What’s Happening At Winterfest 2017

November 6 through February 28, 2018 visitors experience the most imaginative light displays. Pigeon Forge Winterfest takes the bite out of winter frost and transforms into a metropolis of winter fun. Winterfest is a time when cool-weather people rejoice. Join these winter-minded folks in activities in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and small towns nestled near the Smoky Mountains.

Kickoff Events

East Tennessee is a wonderland during Winterfest! Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and the rest of the Smoky Mountains will twinkle and shine as five million lights glow in celebration of the season.
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Embrace the holiday spirit here in the Smoky Mountains by taking in Winterfest parades. See festive parades in Gatlinburg and Sevierville. Smoky Mountain parades will feature music, lights, floats and more!
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Trolley Tours

Winterfest trolley tours are as much fun as a ride in Santa’s sleigh! Fun Time Trolley in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Trolley are perfect vehicles to take in everything Winterfest has to offer in the Smoky Mountains.
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Make the most of your Winterfest vacation by cozying up in the perfect Pigeon Forge lodging option! No matter whether you’d like to stay in a sleek hotel with an award-winning spa or a rustic cabin experience, you’ll find lodging in Pigeon Forge to suit your needs. Search for and book hotels, cabins, condos, vacation rentals by owner and bed and breakfasts for your Smoky Mountain dream vacation come true!
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From the ski resort in Gatlinburg to the shows in Pigeon Forge, you find yourself celebrating the snowy season. For the ardent skiers, Ober Gatlinburg has a Bavarian theme and sits atop the mountain peak with nice trails and beautiful chalet rentals. They also offer snow tubing and an olympic-sized ice skating rink. Skiers and non-skiers enjoy riding the aerial tram. When the sun goes down, there is an abundance of cozy cocktail bars in Gatlinburg.
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Shows & Theaters

If you love music and entertainment, you’ll love Pigeon Forge shows and theaters. Smoky Mountain Winterfest turns the best Pigeon Forge shows and theaters into a special, seasonal experience. From Christmas shows with a country twist to hilarious comedy extravaganzas, the entire family with enjoy being entertained inside Pigeon Forge’s theaters.
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Mountain peaks and swirling snowflakes combine to provide the best winter ambiance for holiday decorations. This is a magical time of year when every mountain town hosts cider sippings, mountain music, and candy samplings. Discover the finest handcrafted chocolates and world-renowned artisans creating everything from quilts to pottery to hand-hewn furnishings. If you are gift shopping in the Smoky Mountains, a gift of food is a token of love.

Pigeon Forge, TN is a top winter destination for families, because it is filled with beautiful sparking lights and restaurants that families enjoy. This is a great town for walking around on a brisk winter night. People are happy and hospitable as they wander in and out of warm and welcoming gift shops. Be sure to bring your camera and take pictures of over-the-top Winterfest displays. Winterfest continues well beyond the traditional holiday season. The lights stay in place until the end of February. People love taking advantage off-season vacation packages and bargains galore. In recent years, Pigeon Forge Winterfest has received a huge influx of winter vacationers who are bargain shopping at the hundreds of outlet stores after Christmas. Use PigeonForge.com as your complete guide for Things To Do and recommendations that are Off the Beaten Path in the Smoky Mountains!

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