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** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in the Smoky Mountains area is current as of 2014.
Event listings are subject to change without notice to Best Western Ogle's Properties.  Please confirm events, times and locations if your travel plans are contingent on this list of events. **

 

January 2015 Winterfest Events

1-3
Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival:
  Celebrate Christmas in the Smokies and include a day (or two!) at Dollywood for endless Christmas lights and special holiday shows.  Admission for a child 11 and under is $47 and adults 12 and up enjoy the day for $59. Memories are to be made at the Holly Jolly Junction where everyone can meet Rudolph and his friends! Take in the Christmas lights at the Back Porch Theatre while taking in an acoustic Christmas celebration. End your day at the Jukebox Junction with the nightly performance of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas featuring a 12 member cast and a four piece band. Closed 12/24, 12/25 & 12/31. | dollywood.com

1-February 28
Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
Light up your winter nights with spectacular LED light displays throughout the Parkway, compliments of the city of Gatlinburg. Displays feature animals indigenous of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park National such as deer, rabbit, and squirrel. After 22 years of festivities Gatlinburg Winter Magic has been converted to 100 percent LED lights.

3, 10, 17, 24
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights:
  Enjoy a guided trolley tour beginning and ending at Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center, light #5, next to Ripley's Aquarium.  Tours to view Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays will set off at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. nightly and travel goers can partake in the tour for $5 per rider. Group reservations are available. Tickets can be purchased online from eventsgatlinburg.com

24-31
25th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week:
Completely FREE and open to the public. A celebration of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with exhibits, demonstrations, hiking, authentic Appalachian music and more. Indoor and outdoor activities open to all ages. Don't miss this event that has taken place in our community for over two decades. Something for everyone and every age! Programs take place between 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. daily | LeConte Center | 2986 Teaster Lane Pigeon Forge TN 37863 | (800) 251-9100 | mypigeonforge.com/wildlife

25-27
Tennessee Winter Special Olympics:
Winter sports competitions including ice-skating, snowboarding and snow skiing at Ober Gatlinburg. Opening ceremonies are held at W.L. Mills Auditorium. Learn more about volunteer opportunities, how to donate, or participate at www.specialolympicstn.org | (800) 251-9202

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Climbing for Hope:
Come watch local firefighters and policemen participate in a number of lumberjack events. The night even includes a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Mountain Hope Good Shepard Clinic, and last year's event raised $25,000. Visit http://mountainhope.org/lumberjacktickets.html to get your tickets.

February 2015 Special Events

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Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
Light up your winter nights with spectacular LED light displays throughout the Parkway, compliments of the city of Gatlinburg. Displays feature animals indigenous of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park National such as deer, rabbit, and squirrel. After 22 years of festivities Gatlinburg Winter Magic has been converted to 100 percent LED lights.

Teacher Appreciation Month: Teachers and principals in the state of Tennessee can treat cabin fever with a day out to the Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge.  Present your school ID and any principal or teacher from Tennessee Schools (public and private) is invited to purchase tickets at a special rate. 2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN 37863 | (800) 381-7670 | titanicpigeonforge.com

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Happy Valentine's Day!

Titanic Valentine's Party: Just like many of the guest on the original Titanic, love is in the air on this day. Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge wants you to celebrate with them. A special Valentine's Day awaits you and your loved ones at the Titanic Museum. 2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN 37863 | (800) 381-7670 | titanicpigeonforge.com

18-22
15th Annual Saddle Up:
Bring your best campfire story and come out to celebrate the cowboy way at the 15th Annual Saddle Up.  Celebrate American West with the whole family at this event. Gather at the LeConte Center, Pigeon Forge | (800) 251-9100 | mypigeonforge.com/saddleup

March 2015 Festivals & Events

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Gatlinburg Improv Fest:
This event for both performers and spectators at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre will feature a number of improvisation groups and instructors participating in a series of shows and classes. (865) 325-9712

TBD  (Early in the Month)
"Sock Hop Under the Sea":
Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies presents a fun tribute to the 1950's complete with food, beverages, 50's music and a dance contest for all ages. So put on your poodle skirt or blue jeans and leather jacket, slick back your hair and join the fun. 100% of the proceeds go to the Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic. For tickets call Ashley at 865-774-7684 ext. 219. | http://mountainhope.org

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Irish Month-Titanic Museum:
Ireland has a strong connection to the Titanic, including the fact that in 1912 all 882 feet of the Titanic was built in Ireland. During the month of March Titanic Museum Pigeon Forge will honor this history with Irish Month. 2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN 37863 | (800) 381-7670 | titanicpigeonforge.com

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Boy Scout Day:
Dolly invites Boy Scouts to enjoy fellowship at Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction. Boy Scouts can celebrate all their hard work with a dinner show at Dixie Stampede. 3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge TN 37863 | (800) 356-1676 | dixiestampede.com

18-21
21st Annual A Mountain Quiltfest:
Stroll through the LeConte Center and enjoy carefully woven quilts. LeConte Center | 2986 Teaster Lane Pigeon Forge TN 37863 | (800) 251-9100 | mountainquiltfest.com

18-June 7
Smoky Mountain Springfest & Gatlinburg It's a Spring Thing!:
Celebrate the winter thaw and the beginning of Spring at Smoky Mountain Springfest-It's a Spring Thing! All through the county special events, craft shows, and more are scheduled. Visit www.gatlinburg.com to plan for this family friendly event.

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Dollywood Theme Park Sneak Peak:
Exclusively for Dollywood season passholders on this one day, enjoy Dollywood from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge TN 37863 | (865) 428-9488 | www.dollywood.com

21-April 20
Dollywood's Festival of Nations:
This festival boast cultural food, music, and festivities from Nations across the globe. Dollywood brings cultural experiences to Pigeon Forge. With all the different cultures being celebrated there is sure to be something for everyone that visits. 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge TN 37863 | (865) 428-9488 | www.dollywood.com

31-April 4
Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show:
The Gatlinburg Convention Center, located right on the Parkway of Gatlinburg, hosts the annual Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show. Members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community craft one of kind pieces for this event. | www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

 

** This calendar of fun things to do and free events in the Smoky Mountains area is current as of 2014.
Event listings are subject to change without notice to Best Western Ogle's Properties.  Please confirm events, times and locations if your travel plans are contingent on this list of events. **

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