SMOKY MOUNTAIN WINTERFEST
November 11, 2022 – February 20, 2023
Sevierville and her sister cities of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are all decked out in lights during the annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration.
Viewing Smoky Mountain Winterfest lights with friends and family is a great way to get in the holiday spirit – and with more than 15 million lights in a 25-mile stretch, there’s certainly plenty of looking to do!
Winterfest lights are a huge draw, but once visitors arrive in Sevierville, they also find incredible shopping, attractions, and area holiday shows.
Special Winterfest attractions, like Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium (November 11, 2022 – January 1, 2023), add to the excitement. This 1.5-mile drive through LED light and music experience is considered one of the most immersive drive-through Christmas experiences on Earth.
Christmas events highlight the joys of the season. Downtown Sevierville offers plenty of holiday merriment the first weekend of December. On Friday, December 2, enjoy an old-fashioned tree lighting at the Sevier County Courthouse complete with children’s crafts, photos with Santa, delicious holiday snacks and music during Christmas at the Courthouse from 5:30pm until 8:30pm EST.
Then on Saturday, December 3, begin the day with Sevierville’s 60th Annual Christmas Parade at 11am EST. This traditional hometown parade is a great way to add a little more joy to the holidays.
Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort offers year-round waterpark fun inside the Wild WaterDome. But winter visitors to this tropical oasis can also enjoy some cool activities – including taking a spin at the seasonal outdoor ice-skating rink (November 11, 2022 – January 15, 2023).
A new drive-thru Christmas adventure can also be found at Wilderness at the Smokies this year. The deLIGHTful attraction is open November 25, 2022 -January 1, 2023 and gives Winterfest fans something new to enjoy.
Dollywood also offers plenty of holiday fun during Smoky Mountain Christmas (November 5, 2022 – January 1, 2023). See millions of lights, holiday shows, and more at the award-winning theme park only minutes from downtown Sevierville.
Shopping in Sevierville is the perfect way to check off your list – twice. With nearly 150 name brand outlet stores where shoppers can find everything from fine China and clothing to tools and furniture, Sevierville is a retail haven. Specialty retail shops featuring items like fine art, antiques and collectibles, and outdoor items. Visitors can even take a piece of Winterfest home by visiting stores like Country Christmas & Collectibles where Winterfest style lighting displays are for sale and custom displays are built to order.
*Call ahead to confirm festival and event dates and times before driving long distances.
Start planning your Winterfest vacation now by booking the perfect place to stay in Sevierville and enjoy all the Smoky Mountains have to offer.