Welcome to ClausFest
         March 15-19, 2014
     Coming Back Home to Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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Keeping Christ In Christmas

You saw it in 2012 and you'll see it again in 2014, but with some new additions and a new program.  If you loved it in 2012, you'll be in awe in 2014.  Santa Cliff Snider is the Producer and Director of this very Special Event and anyone who knows Santa Cliff knows that he puts everything he has into any project he takes on.  Keeping Christ in Christmas has stolen the hearts of many and is beautifully done with testimonials, beautiful music and most important of all the message Christ has sent to us all through this event.  Keeping Christ in Christmas is back by popular demand and we can hardly wait until it's time to attend.  This event will be held at The River Terrace Hotel.  Date and time will be posted later.  You don't want to miss this one!



New at ClausFest 2014.............Another FIRST of its Kind !


The ClausFest Team has been working very hard to bring new and exciting things to ClausFest 2014…..I am very happy to share with you another addition to our ClausFest Agenda !     Another FIRST of  it’s kind held at a Santa Convention gathering, will be held during ClausFest 2014

We will be having a ClausFest Talent Variety Show  in Gatlinburg, TN. We have signed on some amazing talent already but we are looking for some more talented Santas, Mrs. Claus, & Elves to “perform” on stage to round out the show. 

We know several of you have talents and would love to hear from you if you are interested in joining the show !   It can be anything from magic acts, storytelling, juggling, banjo, guitar or piano playing to singing or comedy acts !    It will be a fun filled afternoon  of entertainment !

No entrant fees !   If you wish to participate in this One of a Kind Event it's EASY!  All you do is send me or Cindylu an E-mail stating what kind of act you have,  how many times performed,  what type of audience and a little about you, and that's it!  Any questions or comments can be sent to me at : [email protected] or Cindylu at [email protected]

More info will be announced as we go, but time is a factor for limiting the number of performers sooooo  get back to us ASAP if you are interested !!  You don’t want to miss out on this fun opportunity to share with the Santa Family Community !   We look forward to hearing from you. 

NOW is the time to sign up to show us what you got!!! This is going to be a great show. It's just a 'fun' thing with no judging. Don't be shy about this and don't keep hiding that special talent you have. Get on stage and SHINE like a STAR !!


Debra Ann

"Santa and Friends Nature Walk" with Heather

Sunday - March 16th at 1:30 p.m. to ??

For those more Adventureous than others, there's nothing like a 'walk on the wild side'!  

Join Heather O'Donnell for a wonderful walk on the Nature Trail and see some amazing sights along the way.  This trail is very easy to navigate and Heather is in no hurry, so don't worry about getting behind.  There are plenty of breaks along the way as Heather stops to point out some of the more popular sights and share her expertise in this field.  A lite snack is provided and plenty of drinks too.  This event is hosted 100% by Heather at no cost to you whatsoever.  Please join us in thanking Heather O'Donnell for her generous contribution to ClausFest.   Remember, there is NO CHARGE for this event!  Who could ask for more?

(The Date and time of this event will be [posted when Agenda Completed.) 


                                 The Wood Grill Buffet

                                                                               2301 Parkway - Pigeon Forge, TN  37863

                                                                             (Optional Event - Please see the "EVENT MENU" page

                                                                              $16.00 per person and payment option to order tickets)


                                       SUNDAY, MARCH 16TH at 6:30 p.m.

The Wood Grill Buffet's commitment to quality shows in every item on the buffet line.  A winner of the Charlottesville Reader’s Choice Best Buffet Award, you’ll find more meat choices than any other buffet around. Their homemade chicken salad, slow cooked pot roast and  famous fried chicken puts them in a category all on their own!

They pride themselves on their flavorful hot and cold food selections; including carving stations, homemade casseroles, fresh salads, country vegetables and hot fresh baked bread and desserts. How many home style vegetables and fresh baked goods are on the bars each day?  We never took count, because we were so anxious to dig in !  Too many to count!

This is an optional event that we are bringing back by popular demand.  In 2012 over 55 of us enjoyed this wonderful dining experience and opportunity for fellowship.  What better way to get to know each other or visit with old friends than over a great dinner?  The Prices are very reasonable and the selection is just...............well...................unbelieveable!  You need to see this for yourself.  Don't worry about not having enough room either.  This Restaurant holds over 800 people!  

We will be taking reservations and payment for this event in advance so we won't have to wait to start enjoying this superb Dining Experience.  Stay tuned for further announcements about this special event.

The Lumberjack Feud Dinner Show


2713 Parkway - Pigeon Forge, TN  37863


Optional Event (Please see the "EVENT MENU" page

$33.65 per person  price for this event and payment options)


SATURDAY -  March 15, 2014    8:15 p.m.  DINNER & SHOW


“Yoho-Ho Ho” Santas grab your red plaid flannel shirts, sharpen your ax, and log roll your way over to the newest Dinner Theatre Show in Pigeon Forge, TN:  Lumberjack Feud!!!  The Lumberjack Feud is unlike anything else in town!  Taking place in a new 10 million dollar facility, once you enter our arena, for the next 90 minutes you become part of the show! There you will receive VIP treatment that includes premium dinner seating for an up close and personal view of the feuding lumberjack Dawson and McGraw families. This ain’t your ordinary Pigeon Forge Dinner Theater song and dance show!    With 10 different logging events you will thrill to the professional ESPN timber athletes as they compete in such areas as axe swinging, log rolling, tree climbing, and chainsaw carving action!  And you won’t want to miss seeing the log pulling Draft Horses, the Bears, and high flying TimberDogs.  And we round out our show with gut-bustin’, family-friendly comedy, via emcee Ranger Black, and the crazy antics of Camper Bob.”  DON'T FORGET, THE PRICE OF THIS EVENT INCLUDES A FULL COURSE DINNER and GREAT SHOW!  This is a LOT of entertainment rolled up into one discounted price especially for our special group!  




 (The Best Dressed 4 paws Dudes & Dudettes in the Southeast)


                                          HEY EVERYBODY!

When we say ClausFest has something for EVERYBODY, we mean it!

We held the first EVER, that we know of, Doggie Fashion Show at any Santa Claus Family gathering of any kind at ClausFest 2012.  And certainly the FIRST at any Santa Claus Convention/Festival.

Our sincere congratulations to the 2012 Winner for Best in Show went to Valerie DeVarso and her dog, Kiko!   Kiko is a Chinese Crested and since he has no hair, except what's on his head, he has a tendency to get a little chilly, so Val has made sure he has quite an extensive Wardrobe that even SANTA would envy!  This little doggie even had some Blue Jeans and Blue Jeans Overalls that fit like a Glove!  Kiko is shown on the right in the photo, with our own Santa Charlie Thomas with his dog, Rocky looking on with envy that Vals dog beat out his beloved Rocky and all the other dogs in this event.  Rocky seems to be taking it all in stride, however!  :^)  

Even though this was the last event to be planned for 2012, it turned out to be one of most fun ones, so we're going to repeat it for 2014.  Even though we advertised it as best we could in the short time we had to do so, many of you told us that had you known about this Show, you would have brought your Dog to compete.  Well, we're announcing it WAY early this time around and also letting you know that not only is The River Terrace Resort and Hotel Pet Friendly for ClausFest, they are now a Pet Friendly facility all year around!   More and more people are choosing to travel with their pets and many Hotels are now making accomodations available for the Pet Lovers among us.  


There may even be a Doggie Day Care Available for 2014 to enroll your dog so they can have fun and play with the other dogs that are in Gatlinburg at the Hotel too.  Of course it would be manned by a qualified person to watch over the Pups.  All dogs will be required to have had a Kennel Cough vaccination and all their other regular immunizations in order to qualify to be a guest in Doggie DayCare.  Also, we would ask that all Pet Owners PLEASE be responsible Pet Owneres and clean up after your Dogs during your visit.  The Hotel will have designated areas to walk your dogs and take care of their outside business.  Let's be respectful and show them how grateful we are for their consideration in letting our beloved Pets join the ClausFest fun!


This year, the  Doggie Fashion Show will be a judged event with winners chosen for First Place in Show,  Second Place and Third Place..  Also included will be Best Dressed and  Sportsmanship.

Even if you don't have a dog, this is an event that is fun for ALL.  It will be held At The River Terrace Host Hotel.  Location to be announced at a later date.  And...............oh yeah................There is NO entry fee.



Weather permitting, we plan to have the Santa Snow Tube Races at 'Ober Gatlinburg' on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. and it will end at 12:30 p.m..  This is ONE FUN RIDE down the mountain !! We weren't able to have the tube races in 2012 because it was unseasonably warm and there was no snow on the Mountain.  The first time in 25 years on that date. HOWEVER, reports from 'Ober Gatlinburg' reveal a good base of snow this year !!  Thropies Awarded. Enjoy spectacular views year from aboard 120 passenger Aerial Tramway which takes you to the top. Departs regularly from downtown Gatlinburg to Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort  Sign up and details will be given at the Meet and Greet gathering on Friday Evening.