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Travel Guide

Winter

In The Smoky Mountains

Dec 21, 2023 – Mar 19, 2024

The beauty of the winter season brings cooler temperatures and holiday spirit but also smaller crowds and a change of pace. During the months of December, January and February, life slows down a bit in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains and harkens back to a time when things were simpler. Curl up in a cabin with a fireplace and unplug with the ones you love. There are plenty of things to do in the winter in Pigeon Forge but being together is the best one.

Rowdy Bear Snowpark

Rowdy Bear Snowpark offers a one of a kind snow tubing experience including tubing races, a snow play area, and more. Stop by their location on the Pigeon Forge parkway this season and enjoy the largest outdoor tubing hill in Tennessee.

Rowdy Bear

Tennessee Cider Company

Tennessee Cider Company has locations in Gatlinburg and Sevierville will some of the best seasonal flavor you'll find. Check out their free samples and collect your 32 ounce growler.

Tennessee Cider

Ice Skating at Ober Mountain

Strap on a pair of skates and glide around Ober's indoor ice arena this winter. Great for all ages and ability levels, the skating rink and surrounding enclosed makes for a lovely spot to spend the day with family.

Ober Mountain

Photos With Santa

Santa is visiting lots of places in the Smoky Mountains this year and will be ready to receive Christmas wishes from all the little children. For photo ops and wishlist visits, check out our blog at the link below.

Photos With Santa

Winterfest Kickoff

Winterfest officially kicks off November 9, 2023 in Patriot Park. Catch the moment all the lights turn on at this annual celebration.

Kickoff Event

Christmas Never Ends

Check out the newest drive-thru holiday light show in East Tennessee.

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Astra Lumina

A unique holiday light experience, Anakeesta's Astra Lumina is an immersive light show like nothing you've ever seen before.

Astra Lumina
Nov 12 - Dec 31

Wonders Of Light

Pigeon Forge's Riverwalk Greenway will once again shine bright for the season as the Wonders Of Light Walking Trail.

Wonders of Light

Scenic Helicopter Tours

Get a one-of-a-kind vantage point of the Winterfest lights this year with Scenic Helicopter Tours.

Scenic Tour

The Island

Spend an evening at The Island in Pigeon Forge to experience their unique fountain show and wonderful holiday decor.

The Island

Shadrack’s

Starting November 17, 2023, enjoy an incredible drive through experience of Soaky Mountain as it's lit up for the holiday season.

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SkyLand Ranch

During their Festival Of Lights event, the award-winning attraction will be aglow with over one million holiday lights.

Festival Of Lights

Redneck Bus Lights Tour

Laugh your way through the Smokies in the most hilarious way to see Pigeon Forge Winterfest light displays. The lights tour starts November 11 with availability through the end of the year.

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Winter Events

Christmas In The Village

Select Dates in Nov & Dec

Visit the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend and step back in time to a pioneer holiday celebration.

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Lots of colorful holiday candy and ornaments

Holiday Concert

Nov 27, 2023

The Community Chorus Holiday Concert takes place the Sunday after Thanksgiving at the First Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge.

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Tunes & Tales

Fridays & Saturdays Nov 24 - Dec 16

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales brings characters, storytellers and caroling to the Gatlinburg parkway.

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Festival Of Trees

Nov 22-26, 2023

Stop by the WL Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg for some fabulous holiday displays at the Festival of Trees.

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Breakfast With Santa

Select Dates in Nov & Dec

The mountaintop theme park in Gatlinburg is decked out in lights and decor for Enchanted Winter at Anakeesta.

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Christmas at the Courthouse

December 1, 2023

Enjoy a classic tree lighting at the Sevierville courthouse plus children’s crafts, photos with Santa, holiday snacks and music.

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Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

December 1, 2023 at 7:30 pm

The award-winning Fantasy Of Lights Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg is a fun and festive way to kick off the holiday season.

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Santa Hustle

December 10, 2023

Thousands of Santas will hit the streets of Townsend during the annual Santa Hustle 5K to raise money for charity.

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Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Starting in November you can catch this classic holiday show featuring holiday tunes, timeless characters, family friendly comedy, and 32 magnificent horses - all while enjoying a delicious 4 course meal.

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Country Tonite

The colorful set, enchanting choreography, and cheerful singing at Country Tonite will excite and astound all ages. You'll see familiar characters like Frosty, Santa, and the Sugar Plum Fairy in this spirited holiday production.

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Hatfield & McCoy

This Christmas disaster puts the holler in hollerdays. The show features something for everyone, including holiday song & dance, side splitting comedy, and even some jaw dropping stunts.

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Lumberjack Feud

Sing along to holiday tunes, sip on hot chocolate, and enjoy forested folklore with the Dawsons and McGraws as they feud it out this season. The lumberjacks turn sawdust into Christmas magic starting in November.

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Polar Express

Go beyond your imagination and experience a new holiday tradition at Beyond The Lens. Watch The Polar Express in full motion seating on the immersive FlyRide.

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Comedy Barn

Get in the Christmas spirit with the funniest show in the Smokies. From cloggers to canines and all the jokes in between, the Comedy Barn knows how to keep their audience jolly with laughter.

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Christmas At Array

The new Array Variety Show celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with festive lights, timeless music, and an amazing two hour holiday special.

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Gift Ideas

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro

Purchase a gift card for the delicious Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in Townsend. Their regionally inspired dishes incorporate fresh produce grown on-site and the highest quality local ingredients.

Dancing Bear

French’s Shoes & Boots

A pair of finely crafted cowboy boots from the Pigeon Forge parkway staple French's Shoes & Boots makes a great gift. You'll find everything from classic western styles to exotic ostrich quill.

French's Boots

Iron Mountain Metal Works

The best gives are handmade, right? Try your hand as a blacksmith and create a custom knife for a friend or family member at Iron Mountain Metal Works. They'll surely be impressed with your handiwork.

Iron Mountain

Johnson Family Of Restaurants

A collection of the best dining in the area, Johnson Family of Restaurants offers gift cards that can be used at all of their restaurants including Big Daddy's Pizzeria, Alamo Steakhouse, Bennett's BBQ, and more.

Johnson Family

Riverwoods Home Furnishings

This premier custom furniture & home decor showroom is located in Wears Valley. Riverwoods Home Furnishings specializes in using reclaimed wood from old barns, factories and homesteads.

Riverwoods
Indoors

Get Cozy

If the wintry outdoors are a little too chilly for your liking, consider making the lodging portion of your holiday trip to the Smokies part of the vacation in itself. Here are our top picks for where to stay this winter.

Find the perfect winter lodging for your vacation.

  • Cabins With A Fireplace: Who could deny the comforts of cozying up near a fireplace on a crisp winter evening?
  • Hotels With Indoor Pools: If you're traveling with the family, this is a great option. Indoor pools are a wonderful treat for kids looking to burn off some energy.
  • Cabins With A Hot Tub: Brace the chilly night air in your swimsuit and ease into a bubbling hot tub to take the edge off - it's worth it.

Play To Win

More than just video games, arcades in Pigeon Forge are full entertainment centers with laser tag, indoor mini golf, & virtual reality. You will stay toasty & dry indoors when the weather turns. [ Arcades → ]

Beyond The Classroom

Don’t tell the kids, but Pigeon Forge has many learning opportunities. By combining education & entertainment, many museums in Pigeon Forge take a fun approach to science & history. [ Museums → ]

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