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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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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!

Start the Holiday Season with a Bang

Start the Holiday Season with a Bang!

Get ready to celebrate the holidays in a truly Titanic way! For the fourth year in a row, Pigeon Forge’s Titanic Museum Attraction is celebrating Thanksgiving, WinterFest and the magic of the holiday season with a fireworks display over the Parkway.

The season will start with an explosion of lights and colors on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.  Just as they have every year since it opened in 2010, Titanic Museum Attraction is celebrating the lives and legacies of the famous ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers with an extravaganza of fireworks. This twinkling demonstration of light and fantasy will begin at 7:30 p.m., and is a perfect way to end a day filled with family and food! According to a news release from the museum attraction, Titanic co-owner John Joslyn asserts that the sparklers on display will be one of the most exciting events experienced this year.

“It will be the largest fireworks event of the year on the Smoky Mountain Parkway, and we look forward to celebrating an evening with our community friends and neighbors,” he said in a recent news release.

The rest of the holiday season will see similar magic at Titanic Museum Attraction. A breathtaking digital snowfall from the ship’s bow will be renewed on Thanksgiving weekend and will remain in the forecast for every Saturday in December. To help make the season even brighter, Father Christmas, dressed in a style most familiar to the children aboard Titanic in 1912, will make special stops at Titanic on these magical snow days.

Looking for more info? Check out http://www.titanicpigeonforge.com or call (800) 381-7670 for more information about the attraction.

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Travel tip from PigeonForge.com: 
Make reservations in advance! Tours for the Titanic Museum Attraction fill up quickly, so it’s wise to reserve your family’s spot. Count on spending 2-3 hours exploring the ship! Reserve tickes online here!