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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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Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

October 6 - October 7

Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of the 19th Annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament.  This event is fun for adults, children, tourists, and locals. Over 10,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to this 2-day event and features $10,000 in cash & prizes!

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Tennessee Whiskey Experience

October 6
$75 – $85

The Tennessee Whiskey Experience will highlight the distilleries that make up the Tennessee Whiskey Trail with product samples and cocktails straight from the distillers. Complimenting these spirits, Park Vista Executive Chef Jeremy Hemen will be creating dishes highlighting authentic Appalachian cuisine. All tickets include: Shuttle service from Downtown Gatlinburg to the Park Vista and back running from 4:30pm- 11:30pm TN Whiskey Experience commemorative glass Access to the Whiskey Sampling Floor and Whiskey Conversation featuring samples from all participating distilleries (Unlimited sampling) Access to the Cocktail Lawn featuring signature cocktails from all participating distilleries (Unlimited Sampling) Live Music (TBA) Opportunity to purchase spirits and merchandise from participating distilleries from the Bottle Shop Appalachian Dinner curated by Chef Jeremy Hemen  

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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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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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December 2018

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

December 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

On December 7, 2018, the 43rd Fantasy of Lights Parade will roll through Downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the arrival of the man in the red suit himself, Santa Claus. The excitement begins at 7:30 p.m. where the parade will step-off from Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, before spanning through Gatlinburg and ending at traffic light #10. An award-winning celebration, the Fantasy of Lights Parade has delighted over 20,000,000 people from around the world and is poised to enchant once more with a parade lineup that includes marching bands from all over the east, large balloons, dancers, musicians, and much more. Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on the Parkway to watch the parade and to spread the festive cheer by wearing Santa hats.

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New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

December 31
Downtown Gatlinburg Gatlinburg, TN United States + Google Map

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2019 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31. Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31 to ring in the New Year. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2019, fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with special music choreographed for the fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display.

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