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5 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge in the Winter Season

When winter weather strikes, Pigeon Forge comes alive with tons of family-friendly ways to enjoy the cold weather. Here are 5 things you can do to enjoy in Pigeon Forge in the winter time:

See the Twinkling Lights of Winterfest from the Fun Time Trolley

Make the most of a chilly evening aboard Pigeon Forge’s Fun Time Trolley at dusk to take in the glittering Winterfest lights. From November to February, Pigeon Forge comes alive with millions of shimmering holiday lights, and there’s nothing like snuggling up with family to make it all even more magical. The guided trolley tour gives you extra insight on the displays you’ll see with friendly stories and narration. See more about Winterfest trolley and driving tours at PigeonForgeWinterfest.com!

Enjoy a Brisk Nature Walk in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

We’ve mentioned it before, but winter can be a great time to see the Smokies. Bare trees let the region’s topography shine, letting you truly see the beauty of our majestic mountains! See Mother Nature and Old Man Winter together by taking a short nature hike! GSMNP’s Sugarlands Visitor Center should remain open even if snow falls; consider stopping for maps and information here before heading out for a brisk walk. You’ll see signs for short, easy nature trails right off the main road as you travel through the park. Bundle up and let the family experience the natural beauty of Smoky Mountains during Winterfest.

Warm Up At Pigeon Forge’s Favorite Indoor Attractions

If bundling up and enjoying the winter weather isn’t your idea of a good time, you’ll still find many ways to enjoy a snowy day in Pigeon Forge. Consider checking out some of our favorite indoor attractions: Think WonderWorks, Titanic Museum Attraction, Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, and many others! Each of these attractions offers its own unique opportunities for fun and education, all in a comfortably climate-controlled environment!

Check Out A Holiday Themed Show

You certainly won’t run out of things to do in Pigeon Forge during the holiday season. With the whole city lit up with winter lights and holiday cheer, many of the most popular dinner theaters and shows in the area host a special Christmas performance. Pay a visit to one of the most famous family feuds in the country at The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show, or get tickets to Country Tonite’s Christmas Show. Keep an eye out for all kinds of family theaters and holiday themed shows on the Pigeon Forge events calendar.

Shop ’til You Drop!

As the holidays approach, the Smoky Mountains turn into a shopper’s paradise! Favorite stops like the Tanger Outlets center in Sevierville and the shops at the Island in Pigeon Forge start extending their hours as the winter holidays draw near, giving you ample opportunities to experience retail bliss. Looking for something truly unique? Make the most of the artistic experience by traveling through the Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community. Here you’ll see all kinds of Appalachian handicrafts and have a chance to see artists at work with folk arts demonstrations and more.

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Gerald Dickens Performs “A Christmas Carol” at The Inn At Christmas Place

On Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, November 6th through the 8th, The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge welcomes back Gerald Dickens, great-great-grandson of literary master Charles Dickens, for a seventh season. Hailing from Oxford, England, Gerald will perform his captivating, one-man rendition of the timeless holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, each evening. In addition to the season’s favorite, Gerald will perform two other adaptations of works by Charles Dickens: Dr. Marigold, and A Child’s Journey with Dickens.

It’s a wonderful show–a great family tradition–the best way I know of to kick off the holiday season.Bob Byers, President of Byers’ Choice Ltd.

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, and he laughs as he depicts 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.

Sunday, Nov. 6th 3:00 PM
8:00 PM
A Child’s Journey with Dickens, You & Me Tea
A Christmas Carol
Monday, Nov. 7th 3:00 PM
8:00 PM
4:30 PM
A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol
Benefit Reception, Second Harvest Food Bank
Tuesday, Nov. 8th 11:00 AM
3:00 PM
8:00 PM
– book signing at The Incredible Christmas Place
Dr. Marigold
A Christmas Carol


To purchase tickets for a show, tea, or the benefit reception, call the hotel at 865-868-0525. A limited number of hotel packages including show tickets and souvenirs are also available.

Reserve Your Room Today

Everyone is invited to meet Mr. Dickens at Christmas Place on Tuesday, November 8th, from 11 a.m. until noon, where he will be signing a special, illustrated copy of the book “A Christmas Carol.” Gerald will be happy to pose for photos during the signing as well. This year marks Gerald’s seventh appearance at The Inn at 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. It’s one of the most entertaining shows I have seen – and I didn’t expect his performance to have me laughing so much!Carolyn Fairbank-Biggs, Managing Partner
The Inn At Christmas Place

Mr. Dickens returns to the U.S. for his 2016 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’ 2016 tour calendar, visit www.byerschoice.com or phone 215-822-6700.

All photographs, audio, and video recordings are prohibited during Mr. Dickens’ performances.

Find more information about Gerald’s appearances at The Inn at Christmas Place at innatchristmasplace.com or by calling 1-888-465-9644.

3 Great Holiday Runs to Close Out Your Year

The end of the year is fast approaching and the holiday season is upon us. It is incredibly easy this time of the year to get sucked into the holiday dinners and buffet lines to enjoy some amazing winter delicacies. However, we challenge you to start your New Year’s resolution early, and join us for some amazing runs in the Pigeon Forge area this holiday season.

These runs are not only a great way to stay in shape, but they also support some amazing, note worthy causes. All of these runs and, of course, some of the other amazing attractions in Pigeon Forge, are a great reason to come and spend some time in The Great Smoky Mountains.

1. Stars & Strides Red, White & Blue 5K Vibe Glow Run

Veterans Day is fast approaching. One way you can show your support for the loyalty and dedication of our troops is to come out to the Stars and Strides 5K glow run. This run is located in Pigeon Forge and brings fun for the whole family, including black lights, face paint contests and tunnels to make the most exciting run possible. Stay in shape and support the troops this Veterans Day weekend with this awesome run.  November 7th will be here before you know it!

2. Light the Way 5K

Meet us at one of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg’s oldest and most loved attractions! Dollywood will be hosting this year’s Light the Way 5K event. This run is perfect for the holiday season, lighting your path with over 4 million lights decorating the town.

Better yet? Both runners and walkers are welcome.  The more the merrier! The goal of this run is to have fun and support two amazing charities, Keep Sevier Beautiful and Share it Forward. So come on out on the weekend of November 13 to experience Dollywood, the Light the Way 5K and all the other attractions that Pigeon Forge has to offer.  And remember, the trolly rides and light displays will be ready by then too!

3. Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K

With Christmas right around the corner, show your Santa spirit by participating in the Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K.  This festive run takes place during the weekend of December 13 and is an early morning run, beginning at 7:30 a.m. All participants will receive a Santa hat, beard and Dri-Fit half-zip to wear while running. This is a large, outrageous holiday celebration complete with music, decorations and an after party. Hop in your sleigh and head down to the Santa 5K and make a fun, healthy choice this holiday season.  There really is no better way to enjoy the magic of Winterfest!

If you are planning on running one of these amazing marathons or want more information on all of the hotels, cabins, or attractions that Pigeon Forge has to offer, please visit our website and contact us today.

Will You Run for Cookies? Register for the 2014 Santa Hustle

Secure your place on Santa’s nice list by working up a sweat! The Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K race is bringing fun and fitness to the Smokies on Sunday, December 14.

This annual event is fun holiday tradition for the city of Sevierville, as the race takes runners through the Smoky Mountain foothills and past the Winterfest lights – with stops for Christmas cookies and carols along the way. Each registered participant gets a festive red shirt, white beard and Santa Claus hat to wear during the race, perfect for spreading Christmas cheer!

This year, the Smokies Santa Hustle Half Marathon and 5K is partnering with Keep Sevier County Beautiful to ensure the only footprints racers leave behind is from their running shoes. Not only will race registration fees go back to benefit this local environmental group, but volunteers will be on hand to make sure racers keep things green as the run through the hills!

For additional information about the 2014 Smokies Santa Hustle, click over to www.santahustle.com/smokies. Looking for more fun wintertime activities in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains? Learn more about this magical time of year at PigeonForgeWinterfest.com!

If a wintertime race isn’t quite your speed, look around PigeonForge.com for more ways to stay active in the Smokies! From biking to hiking to summer races like the PigeonForge.com 8K, you’ll find many ways to work up a sweat and have fun in the Great Smoky Mountains!