Things To Do For Christmas In The Smoky Mountains

Looking for things to do at Christmas in the Smoky Mountains? December is going to be an action packed month in Pigeon Forge, as there are many great events, performances and shows to look forward to. Start planning now by browsing cabins and hotels for the holiday season. Let’s take a look at all of the fun activities and events that Pigeon Forge has to offer in the holiday season.

See The Winterfest Lights

Returning for 2023, the Riverwalk Greenway is decked out for the holidays as the Wonders Of Light Walking Trail. But that's not the only place to see the amazing light displays in the area. Check out our guide on where to see Winterfest lights including free options, paid tours, and our brand new map of the area.

Winterfest Lights

Catch A Christmas Show

Christmas shows in Pigeon Forge are some visitors top reason to visit the Smokies during the holiday season. Just after the start of Winterfest in early November, Pigeon Forge dinner shows and theaters start to switch over to their special holiday performances. Make plans to attend at least one of the many must-see Pigeon Forge Christmas shows with your family.

Christmas Shows

Christmas Parades

Get in the holiday spirit with Christmas parades in Gatlinburg & Sevierville. Gatlinburg's award winning Fantasy Of Lights Christmas Parade kicks off the season on December 4th, and you can catch Sevierville's Christmas Parade the following day in the downtown area.

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Pictures With Santa

Santa really makes his way around the Smoky Mountains! Throughout the months of November and December each year, there are loads of places to get photos with Santa Claus. You can make a whole event out of it and eat breakfast with the Claus family at Anakeesta, or just pop by places like The Mountain Mile on specific dates to catch him.

Pictures With Santa

Winter & Christmas Events in Pigeon Forge

Great Smoky Holiday Arts & Crafts Show: Click for event info.

Gatlinburg Convention Center

Great Smoky Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Nov 26 - Dec 8, 2024

Experience the wonder of the season at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, where the members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community present their exclusive handcrafted gifts during their much-an...

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Polar Express Train: Click for event info.

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Polar Express Train

Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2024

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...

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Christmas Experience at Anakeesta: Click for event info.


Christmas Experience at Anakeesta

Nov 15 - Dec 31, 2024

When the sun sets in the Smokies, Anakeesta mountain comes to life with a celebration of lights. Gather around the fire with family and friends for hot cocoa or your favorite hot toddy, then stroll th...

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas: Click for event info.


Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Nov 1, 2024 - Jan 5, 2025

Experience the magic of Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas 2024, hailed as America's Best Christmas Event for more than a decade. Gather your family for a festive adventure with over six million twi...

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For more events in the area, be sure to check our our full Smoky Mountain events calendar.

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