The busyness of the holidays is behind us, but winter is long from over. Perhaps, with the hectic schedule of holiday parties and cookie exchanges, the quieter moments to enjoy life in the mountains were overlooked. Fear not- Smoky Mountain WinterFest continues through the end of February, so you have plenty of opportunities to take in all the Smoky Mountains have to offer before the last snowman melts into spring.
What does WinterFest include? Millions of twinkling lights are displayed, portraying unique scenes to make you smile and tell a story. From Sevierville, through Pigeon Forge and into Gatlinburg, a trail of lights waits around every bend.
Special events occur during WinterFest as well. Ober Gatlinburg has plenty of snow-based activities, from skiing and snowboarding to snow tubing. They also have a small children’s area, where toddlers and the under 5 set can play in the snow. The indoor ice-skating rink, arcade and restaurant offer a warm respite from the cold winter air.
Ober Gatlinburg is hosting this year’s East Tennessee Special Olympics Winter Games. From January 31-February 2, athletes will compete in alpine skiing, snowboarding, and speed skating. Events have difficulty levels from beginner to advanced.
Don’t forget Valentine’s Day; February 14 is just around the corner and even more romantic in the mountains. What’s more romantic than snow softly swirling around you, landing on eyelashes and reminding you of the pureness of love? There’s an unspeakable sweetness of holding mittened hands, strolling under the sparkling lights of WinterFest?
February 17-21, cowboys and a western theme take over the town. That’s when Saddle Up takes place, complete with a cowboy dance, a chuck wagon cook-off, cowboy and cowgirl entertainers, cowboy church, workshops and seminars. If tap shoes are more your speed than cowboy boots, check out the Legacy Dance Championships at the Sevierville Convention Center February 19-21. The Smoky Mountain Gymnastics Vacation Classic will also be at the Sevierville Convention Center February 26-28. The Rose Glen Literary Convention will close out February on the 27th, with signing and lectures by southeastern authors.
From the natural glory of snow-dusted mountains to the evening twinkly of millions of tiny lights, WinterFest is a special time of year here. Even walking around downtown Gatlinburg, watching your breath come out in little puffs, seems extra-magical. Do you want to live amongst the breathtaking natural beauty and take part in these spectacular events? From distressed real estate to a cozy cabin tucked away in the woods, there’s something for everyone in the Smoky Mountains. The Terrell Team can guide you to your ideal home, whether it’s located in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.