28th Anniversary Winterfest in Sevierville

Sevierville (TN) – During the winter months, Sevierville and the Great Smoky Mountains area sparkle with millions of twinkling lights during Smoky Mountain Winterfest (Nov. 6 – Feb. 28). Smoky Mountain Winterfest has become a holiday tradition for many visitors who return year after year as well as locals – and all enjoy the lights, shopping, shows and attractions.
Sevierville’s Winterfest Celebration kicks off November 6 with Music, Lights and Magic, a completely free event at the Sevierville Municipal Complex. Event-goers enjoy live performances, kids’ games, food, photos with Santa and more during the event which takes place between 3pm and 8pm.
Once Winterfest has started, viewing the lights with friends and family is a great way to get in the holiday spirit. Purchase a 2017-18 Winterfest souvenir t-shirt to commemorate your visit when you stop at the Sevierville Visitor Center on Hwy 66 (1.5 miles from I-40 Exit 407). You’ll also receive a free pair of Winterfest in 3D glasses, which shift points of light into snowflakes, with your t-shirt purchase while supplies last.
Special Winterfest attractions, like Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium, add to the excitement (November 3 – January 7). This 1.5 mile drive through LED light experience (one of the largest in the world) features extras for the kids, including photos with Santa (beginning after Thanksgiving) and delicious holiday foods. http://www.shadrackchristmas.com/
There’s nothing quite like celebrating the holidays with an old-fashioned parade, and downtown Sevierville’s is a longstanding holiday tradition.  Celebrating its 55th year, the parade showcases pageant queens, community organizations and area businesses. The 2016 Sevierville Citizen of the Year, Albert Atchley, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal. The parade steps off at 11am on December 2, but parade-goers can arrive a little early or stay after and peruse the art and craft booths at the Holiday Market held at the Bruce Street Gazebo. It will be open from 10am until 4pm on December 2 and feature a variety of vendors and locally made items that make perfect holiday gifts.
Photo Provided Courtesy of Sevierville Chamber of Commerce
After you shop like Santa, run like Santa. Put some jingle in your step and sign up for the Santa Hustle Half Marathon & 5K on December 10 www.santahustlesmokies.com.
To learn more about all the great events taking place this Winterfest in Sevierville, go online to http://www.visitsevierville.com/.

the annual Music, Lights & Magic event on November 6 at the Sevierville Municipal Complex. This completely free event annually draws around 7,000 spectators who enjoy entertainment, free food, kids’ games and fireworks. The event runs from 3pm until 8pm at the Sevierville Municipal Complex located at 110 Gary Wade Blvd. in Sevierville.

 

This year’s Music, Lights & Magic event will feature new entertainment including a lumberjack demonstration from Michael Hattershide, an interactive balloon show, local dance teams and entertainers and a performance from Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier presented by Dixie Stampede just before the fireworks finale. Other event highlights include larger-than-life characters, a mascot dance off, great foods, and fun games!

 

Attendees are encouraged to bring a camera to snap photos with Santa from 4:30pm until 7:30pm in the Kids’ Zone and meet and greet area mascots.

To help event goers easily find parking, the City of Sevierville will once again offer an expanded parking area and shuttle service. Suggested parking areas close to the event will be designated with Event Parking signs and include:

  • Handicapped Parking Only:
    • Sevierville Police Department/Community Center (2:30PM-10PM)
  • Sevierville Middle and Intermediate Schools (3:30PM-10PM).
  • Sevier County Electric System-Main Street Lot (5PM-10PM).
  • Sevier County King Family Library (3:30PM-10PM).
  • Front and rear of Parkway Academy, Bruce Street and Cedar Street (3:30PM-10PM).
  • Shuttle Bus Serviced Parking Areas (City shuttle buses will run from the parking areas below to the side of the Police Department on Bruce Street) (NOTE SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE TIMES):
    • First United Methodist Parking Lot on Cedar Street (5PM-10PM).
    • First United Methodist Church Parking Lot on Bruce Street (5PM-10PM).

Parking is also allowed on streets in the area, except Bruce Street between Parkway and Gary Wade Blvd., and Prince Street.

Thank you to the sponsors of Sevierville’s Winterfest Kick Off Music, Lights & Magic including: the City of Sevierville, Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, Vulcan, Kroger, WVLT, AARP, Sevier Air, Wyndham, Dr. Stephen Ollard, D.D.S,  Lowe’s, A&L RV Sales, NASCAR SpeedPark, Middle Creek Eye Center, Buddy’s Bar-b-q, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede and Smoky Mountain Adventures, Sevier County Electric System, CiCi’s, Swaggerty’s, Allegra, Parker TruTec, Blalock Companies, Volunteer Chevrolet, First Tennessee, NAPA Auto Parts, Tractor Supply Company, Highlands, River Plantation RV Resort, Bush’s Best, The Thomas Group, Hope Medical Clinic, Foxfire Mountain Adventures, AFC Urgent Care, Wilderness at the Smokies, Five Oaks Tire & Service, Pepsi, Home Federal Bank, Hometown Pediatrics and Barnes Insurance.

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