Well over 8,000 people turned out as Gatlinburg kicked off the 26th year of Smoky Mountain Winterfest Wednesday night with the annual Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff and Winter Magic Kickoff on the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg. To signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic, city officials turned on more than 3 million lights across downtown.
A tough night of competition led to Margaritaville Island Hotel taking home The People’s Choice Award with Hilton Garden Inn winning Best Booth Decoration.
Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff winners are as follows:
1st Hilton Garden Inn
2nd Margaritaville Island Hotel
3rd Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
1st Margaritaville Island Hotel
2nd Inn at Christmas Place
3rd Hilton Garden Inn
2nd Downtown Grill & Chili
3rd Dick’s Last Resort
Best Civic Organization
1st Gatlinburg Fire Department
2nd Gatlinburg Police Department
1st Sugarlands Distilling Company
2nd Ole Smoky TN Moonshine
1st Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
For more information about events coming up during Gatlinburg Winter Magic, visit www.gatlinburg.com/events or call (800) 588-1817.