January 2021: Upcoming events in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg

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With so much to see and do in The Smokies – we thought it would be helpful to create this little January round-up of upcoming local events throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! For a complete events calendar, check out our events calendar page. Want to add your event to the list – contact us here

WonderWorks Building Pigeon Forge

WonderWorks Smoky Mountain Youth Art Contest Display

WonderWorks Pigeon Forge has announced its youth art contest winners and the Smoky Mountain Youth Art Gallery, located inside WonderWorks Pigeon Forge. WonderWorks will display the winning pieces for a year.

Artwork submissions were accepted in the fall. The theme of the contest for this year was “Time to Think,” which encouraged young artists to think and express their thoughts through art.

Encouraging youth to express themselves artistically can have lasting benefits. According to the School Superintendents Association, arts play an important role in human development, enhancing the growth of cognitive, emotional, and psychomotor pathways.

Plus, they report that the arts provide a higher quality of human experience throughout a person’s lifetime.

While this was the inaugural year for the art contest, it will be held annually, with submissions being accepted each fall.

In addition to the contest, WonderWorks Pigeon Forge offers homeschool days, virtual learning labs and more. WonderWorks also offers many STEM-related exhibits, activities, and demonstrations. For more information, visit the website.

Where: WonderWorks Pigeon Forge

Address: 100 Music Road, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Jan. 22, 2021-Jan. 22, 2022

When: Daily, with regular admission

Great Smoky Mtn. Heritage Center
(Photo courtesy of the Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center)

Winter Heritage Festival

Bring the entire family to the Heritage Center’s Winter Heritage Festival on Jan. 23, 2021.

Watch live demonstrations of open hearth cooking, storytelling, spinning and blacksmithing. Live music is scheduled as well featuring the violinists, The Sons of Liberty,

Visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets.

Where: Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Address: 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882

Date: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021

When: 10 am-4 pm, $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 child, and 5 and under free

Litter on Roadway in the Smokies

Save Our Smokies Trash Pick-up Event

Join the Save Our Smokies trash pick-up along Laurel Creek Road, Tremont and Upper Tremont Road and Cades Cove Loop Road on Jan. 30. The assigned area may be expanded if there is a large workforce to assist.

Group assignments and paperwork completion will be held in the parking area at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend. The Center has graciously allowed usage of their parking lot from 8-9 am.

Supplies will be provided as the supply lasts. Please be aware of health protocols and socially distance during the outdoor work and wear masks during any carpools with anyone outside of your household.

To save time, complete the Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) online. For minors, the OF301a and Job Description will also need to be signed in addition to the JHA. Any minors (17 and under) should have an adult accompanying them to volunteer. Visit the Facebook page for more information, updates, and a link to the online forms.

Where: (Meet at) Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

Address: 123 Cromwell Drive, Townsend, TN 37882

Date: Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021

When: 8 am

Elvis Sign

Elvis’s Ultimate Birthday Bash

Visit the Grand Majestic Theater for Elvis’s Ultimate Birthday Bash with a tribute to the King of rock and roll.

Music will be featured from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s, which will cover everything from oldies, country, classic rock and gospel.

The shows are headlined by award winning artists Michael Chambliss, Matt Cordell, Austin Irby and Travis Powell.

Call the box office or visit the website to purchase tickets.

Where: The Grand Majestic Theater

Address: 2330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Friday-Saturday, Jan. 8-9, 2021

When: 7 pm, admission starts at $16.78 for the Birthday Bash; starts at $29.95 for weekend pass

Squisito Too
Squisito Too will be hosting their grand opening on Jan. 19 in Sevierville (photo contributed by Squisito Too)

Grand Opening – Squisito Too in Sevierville

The new Squisito Too restaurant will be celebrating their newest location in Sevierville on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

A ribbon cutting will begin at 10:30 am before the doors officially open at 11 am.

The first 100 guests in line will have the chance to grab a slice of Squisito Too’s delicious award-winning cheese pizza for free.

Additionally, all guests who order a pasta entrée will receive half off a second pasta entrée.

Giveaways and free swag handouts will also take place throughout the day.

Located inside the Tanger Outlets, the new store marks the first of three from new franchisees Joey and Missy Messick that are slated to open in the coming year.

Where: Squisito Too

Address: 1645 Parkway, Ste 295, Sevierville, TN 37862

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021

When: Ribbon cutting will begin at 10:30 am

Man Playing Guitar

Live Music at Junction 35 Spirits

Enjoy live music and Trivia Tuesdays at Junction 35 Spirits in January.

Currently scheduled musicians include The Reunited, Stephen Goff, Jonathan Weathersby, Ross Heatherly and KC Johns.

Follow the website to visit the calendar of events.

Where: Junction 35 Spirits

Address: 2655 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Month of January, check the calendar for details

When: 6-8 pm for Trivia Tuesdays, 5-8 pm for live music

Ripleys Aquarium Kids Play Area

Curious Campout Family Sleepover

This event is geared toward ages 2-6, however older children are welcome to attend.

The program includes a modified schedule with activities and snacks, and an earlier bedtime, all within the Curious Creatures Gallery.

Visit the website to make reservations.

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Saturday evening through to Sunday morning, starting Jan. 2, 2021

When: 8 pm-8:45 am, admission $75 per person, non-refundable deposit required

Fish Swimming at Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium Sensory Night

Ripley’s hosts several sensory-friendly events and nights throughout the year which offer lowered lighting and music throughout the facility.

Quiet spaces are also offered for those who may need a break during their visit.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is a Certified Autism Center.

This designation was given by IBCCES (International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) and is awarded to organizations who have completed a training and review process to better serve individuals with sensory needs.

Visit the website for details.

Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Address: 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

When: 5-9 pm, discount of $3 off per person for families, mention ‘Sensory Night’ at the window

Ober Gatlinburg Sign

Ober Rocks (Cancelled)

CANCELLED: Join Ober Gatlinburg for the 4th annual Ober Rocks throwback event on Jan. 23, 2021.

Ober Gatlinburg will host a special Ober Rocks Ski Session from 8 pm-midnight. Josiah & The Greater Good will play inside on the big stage and a slope side DJ will blast music on the slopes until midnight.

In case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors.

Follow the website for updates on partner hotel specials, band and DJ announcements.

Where: Ober Gatlinburg

Address: 1339 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: This event has been cancelled.

When: This event has been cancelled.

Showstreet Winter at Dollywood

Light the Way Fundraiser

Editor’s Note: The 2020 Light The Way 5K originally scheduled for November and rescheduled for January 3 now has been cancelled, but event organizers plan for it to return in winter 2021.

Even though this event has been cancelled, a plan has been announced to offer a different experience that allows people to visit Dollywood on Jan. 3 to see the holiday lights and support the two great non-profit organizations that benefit from Light the Way: Keep Sevier Beautiful and Share It Forward.

A $50 ticket will be available online only that will allow admittance to Dollywood from 5-9 pm on Jan. 3 with all net proceeds donated to the two non-profit organizations.

On the last operating day of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, visitors not only can enjoy the theme park’s five million holiday lights but all rides, attractions and entertainment! Keep an eye on the website for more information.

Where: Dollywood Theme Park

Address: 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021

When: 6 pm, registration is $50

Music at Ole Red

Free Music at Ole Red Gatlinburg

Country fans already know this place gets its name from superstar Blake Shelton’s breakout hit, “Ol’ Red”, and Blake knows a thing or two about spotting country’s next rising stars.

Here, at the only live music spot in Gatlinburg with hand-picked talent from Nashville, you never know who will take the stage every Friday and Saturday night!

January will include Matt Stillwell, Cole Sitzar, Jordan Foster, Aaron Walker Band, Brad Hudson, Zach Ray, Blake Esse, Shaun Abbott, Elijah Wise, Larry Frick, The Dugger Band, JD Shelbourne, Alicia Harvey, Chris Rains, Stephen Goff, Chloe Litton and Garrett Spear.

Check the website for the updates.

Where: Ole Red Gatlinburg

Address: 511 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Month of January

When: 5-10 pm, Friday and Saturday nights (see website for details)

Enjoying a Meal at Puckett's

Free Music at Puckett’s

Puckett’s is a restaurant and music venue that embodies true Tennessee culture through its signature comfort food and talented area artists and musicians.

Puckett’s Pigeon Forge features live music most Saturday nights. January artists include Maya Trippe, Laura Lane, Herrick and The Young Fables.

Follow the website for updates.

Where: Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant

Address: 2480 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Date: Month of January

When: Most Saturday nights, 7:30 pm

Shadrack's Lights

Shadrack’s Christmas Lights Show

Shadrack’s is a drive-through light show, taking place from dusk until 10 pm nightly at the Smokies Stadium.

Additional attractions are available, including photos with Santa, a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and food vendors.

Tickets are available via the website, which you can follow for updates and more information.

Where: Smokies Stadium

Address: 3540 Line Dr, Kodak, TN 37764

Date: Now thru Jan. 5, 2021

When: 6-10 pm nightly, $25/$35/$50

Ober Gatlinburg Sign

Ladies Night at the Slopes

Ladies, bring 10 canned food items (or donate $10) and get a free night ski area ticket. Proceeds benefit the Sevier County Food Ministry.

Visit the Ober Gatlinburg website for more information.

Where: Ober Gatlinburg

Address: 1339 Ski Mountain Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

When: 6-10 pm, free with $10 donation of canned goods (or donate $10)

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at [email protected] for questions or comments.

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