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September 2018

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

September 7 @ 8:00 am - November 25 @ 5:00 pm
Downtown Gatlinburg Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States + Google Map
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

To fully embrace the fall season, the City of Gatlinburg is expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival to 12 weeks beginning Friday, September 7 through Sunday, November 25, 2018. The extension of Harvest Festival offers visitors more time to plan a trip to the Smokies during the peak of the fall season. “We could not live in a more picturesque area for viewing Fall color,” says Mark Adams, Gatlinburg CVB CEO/President. “We want to capitalize on the seasonal beauty by extending our Harvest Festival to the end of November thus giving visitors more opportunities to experience Autumn in the Smokies.” Fall events will continue as in year’s past including the traditional Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, November 7. The Winter Fest lights will be turned on that night, but there will not be an “official” kickoff ceremony. The popular Trolley Ride of Lights will begin as scheduled on November 8 and run nightly through December 31, then continue only on weekends through the end of January. As the temperatures drop, the festivities continue during Gatlinburg Winter Magic beginning November 30 running through the end of February. Traditional holiday events will run as scheduled including Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving weekend, Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Craft Shows, Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, Winter Magic Tunes and Tales, Trolley Ride of Lights and New Year’s Eve Celebration. Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops with NEW seasonal decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will feature over the top fall decorations including new life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people. Likewise, Gatlinburg Winter Magic will feature new decorations including very merry, life-sized Snow people that capture the magic of the season. For more information regarding Gatlinburg events visit Gatlinburg.com.

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OktOBERfest 2018

September 21 - October 28
Ober Gatlinburg, 1001 Parkway #2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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OktOBERfest 2018

Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating autumn with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-Style food, drink and music. Our 9th Annual OktOBERfest will be held from September 21-October 28. The Smoky Mountain Oompah Band, in authentic costume, will perform traditional folk dances with free shows daily. Guests can enjoy outdoor games, live entertainment & a Bier Garten featuring specialty Oktoberfest bier and foods. This family-friendly festival at Ober Gatlinburg has plenty kid-friendly activities including inflatables & face painters. When you have had your fill of yodeling, schnitzel & Bavarian beer, you can enjoy everything else that Ober Gatlinburg has to offer. Some of the activities include our new Rock Wall, The Ski Mountain Coaster, Indoor Ice Skating, the Alpine Slide, the Chair Swing, the Scenic Chairlift, Kiddie Rides, the Wildlife Encounter & more. Remember to bring your camera along to capture the memories. Save on your Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway tickets today.

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Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg

September 21 @ 10:00 am - October 28 @ 7:00 pm
Ober Gatlinburg, 1001 Parkway #2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv8AcFvC2gA Ober Gatlinburg is celebrating October with a fantastic festival featuring Bavarian-style food, drink and music, but you don’t have to don your finest lederhosen or dirndls to be a part of the fun. OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking from September 21 through October 28, 2018 as the resort commemorates the 207th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany. The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more. Oktoberfest was a popular event when the Heidelberg Castle operated its restaurant at Ober Gatlinburg in the 1980s. The first Oktoberfest was not really a festival at all, but the public celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Bavaria on October 17, 1810. Held on a large meadow named the Theresienwiese in Munich, the party featured a horse race, beer, food, music and dancing. Anniversary celebrations continue each year, usually starting in late September and ending in the first week of October, with some six million people attending annually. For more information on OktOBERfest call 865-436-5423.

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Dollywood’s Harvest Festival

September 28 - November 3
Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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Carve Out Time For Fall's Biggest Event Dollywood's Harvest Festival features the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Southern Gospel Jubilee, and World-Class Artisans. Great Pumpkin LumiNights Experience double the glow during this season's Great Pumpkin LumiNights. The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun throughout Timber Canyon. Great Pumpkin LumiNights also features new pumpkin-themed food options, entertainment and interactive opportunities for park guests to experience an exciting nightly finale during the best fall festival in the Smokies. Southern Gospel Jubilee The largest Southern Gospel Celebration in the world, at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, featuring more than 500 free concerts with admission. World-Class Artisans Each fall unique artisans from around the country visit Dollywood to share their beautiful handmade crafts with guests during Dollywood's Harvest Festival presented by Humana. In addition to Dollywood's own skilled craftsmen, many talented artists set up shop to demonstrate a number of traditional crafts. This year's booths feature inspirational jewelry, paintings, handmade historic games, textile art, woodworking, felt hats, dolls and textiles, pottery, glass jewelry, chainsaw carvings, fiddles, and hand-painted ornaments. Visiting crafters are located in booths throughout the park.  

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October 2018

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair

October 4 - October 21
Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, Gatlinburg Convention Center, 234 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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The celebration of fall also encompasses one of the southeast’s most popular events… the Annual Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair. From October 4 through 21, the Gatlinburg Convention Center blossoms into a multi-level mecca of the top craft people from all across the United States. Autumn’s brisk air signals all of nature to transform the Great Smoky Mountains from lush green to a majestic patchwork quilt of colors. A unique characteristic of the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is the fact that artisans not only make their art available for viewing and sale, but also demonstrate their special talents and skills during this show, which is recognized as one of the top 20 events in the Southern U.S. by the Southeast Tourism Society. Tentative hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Music shows are scheduled at 12, 2 and 4 p.m. daily, 12 and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Entertainment is included in the admission cost. Group rates are available. For more information, call 865-436-7479 or visit website.

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November 2018

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff

November 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Downtown Gatlinburg Gatlinburg, TN United States + Google Map

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 10, 2018 - January 5, 2019
Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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https://vimeo.com/240328975 See the Smokies’ most spectacular light display and a lineup of live Christmas shows that celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, all at Dollywood. Christmas in the Smokies Dollywood’s musical Christmas tradition features a 14-member cast performing hometown holiday favorites that celebrate the joy of the season. Location: Celebrity Theater Parade of Many Colors Gather the family for the Parade of Many Colors! This returning spectacle is sure to become one of your favorite traditions. Catch it nightly on operating days! Location: Showstreet It's a Wonderful Life Dollywood brings a Christmas classic to life. Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, audiences will love this addition to our Christmas season. Location: Showstreet Palace Theater Meet Rudolph and His Friends Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Dollywood - it's a Christmas your family will never forget. Location: Holly Jolly Junction Santa Land Step amid the hustle and bustle of Santa Land in Celebration Hall as Santa and the elves get ready for Christmas. Location: Santa Land NEW Glacier Ridge A brand-new lighting experience lights up Wilderness Pass this Christmas season. Location: Wilderness Pass

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Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg Begins

November 17
Ober Gatlinburg, 1001 Parkway #2
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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Ober Gatlinburg

Snow tubing opens for the winter season at Ober Gatlinburg on November 17th, 2018. Purchase your Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway tickets ahead of time and save.

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Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

November 20 - November 25
Gatlinburg Convention Center, 920 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738-3324 United States
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Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Craft show hours: Weekdays – 10am – 5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm. The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth.

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Titanic Thanksgiving Fireworks Celebration

November 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Titanic Museum Attraction, 2134 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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Titanic Museum Attraction

Shooting Stars, Superheroes on Parade Thursday, November 22 at 7:00 pm Comic book pop culture superheroes will be the superstars in this year’s live, annual Thanksgiving Fireworks Parade and explosive fireworks display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. This free, family outdoor event heralds the start of an exciting holiday season at the museum attraction, announces President, COO and co-owner, Mary Kellogg. Titanic Thanksgiving Day Tours open from 9 am to 10pm Free Outdoor Superheroes’ Parade kicks-off at 7 pm Free fireworks display blasts-off following parade Come in Superhero costume and be part of the celebration Photo with Superheroes permitted and encouraged Free parking Visitors can purchase tickets to continue the yuletide celebration inside the Museum

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