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Winterfest in Pigeon Forge Brings Winter Magic to the Smokies

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November 1, 2023

It’s that time of year again! With Christmas just around the corner, there is no better place to be this winter than in the Smoky Mountains. To help celebrate the changing of the seasons every year, the city of Pigeon Forge hosts their annual winter event called Winterfest! This event brings sparkling lights to the cities surrounding the Smoky Mountains, as well as plenty of other holiday specialities you won’t want to miss. Learn more about Winterfest in Pigeon Forge below:

What is Winterfest?

holiday lights

Winterfest is an event in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg where millions of colorful lights depict scenes of your favorite Christmas songs, animals that live in the Smoky Mountains, and characters you know and love. You will be able to enjoy all of the incredible light structures strung up on light poles and set up on the sides of the Parkway for months! People love seeing the 12 Days of Christmas along the Parkway that runs through Pigeon Forge.

When is Winterfest?

Winterfest in Pigeon Forge starts in November and runs through mid-February. The exact dates change every year, but it is always during these months. You will be able to see the many twinkling lights and festive decorations during these months, and the best times to see them all lit up is at night!

Other Winter Events and Activities

You may be wondering what else you can enjoy during Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, and you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of other activities and events that happen during the holiday season in the Smoky Mountains! Keep reading to learn more about these fun things to do:

Light Tours

holiday lights pigeon forge winterfest

If you want to enjoy the Winterfest lights but you don’t want to drive yourself, hop aboard the Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge trolleys! You can ride around and see all of the lights around town without having to drive yourself! Many people choose to take the driving tour of lights and hop in the comfort of their own vehicles to explore. We recommend purchasing a cup of hot chocolate for the ultimate holiday adventure!

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Another fun thing to do during the holiday season is to see the synchronized light show called Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland ! You’ll drive through a maze of lights and fixtures as you turn your car radio to a certain station to see the lights dance in time with the music! You can also visit Snowy Mountain Village for crafts, games, treats, and more. This exciting event is located at Soaky Mountain Waterpark in Sevierville.

Holiday Shows

Country Tonite music show in Pigeon Forge sign at night

Almost all of the incredible Pigeon Forge shows in the area put on special holiday performances during this time of year! See a Christmas-themed comedy show at The Comedy Barn or go listen to your favorite Christmas songs with a country twist at Country Tonite. You can also have a holiday-themed supper show at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud! You have plenty of options if you want to see a Christmas show in Pigeon Forge!

Want to spend some time in Gatlinburg while you’re in town? Learn more about Winterfest in Gatlinburg TN!

You won’t want to miss out on Winterfest in Pigeon Forge! Want to know what else you can do while you’re in town? Look through our Luxury Pass to see which attractions you’ll get free tickets to when you book one of our cabins!

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