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Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Pigeon Forge Winterfest has lots to do for everyone. Join all the fun this winter with activities in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and all over the Smoky Mountains as we celebrate Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, TN. November 9, 2015 through February 29, 2016 over five million lights will shimmer at dusk throughout this Kick back and let winter in Pigeon Forge entertain you! Pigeon Forge has vibrant energy amid an illuminated landscape. It is a top destination for families, because it is jam packed with things that children and teens enjoy. Dads, papaws, moms, and grannies love the atmosphere of Pigeon Forge. Get out and about on a Pigeon Forge evening! Discover a huge selection of family shows featuring world-class talent recruited from all over the world. Thrills and shows are eye-popping and fun for every age group.


There are attractions tailored for all ages, all different personalities. Use PigeonForge.com as your complete guide for Things To Do. You will enjoy local recommendations that are Off the Beaten Path in the Smoky Mountains!

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a bright and energetic family friendly city nestled at the base of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Winter in the Smoky Mountains is magical. Families appreciate the variety of activities and breathtaking winter mountain scenery. What a perfect destination for every member of your family and every age group. Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg are always offering fun and exciting new attractions for visitors.

From Country to Rock n' Roll, Magic and Comedy to Musical theater, Gospel, small intimate shows and major world-class productions, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is your home in the Smoky Mountains for world class family entertainment. Smoky Mountain Winterfest is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the Christmas lights. Treat yourself to Pigeon Forge Restaurants and a show at a theater.

This is your perfect weekend holiday getaway! What more could you ask for? Book today! Bring a little piece of the Smokies home with you from the shops in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Souvenirs, hand made collectibles, gifts, arts & crafts from the historic Glades Arts and Crafts Community or great deals in the factory outlet stores will help you capture memories of your Smoky Mountain vacation in tangible, beautiful items. Shop on the parkway or travel toward Gatlinburg for quaint mountain shops. Anywhere you go in the area you will find treasures of the Smokies available to bring home.

In winter, snow capped peaks draw visitors from all over the world. This is why so many brides choose the Smoky Mountains for their destination wedding. PigeonForge.com is your best resource for finding wedding services, proposing marriage, or celebrating an anniversary. Love is in the air, and Pigeon Forge is the perfect destination to celebrate.

One quick drive down the main Parkway in Pigeon Forge, and visitors can see a few "zany" vegas-style chapels with neon signs. The adorable little white chapels appeal to a vast number of visitors. Married couples enjoy renewing their vows in a casual chapel; they dress comfortably and celebrate with a nice meal at a local restaurant and a show at an area theater. Perhaps they mark their anniversary with a tattoo or a spa treatment at Smoky Mountain Salon and Spa. Couples are always pleasantly surprised to find wedding services available at Titanic Pigeon Forge which offers wedding packages and vow renewal ceremonies on the grand staircase. Their appointment book fills rapidly, so advance reservations are required.

Winter weather permitting, A scenic drive through Great Smoky Mountains National Park gives you the perfect view of the forest floor. Large growth forest scenes envelope your senses as you glide though the mountian mist.

The winter season offers visitors a glimpse of historic sites and homesteads that would otherwise disappear into the undergrowth.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park was founded June 15, 1934. Even after its creation, many people continued to live in these mountains. Though none currently inhabit their old homesteads, many cabins, mills, churches, cemeteries and other signs of early life are still visible throughout the Smoky Mountains.

Snow is possible in the Pigeon Forge Area from late November through late March, but accumulation is not always guaranteed when snow begins to fall. Bear in mind that higher elevations in the mountains will have different weather. The Smoky Mountains are a temperate rainforest because when warm moist air from the valley ascends into the cooler air of the mountains, the water vapor in the air condenses and rain falls. The highest elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains are comparable to Canada in terms of weather and even wildlife.

Increasingly, Smoky Mountain travelers are building a few extra days into their schedule to venture out to destinations such as Townsend, TN, Knoxville, TN or Cosby, TN....and points beyond. Wind your way along the back roads of this postcard-beautiful region. More and more visitors are booking in centrally-located Pigeon Forge as their "home base" location, then daytripping the 90-mile drive on I-40 EAST toward Asheville, NC in order to fully explore the Appalachian splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smoky Mountain region is rich in local customs, perspectives, and stories. With so many things to do, use PigeonForge.com as your top travel guide for finding the best Smoky Mountain Winterfest information.



Pigeon Forge 's 26th Annual Winterfest Kick Off and 4th Annual Veterans Parade at Patriot Park
November 10, 2015

Pigeon Forge Winterfest will kick-off November 10, 2014 at Patriot Park.  If you've not had the opportunity to experience Pigeon Forge Winterfest, we invite you to join us this year to see why Winterfest is a favorite for visitors and local residents alike.

Participate in this 5th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade and pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the armed forces. Veterans Parade is at 4:30 pm, and then the Pigeon Forge Winterfest kickoff ceremony begins!

Kids will love the special kids’ play area. Savor special winterfest treats available from local food vendors. Have pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Musical entertainment adds to the festive atmosphere. The traditional lighting of five million+ lights will be followed by a fun fireworks display.

Remember, Winterfest begins in November and continues through February, and you're welcome anytime. We will leave the lights on for you...all five million of them!

Special events to look forward to include the Wilderness Wildlife Week, a celebration of the outdoors and top-rated educational festival. Learn nature photography, participate in outdoor treks, highfalutin' Storytelling festival, rousing live performances by some of the nation's finest western musicians and cowboy poets, A Mountain Quiltfest and much more. Be sure to take a ride on the Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley and on the Winterfest Trolley in Gatlinburg for a journey through the cities' landmarks, highlighted by the Christmas lights. To learn more about upcoming Winterfest events, keep reading... There will be something the entire family will delight in; browse various Winterfest events on www.PigeonForge.com and plan your trip today!


Sevierville's Winterfest Kick Off
"Music Lights and Magic" + "Smoky Mountain Winterfest in 3D"
November 9, 2015

Sevierville Winterfest is a must-see event on November 9, 2015. The city of Sevierville offers free food, local entertainment, kids games, and fireworks.

Kicking off in downtown Sevierville, the festival is entitled "Music, Lights and Magic." It marks the beginning of the illumination of thousands of lights outlining the city. The evening wraps up with "flipping the switch" on the area's first Winterfest lighting. Call 1-888-738-4378 for more information.

IMPORTANT | Visitors will enjoy "Smoky Mountain Winterfest in 3D!" Glasses are available at the Sevierville Visitor Center on Hwy 66 (while supplies last.) These glasses will help visitors see Winterfest in a whole new light!


Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ Kickoff & Annual Chili Cookoff
November 11, 2015

The City of Gatlinburg kicks off Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ November 11, 2015 on the Downtown Parkway by turning on over three million lights. Enjoy live entertainment, sample chili recipes from local restaurants and businesses. A spectacular fireworks display at dusk during the opening ceremony.

This is an event you won’t want to miss! Bring your appetite and a willingness to sample new or improved recipes when the City hosts its Annual Winter Magic™ Kickoff & Annual Chili Cookoff on November 11th in downtown Gatlinburg! Over 20 chili vendors will serve up the most mouth-watering recipes of mild and delightful to wild and adventurous homemade chili in portions suitable for sampling, then you will get to cast your vote for People's Choice Award once you have been pleasantly filled. Judges will also select winners in catergories including best taste, booth presentation, design of aprons and most unique chili name. Admission is only $8 for a spoon and voting ballot, and the evening's program includes the "flip of the switch" for turning on the dazzling lights, so come on down!

Trolley Tour of Lights

Touring the light displays is a favorite activity for Winterfest visitors aboard the area's guided trolley holiday light tours. View the beautiful Winterfest light displays aboard the comfort of a temperature-controlled trolley. Winterfest Trolley Tours make enjoying Winterfest displays easy, since trolley operators know where all the displays can be found. Look forward to seeing winking and dancing bears, toy soldiers, hot air balloons and much more... The rest you have to see for yourself!

City of Pigeon Forge Trolley Tours

Where: Pigeon Forge Trolley Station at Patriot Park.
Dates: November 10 thru January 10, weeknights only
Times: 6:30 pm, 7:45 pm, 9:00 pm
Cost: The guided tour costs $5 per guest.
For more info: Call the Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley at (865) 453-6444 for reservations for parites of 10 or more and departure times.

City of Gatlinburg Trolley Tours

Where: Gatlinburg Welcome Center at Ripley's Aquarium, stoplight # 5 on the Parkway.
Dates: November 11 - January 25
Times: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm
Cost: The guided tour costs $5 per guest.
For more info: Call the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at (865) 436-0535 for reservations. 

Smoky Mountain Christmas Parades

GATLINBURG FANTASY of LIGHTS PARADE - The City of Gatlinburg invites you to bundle up and generate a spirited dose of holiday cheer and soak up Gatlinburg’s  annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 pm on December 4, 2015 including marching bands and giant helium balloons taking to the streets.

SEVIERVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE - A traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of the Grand Marshal – Santa Claus! Parade is held on December 6, 2015 and begins at 11:00 a.m. The parade can best be viewed on Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue in historic downtown Sevierville, TN.

25th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week™
January 24 - January 31, 2016

Come explore the wild Smoky Mountain wilderness at the 25th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week™ January 24 - January 31, 2016 at the Music Road Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. There is a full schedule of outdoor recreational activities that unite visitors with the rustic beauty of nature in the Smokies. Nearly 100 mountain experts will guide guests on walks, hikes, seminars, hands on workshops and lectures on topics ranging from Smoky Mountain history and fly-fishing to plant and animal habitation. Music lovers will enjoy tunes performed by authentic Smoky Mountain musicians at AppalachiaFest. There will be many special events for children and families alike, with hikes through the Smokies ranging from peaceful strolls to demanding, multi-mile voyages; storytelling, fishing, music, photography and more.

This spectacular event has something stimulating for any age, bringing thousands of nature lovers to Pigeon Forge each year, it is recognized for its contributions to environment and education by the International Festivals & Events Association. All activities are offered free of charge.

14th Annual Saddle Up!
February 18 - 22, 2016

Enjoy some of the top performers in western music and cowboy poetry? The 2015 lineup won't disappoint! February 18-22, 2016!
This year's Saddle Up! event will host a lot of the same, popular events such as the Chuckwagon Cookoff, Cowboy dance and the Sunday Service as well as introduce some new events.  All events are scheduled to be held at the new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.


21st Annual "A Mountain Quiltfest™"
March 18 - 21, 2016

Pigeon Forge will host the 22st Annual “A Mountain Quiltfest” in March 2016. This festival attracts over 20,000 visitors from around the country to the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guilds, this early spring event brings quilting enthusiasts to compete in a world-renown, multi-category quilt show.

Visitors enjoy the special display of show quilts and shop for unique items prior to public opening. Opening Night Celebration will feature instructors, vendors and sponsors to answer questions and meet your quilting needs. "A Mountain Quiltfest" offers a unique opportunity for the display and viewing of creative quilts, as well as classes and lectures taught by some of the nation’s most recognizable names. 
For a complete listing of fun wintertime events, visit the official Pigeon Forge Winterfest website!


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Laughing until we had tears. I’ve never seen anything like the look on my kids’ faces when we drove down the Parkway past Pigeon Forge attractions. Our hotel was so vibrant and the staff was upbeat and helpful. Pigeon Forge is the brightest spot in the Smoky Mountains. The high energy (and clean language) shows we saw in theaters had everyone in my family clapping their hands…even “sour” Uncle George.

Mary Parker - Mobile, AL

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