Everyone boasts about the Smoky Mountains in the fall and forgets to appreciate the magic that Pigeon Forge has in the cooler months. So this is your reminder to embrace the fun winter activities that are offered during this short, sweet season and to cross off as much as you can from your winter bucket list before it's too late. This list of things to do before spring is certain to keep you entertained and feeling accomplished on your next Pigeon Forge vacation.
Build A Snowman
If you're spending some time in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains this winter, there's a chance you'll see some snow. But if you want to avoid the hassle of traveling through unfortunate winter weather, you can build a snowman year-round at Pigeon Forge Snow, the first indoor snow tubing facility in the country.
Catch A Holiday Flick At Governor's Crossing
Get in the holiday spirit with this series of Christmas classics being shown at Governor's Crossing Stadium 14 Cinema. Through the month of December, you can catch The Polar Express, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and It's A Wonderful Life.
Drive Down The Parkway At Night
By now you've heard of Smoky Mountain Winterfest, but have you experienced it yourself? Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg's light displays are a must-see. Take a look at the map on our winter guide for a list of displays on the Pigeon Forge parkway and exactly where to find them. A visitor favorite is the 12 Days Of Christmas which you can find between traffic lights #3 and #7.
Get A Photo With Santa Claus
If you're visiting the Smokies before Christmastime, there are plenty of spots in the area that you can get your photo taken with Santa Claus. Our top pick is the award-winning Santa Claus at Red Roof Inn Pigeon Forge. You can find him there on these dates. If you miss him, another great spot to visit is Santa's Workshop at The Island in Pigeon Forge.
Rent A Cabin With A Hot Tub
Don't be afraid to look for exactly the amenities you desire when you rent a cabin in the Smoky Mountains. With our convenient amenities filter on our cabins page, you can check the options right for you to easily get to your perfect rental. When there's a chill in the air, there's nothing better than a cabin with a hot tub to warm up the evening.
See The Best Mountain Views
We know for many people the winter season is not the ideal time to get outdoors, but consider the amazing views you get to experience. If you're a hiker, try Rainbow Falls up to Mount Leconte, or these four winter hikes. But as long as weather permits, you can drive to plenty best views in the Smoky Mountains.
Warm Up With Some Southern Cooking
There might not be a better time of year for comfort food. The especially great thing about Mama's Farmhouse is that the meals are family style and all you can eat. Instead of waiting in line at a buffet, your servers will bring portions of delicious meals right to your table, and you can just tell them to keep it coming if you want more.