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Gatlinburg Expands Fall and Winter Festivities

Autumn days are around the corner and Gatlinburg will be celebrating the splendor of the season a little longer this year. The City of Gatlinburg is expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival to 12 weeks beginning Friday, September 7 through Sunday, November 25, 2018. The extension of Harvest Festival now gives visitors ample time to discover all the activities and foliage splendor that Gatlinburg boasts during the peak of its fall season.

“We could not live in a more picturesque area for viewing fall color,” says Mark Adams, Gatlinburg CVB CEO/President. “We want to capitalize on the seasonal beauty by extending our Harvest Festival to the end of November thus giving visitors more opportunities to experience autumn in the Smokies.”

Traditional fall events will continue as in years past, with Chili Cookoff taking place on Wednesday, November 7, along with the popular Trolley Ride of Lights. Visitors can expect Trolley Ride of Lights to run nightly through December 31, before moving to a weekend-only schedule until January 26.

As the temperatures drop, the festivities will continue during Gatlinburg Winter Magic beginning November 30 and run through the end of February. Traditional holiday events will make their seasonal debut as scheduled, including Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving weekend, Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Craft Shows, Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, Winter Magic Tunes and Tales, Trolley Ride of Lights and New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops with NEW seasonal decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will feature over the top fall decorations including new life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people. Likewise, Gatlinburg Winter Magic will feature new decorations including very merry, life-sized Snow people that capture the magic of the season. Follow us on social at Visit Gatlinburg for more updates on the exciting things happening in town this season. Book your trip today!

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