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Top 5 Easter Activities in Pigeon Forge

The Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show

There aren’t just fun activities on Easter Sunday in Pigeon Forge, but instead the town has Easter attractions and events all weekend. Get in the spirit by stopping by the Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show at the Gatliburg Convention Center Wednesday, April 12 to Tuesday, April 18. Unique handcrafted gifts and products produced by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are placed on display and offered for sale as they host their annual Easter show.

Peanuts™ Easter Beagle Express

All aboard The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Train! April 14 & 15, join Snoopy, Lucy, Charlie Brown and friends on a trip to a small North Carolina town. The adults can appreciate a beautiful spring view along the Tuckasegee River while kids enjoy activities such as an Easter egg hunt, crafts, coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, snacks and more!

Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny

We highly recommend this Easter Activity in Pigeon Forge because it is one the kids will remember forever. The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge on Saturday, April 15, just in time for an Easter Egg hunt. We will have thousands of eggs and tons of prizes! Come join us and you may just even get to see the Easter Bunny!

Breakfast or Brunch with the Easter Bunny

What better way to celebrate Easter than eating a delicious meal with your family? This Easter enjoy breakfast or brunch at The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille from 9:30 am - 11 am. After breakfast there will be a variety of kids activities to enjoy as well. Meet the Easter Bunny, win door prizes and even participate in a free Easter egg hunt.

Visit the Easter Bunny at Christmas Place

Christmas Place is a magical place to spend any holiday— Easter is no exception. Dress the kids in their Easter outfits and come meet the Easter Bunny on Sunday, April 16.

These are just a few of the best Easter activities in Pigeon Forge 2017. Of course, there are a ton more ways to celebrate Easter in the Smokies. Share with us on our Facebook page about your favorite Pigeon Forge Easter tradition!

How to Properly Take Photos of Winter Light Displays

Nothing gets you in the cozy holiday spirit faster than taking a drive on a winter evening to marvel at the festive light displays.

There’s just something about the way they twinkle and light up the night that makes you feel nostalgic, happy and in the mood to celebrate. The lights of Winterfest in Pigeon Forge start to twinkle from early November and last through to the end of February. There are so many great light displays to admire all over the city.

You’ll probably want to capture the beauty of the lights on your camera – but taking photos of Christmas lights can be tricky. Read on for some tips on how to take the best possible pictures of the lights. Of course, the driver should be keeping their eyes on the road so make sure that the passengers are the only ones concentrating on taking photos!

Start at Dusk

What you might not know about night photography is that the best time to start is before it is fully dark. You should begin around sunset when it still appears semi-light to your eyes. This will give you time to plan your shot.

The lighting is better in the half-light of dusk before it gets fully dark. It allows you to see the brilliance of the lights while also seeing the details of the surroundings. You might need to ask homeowners nicely if they will turn their lights on early – many people don’t turn them on until it gets fully dark.

Keep it Steady

Use a tripod to steady your camera, as your shaky hands will cause blurred and streaky lights in your photos. If you are shooting with your smartphone, try to brace yourself against something solid with both hands. Also, make sure that you turn off your flash.

Make Sure to Include the Sky

A simple trick for adding more interest to your Christmas light photos is to include as much of the sky as possible. This will add more light to the composition and if you are photographing during dusk the sky will be a beautiful, complex background of blue and purple tones. Including other items such as lampposts and trees might also improve the composition of a photo. Here are some basic tips for understanding how to compose a great photo.

Consider “Night Portrait Mode”

If you want to take a photo of a friend or family member standing in front of the lights, try using the “Night Portrait Mode” if your camera has it. Many of the typical point and shoot cameras of today will have a “Night Portrait Mode.” This is a setting that fires the flash to light up the subject in the foreground, but also keeps the lens open for long enough to record the lights that are glittering in the background. You’ll be able to see your subject’s face but also capture the Christmas lights.

Keep these tips in mind while you’re taking gorgeous photos of the holiday lights during Pigeon Forge Winterfest!

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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!


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.

Insider Secrets to New Year’s Eve in the Smokies

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!

Restaurants Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Pigeon Forge

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!