contact the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce at (800) 56-VISIT or visit www.gatlinburg.com for mountains of information on how to “Reach Higher Ground”.

Contact Info

  • Toll-Free: 800/568-4748
  • Admission: Free

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

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Arts, Entertainment

More than 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artisans on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions, and offer their unique art for sale. Live bluegrass and country music.