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Ponies In The Smokies

Each spring brings a stampede of Mustangs to Pigeon Forge. We’re not talking about wild horses, we’re talking about classic Ford Mustangs, one of America’s favorite muscle cars, at the Ponies In The Smokies Pigeon Forge car show.

Ponies In The Smokies 2018

Ponies In The Smokies, held in March at the Sevierville Event Center, brings Mustang fans from all over to the Great Smoky Mountains to celebrate what makes the Mustang one of the most enduring symbols of American speed and power. The 2018 event kicks off March 21st through the 24th.

Car Show Details

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America’s Favorite Muscle Car

Ponies In The Smokies has brought a herd of Mustangs to the mountains for many years, but the Mustang itself goes all the way back to 1964 and has since been one of America’s most popular sports cars. The 1965 launch of the Mustang was Ford’s most successful launch since the Model A and the Mustang has had a place in America’s heart ever since.

Behind The Scenes

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Start Planning Now

Events at Ponies in the Smokies include a car show, special guests, a swap meet, vendor demonstrations, a “Shine Run” through the mountains and more. The official hotel for the event is Wilderness in the Smokies, but you’ll find lodging options all along the Parkway and beyond. Pigeon Forge hotels, cabins and condos offer Mustang lovers a convenient place to stay, just minutes from the event center in Sevierville and close to the heart of the car show’s action.

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Book Your Stay

While you’re in Pigeon Forge for the car show, you’ll find tons to enjoy about Pigeon Forge in the spring time. Outdoor adventures, shopping, dining, theater and more make Pigeon Forge a special part of the Great Smoky Mountains. Ready to book your stay for Ponies in the Smokies? Browse Pigeon Forge lodging and find your perfect place to stay to make this year’s show a memorable one.

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Be My Valentine Giveaway

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Grab your sweetheart and get ready for a romantic getaway to the Smoky Mountains! We want to send the two of you on a special Valentines Day adventure. Enter to win by filling out the form below between Wednesday, January 24 and the winner will be chosen Monday, January 29. We will announce the winner on Facebook, so be sure to like our page to stay updated. Good luck!

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Whispering Pines Condos

3 nights / 1 bedroom

Whispering Pines’ luxurious condominiums offer something for everyone and have comfort in mind, truly ideal for those that want to sincerely relax. The facilities include a sauna, indoor & outdoor pool and hot tub, game room, and charcoal and gas grills with a beautiful picnic pavilion. Whispering Pines will make sure you have an amazing lodging experience and the best value.

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Tennessee Mountain Tours

2 Tour Passes

The most popular tour of 2018, the Tennessee Moonshine ‘n Wine Tour features 6-8 different wineries and moonshine distilleries. You and your sweetheart can enjoy sipping samples from some of the best local brewmasters in the business. If you’d like to check out something different, the 2 gift cards included in this giveaway are good for any of the tours offered.

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The Escape Game

2 Tickets

The #1 Rated “Escape Room” and “Fun & Games” Attraction on TripAdvisor Pigeon Forge. Here’s how it works: You and your team are locked in a room and have one hour to complete a mission and escape. Escaping will require teamwork, quick thinking, determination and a sense of urgency! From the moment you step into your game, you’ll be totally immersed in our world.

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Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery

2 Tickets

For over 12 years The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has been entertaining Pigeon Forge with its unique brand of murder, mayhem, and mystery. Loyal followers including returning tourists and local residents keep coming back for first class entertainment, good food, and “whodunit”! “You’ll laugh ‘til you die!”

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Dick’s Last Resort

Dinner For Two

This very special dinner for two features a 4 course meal (appetizer, salad, dinner and desert to share). Serving up everything from lip-smackin, ribs to buttery fresh crab legs, Dick’s Last Resort offers service with sarcasm, buckets of great grub, and all the booze you could ever use. But don’t get too comfortable, the servers will keep you on your toes with their sarcastic wit and tricks!

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Crave Golf Club

2 tickets / 1 course

At CRAVE you will be able to take your best shot on 36 custom candy themed courses that will push your imagination to the limits. Everyone will have an unforgettable time – every hole starts with a spin at the wheel where you may find yourself playing in new and fun ways that will make everyone in your party laugh and have more fun than any ordinary course you’ve tried in the past. You may even win free treats if your spin is lucky!

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TopJump Trampoline Park

2 tickets / 1 hour jump

TopJump Trampoline Park is the most exciting trampoline park in Pigeon Forge! We strive for your safety, your enjoyment and our reputation! Our trampoline park is everything you can imagine in a state of the art trampoline park and so much more.

Arcade In Pigeon Forge Is Family Business

FACE Amusement's many attractions, including 2017's best arcade in Pigeon Forge, offer all kinds of family arcade fun for the ages. Check out one of their unique gaming or racing adventures on your next Pigeon Forge outing.

Best arcade in Pigeon Forge
In 1978, Clarence Mabe was a school teacher and basketball coach at Daniel Boone High School in Gray, TN. Clarence purchased Space Invaders and installed it in a friends convenience store after observing his students' fascination with this new technology. Shortly after, he was the third person in the United States to own a crane game. By the end of that year he was buying them in mass quantities. One crane turned to hundreds. After experiencing this success, Clarence entered the amusement business full time. He purchased used games from closing arcades and brought them back to life in his own way.
In 2013, brothers Bucky and Rusty reimagined their father's legacy under the brand FACE Amusement. Focused on providing a high end luxury environment to all guests, everything in a FACE location is truly cutting edge to create the best guest experience. From the moment a guest walks into the door until the time they redeem a prize or exit a coaster, it is clear they are not in an average arcade. FACE Amusement employees are the most crucial element in order to have this customer experience. The culture is built around our front line employees with a mix of reimagined southern hospitality.
FACE Amusement Group is dedicated to creating happiness and enjoyment for each and every guest, offering all kinds of family fun to bring people together. It’s not just fun, games, rides and prizes that make every FACE Amusement attraction such a satisfying experience. It’s the genuine smiles of our employees having a great time making you feel welcome. Though the prizes are pretty sweet.FACE Amusement Group, About Us

Choose Your Fun

FACE owns and operates Big Top Arcade, Rockin' Raceway, Arcade City and 7D Dark Ride Adventure. Each are unique, but all have one thing in common: giving our guests the best experiences. In the summer of 1987, Rockin' Raceway opened its doors in Pigeon Forge. Rockin' Raceway has a fun, unique atmosphere with the jukebox arcade and the go-kart track outside; the fun is limitless.

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A little over 30 years later, in 2013, FACE opened two new arcades in the area: Arcade City at the Island and Big Top Arcade. At Arcade City, everyone is a VIP. With this value in mind, we make sure our guests have an unforgettable experience and enjoy their time while they’re here. Big Top Arcade is where the circus meets gaming fun!

Something For Everyone

In July of 2014, 7D Dark Ride Adventure opened up at the Island, and in 2015 our Gatlinburg location opened. 7D Dark Ride Adventure is a ride you don’t want to miss! Using state of the art technology, 7 different dimensions are combined to make the game come to life! Even though all of our locations are a little different, there is one thing you can find at each location: kind, welcoming staff that are always willing to help with anything you may need. We strive to create fun experiences for our guests that will keep them coming back for years to come.

New Years In Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg

Join us for New Years in Pigeon Forge TN and Gatlinburg! 2017 is coming to a close and it's time to celebrate ringing in a brand new 365 days with the best New Years Eve celebrations in Pigeon Forge! With so many things to do in Pigeon Forge, you can plan your New Years Eve this weekend with some family fun for all ages.


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Gatlinburg New Years Eve Celebration

Gatlinburg Parkway

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2018 in unique style with its annual New Year’s Eve ball drop and fireworks show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Sunday night, December 31.
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Kid's Noon Years Eve

Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum on the Pigeon Forge parkway is calling all kids to join in on the grand staircase for a New Year's Eve celebration. Wear your pajamas and meet us from 10 AM to 1 PM on December 31, 2017. This rockin’ event will be a kid’s version of a grown-up’s midnight bash, complete with a museum tour & more.
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New Years Eve Show

Smoky Mountain Opry

Ring in the new year with the Smoky Mountain Opry's award winning variety show & live band as you watch the ball drop from NYC Times Square. The theater's New Year's Eve party begins with Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry at 8 PM on December 31, 2017 & features singers, dancers, ice skaters and more.
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New Years At The Island

131 The Island Drive

Count down to midnight and celebrate the new year with fireworks & friends on The Island in Pigeon Forge. The event will feature a free concert with country music artist, Raelynn & plenty of family fun, plus your favorite attractions at the Island. The best part is its all brought to you FREE by The Island.
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Winter Getaway Giveaway

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Who's ready for a cozy winter getaway with that special someone? We want to send you and the guest of your choice on a trip to the Smoky Mountains this snowy season! Just fill out the form below between Wednesday, December 12 and Tuesday, December 19 and we will announce the winner the following Wednesday on Facebook, so be sure to like our page to stay updated. Good luck!

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Cabins For You

$500 Certificate

From cozy 1-bedroom cottages perfect for honeymoons to luxurious large-group lodges spacious enough for retreats and reunions, Cabins For You has the perfect cabin to fit your vacation style and budget. Our Pigeon Forge cabins put you near the heart of all the action, whether it’s dinner shows or Dollywood. We also offer a wide array of cabins in Gatlinburg, ranging from mountaintop retreats with stunning views to charming escapes tucked away among the trees.
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Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud

2 Tickets

It’s Feudin’ Feastin’ Family Fun at The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud! Become part of the longest running feud in history and help the Hatfields and McCoys try to settle their differences mountain-style. Whether you’re city-folk or country cuzins, you’ll love the singin’ and dancin’, mighty feats of strength, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy.
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Magic Beyond Belief

2 Tickets

Magic Beyond Belief starring Darren Romeo brings magic and music together for an incredible show performed nightly at Magic Beyond Belief Theater! The only protégé of Master Illusionists Siegfried and Roy, Darren Romeo brings his world-famous talents to Pigeon Forge, creating a multi-million dollar “Magic Beyond Belief” style, fun-for-the-whole-family production show featuring a talented cast, Darren’s magical illusions, musical tributes and levitations.
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FlyAway Indoor Skydiving

2 Passes

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving gives you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session or as a participant in a personalized coaching program. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is a popular training resource for sport skydivers, competition teams and military units. Our body flight experience can be your resource for corporate team-building programs and high adventure recreational groups.
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Goats On The Roof

2 Tickets

Intense twist and turns highlight the area’s fastest, most extreme, and most exciting alpine coaster! The Coaster at Goats on the Roof has more to do than any alpine coaster in Pigeon Forge! After you finish your heart-pounding, brake-gripping, breath-taking run on the Coaster, try the brand new Virtual Reality Coaster Experience, feed the famous goats, shop in the general store, and so much more!

All I Want For Christmas Giveaway

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It's time to cozy up for the holiday season in the Smoky Mountains, and we want to send you and your friends & family to East Tennessee for a fantastic Pigeon Forge vacation. Just fill out the form on this page before Monday, November 27 and you will be entered to win this entire amazing prize package listed below. We will announce the winner the following Tuesday, November 28 on our Facebook page, so be sure to follow us for updates. Good luck!

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Auntie Belham’s Cabins

2 Night Stay in 2BR Cabin

Experience a whole new way of vacationing in the Smoky Mountains! Relax in a spectacular log cabin or chalet with hot tubs, jacuzzis, fireplaces, and more! From cute & country to simply elegant- our southern hospitality will make your family vacation or honeymoon one to remember. Just minutes from Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Dollywood, golfing, shopping and more. Call for a FREE rental listing and brochure.

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Country Tonite

2 Tickets

Celebrating 20 years! Country Tonite rises to new heights in 2017 with a new show that showcases new elements and changes along with fan favorites from past seasons. This year’s show yet again promises the unique entertainment experience and award winning identity that sets Country Tonite apart. Where faith, family, and freedom are themes that resonate throughout.

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Comedy Barn

2 Tickets

Fresh jokes and homespun humor tickle your funny bone. Great for all ages. Such a memorable show that will leave you laughing for a lifetime! Winner of “Funniest Show in Town” 20 seasons running! Any time you go to the Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge you can be guaranteed one thing: you will laugh till your sides hurt!

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Goats On The Roof

2 Tickets

Intense twist and turns highlight the area’s fastest, most extreme, and most exciting alpine coaster! The Coaster at Goats on the Roof has more to do than any alpine coaster in Pigeon Forge! After you finish your heart-pounding, brake-gripping, breath-taking run on the Coaster, try the brand new Virtual Reality Coaster Experience, feed the famous goats, shop in the general store, and so much more!

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Ripley’s Aquarium

2 Tickets

The highlight of downtown Gatlinburg. Marvel at every creature of the ocean without getting wet! From playful penguins to fierce-looking sharks, this amazing aquatic world is educational and awesome. A full day of fun is just a short walk or trolley ride away. Explore all the areas in the aquarium including Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Systems Controls, Coral Reef, and so much more!

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Smith Creek Moonshine

$50 Certificate

Smith Creek Moonshine is a moonshine-tasting destination located in Tanger Outlets. Come enjoy our moonshine tasting bar and retail store with bottled shines, apparel, jams, sauces, dry rubs, and more. Moonshine, White Lightnin’, Hillbilly Pop, Sugar Whiskey, Mule Kick, Ruckus Juice. Whatever you call it, Smith Creek Moonshine serves it, and it’s damn good!

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Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

2 Pizzas

This is not your average pizza pie! At the heart of Big Daddy’s is a 550 degree, wood-fired flame inside of a one-of-a-kind brick oven. Our pizza starts with handcrafted, homemade dough that is pulled by our own “pizzeoli”. It is then topped with one of our homemade sauces and fresh ingredients. We’re so committed to that freshness that there isn’t a freezer on the premises.

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FlyAway Indoor Skydiving

2 Passes

Flyaway Indoor Skydiving gives you the chance to test your skills of human flight during a single flight session or as a participant in a personalized coaching program. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving is a popular training resource for sport skydivers, competition teams and military units. Our body flight experience can be your resource for corporate team-building programs and high adventure recreational groups.

Bellamy Brothers Giveaway

Bellamy Brothers in Pigeon Forge TN

Enter to win tickets to see The Bellamy Brothers in Pigeon Forge LIVE November 17 at Country Tonite Theatre courtesy of First Class Productions! Not only will the contest winner enjoy 2 premium seats to the show PLUS passes to meet the legendary Bellamy Brothers, but they’ll also receive complimentary lodging at the fabulous Music Road Resort. This contest will be a little different than usual, so read below to find out how you can win.

How You Can See The Bellamy Brothers In Pigeon Forge:

  1. Take a video of you singing your favorite Bellamy Brothers song. The video must be at least 15 seconds long.
  2. Upload the video to Facebook or Instagram and tag us! Our Facebook handle is @pigeonforgevacations and our Instagram is @pigeonforgetn.
  3. On November 10, 2017 we will choose our favorite submission and contact the winner through whichever social media outlet the video was posted.
  4. The winner will receive 2 tickets to the Bellamy Brothers in Pigeon Forge LIVE at Country Tonite as well as a 2 night stay at Music Road Resort.


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Music Road Resort

Overlooking the Little Pigeon River or water park, our hotel accommodations boast breathtaking views from your private balcony. It’s the ideal opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonderful mountain air and setting sun – an intimate moment all to yourself or special time with family and friends.

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Country Tonite Theatre

Where faith, family, and freedom are themes that resonate throughout. Spectacular production numbers, superb live musicians, a moving Veterans Tribute, and dazzling new costumes and choreography that have won numerous awards throughout the years makes Country Tonite the “Must See” show in Pigeon Forge.

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First Class Productions

First Class Productions presents a celebrity concert series at Country Tonite Theatre. Come enjoy the music of the Bellamy Brothers in Pigeon Forge as they perform their biggest hits live. The concerts are a perfect opportunity to see your favorite singers in an intimate setting, up close and personal.

The Gatlinburg Giveaway

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Enter for your chance to win our Gatlinburg Giveaway! We want to send you to our sister city for a 2 night stay at Greystone Lodge On The River, with tickets to Ripley's Aquarium Of The Smokies and Impossibilities Of Magic, and a gift certificate to Bennett's Pit BBQ! Just fill out the form below before next Monday, October 23 and we will announce the winner the following Tuesday. Good luck!

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Greystone Lodge On The River

2 Night Stay

Turn your Great Smoky Mountain vacation into a restful retreat by checking in at the Greystone Lodge at the Aquarium. Located on the banks of the Little Pigeon River in the heart of Gatlinburg, the Greystone Lodge offers top-notch accommodations within walking distance of some of the area’s top attractions.
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Ripley's Aquarium

2 Tickets

The highlight of downtown Gatlinburg. Marvel at every creature of the ocean without getting wet! From playful penguins to fierce-looking sharks, this amazing aquatic world is educational and awesome. A full day of fun is just a short walk or trolley ride away. Explore all the areas in the aquarium including Tropical Rainforest, Ocean Realm, Systems Controls, Coral Reef, and so much more!
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Impossibilities

4 Tickets

Impossibilities is a magic and mind-reading show starring Magical Comedian Chris Collins and Mentalist Erik Dobell at the Space Needle in Gatlinburg. Are you looking for an evening of family entertainment in the Great Smoky Mountains? You’re looking for Impossibilities. An evening of family fun where Impossibilities are brought to life right in front of your eyes.
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Bennett's BBQ

Gift Certificate

Our pit master smokes ribs, chicken, sausage, beef and pork to make it mouth watering. Basted in secret sauce, their meats are voted best barbeque by locals and tourists year after year. Sample a variety of sauces including a new mustard-based bbq sauce. The salad bar has 45 items, and it is all-you-can-eat. Each morning, Bennetts offers an enormous breakfast bar.

Winterfest Kickoff Events 2017

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Winterfest 2017 is less than a month away! It’s time to start planning for one of the most beautiful times of year in the Smoky Mountains. You don’t want to miss the gorgeous holiday light displays, trolley tours, parades, and Christmas shows happening from November 6, 2017 through February 28, 2018. Have you reserved a place to stay for Pigeon Forge Winterfest this year?


Sevierville Winterfest Kickoff

November 6, 2017 • 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Join us in a downtown Sevierville to celebrate the start of the holiday season! There will be lots of stage acts for your entertainment this year. So be sure to grab a seat, sit back and enjoy all the live entertainment throughout the evening.

Some events happening throughout the night:

  • Mascot Dance Off: There will be a mascot dance-off with lots of local Mascots in the area. Come enjoy this entertainment and see who can boogy down the best!
  • Best Booth Contest: Who will win the best overall or best decorated booth this year? See who wins at the final hour! Will it be your favorite booth?
  • Grande Finale and Fireworks Display: Join us as the Mayor “flips the switch” to turn on the 2017 Winterfest light of our City. Pyro Shows will present a spectacular fireworks display to round out the evening so be sure to watch for this exciting event and enjoy the most Wonderful Time of the Year with your friends and neighbors!
  • Lumberjack: Come watch Michael Hattershide, the City’s own Lumberjack! He will demonstrate a “wood carve” for your entertainment. Michael has been in the top 4 fast speed climbers in the world since 2012. In 2016 he took second place in both the 60ft and 90ft climbs, almost breaking the world record in the 90ft climb. Michael is an all-round excellent Lumberjack Champion and you will not want to miss his family fun show!
  • Balloon Artists by Volunteer Balloons: Back by popular demand, come see Christine and let her make a unique balloon for you. See Ms. Tickle on stage for the Kids Show. Watch as she climbs into a Giant Balloon!
  • Face Painting Artists by PartyWOWEntertainment
  • Airbrush Tatoos Artists by PartyWOWEntertainment: Come have your face painted by PartyWOWEntertainment artists. These folks are creative painters and can provide you with some of the most unique faces around. New this year will be Airbrushed Tattoos. These artists are great and will give you a temporary tattoo of your choice. PartyWOWEntertainment face painting artists are amazing!
  • Characters: Meet Belle and Elsa. Have your picture made with some beautiful princesses at this year’s event. Belle and Elsa would love to have pictures made with you that you can share with your family and friends. Be sure to bring a camera or take a picture on your phone to share on social media. These beauties will be so much fun for your little ones.
  • Children’s Inflatables: Enjoy various inflatables spread throughout the event. You are sure to find one that you love.
  • Santa Claus: Santa will arrive in the kids section around 4:30 pm. Meet him at his sleigh behind City Hall. Be sure to bring your camera for some awesome shots of Santa and your child! Play in the sandboxes or color on the chalk boards while you wait your turn to visit with Santa. Thank you to Vulcan Material for sponsoring in our kids section this year!
  • Children’s Giveaways: Free giveaways to children 15 and under. There will be lots of children’s giveaways in the kids section behind City Hall. Visit the Vulcan tent and see gifts Santa has in store for you.
  • Caricature Artists by Volunteer Balloons: Come meet Dennis and Amanda and let them draw you a silly portrait!

Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff

November 7, 2017

Draped in more than 5 million lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the end of February.

Schedule of Events at Patriot Park:

  • Old Time games & vendors at 4:00 pm
  • Stages entertainment at 6:00 pm (includes Pigeon Forge Community Chorus, Al Curtis Orchestra, & Pistol Creek Catch of the Day)
  • Free Trolley Tour of Lights at 7:00 pm

From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Winterfest Celebration. And the best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway.

Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.


Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff Winter & Magic Kickoff

November 8, 2017 • 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown.

City dignitaries will signify the start of Gatlinburg Winter Magic with a ceremonial lighting of more than 3 million lights throughout the city.

This year’s event features great musical acts throughout the night performing on multiple stages. Headline entertainer Tara Thompson will perform on the Bush’s Best Stage at traffic light number 6. The rising country music singer is a featured act in many of Nashville’s premier honky-tonks and has recently been the opening act in front of thousands for her cousin, the Queen of Country Music, Loretta Lynn. Thompson will go on at 6:15 p.m. on the Bush’s Best Stage at traffic light number 6. The Grassabillies will open at 5:15 p.m. The Greenbrier Band will perform 3 times throughout the night beginning at 5:00 p.m. on the south entrance of the Cookoff near The Historic Gatlinburg Inn. All Sauced Up Hot Chili Eating Contests are at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. across from Reagan Terrace Mall, and Winter Magic Kickoff lighting starts at 6:00 p.m. on the Bush’s Best Stage.

Participants in the Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation, Best Apron. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10. There is also a special edition t-shirt available for purchase.


For more information, please visit PigeonForgeWinterfest.com.

STOMP OUT! Breast Cancer Along The Rocky Top Wine Trail

Rocky Top Wineries

Join us for the Rocky Top Wine Trail’s annual STOMP Out Breast Cancer event on Sunday, October 7, 2017 at the Mountain Valley Winery. Registration begins at 8 am and the walk begins at 9 am. We will walk to 3 of the Rocky Top Wineries (Hillside Winery, Apple Barn Winery, and Mountain Valley Winery) there will fun activities at each location like grape stomping!

This year we are bringing the event home to Mountain Valley Winery! Our walk will start at Mountain Valley Winery, weave down to Apple Barn Winery for some apple bobbing and wine tasting, and then take us to Hillside Winery for the actual grape stomping!

Once we’ve all turned our feet purple and done our best impression of I Love Lucy stomping on grapes, we’ll then head back to Mountain Valley Winery for a well-deserved BBQ lunch, courtesy of Corky’s BBQ. The three “Pink” wines this year will be: Strawberry Blush at Mountain Valley Winery, Red/White Muscadine at Apple Barn Winery, and a delicious sparkling Apple Cranberry wine at Hillside Winery!

American Cancer Society

Hillside Winery, Apple Barn Winery, and Mountain Valley Winery will be participating in the event this year, and they will all have a “pink” wine. Five dollars of every bottle sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society! Tickets will include lunch, a bottle of water, a backpack filled with goodies, and a Rocky Top Wine Trail glass.

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History of the Event

It all started when Christine Kimmins, the first Wine Club Manager at Mountain Valley Winery, had the idea of producing a “pink” wine from the red/white Muscadine grapes that always herald the end of harvest in East TN. She and winemaker Doug Seitz then decided to pair this pink wine with the local Sevier County Relay for Life chapter and donate $5 per bottle for every bottle sold. Now, 10 years later, owner Don Collier and the wineries along the Rocky Top Wine Trail have donated well over $100,000 from the purchase of pink wines to help fund research and raise awareness for breast cancer.

For more information, contact Kimberly at rockytopwineclub@gmail.com or (865) 389-9490.