Winter Activities in Gatlinburg

Winterfest Decoration Contest

Below is the official Winterfest Decoration Contest 2023 Entry Form. Help Gatlinburg be the PREMIER Vacation destination for Winter Magic in the Southeast! Join by decorating your business for Smoky Mountain Winterfest Join in the fun of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic. It’s FREE to participate! 

Smoky Mountain Winterfest logo

Contest Rules & Judging Criteria

It is important to decorate with a look for the entire Winter season with lights, greenery, ribbons, bows, snowflakes and snowmen. Colored lights are acceptable, but WHITE LIGHTS are encouraged. 


Displays will be judged on the following categories: 


Use of Lights


Overall Appearance

Curb Appeal 

Each business will receive an overall score based on the above-mentioned categories and receive either a Platinum, Gold, Silver, or Bronze award. These rankings are solely based on the business’s decorations and are not compared with or to any other business. 

The deadline to submit this application is:

Friday, November 24, 2023 

Judging will take place the week of December 10th, 2023Each business may enter one (1) display. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call (865)436-0523 or email the CVB Events Team


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