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Pictures With Santa: Find Saint Nick in the Smokies

Pigeon Forge has many of the best places to take pictures with Santa Claus. Santa can be spotted all over the Smoky Mountains this season at different locations. Bring your children to visit and have a photo with Santa or bring your whole family for pictures with Santa. The choice is yours!

Please Note: These events are subject to change and may have additional safety measures in place due to COVID-19.

Pictures With Santa At Crave

Crave Golf Club's Christmas Celebration begins on November 23; the top mini golf course will be celebrating the season with nearly 100 trees, 30,000 holiday lights, and 20,000 ornaments. From 6:00 - 9:00 pm on select dates in December you can get pictures with Santa Claus amongst all the Christmas cheer. Click below for details.

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Winterfest Celebration

A celebration at the Pigeon Forge Community Center will take place on the evening of December 3 in honor of the winter season. This year, attendees will enjoy games, food, entertainment and photos with santa. At the end of the night, there will be a tree lighting in Pigeon Forge.

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Polar Express Train Ride

If you're up for a Smoky Mountain trip slightly outside of East Tennessee, go for a ride on The Polar Express with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad from Bryson City, NC. Trains set out on the excursion on select dates between November 6 & December 31. Kids will be delighted upon arrival to the North Pole, where Santa boards the train to greet them.

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Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting.GSMR

Annual Holiday Homecoming

The Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center in Townsend has hosted this family friendly festivity for the past 11 years. The event on November 21 includes self guided tours, historic demonstrations, musical performances, and holiday crafts. You're guaranteed to get a special appearance from Santa Claus.

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Smokies Stadium

If you're planning on driving through Smokies Stadium to see the incredible winter light displays at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, then you can stop by Santa's village from November 20 through December 23. Admission is free with tickets to the light show. This year, photos and visits with Santa will be taken from a safe distance. Other attractions include a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables and more.

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Incredible Christmas Place

The Incredible Christmas Place opened a new attraction last year: Santa's Haus. Kids and families can decorate cookies and make ornaments with Santa, have him read them a story, and write letters to him. Santa's Haus also features Elf Academy, where children can learn elf skills, play reindeer games and more. Last but not least: some great photo opportunities with Santa and his elves. Extra safety measures are in place for 2020 due to COVID-19.

The kids actually get to interact with Santa, so instead of just telling Santa what you want and getting your picture made, you actually get to spend time with him.Jennifer Williams, Christmas Place

Santa Visits Anakeesta

Santa will be visiting Anakeesta on November 27 & 28 and December 4 & 5 this winter. He will be on site checking his list twice and visiting with families before he makes his rounds on Christmas. His visit will be a part of Enchanted Winter at Anakeesta, a seasonal celebration complete with beautiful lights, hot cocoa and more for visitors to enjoy daily.

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