5 Reasons to Visit Pigeon Forge this Winter

November 22, 2014

Updated November 29, 2017

Some of my best memories are from the holidays. It’s a magical time, where we reminisce by a fire, gathered with loved ones and share the joy of Christmastime. Make those moments shine even brighter by transporting your loved ones to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for a winter vacation. Aglow with twinkling lights, the Great Smoky Mountain town greets you with a warm welcome and asks you to stay awhile.

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Why should Pigeon Forge be on the top of your winter vacation list? I’ll give you five good reasons to visit Pigeon Forge this winter.

1) 25 Miles of Twinkling Lights

Do you want a winter wonderland? You got it! There are 25 miles adorned with over 12 million lights, a dazzling sight. Want to sit back, relax and take in the view? Hop aboard the Trolley Ride of Lights. It’s enclosed and heated (bonus!), so you can stay warm and toasty while taking in the sights. Cost is only $5 per person, too, so it’s affordable family fun.

Dixie Stampede Christmas Dinner Show Santa in Sleigh2) Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

Even more merriment can be found with a Dollywood ticket. Celebrating with a Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, the park is a favorite place to get lost in the lights, entertainment and festivities of the season. I recommend scheduling your night around the Christmas in the Smokies show (check showtimes upon arrival) and Parade of Lights.

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Ask a park employee about parade times when you arrive, as it is held nightly but times vary. Another favorite is Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Junction, an area where you can “say cheese” with everybody’s favorite red-nosed reindeer. Who doesn’t love a good photo op for the holidays? One more thing – try the cinnamon glazed almonds at Frosted Nuts (located in Showstreet). Better get two bags because these things are addicting!

3) Cozy Cabin Living 

gold sparkling christmas ornament on tree with beads and lightsRent a cabin with a fireplace. Then, add a Jacuzzi on a large outdoor deck. Sound like a plan? Make it yours. With Pigeon Forge cabins you can truly get away from it all. Surround yourself with the scenic peaks and valleys of Eastern Tennessee. Breathe in the crisp mountain air. Take a moment to escape from the hustle and bustle the holidays can create and simply enjoy. It's as simple as that. I’m a fan of staying at a cabin any time of year, but it’s especially wonderful during winter.

4) Special Events & Shows

When you’re ready to get out of the cabin, you’ll find a lot of special events to keep you busy – no matter when you visit. The entertainment scene joins in on the merriment with shows set to a holiday theme. If you only have time to see one show, make it Dolly Parton's Stampede. Elaborately decorated for the holidays, the antebellum show brings the tradition and emotion of the holidays to life. Plus, the meal is so good you’ll be buying the creamy soup mix in the gift shop before you leave! You can also see it snow off the bow of the Titanic Museum every weekend, so even if mother nature doesn't cooperate you can still get your snowy moment. In addition, Gatlinburg hosts one of the South’s biggest New Year’s Eve Celebrations. 

5) Festive Fun 

The merriment doesn't end there, though. During the winter season, visitors can ski, snow tube and ice skate at Ober Gatlinburg. It's an ideal place to enjoy winter sports--even when the weather is mild. In addition, a holiday trip to Pigeon Forge isn't complete without a visit to Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland at Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium. The experience includes a marvelous synchronized LED light display, Santa's Workshop and much more!

Make Pigeon Forge a Part of Your Winter Travel Plans

I know spending money on a vacation can be tough during the holidays, what with all the gift-giving and gatherings. That said, you can visit Pigeon Forge, even for just a three day weekend, and keep a budget. Lodging prices are reasonable and most of the best sights to see are either free or low-cost. In fact, just sightseeing in the Smoky Mountains can be a real treat this time of year.

Written By Ashley


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