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Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

By the time the calendar falls to November, the boys of summer will be long-gone -- but that doesn’t mean Smokies Stadium in nearby Kodak, TN will be empty. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland has taken over the baseball stadium grounds to spread holiday spirit with millions of perfectly timed twinkling lights and fun for the entire family.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland will open on November 7, 2014, to kick off the holiday season. This drive-through light show features an amazing assortment of holiday light shows, each set to favorite holiday tunes piped through the stadium grounds and into your car via FM radio. The light show runs through January 4, 2015, giving you plenty of time to take in this amazing holiday experience.

Santa’s Village at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland will open on November 14, 2014. This extravagant attraction is built in homage to everyone’s favorite jolly old elf, and features all kinds of fun for little ones and kids at heart, including giant inflatables, camel and pony rides, carnival amusements, and of course, photos with Santa.

Admission rates for Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland start at just $20 per car or family van. Make the most of the holiday season and WinterFest fun by cruising through this amazing show!

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is at Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium,  3540 Line Drive  Kodak, TN 37764, just minutes from the Parkway. To get there from Pigeon Forge, just take Highway 66 north; the stadium is directly on the right, immediately after you cross over I-40.

For additional information, including pricing, hours of operation and more, click over to http://shadrackchristmas.com/sevierville/. While you’re at it, stay on top of holiday happenings in the Great Smoky Mountains by signing up for PigeonForge.com’s weekly e-newsletter – giving you access to exclusive specials, upcoming events, and so much more!

Posted: 10/30/2014 1:29:06 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Gerald Charles DickensWhat a perfect way to get ready for Pigeon Forge Winterfest! On Wednesday and Thursday, November 5th and 6th, The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge will host three performances of A Christmas Carol.  This heartwarming show-of-the-season is performed by Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of literary master Charles Dickens.  Gerald, an actor and producer hailing from Oxford, England, will enact his captivating, one-man rendition of the timeless holiday classic.
Gerald bears more than a passing resemblance to his famous ancestor, who originally toured the U.S. in 1867 reading his literary works before spellbound audiences.  Historians report that A Christmas Carol was his favorite piece to perform.  According to Gerald, his great-great-grandfather adored theater and initially wanted to be an actor but pursued writing as a career for practical purposes.  For many years Gerald says that he himself “avoided anything to do with Dickens like the plague.”  But in 1993 when a friend asked him to do a reading of A Christmas Carol on its 150th anniversary of publication to help raise money for an historical restoration project, he couldn’t turn him down.  To his surprise, he enjoyed doing it, and has been delighting audiences around the world with his performance ever since.
During his energetic one-man show, Dickens brings A Christmas Carol to life.  He leaps, he sobs, he laughs…as he entertains…depicting 26 characters of the classic tale, with just a table, wing chair, and hat rack accompanying him on stage.  He has created different postures and voices for each character, achieving this so adeptly that the audience has no doubt about “who is who,” so to speak.  Says Bob Byers, President of Byers’ Choice Ltd., “It’s a wonderful show--a great family tradition--the best way I know of to kick off the holiday season.”
Dickens will perform three shows at The Inn at Christmas Place, at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5th; and at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6th.  To purchase show tickets, call the hotel at 865-868-0525.  A limited number of hotel packages including show tickets and souvenirs are also available.  Tickets are $22 for adults, $19 for students.  Public high schools in Sevier County are receiving 5 tickets each, in hopes that the play might be an inspiration to the next generation of actors and actresses!
Everyone is invited to meet Mr. Dickens at Christmas Place on Thursday, November 6th, from noon until 3 p.m., where he will be signing a special selection of books and gifts.  Gerald will be happy to pose for photos during the signing as well.

This year marks Gerald’s fifth appearance at The Inn at Christmas Place and Christmas Place.  “Many of our guests have returned year after year to see Gerald’s performance of “A Christmas Carol” because he relates in a personal way to every member of the audience,” says company president Carolyn Fairbank-Biggs.  “It’s one of the most entertaining shows I have seen – and I didn’t expect his performance to have me laughing so much!”
All photographs, audio, and video recordings are prohibited during Mr. Dickens’ performances.
Mr. Dickens returns to the U.S. for his 2014 tour that will take him to more than a dozen states across the country.  He will transform manufacturing facilities, churches, hotel ballrooms and lobbies into scenes straight out of the classic holiday tale, much as Scrooge was transformed from a dispirited miser into a joyous soul after his Christmas Eve encounter with ghosts from the past, present and future.  His performance is produced by Byers’ Choice Ltd., makers of the nationally-known Carolers® and Kindles® figurines, located in Chalfont, PA.  For more information on Mr. Dickens’ 2014 tour calendar, visit www.byerschoice.com or phone 215-822-6700.
Find more information about Gerald’s appearances at The Inn at Christmas Place, his biography, and links to video information at www.innatchristmasplace.com/geralddickens.cfm or by calling 1-888-465-9644.

Posted: 10/29/2014 5:54:51 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

Picture Perfect Fall Colors in Pigeon Forge
Here in Pigeon Forge at the base of the Smoky Mountains, we actually continue to see quite a few green leaves, but the brightest leaves are beginning to change rapidly. Hurry to Pigeon Forge while leaf peeping is at its peak. Two more prime leaf viewing weekends are anticipated.
The main Pigeon Forge Parkway has “colored up” throughout the week. There is still a lot of green. Orange maple leaves really are the standout stars of the Pigeon Forge Parkway. After the sun goes down, enjoy a great show at a Pigeon Forge theater.
The autumn colors of Pigeon Forge will definitely hang around for another couple of weekends. The National Park Service is reporting that the most intense and vibrant fall leaf colors can be viewed at elevations between 1,500 and 3,000 feet.

Cooler nights this coming weekend will cause leaves to turn faster. This is a wonderful time to enjoy the fireplace in your cabin or hotel room. This week, the daytime autumn golden sun is giving off a happy glow. It illuminates the brightest leaves as though they have special spotlights. Pigeon Forge zip lines are buzzing with folks who enjoy seeing autumn leaves from a more exhilarating vantage point.
Leaves are well past their peak, and trees are bare at Clingmans Dome.  Leaf colors first changed in the highest (and coolest) elevations of the Smoky Mountains. Hikers and visitors to the top of the mountains are crunching their way through fun leaf piles. Cades Cove is still wonderful for biking and horseback riding. Families are posing for pictures at historic homesteads.

The coming two weekends are the best time stay in Pigeon Forge, which is at the base of the mountains. Restaurants are filled with people seeking warm plates of barbequed goodness. Earlybird Christmas shoppers fill outlet malls and specialty boutiques.

Posted: 10/27/2014 6:45:48 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments

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