Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in Tennessee have a festival called Winterfest. It doesn’t have to be Christmas to enjoy the twinkling lights or snow. November 9th, 2010 through February 28th, 2011 over five million lights will shimmer at dusk throughout this Smoky Mountain town, inspiring a grand jubilee of light arrangements, festive decorations, special events, seasonal delicacies and mountain music. Read more about Winterfest here.

Upcoming events include:

December 31 | New Years Eve Ball Drop at the Space Needle–Ring in the New Year with thousands at Gatlinburg’s New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Pyrotechnics Show!

January 8 – 15 | Wilderness Wildlife Week™ — a full schedule of outdoor recreational activities that will unite visitors with the rustic beauty of nature in the Smokies.
January 22 | FREE FAMILY EVENT: Titanic Pigeon Forge’s First Professional Ice Carving Competition
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.– This is a Titanic FREE, family-themed, outdoor event. Visitors are invited to come to Titanic’s outdoor staging center and watch professional and amateur sculptors. For more information, please contact us at 800-381-7670.
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February | SWEETHEART MONTH: The Entire Month of February, 2011 | Renew your Wedding Vows on the Grand Staircase — Held in elegant style on Titanic Pigeon Forge’s Grand Staircase, every ceremony is presided over by the ship’s captain. IMPORTANT!–Reservations are required. For more information, please call 800-381-7670.

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