Pigeon Forge Winter Bucket List: Things To Do Before Spring

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Everyone boasts about the Smoky Mountains in the fall and forgets to appreciate the magic that Pigeon Forge has in the cooler months. So this is your reminder to embrace the fun winter activities that are offered during this short, sweet season and to cross off as much as you can from your Pigeon Forge Winter Bucket List before it’s too late. Because before you know it, the flowers will be blossoming, sun will be beaming down and the winter wonderland atmosphere will be gone. This list of things to do before spring is certain to keep you entertained and feeling accomplished on your next Pigeon Forge vacation.

Pigeon Forge Winter Bucket List:

□ Build a snow man

□ Go to at least one indoor attraction

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□ Warm up with a hot cup of coffee or hot cocoa

□ Go to a dinner show

□ Try a seasonal moonshine—Hint: With so many local moonshine distilleries in the Smoky Mountains, you have several seasonal flavors to choose from.

□ Take a trolley ride with the family—Hint: Winterfest’s Trolley Tour of Lights lasts until February 28th, so don’t miss your chance to see downtown Gatlinburg lit up.

□ Go on a winter hike—Hint: There are several hikes that get forgot about in the summer months that are perfect for the winter. Try a short, easy winter nature trail or hike before the leaves fill in.

□ Hit the slopes at Ober Gatlinburgbiscuits-472409_640

□ Taste some down-home country cooking

□ Go shopping at the outlets

□ Experience Smoky Mountain traditions—Hint: The 16th annual Saddle Up Event  is the perfect opportunity to travel back in time and learn about Tennessee History with the cowboy poets, southern cooking and old western music.

□ Take photos of the snow covered Smoky Mountains—Hint: Some of the best mountain views are when the trees aren’t full, so you can see for miles without anything blocking your view. Share your photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Up for the challenge? You only have a few more weeks to finish the Pigeon Forge Winter Bucket List before spring is here. And if you finish the list early, just add more fun challenges to complete.

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5 Unique Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Pigeon Forge

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You and your sweetheart are getting ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Pigeon Forge –a beautiful Smoky Mountain town in Tennessee. But unlike last year, you don’t want to do the classic flowers, chocolates, dinner and a movie. You’re a quirky and fun couple who needs a date idea that is out of the box, just like your relationship. These unique ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Pigeon Forge will create memorable experiences that stand out above the rest.

Here are some off-the-beaten track ideas for a fun and unusual Valentine’s Day in Pigeon Forge:

Titanic Pigeon Forge

If you and your significant other are interested in history, you’ll love the detailed Titanic tour that will give you the experience of being an original passenger on the ill-fated 1912 maiden voyage. This museum was built as a half-scale replica of the original ship and it holds a fascinating collection of 400 artifacts in 20 galleries – the largest permanent Titanic museum in the world. The atmosphere is so convincing, you might even find your arms stretched out like Leo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, humming “My Heart Will Go On.”

Better yet? February is Titanic Sweetheart Month. Join your sweetie on the Titanic Grand Staircase for an epic marriage proposal, engagement, wedding or even vow renewal.

Outdoor Activities

Not only can you celebrate your relationship this Valentine’s Day in Pigeon Forge, but you can also challenge the strength of your relationship in one of the many outdoor adventures. Put your trust to the test in a ropes course or at FoxFire Farms’ longest swinging bridge. An adrenaline rush is the best way to get your hearts beating for one another.

Pancake Brunch

Instead of having the typical romantic meal for Valentine’s Day, why not do something a little bit different and have a big, tasty pancake brunch with your sweetheart instead? Located in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Log Cabin Pancake House is a classic, down to earth, old fashioned pancake house where they serve big, fluffy, hot pancakes straight off the griddle. There are a range of mouth-watering choices including blackberry pancakes with powdered sugar, walnut pancakes with hot syrup and even spicy apple French toast with sausages. We guarantee they will sweeten up your day!

Spa

Looking for a unique but romantic way to celebrate? Riverstone Resort and Spa is a magical and relaxing alternative to share with your loved one. In addition to their year-round packages, the spa also offers couple packages such as a Valentine’s Day Special, Sweetheart Package or Romancing n’ Relaxing Package.

Dinner and a Show

Instead of taking your special someone out for a quiet meal followed by a movie, enjoy both dinner and show at the same time. Nothing will put a laugh in your relationship quite like The Comedy Barn, Lumberjack Feud or The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show.

These are just a few of the more unique things you can do with your special someone on Valentine’s Day in Pigeon Forge. With so much to see and do in this interesting town it’s always a great destination for a date night or a romantic getaway.

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February Hot Deals 2016

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February 2016 Hot Deals

Check out these great winter deals and discounts for cabins, hotels, restaurants, and attractions in Pigeon Forge!

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
Buy One Get One Free Lunch – Monday-Friday 11a-3p

Mama’s Farmhouse
$10 Dinner (Includes Drink) – Monday – Friday 3p-8p

Alamo Steakhouse
Buy One Get One Free Lunch – Monday-Friday 11a-3p
Buy One Get One Free Dinner – Wednesday 3p-8p

Big Daddy’s Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizzeria
Buy One Get One Free Lunch – Monday-Friday 11a-3p
Buy One Get One Free Dinner – Friday 3p-8p
Fridays All kids get 10 FREE arcade tokens (PF location only)

Cabins USA
Book 3 nights arriving by May 24th and receive the 3rd night free! Use PROMO CODE SPRING2016. Valid until February 19th!

 

Hemlock Hills
Hemlock Hills Cabin Rentals are offering the 3rd night free during February excluding holidays.

Alpine Mountain Chalets

Alpine Mountain Chalets
February Specials:
Stay 2 nights, Get 15% off. Promo Code FEB2N1516
Stay 3 nights, Get 1 Free. Promo Code FEB3N1FR16
Stay 4 nights, Get 1 Free. Promo Code FEB4N1FR16
Stay 5 nights, Get 1 Free. Promo Code FEB5N1FR16
Stay 7 nights, Get 2 Free. Promo Code FEB7N2FR16

Maples Ridge Cabin Rentals

Maple Ridge
Valentines Day Special with pay for 2 and stay for 3 on select cabins.

Aunt Bug’s Cabin Rentals
Aunt Bug’s Cabins are offering the following specials: January 3rd night FREE, February 4th night FREE, Sunday Special 5 nights for the price of 3.

Cabin Fever Vacations
Stay 2 Nights, receive 15% Off entire stay! (Promo Code: CFV0201)
Stay 2 Nights, receive 1 Additional Night FREE! (Promo Code: CFV0202)
Stay 3 Nights, receive 1 Additional Night FREE! (Promo Code: CFV0203)
Stay 4 Nights, receive 2 Additional Nights FREE! (Promo Code: CFV0204)
Not valid Valentines Weekend (2/12-2/16). Weekday Special- Stay 2 Nights, receive 2 Nights FREE (Sun-Thur ONLY). Must call for this discount!!

Fireside Chalets & Cabins

Fireside Chalet & Cabin Rentals
February Special is Pay for 2 nights and receive a 3rd night FREE!

America’s Cabins
Year Round Specials:
Rent 6 nights and get an additional 1 FREE!
Military & AAA & Senior Citizens get 10% off 1 night stay on 3 nights or more
*Excludes Holidays and Economy Units
February Specials:
Rent 2 or more nights and get an additional 1 FREE promo code (1 FREE weekdays)
Rent 3 or more nights and get 1 night 1/2 off promo code (1/2 off ) excludes holidays
Rent 2 or 3 nights and get an additional 2 FREE (Sunday-Thursday only) promo code (2 FREE) *Excludes Holidays and Economy Units

Moose Creek Crossing Cabin Rentals
WINTER SPECIAL: Book any cabin for 3 nights and get 1 free. Discounts applies to least expensive night. Must stay between 1/4/16 – 3/5/16. Not during holiday weekends. Must call our office at 1-888-972-2246 to receive this discount. This offer does not apply to Til’s Den, Beauty and the Beast, Hillbilly Heaven or Mountain Star cabin.

Music Road Resort
This Valentine’s Day, treat someone special to luxury accommodations at Music Road Resort for 2 nights and surprise them with either long-stem red roses, or complimentary champagne – rooms start at just $134 per night (plus tax)*. Call 855-998-9352 for details and to make your reservation today! *Book directly with hotel, terms & conditions apply.

Appleview River Resort
Book a 3 Night Stay and only pay for 2 that’s 1 FREE Night February 2016. Use Promo Code 3FOR2 when booking online or by phone. 1-877-705-2379
Some Restrictions Apply: Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials, Excludes Holidays, Applies to future Bookings Only, Applies to guests staying in the month of February 2016. Remember all registered guests receive Breakfast at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant at the Apple Barn for one morning of their stay.  Expiration Date: February 29, 2016 

Book a 2 Night Stay and save 20% OFF February 2016.Use Promo Code 20OFF2 when booking online or by phone. 1-877-705-2379
Some Restrictions Apply: Cannot be combined with any other offers or specials, Excludes Holidays, Applies to future Bookings Only, Applies to guests staying in the month of February 2016. Remember all registered guests receive Breakfast at the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant at the Apple Barn for one morning of their stay. Expiration Date: February 29, 2016

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The 16th Annual Saddle Up Event in Pigeon Forge

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Kick Up Your Heels at This Cowboy Themed Party

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The 16th Annual Saddle Up event in Pigeon Forge is an opportunity to travel back in time to the Wild West while enjoying the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. Cowboy culture is a big part of the history in Tennessee. This event gives visitors and locals the chance to experience what life would have been like during the Wild West era in Pigeon Forge.

This Western-themed event will take place from February 17-21st at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. Saddle Up will bring the finest in cowboy entertainment, including a chuck wagon cooking competition, workshops, a cowboy dance, a special sermon at cowboy church, workshops, seminars and so much more. Feast on hearty southern cooking, listen to great music and learn about this exciting period of Tennessee history.

A Great Lineup of Events for This Year’s 16th Annual Saddle Up Festival

scene-996639_640The fun will begin on Wednesday, February 17, with the Quilt Trunk Show “Patchwork of the Prairie” as well as the Cowboy Fun event at Blairs Valley Range in Wears Valley. Western Dance classes will take place on Thursday, February 18, followed by cooking demonstrations by Kent and Shannon Rollins on Friday, February 19. As the weekend progresses, join in with the Bucaroo Round-Up on Saturday, February 20, and then attend a service at Cowboy Church on Sunday, February 21.

Tickets for the event will be available to purchase, as well as the special Saddle Up Concert Pass which includes all three concerts at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge. There are also plenty of events during the festival that are completely free for the whole family to enjoy.

Talented Performers Bring Cowboy Culture to Life

cowboy-283449_640On every night of the festival there will be concerts by excellent bands and performers including Kent Rollins, Chris Issacs and Jay Snider, R. W. Hampton and Dave Stamey, Sourdough Slim, The Western Flyers, Andy Nelson and many more. You’ll also have the opportunity to hear spoken word rhymes about the Wild West lifestyle from some talented cowboy poets.

For example, Chris Issacs has been living the cowboy lifestyle for more than 60 years and his poems and stories are filled with heart and humor. Jay Snider is another talented storyteller who has been sharing his cowboy stories as a way of preserving some of the tales he has heard throughout the years. R. W. Hampton is another favorite, whose powerful voice and meaningful songs resonate with audiences across the country.

Visitors to Saddle Up will also get to stomp their feet to the sounds of the Western Flyers, one of the most exciting new bands in the western music scene. They play an energetic combination of jazz, swing and cowboy tunes so catchy that you won’t be able to refrain from dancing.

Saddle Up is a popular event with a growing attendance rate each year. If you are planning to attend with family or friends, make sure that you book your tickets and your lodging accommodations in advance! For questions and info about traveling to Pigeon Forge, feel free to contact us at any time.

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Team Building in Pigeon Forge

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Team Building in Pigeon Forge

A midst the beautiful scenery and fun attractions, there are a ton of opportunities for team building in Pigeon Forge. Whether you work together on a sports team, in an office, as a family, or in some other setting, being able to communicate and function as a team is vital. Not only does Pigeon Forge have activities and attractions that help build trust, but the experience that one will take away from a trip to the mountains is sure to unite any group of people.

Take an Adventure Team Building in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge is a popular destination for companies, teams, and families from all throughout the area to host events and get-togethers. This Tennessee town is surrounded by gorgeous nature and offers many activities and attractions that are perfect for groups interested in team building. Whether you are part of a sports team headed to the Ripkin Experience or Rocky Top Sports World, an office group visiting for a convention, or just family and friends enjoying vacation, Pigeon Forge has team building options for everyone.

Outdoor Team Building

Take advantage of the Great Smoky Mountains when you come for team building in Pigeon Forge. There are so many things to do outdoors that can be incorporated into a team building getaway. From zip-lining to whitewater rafting or from camping to a ropes course, there is an adventure for any range of groups.

For example, you and your team can go to Adventure Park at Five Oaks‘ thrilling new ropes course where players will conquer individual and group challenges with motivation from their team. Adventure Tree Tops Ropes Course also has adrenaline rushing courses to get hearts pumping. In summer months, another alternative is white water rafting on one of the nearby rivers. This is another way to enjoy nature and work together as a team.

Indoor Team Building

If weather is a concern when you plan your trip, Trapped Escape Game or The Captured are popular choices for indoor team building in Pigeon Forge. During these challenges you will have one hour to decode secret missions, problem solve, and survive together as a team. The sophisticated games will challenge your mind and will encourage players to work together and think as one. Both of these attractions are great ways to identify everyone’s skills and use them in the most effective way to achieve something together as a group.

WonderWorks museum also hosts a number of great team building activities in Pigeon Forge, including the Ropes Challenge Course, Laser Tag and the WonderWorks Tour and Scavenger Hunt. There is also a Banquet Room available there for day meetings so that you can meet and debrief after the team building event.

Team Building Travel to Pigeon Forge – Where to Stay

This destination also has plenty of great amenities that can accommodate large groups. There are several options for places to stay, including hotels, motels and camping spots. There are quite a few popular chain hotels, but there are also locally owned one of a kind bed and breakfast options.

When it comes to accommodation that is off the Parkway there are cabins and chalets that make ideal choices. Also, you can enjoy the luxury of staying in a condominium rental or one of the campgrounds, if your group has RVs or tents. Wherever you choose to stay, the great activities available in Pigeon Forge will help your group to work with each other and achieve more as a team.

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WonderWorks’ New Forensic Science Exhibit

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WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge just recently opened a brand new exhibit that focuses on the intriguing world of Forensic Science. The new Forensic Science exhibit provides a way for visitors to learn about this field of science in a fun and entertaining way.

A Look Into The New Forensic Science Exhibit

Forensic science is becoming a hot topic in pop culture, especially due to the number of popular crime dramas in television and cinema. This unique, interactive exhibit will allow guests to become hands-on forensic scientists in several different areas including 3D facial reconstruction, fingerprint identification and facial recognition.

Visitors will be able to scan their own fingerprints so that they can take a close look at their distinctive loops and whorls. There is also a booth where visitors can take a photo of themselves and see how facial recognition software matches their features up with their celebrity look-alikes. The exhibit also features an in depth display on 3D facial reconstruction that shows how police are able to create 3D models from bone fragments, photos and other clues.

The exhibit offers a lot of interesting information about forensic science, and it is made possible by experts and professionals from the National Museum and Crime & Punishment and the National Center of Missing & Exploited Children. Also involved in the creation of this special exhibit is 3DSystems and FaceCheck. The team at WonderWorks who designed the exhibit hope that the displays and interactive activities will inspire young people to consider a career in the forensic sciences.

With this new exhibit, the museum continues to provide high quality educational activities for the community. It is especially a great opportunity for school field trips and other groups to get involved in an educational activity. Of course, this forensic science exhibit isn’t the only attraction that WonderWorks has to offer. When you visit you can also check out the Indoor Ropes Challenge, where you can climb four stories of ropes through over 50 different obstacles. Also, you can play a game of laser tag with your friends in a thrilling black-lit maze, or try your luck at the Video Game Arcade. WonderWorks boasts many great activities and will keep visitors young and old busy for many hours.

Enjoy Discounted Admission at WonderWorks

You and your family can visit WonderWorks for an even more affordable price from January 10th-March 5th with the new special. The museum normally offers discounts for Sevierville Locals, but this year it will be expanded to those who live in Jefferson, Cocke and Blount counties as well.

All you need to do is show your local ID and adults can receive the discounted price of $15. Children aged 4-12 and seniors citizens will only pay $10. This is a great savings from the regular prices for general admission tickets, which are $24.99 for adults and $16.99 for children and seniors.

With these discounted prices, a visit to WonderWorks to check out this new exhibit becomes a fantastic way to entertain the family on a cold and snowy winter day.

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January Hot Deals 2016

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WonderWorks
WonderWorks is running a locals discount starting this Sunday, January 10th all the way through March 5. Residents of Sevierville, Cocke County, Jefferson, Knox, and Blount counties as well! With a local ID, adults will be admitted for $15.00 and children ages 4-12 and seniors for $10.00.

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que
Buy One Get One Free Lunch – Monday-Friday 11a-3p

Mama’s Farmhouse
$10 Dinner (Includes Drink) – Monday – Friday 3p-8p

Alamo Steakhouse
Buy One Get One Free Lunch – Monday-Friday 11a-3p
Buy One Get One Free Dinner – Wednesday 3p-8p

Big Daddy’s Wood Fired Brick Oven Pizzaria
Buy One Get One Free Lunch – Monday-Friday 11a-3p
Buy One Get One Free Dinner – Friday 3p-8p
Fridays All kids get 10 FREE arcade tokens (PF location only)

Fireside Chalet & Cabin Rentals
January Special is Pay for 2 nights and receive a 3rd night Free
*Excludes Holidays and Special Events

Alpine Mountain Chalets

Alpine Mountain Chalets
Alpine Mountain Chalets would like to offer 15% off a 2 night stay, or stay 2 nights receive the 3rd night free.

Timber Tops

Timber Tops Luxury Cabin Rentals
We are giving a Free night with the purchase of two. We are also selling Gift Certificates with a 10% add on.

James Manor
James Manor is offering their Fall special of 15% off if you book 3 or more nights of stay during January 1, 2016 to February 29, 2016.

Jackson Mountain Homes
Brrr, is it cold outside! Warm up with these hot Winter Magic specials!
· Stay for 4 nights, pay for 3! Promo Code: 4th Free
· Stay 7 nights for the price of 5! Promo Code: 2 Free
*Details: Valid on select cabins only. Only available on new reservations booked after December 1, 2015. Offers cannot be combined with any other special. Free night offer represents the least expensive night of the stay. Offer valid January 03rd, 2016 through January 31st, 2016

Riverside RV Park & Resort
Nightly camping drops to 30.00 a night for 2 people for a full hookup site

Hemlock Hills Resort Rentals
Hemlock Hills Cabin Rentals are offering FREE nights during January excluding holidays. Pay for 2 nights, get the 3rd free or pay for 5 nights and get 2 free.

Music Road Resort
AAA, AARP, Military and Music Road Resort Ovation Members receive 20% off their stay this January and February as part of DOUBLE DISCOUNT DAYS! Enjoy a 1 night, 2 night, or 3 night stay for less! Call 855-998-9352 for dates and to make your reservation today!

Moose Creek Cabin Rental
WINTER SPECIAL: Book any cabin for 3 nights and get 1 free. Discounts applies to least expensive night. Must stay between 1/4/16 – 3/5/16. Not during holiday weekends. Must call our office at 1-888-972-2246 to receive this discount.

The Inn at Christmas Place
Stay 2 nights and receive 15% off Sun-Thur and 10% off Fri &Sat, Code: WFS

Terry Kay Cabin Rentals

Terry Kay Cabin Rentals
Stay 2 nights get the 3rd night free, stay 4 nights get the 5th and 6th nights free!! Stay with a true “mom and pop” cabin company.
(Holiday excluded).

RiverStone Resort

Riverstone Resort & Spa
STAY TWO NIGHTS, GET THE THIRD NIGHT FREE!!
Must stay two nights to get the third night free. Cannot be used with any other discount or special. Not valid during holidays. Free night must be a weekday (Sunday through Thursday). New reservations only. Must stay between January 3rd and March 13th.

LaQuinta Inn & Suites
15% off weekdays,  10% off Weekend.

EconoLodge Riverside
15% off weekdays,  10% off Weekend.

Shular Inn
15% off weekdays,  10% off Weekend.

Maples Ridge Cabin Rentals

Maples Ridge Cabin Rentals
We are offering studio cabins starting at $69 per night for the month of January.

Alpine Mountain Chalets

Alpine Mountain Chalets
January Specials:
Stay 2 nights, Get 15% off. Promo Code JAN2N1516
Stay 3 nights, Get 1 Free. Promo Code JAN3N1FR16
Stay 4 nights, Get 1 Free. Promo Code JAN4N1FR16
Stay 5 nights, Get 1 Free. Promo Code JAN5N1FR16
Stay 7 nights, Get 2 Free. Promo Code JAN7N2FR16

Auntie Bellham’s Cabin Rentals
Winter Special-3rd Night FREE!
Pay for 2 nights, get 3RD night FREE from January 3rd, 2015 through March 10th 2016!!! Valid on remaining cabins and chalets and for new reservations only. Special must be mentioned or online special code WIN3RDFREE entered in PROMO CODE at time reservation is made to be honored. Free night is least expensive rate during value season. Bedford Falls and It’s a Wonderful Life are excluded from this special. Management reserves all rights. Cannot be combined with any other special or discount. All nights must be consecutive. Subject to terms and availability. All Holiday periods are excluded from special. Special not valid January 15th-18th, 2016 or February 12-15th, 2016. Call now for best availability! 800.436.6618

Winter Special-15% off  2 Night Stay at Auntie Bellham’s!
Book and stay any two nights of the week at any property through March 11th 2016 and receive 15% off the nightly room rate! Enjoy the Smoky Mountains and get a great deal! Book and stay before 3/11/2016 and receive 15% off the nightly room rate.
Subject to availability, valid on new reservations only, not valid 1-15-2016 thru 1-17-2016 or for 2-12-2016 thru 2-14-2016 Only one discount / special per reservation and cannot be combined with any other special or discount. Management reserves all rights.

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Insider Secrets to New Year’s Eve in the Smokies

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Ring in New Year’s Eve in the Magical Smoky Mountains

New-Years-Eve-Pigeon-ForgeBook a cozy cabin retreat in the beautiful Smoky Mountains, and celebrate the beginning of 2016 in style. The Smokies are a great place to spend New Year’s and the calendar in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg is full of exciting events.

Wondering what you should do on New Year’s Eve during your visit to the Smoky Mountains. Here are some of the best occasions to look forward to this New Year’s Eve:

Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Say goodbye to 2015, and toast the beginning of a brand new year at the Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show in Gatlinburg. The celebration will take place at the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail near the base of the Space Needle.

The free live entertainment will begin at 10pm. When the clock strikes midnight, fireworks will blast off the rooftop in time to specially choreographed music. The Space Needle will dazzle with an LED light show, creating a visually stunning display.

Country Tonite Theatre

Not only is the end of the year the perfect time to see Country Tonite‘s wonderful holiday shows before they are out of season, but it is also the prime time to celebrate the start of 2016.  Dance, sing, and cheers the New Year with Country Tonite’s Festive New Year’s Celebration.  This special show will be great fun for the whole family!

New Year’s Eve party at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

Transition 2015 into 2016 with your favorite Smoky Mountain Opry show featuring singers, dancers, ice skaters, aerialists, magicians and comedians. The family-friendly evening will open with the Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry and be followed up with a midnight countdown, confetti, streamers, and much more!

Rockin’ New Year’s Eve at the Hard Rock Café in Pigeon Forge

Have a meal at the Hard Rock Café before the legendary Kincaid Band performs at 9pm. The concert is free, so grab a drink, have a dance and welcome 2016 with a little bit of attitude and a lot of Rock and Roll.

New Year’s Eve at The Island in Pigeon Forge

The Island in Pigeon Forge is a shopping and entertainment complex with more than 60 shops as well as restaurants, attractions, fountains and much more. It’s a great place to party on New Year’s Eve during your Smoky Mountain getaway.

The free New Year’s Eve festivities begin at 8pm, with a concert by the Fairview Union. When midnight approaches there will be a countdown and a firework show.

These are just a few of the hottest events you can look forward to when you are visiting the Smoky Mountains during New Year’s Eve. If you are planning on spending New Year’s Eve in the Smoky Mountains, you might want to consider lodging in Pigeon Forge and walking rather than trying to drive back on New Year’s Day. The traffic will be very busy in this popular destination, so just take it easy and head back a day later.

Have fun at these great events and start the New Year surrounded by friends with a smile on your face!

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Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Pigeon Forge

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Christmas Dinner GuideChristmas is said to be the most wonderful time of the year.  We look forward to Winterfest lights, joyous music, opening gifts, and eating warm food—but spending hours in the kitchen cooking can take quality time away from enjoying the other winter festivities with your family.  If you are visiting Pigeon Forge this holiday season, take advantage of the nearby dining opportunities, so you have more time for Christmas cheer.  Many local restaurants have delicious menus planned for you and all your loved ones to enjoy on Christmas.  Whether you are a local or a visitor, Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas are offering perfect holiday meals to help you celebrate.

Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Pigeon Forge include:
  • Alamo Steakhouse: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Closed on Christmas Day
  • Baskin Robbins: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. 6 p.m. ; Closed Christmas Day
  • Bojangles: Open Christmas Eve until 5p.m.; Closed on Christmas Day
  • Calhoun’s: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Cici’s Pizza: Open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Corky’s: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Open on Christmas 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Cracker Barrel: Open Christmas Eve from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Closed on Christmas Day
  • Denny’s: Open 24/7
  • Geno’s Pizza: Open Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 10 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Golden Corral: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. –  6 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. -7 p.m.
  • Hard Rock Cafe:Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day
  • from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
  • IHOP: Open Christmas Eve from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Iron Boar Saloon: Open Christmas Eve from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • JT Hannah’s Kitchen: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Margaritaville: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Closed on Christmas Day
  • Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen: Open Christmas Eve from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Reagan’s House of Pancakes: TBA
  • Shoney’s: Open Christmas Eve from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Closed on Christmas Day
  • Texas Roadhouse: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Closed on Christmas Day
  • TGI Friday’s: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Three Jimmy’s: Open Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Vista Grill: Open Christmas Eve from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Open on Christmas Day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

With this list of choices, the whole family can have the perfect holiday meal they have been fancying all year long.  Come eat, enjoy the city’s decorations, look at the Winterfest lights, and then hibernate in one of the nearby hotels, cabins, or condos.  You won’t regret planning your Christmas in the Smokies.

NOTE: We will be refreshing this page until Christmas, so be sure to check back for more restaurant ideas and updated dining times.  And remember, we always recommend calling the restaurant you hope to go to in advance to make reservations and verify that times have not changed. Happy Holidays!

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Christ in the Smokies

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Christ-in-the-smokies-1There are a countless number of ways to celebrate Christmas in Pigeon Forge.  Between the wonderful lights of Winterfest, the festive holiday music, or the inspirational Christmas stories and performances, visitors can find seasonal attractions everywhere they turn.  Christ in the Smokies Museum and Garden is among these top memorable holiday experiences.  Although the attraction is available to tour in Gatlinburg year-round, Christmas is a great time to learn about the story of Christ and relive the Biblical world from over 2000 years ago.

Tour

Christ-in-the-smokies-4Christ in the Smokies is constantly renovating and improving their museum and garden tour.  Just this year a new scene was added, giving viewers an opportunity to see even more life-size replicas and special effects than ever before.  The displays are also accompanied with informative narrations and inspirational music that make the experience educational and moving for all ages.  With 12 galleries and over 100 lifelike biblical figures, Christ in the Smokies is one of the best walk-through museums in the area.

Garden

Christ-in-the-smokies-5The fun does not stop at the museum.  Christ in the Smokies is equally well known for their serene garden attraction.  Both inside and outside of the facility are decorated with beautiful plants, fountains, and (of course) Christmas lights.  Whether you are spending a quiet moment in the prayer garden or enjoying the festive Peanuts Christmas scene, all decorations are set up with an artistic eye.  This time of year is particularly special to tour the garden because of the impressive collection of Christmas trees and lights.

Christ-in-the-smokies-2Christ in the Smokies is only one of the many ways to enjoy Christmas in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg this wonderful season.  Which ever way you choose to celebrate your holidays, we are sure that you will walk away with a smile and memorable experience.  For more ideas on how to celebrate Christmas in the Smokies check out our Event Calendar and our Blog.

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