25th Annual Winterfest kicks off this week

Pigeon Forge Winterfest

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As the holiday season is fast approaching, the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville kicked off the 25th Annual Winterfest this week. The celebration includes over 12 million lights that garnish the streets of the cities.

Sevierville Winterfest

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In 2013, Winterfest went green with all LED light displays. This year, organizers said new light displays were added. Numerous events make up Smoky Mountain Winterfest, including Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland (held at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville), Gatlinburg’s 27th Annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show and Ball Drop, and Wilderness Wildlife Week held in Pigeon Forge.

This winter-time tradition began in 1989 in an effort to extend the tourist season. The area’s economy has seen steady growth between November and February.

The city of Sevierville kicked-off its Winterfest celebration Monday night while Pigeon Forge held its kick-off festivities Tuesday night. The city of Gatlinburg will hold its 25th Annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m.

For a complete list of Winterfest activities, visit ComeExperienceTheSmokies.com.Gatlinburg Winterfest

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