Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff


November 8, 2017




Downtown Gatlinburg


705 Parkway

Gatlinburg, TN 37738


Toll Free: 1-800-588-1817

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown.

City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.”

Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff will be headlined by renowned Journey tribute band, Departure. Having performed in approximately one hundred shows nationally per year, Departure is regarded as one of the most respected Journey tribute bands in the nation. Hailed for their powerful stage energy and striking similarity to the band’s infamous sound, Departure resurrects the legacy and music of Journey for audiences in a spectacular show that is only second best to the original.

Supporting performances by the rock-bluegrass trio Grassabillies and Greenbrier band are also included in the event’s entertainment lineup.

2017 Vendors include:

  1. Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar
  2. Delauder’s Smoky Mountain BBQ
  3. Loco Burro Fresh Mex Cantina
  4. Puckers Sports Bar & Grill
  5. Gatlinburg Fire Department
  6. Gatlinburg Police Department
  7. Sevier County Utilities District
  8. Courtyard by Marriott
  9. Hilton Garden Inn Gatlinburg
  10. Foxfire Mountain Adventures
  11. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
  12. Sevierville Golf Club
  13. D&S Distilling Co.
  14. Great Smoky Mountain Catering
  15. CiCi’s Pizza
  16. Ober Gatlinburg
  17. Pop Culture
  18. Farmer’s Burger Barn
  19. Ole Smoky Moonshine
  20. Collier Convention and Catering
  21. Dick’s Last Resort
  22. IX Nubes Vape Lounge
  23. Savannah Bee Co.
  24. The Paula Deen Store
  25. Mellow Mushroom Gatlinburg
  26. Landshark Bar and Grill

Participants in the Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation. While the event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition t-shirt available for purchase at the event.

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Online sales for the Chili Cook-Off will end at 11:59 pm on November 7. Tickets will be sold on site beginning at 10 am.


Looking for a special event or festival? Gatlinburg is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for arts and crafts shows, special concerts, food festivals, or holiday parades, Gatlinburg hosts a wide range of events in every season. Come join us for exciting celebrations throughout the year!