Kick back and let winter in Pigeon Forge entertain you! Pigeon Forge has vibrant energy amid an illuminated landscape. It is a top destination for families, because it is jam packed with things that children and teens enjoy. Dads, papaws, moms, and grannies love the atmosphere of Pigeon Forge. Get out and about on a Pigeon Forge evening! Discover a huge selection of family shows featuring world-class talent recruited from all over the world. Thrills and shows are eye-popping and fun for every age group.
There are attractions tailored for all ages, all different personalities. Use PigeonForge.com as your complete guide for Things To Do. You will enjoy local recommendations that are Off the Beaten Path in the Smoky Mountains!
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a bright and energetic family friendly city nestled at the base of the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Winter in the Smoky Mountains is magical. Families appreciate the variety of activities and breathtaking winter mountain scenery. What a perfect destination for every member of your family and every age group. Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg are always offering fun and exciting new attractions for visitors.
From Country to Rock n' Roll, Magic and Comedy to Musical theater, Gospel, small intimate shows and major world-class productions, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is your home in the Smoky Mountains for world class family entertainment. Smoky Mountain Winterfest is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the Christmas lights. Treat yourself to Pigeon Forge Restaurants and a show at a theater.
This is your perfect weekend holiday getaway! What more could you ask for? Book today! Bring a little piece of the Smokies home with you from the shops in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Souvenirs, hand made collectibles, gifts, arts & crafts from the historic Glades Arts and Crafts Community or great deals in the factory outlet stores will help you capture memories of your Smoky Mountain vacation in tangible, beautiful items. Shop on the parkway or travel toward Gatlinburg for quaint mountain shops. Anywhere you go in the area you will find treasures of the Smokies available to bring home.
In winter, snow capped peaks draw visitors from all over the world. This is why so many brides choose the Smoky Mountains for their destination wedding. PigeonForge.com is your best resource for finding wedding services, proposing marriage, or celebrating an anniversary. Love is in the air, and Pigeon Forge is the perfect destination to celebrate.
One quick drive down the main Parkway in Pigeon Forge, and visitors can see a few "zany" vegas-style chapels with neon signs. The adorable little white chapels appeal to a vast number of visitors. Married couples enjoy renewing their vows in a casual chapel; they dress comfortably and celebrate with a nice meal at a local restaurant and a show at an area theater. Perhaps they mark their anniversary with a tattoo or a spa treatment at Smoky Mountain Salon and Spa. Couples are always pleasantly surprised to find wedding services available at Titanic Pigeon Forge which offers wedding packages and vow renewal ceremonies on the grand staircase. Their appointment book fills rapidly, so advance reservations are required.
Winter weather permitting, A scenic drive through Great Smoky Mountains National Park gives you the perfect view of the forest floor. Large growth forest scenes envelope your senses as you glide though the mountian mist.
The winter season offers visitors a glimpse of historic sites and homesteads that would otherwise disappear into the undergrowth. Great Smoky Mountains National Park was founded June 15, 1934. Even after its creation, many people continued to live in these mountains. Though none currently inhabit their old homesteads, many cabins, mills, churches, cemeteries and other signs of early life are still visible throughout the Smoky Mountains.
Snow is possible in the Pigeon Forge Area from late November through late March, but accumulation is not always guaranteed when snow begins to fall. Bear in mind that higher elevations in the mountains will have different weather. The Smoky Mountains are a temperate rainforest because when warm moist air from the valley ascends into the cooler air of the mountains, the water vapor in the air condenses and rain falls. The highest elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains are comparable to Canada in terms of weather and even wildlife.
Increasingly, Smoky Mountain travelers are building a few extra days into their schedule to venture out to destinations such as Townsend, TN, Knoxville, TN or Cosby, TN....and points beyond. Wind your way along the back roads of this postcard-beautiful region. More and more visitors are booking in centrally-located Pigeon Forge as their "home base" location, then daytripping the 90-mile drive on I-40 EAST toward Asheville, NC in order to fully explore the Appalachian splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smoky Mountain region is rich in local customs, perspectives, and stories. With so many things to do, use PigeonForge.com as your top travel guide for finding the best Smoky Mountain Winterfest information.
Pigeon Forge Winterfest will kick-off November 6, 2012. If you've not had the opportunity to experience Pigeon Forge Winterfest, we invite you to join us this year to see why Winterfest is a favorite for visitors and local residents alike. Remember, Winterfest begins in November and continues through February, and you're welcome anytime. We will leave the lights on for you...all five million of them!
Special events to look forward to include the Wilderness Wildlife Week, a celebration of the outdoors and top-rated educational festival. Learn nature photography, participate in outdoor treks, highfalutin' Storytelling festival, rousing live performances by some of the nation's finest western musicians and cowboy poets, A Mountain Quiltfest and much more. Be sure to take a ride on the Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley and on the Winterfest Trolley in Gatlinburg for a journey through the cities' landmarks, highlighted by the Christmas lights. To learn more about upcoming Winterfest events, keep reading... There will be something the entire family will delight in; browse various Winterfest events on www.PigeonForge.com and plan your trip today!
Sevierville Winterfest is a must-see event on November 5, 2012. The city of Sevierville offers free food, local entertainment, kids games, and fireworks.
Kicking off in downtown Sevierville, the festival is entitled "Music, Lights and Magic." It marks the beginning of the illumination of thousands of lights outlining the city. The evening wraps up with "flipping the switch" on the area's first Winterfest lighting. Call 1-888-738-4378 for more information.
IMPORTANT | Visitors will enjoy "Smoky Mountain Winterfest in 3D!" Glasses are available at the Sevierville Visitor Center on Hwy 66 (while supplies last.) These glasses will help visitors see Winterfest in a whole new light!
The City of Gatlinburg kicks off Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ November 7, 2012 on the Downtown Parkway by turning on over three million lights. Enjoy live entertainment, sample chili recipes from local restaurants and businesses. A spectacular fireworks display at dusk during the opening ceremony.
This is an event you won’t want to miss! Bring your appetite and a willingness to sample new or improved recipes when the City hosts its Annual Winter Magic™ Kickoff & Annual Chili Cookoff on November 7th in downtown Gatlinburg! Over 20 chili vendors will serve up the most mouth-watering recipes of mild and delightful to wild and adventurous homemade chili in portions suitable for sampling, then you will get to cast your vote for People's Choice Award once you have been pleasantly filled. Judges will also select winners in catergories including best taste, booth presentation, design of aprons and most unique chili name. Admission is only $8 for a spoon and voting ballot, and the evening's program includes the "flip of the switch" for turning on the dazzling lights, so come on down!
Touring the light displays is a favorite activity for Winterfest visitors aboard the area's guided trolley holiday light tours. View the beautiful Winterfest light displays aboard the comfort of a temperature-controlled trolley. Winterfest Trolley Tours make enjoying Winterfest displays easy, since trolley operators know where all the displays can be found. Look forward to seeing winking and dancing bears, toy soldiers, hot air balloons and much more... The rest you have to see for yourself!
City of Pigeon Forge Trolley Tours
Where: Pigeon Forge Trolley Station at Patriot Park.
When: November 6 thru February 28 (Mon. - Fri. only) at 6:30 p.m.
How much: The guided tour costs $5 per guest.
For more info: Call the Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley at (865) 453-6444 for reservations and departure times.
City of Gatlinburg Trolley Tours
Where: Gatlinburg Welcome Center at Ripley's Aquarium, stoplight # 5 on the Parkway.
How much: The guided tour costs $5 per guest.
For more info: Call the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at (865) 436-0535 for reservations.
GATLINBURG FANTASY of LIGHTS PARADE - The City of Gatlinburg invites you to bundle up and generate a spirited dose of holiday cheer and soak up Gatlinburg’s annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 p.m. on December 7, 2012 including marching bands and giant helium balloons taking to the streets.
SEVIERVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE - A traditional hometown parade with baton twirlers, pageant winners, marching bands and floats leading up to the appearance of the Grand Marshal – Santa Claus! Parade is held on December 1, 2012 and begins at 11:00 a.m. The parade can best be viewed on Forks of the River Parkway and Court Avenue in historic downtown Sevierville, TN.
Come explore the wild Smoky Mountain wilderness at the 23rd Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week,™ January 12-19, 2013 at the Music Road Hotel and Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, TN. There is a full schedule of outdoor recreational activities that unite visitors with the rustic beauty of nature in the Smokies. Nearly 100 mountain experts will guide guests on walks, hikes, seminars, hands on workshops and lectures on topics ranging from Smoky Mountain history and fly-fishing to plant and animal habitation. Music lovers will enjoy tunes performed by authentic Smoky Mountain musicians at AppalachiaFest. There will be many special events for children and families alike, with hikes through the Smokies ranging from peaceful strolls to demanding, multi-mile voyages; storytelling, fishing, music, photography and more.
This spectacular event has something stimulating for any age, bringing thousands of nature lovers to Pigeon Forge each year, it is recognized for its contributions to environment and education by the International Festivals & Events Association. All activities are offered free of charge. More information on Wilderness Wildlife Week and the 2013 Program Guide.
Enjoy some of the top performers in western music and cowboy poetry? The 2013 lineup won't disappoint! February 21-24, 2013!
This year's Saddle Up! event will host a lot of the same, popular events such as the Chuckwagon Cookoff, Cowboy dance and the Sunday Service as well as introduce some new events. One of those new events for the 2013 Saddle Up! is called, “Capturing the Old West,” a video presentation and western photography exhibit.
One of the most popular components of Saddle Up! is a competitive Chuck Wagon cook-off. Chuck Wagon cooks prepare lunch for guests, and there is an evaluation by a panel of judges.
The week starts out with a cornbread sampling at 10am on the 20th. Kent Rollins and the Red River Ranch Chuckwagon, which is the feature food provider, will offer the cornbread for free at Old Mill Square.
February 21st is celebrated with "Capturing the Old West" at 3pm. This video presentation and western photography exhibit is by Ken Jenkins and held in the Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge for free. At 6pm The Quebe Sisters Band plays at Mama's Farmhouse for $54.88. If you are looking for a different band, Wylie & The Wild West will also play at 6pm at the Partidge & Pear for $54.88.
February 22nd starts with a Chuck Wagon Sampling at 11am at Smoky Mountain Guitars for free. At noon, "Stories & Strings concert" is also held at Smoky Mountain Guitars for $16.46. Bobby Black, Brenn hill, Joey McKenzie, Sourdough Slim, Dave Stamey and T. Scot Wilburn will be the performers. At 3pm a Saddle Up concert sponsored by the Inn at Christmas Place will be at the Grand Majestic Theater for $16.46. Dave Stamey, Chris Isaacs, Brenn Hill, Sourdough Slim, and T. Scot Wilburng & the Shut Up-N-Playboys will perform. Wrap up the night with a Saddle Up concert sponsored by Premier Media at 7pm at the Grand Majestic Theater for $16.46. Waddie Mitchell, Chris, Isaacs, Dave Stamey, Wylie Gustafson and The Quebe Sisters Band will perform.
Saturday, the 23rd, starts at 9am with Buckeroo Roundup at Clabough's Campground. This is free entertainment and cowboy-themed activities. at noon Clabough's Campground also hosts the Chuck Wagon Lunch for $10 per plate. At 6pm a Saddle Up concert sponsored by Riverside towers at the Grand Majestic Theater will have Cal Farley Youth Performer, Waddie Mitchell, The Quebe Sisters Band, Sourdough Slim, Brenn Hill and Wylie & The Wild West for $16.46. Lastly, there is the Cowboy Dance at the Spirit of the Smokies Condo Lodge at 8:30pm with T. Scot Wilburn & the Shut Up-N-Playboys with special guests. Tickets are $5.
To end the week, Sunday morning will have the Chuck Wagon Breakfast from 8:30am to 10:30am at the Stages West for $5 followed by the 10:30 Cowboy Church, a non-denominational service, also at Stages West.
Pigeon Forge will host the 19th Annual “A Mountain Quiltfest™” in March 2013. This festival attracts over 20,000 visitors from around the country to the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Hosted by the Piecemakers and Sevier Valley Quilters Guilds, this early spring event brings quilting enthusiasts to compete in a world-renown, multi-category quilt show.
Visitors enjoy the special display of show quilts and shop for unique items prior to public opening. Opening Night Celebration will feature instructors, vendors and sponsors to answer questions and meet your quilting needs. "A Mountain Quiltfest" offers a unique opportunity for the display and viewing of creative quilts, as well as classes and lectures taught by some of the nation’s most recognizable names.
For a complete listing of fun wintertime events, visit the official Pigeon Forge Calendar of Events!