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!

Titanic Winter Celebration

Winter decorations at the incredible Titanic Museum Attraction are a can't-miss sight to see. The ship will be aglow starting November 8 through Decemeber 31. You'll find Santa's real live reindeer near the entrance of the museum, and if you're lucky, you'll be able to grab a keepsake photo amongst the winter glitz and glamour with Kris Kringle himself.

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Pictures With Santa At Crave

Crave Golf Club's Christmas Celebration begins on November 20; 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

Since there will be no official Pigeon Forge Winterfest kickoff event this year, a celebration at the Pigeon Forge Community Center will take place on the evening of December 5. The holiday event will include music from the Pigeon Forgee High School band and chorus, plus food, games, trolley tours and more. Santa will be available for photos!

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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 8 & 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 10 years. The event on November 23 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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Dollywood

Christmas at Dollywood features breathtaking light displays, award winning holiday musical productions, and tons of family fun and fellowship. Walk through Glacier Ridge and gaze in awe at the winter wonderland, see the Smoky Mountains' very own aurora borealis at Craftsman's Valley, and then step into Santa Land for crafts, life sized toys, and pictures with Santa.

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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 15 through December 23. Admission is free with tickets to the light show, or you can purchase a photo package starting at $24.99. 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 in May 2019: 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.

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

The Island

If you're planning on catching The Island's Tree Lighting Ceremony, you'll also have the opportunity to meet Santa Claus in his workshop. Check the breezeway behind the fountains to be greeted by Mr. Claus and get a few snapshots printed or saved on a USB drive. Santa dates are as follows: November 23 & 30, December 7, 14, 20, & 21..

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The Old Mill

The Old Mill's Pottery House Café will be hosting a delicious morning meal with Santa Claus on December 7 from 8:15 to 11:15 am. The event will also feature a craft tent for kids to enjoy between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. You can call (865) 406-6558 to make a reservation starting November 7. Book your spot before the event is full!

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