PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WATE) — A UPtv star and country music artist kicked off the 33rd Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff.

UPtv Star and Small Town Christmas Host Megan Alexander and East Tennessee Artist/Songwriter Janelle Arthur opened the city’s winter celebration on Thursday, Nov. 10.

Pigeon Forge Winterfest runs through Feb. 19. According to the city, it is one of the country’s largest free outdoor lights festivals with more than 40 displays found throughout Pigeon Forge.

During the festivities, two new attractions were unveiled: the Wonders of Light Walking Trail and Wonders of Light Christmas Village.

Arthur performed a free concert ahead of the unveiling of the new $1.5 million Wonders of Light Walking Trail. For the unveiling, Alexander will join Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear and a surprise guest turned on the new light displays and the five million lights around the city.

Alexander hosted a special Veterans Tribute in Pigeon Forge’s Patriot Park where the new Wonders of Light Christmas Village is located. The Pigeon Forge Honor Guard and local high school choruses performed during the tribute.

The Wonders of Light Christmas Village opens Nov. 10-12, 18-19 and 25-26. Admission is free and the village features more than 35 booths featuring artisans and crafters selling a variety of seasonal and gift items.

During her time in town, Alexander taped an episode of UPtv’s holiday travel show “Small Town Christmas” which will feature Pigeon Forge. The show airs Sundays in December at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central on the UPTV cable channel.

“We travel the country in search of small towns that celebrate Christmas big, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee certainly delivers,” Alexander said.