Winterfest 2018 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Coming November 6th!

Gatlinburg Christmas Lights

It might be before Thanksgiving, but the Smokies can’t wait to show off her true colors. The annual winterfest in the Smoky Mountains begin November 6th and end on February 28th. To start the festival Gatlinburg is holding its yearly Chili Cookoff presented by the neighboring Bush’s Beans. This event is being held at 715 Parkway in Gatlinburg across the street from Fannie Farkle’s.  They will have a stage set up for several bands. Tons of food vendors will be showing off their best chili! 5-8pm. $10 entry. 

Winterfest has begun!

Gatlinburg Christmas Lights

Lazy Bear Cabin near Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge will be decorating at the end of November to coincide with Winterfest! Winterfest in Gatlinburg kicked off tonight, November 8th with a Chili Cookoff.  The beautiful lights will run 24 hours a day until February 28th 2018.

Lazy Bear Cabin has a week open starting November 12th. Mention this ad and receive a discount on your stay. No Fees!

Gatlinburg Christmas Lights

Gatlinburg Christmas Lights

Starting November 8th, Gatlinburg turns into a winter wonderland with Christmas lights for the season. The best way to see the lights is on the trolley ride of lights. The trolley picks you up at the Gatlinburg welcome center at light #5  at 6:30pm, 7:30pm and 8:30pm. Children under 3 are free if they sit on the parent’s lap. Cost is $5.00. For reservations call the Gatlinburg welcome center at 865-436-0535. November is a great month to see the lights as it is not too cold.

2017 National Quartet Convention 9/24-9/30 in Pigeon Forge!

gospel lazy bear cabin NQC

September 24 thru the 30th Pigeon Forge holds the National Quartet Convention at the LeConte Center near the Island. Considered the largest gospel music’s largest annual event of the year.  Many well known gospel artists and groups will be performing.


Check out their facebook page for an idea who will be attending, as well as their website where you can purchase your tickets:


As of this post, Lazy Bear Cabin is available for that week. Mention this post and receive 10% off the total cost if you book direct through our website at

Great Pumpkin LumiNights at Dollywood! New!

Lazy Bear Pumpkin Gatlinburg Vacation

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival begins September 29th and last through October 28th in the Smokies! There are going to be thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns to view. This is the largest addition to Dolly’s Fall Festival ever! Pure art! Dolly’s whole fall event is amazing. Check it out here:

Whitewater in the Smokies!

lazy bear cabin whitewater

Smoky Mountain Whitewater!

River cruises are abundant in the Smokies. After a quick rain, the Little Pigeon River Middle Prong runs. (see gauges on AWW page).

Here is a link to the runs within minutes of the cabin:

III-IV rapids, small channels. Creek type lines.


Whitewater rafting trips are a specialty of the Smokies. Check out these companies for a guided great time.


It doesn’t get any more beautiful!

Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival!

lazy bear cabin banjo

August 16th through the 20th, Gatlinburg holds the Songwriters Festival. Live musical entertainment in downtown Gatlinburg. There are only 3 ticketed concerts, all the others are free. We were there last year and sat on Bubba Gumps deck, ate shrimp and listened to the singing from across the street. Great week to vacation in the Smokies. Lazy Bear Cabin has this week open and anyone that mentions this post will receive 10% off total lodging!

14th Annual Old Mill Heritage Day!

On September 3rd, the Old Mill district holds its annual Heritage Day. Local mountain crafts, bingo, pumpkin painting and a farmers market will be there as many other venues. World class bluegrass and line dancing will also be part of the activities. For the kids there is a petting zoo, firetruck and a special arts and crafts tent. Free admission,  bring your chairs (Lazy Bears are in the washer/dryer room) and blanket.


September 3rd 2017

Hours: 10-6pm

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