Picture of a dish from the Gatlinburg Chili Cook-Off.There’s nothing quite like a warm bowl of chili on a cold winter day. During the holiday season, check-in at The Park Vista for a well-deserved, relaxing retreat and some great eats. Every year, chefs from around the states flock to Tennesse to compete in the Gatlinburg Chili Cook-Off. Make sure you get a ticket early so that you have some excellent chili to look forward to during your Smoky Mountain vacation.

What You Need to Know about the Chili Event of the Year

For the past 30 years, Bush’s Chili Bean has helped us leap into the winter season by hosting an annual Chili Cook-Off. Only a five-minute drive from our Hilton hotel in Gatlinburg, those interested in tasting some rather adventurous chilis, will need to purchase a ticket ahead of time at $10.00 per person. This Gatlinburg event takes place in the Anakeesta Plaza, where there will be live entertainment for the festivities’ duration. Rock out to the best Eagles hits with a steaming bowl of chili and your loved ones at your side. 

Other Annual Holiday Gatlinburg Events

If you love seasonal decorations and colorful lights, you’re in luck. Every year, people book Tennessee vacations and stroll through the streets of Gatlinburg, soaking in the holiday-lit splendor. 

  • Winterfest Lights shine brightly near our Gatlinburg hotel from mid-November to mid-February. Treat yourself to a cup of hot chocolate and meander through a multi-colored winter wonderland. 
  • Gatlinburg Festival of Trees takes place during the last weekend in November and fills weary souls with holiday cheer. This event is perfect for children as there will be a crafts table, entertainment, and even a special visit from Santa Claus. 

Celebrate the Season with a Smoky Mountain Vacation

Gift your loved ones the holiday getaway of a lifetime at The Park Vista. Spend a lovely afternoon at the annual Gatlinburg Chili Cook-Off event, view some spectacular light displays, and create lifelong memories with family and friends. Our accommodations are perfect for groups of nearly any size, and we have a fantastic on-site eatery, The Vista Grill, which will satisfy all of your cravings. Before you book your room, be sure to check out our special offers so that you can get a great deal on your stay. To get more information on annual holiday events, please give us a call at 1-800-421-PARK. Our resourceful staff is happy to help.