The cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have posted their official information on Winterfest kickoff events for 2021 and we would like to repost them here.
Pigeon Forge’s official tourism website writes:
“32nd Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration
Draped in more than 5 million holiday lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November until February.
From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Pigeon Forge Winterfest Celebration. The best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the holiday light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway. You can also download the Winterfest Driving Tour Map.
Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with thousands of ornaments, millions of lights and over a mile of garland. Guests are treated to three different Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.
Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Smoky Mountain Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.”
Gatlinburg’s official tourism website writes:
“Celebrate the kickoff of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic at the 32nd Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s Chili Beans. Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, Gatlinburg hosts this annual event on Thursday, November 11 from 5 to 8 PM at the Anakeesta Plaza, located at 576 Parkway. Festivalgoers will enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.
Tickets will be required for entry to 2021 Gatlinburg Chili Cook-Off
Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly suggest you purchase tickets in advance.
There will be no refunds for this event.
VIP tickets are $20 per person for early entry beginning at 5 p.m.
General Admission tickets are $15 per person beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Children 5 and under are free.
Grand Ole Opry Member and Country Music Star Mark Wills headlines the entertainment.”