Pigeon Forge Winter Travel Guide
Winter In The Smoky Mountains
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.
15 Million Lights
As the day begins to sink beneath the mountains, millions of lights begin to light up the night sky. It is easy to see why Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains draws visitors from around the country to see the wonderous display of sparkling lights. Displays of wandering wildlife, the twelve days of Christmas, seasonal characters and more illuminate the parkway and businesses across Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville.Winterfest
Catch Gatlinburg's Chili Cookoff on the parkway on November 10th to kick off the Winterfest celebration in the Smokies.
On weekends through December, stop by the Christmas village and drive through light show at the Townsend Visitors Center.
Rowdy Bear Mountain transforms into a one of a kind snow tubing experience including tubing races, a snow play area, and more.
Santa is visiting lots of places in the Smoky Mountains this year. For photo ops and wishlist visits, check out our blog at the link below.
Enjoy warm cocoa on the GSM Railroad while you listen and read along to the magical story of The Polar Express.
Visit GSM Arts & Crafts Show to peruse a selection of old fashioned pottery, hand crafted jewelry, and all kinds of holiday gifts.
Starting November 11, enjoy an incredible drive through experience of Smokies Stadium as it's lit up for the holiday season.
Gatlinburg's famous Fantasy Of Lights Christmas parade takes place along the parkway on December 2, 2022.
Ring in the New Year with firework celebrations in Gatlinburg and the Island in Pigeon Forge.
The Great Smoky Mountains are a great place to go stomping through the snow. Click below for top winter hiking trails.
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.
TN Cider Company
Stop by one of Tennessee Cider Company's locations for free samples of seasonal flavors and collect your 32 ounce growler.
The most beautiful Christmas tree makes a great backdrop for your next family photo at Ripley's Aquarium.
Get your holiday sugar fix at Crave Golf Club. The courses are turned into candy wonderlands for the season.
Under The Bridges
There are three bridges with light displays you don't want to miss: Jake Thomas Rd, Old Mill Ave, & Dollywood Lane.
The Incredible Christmas Place is in the holiday spirit year-round, but you can't miss their special winter lights.
"Christmas isn't a competition, but the prize itself. The gathering and sharing of the things that matter most." - Dolly Parton
The mountaintop theme park in Gatlinburg is decked out in lights and decor for Enchanted Winter at Anakeesta.
Both the interior and exterior of the TITANIC Museum Attraction will be extraordinarily decorated in Edwardian Christmas displays.
Festival Of Trees
Stop by the WL Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg Nov. 22-27 for some fabulous holiday displays at the Festival of Trees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This civil war themed show gets a holiday twist beginning in November. Audiences will enjoy razor sharp wit, historical accuracy, and a heart warming ending.
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.
Music lovers will enjoy contemporary holiday favorites, traditional Gospel hymns, and even some hits from The King at the Smokies' favorite sing-a-long show.
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
Ogle Bros General Store
Pick out some unique handmade pottery of all different varieties from Ogle Bros General Store, located in the Five Oaks area. The store carries a great selection of home goods and pantry items.
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 Appalachian Bistro
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 Shoes & 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 Metal Works
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 of Restaurants
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 → ]