Here is an excerpt and summary for a recent article discussing the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff.

Two popular events scheduled this year begin on November 9, 2016. The Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff And Chili Cookoff begins on the same day. Right now is a good time to book rooms for the annual holiday season before vacancies are gone. Tourists and locals don’t want to miss one of the highlights of the holiday season. Gatlinburg is a highly favored destination choice with room vacancies filling quickly during the peak seasons.

Spectacular Light Display

A popular event that has become an annual tradition here in the Great Smoky Mountains is the Gatlinburg Winter Magic display of lights. This extremely popular event draws out large crowds to witness in person one of the most beautiful light displays in the United States. From the entrance to town, adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountain’s entrance, to the far end of town leading towards Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg displays so many lights that they can be seen from the surrounding mountains above.

The Great Chili Cookoff

Part of the official beginning of Gatlinburg’s festival of lights is the Great Chili Cookoff that begins on the actual first night of turning on the Christmas displays. Nothing goes better than some great chili with a popular beverage on a cool night. The Winter Magic Chili Cookoff will feature over 20 restaurants, retailers, attractions and other public agencies serving chili. 

Gatlinburg is an awesome place to visit in the Fall and Winter. The two events discussed in the article above are just two of numerous entertaining things to do in Gatlinburg, but a great place to start on your Gatlinburg adventure.

For much more information about these events, read the article entitled Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff from the local hotel Bearskin Lodge on the River.