Fun Time Trolley & Driving Tours
Pigeon Forge sparkles with more than five million twinkling lights during Winterfest. One of the best ways to take in the shimmering sights of the season is by hopping aboard a Winterfest trolley tour!
Winterfest trolley tours offer an an exciting way to experience holiday magic in the Great Smoky Mountains -- without battling traffic and crowds. Visitors can embark on an enclosed trolley car ride; then sit back, relax and be whisked away to see some of the most breathtaking holiday light displays the region has to offer!
Because cool Smoky Mountain air can make winter months chilly, the Fun Time Trolley is heated for your comfort. You’ll be able to enjoy all the festive sights without battling the elements. Additionally, riders will be treated to information from knowledgeable tour guides who know the ins and outs of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and the rest of the Smoky Mountain area. You’ll hear historical stories, folk tales and learn more about the history of Winternest in the Great Smoky Mountains!
City of Pigeon Forge Winterfest Lights Driving Tour
Where: Begins at north end of the parkway
When: November 10, 2016
The lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the end of February. The process, however, begins in mid summer, when more than 5 million light bulbs are checked to make sure there are no outages and any needed repairs are made to the displays. Once everything is ready to go, it takes approximately two months to put the displays up and about a month to take them down when Winterfest ends. Welcome to Winterfest. We hope you enjoy your driving tour of the Pigeon Forge light displays.
The welcome sign is always out in Pigeon Forge, and Winterfest is no exception. During this time of year, this display welcomes our friends, neighbors and guests to our celebration of winter in the Smokies. Bright white icicles light up the Pigeon Forge Welcome and Information Centers, City Hall and other government buildings throughout town. A town named Pigeon Forge must have a Winterfest light display that includes pigeons. Our Pigeons in Flight displays span the Parkway at both the north and south ends of town.
You can view the brochure for the Winterfest Lights Driving Tour here.
City of Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights
Where: Begins at Gatlinburg Welcome Center, stoplight #5
Dates: November 9, 2016 - January 31, 2017
Times: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm
Visitors can soak up the spirit of the Gatlinburg Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Trolley Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry their guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, allowing everyone to experience the magical wonder of Gatlinburg Winter Magic.
Featuring one-of-a-kind LED lighting displays along Gatlinburg’s famous downtown Parkway, adjacent River Road, and the triangle juncture of the two, the latest $1.6 million-plus rollout of custom designed and fabricated lighting displays are marked by sections reminiscent of winter forests, evergreens and romance. The Hwy. 321 route features an injection of bright displays as well.
Gatlinburg has converted its entire winter lights program to quarter-watt LED bulbs, replacing the 5-watt incandescent bulbs and saving the City some 95 percent in energy cost and allowing the City to light the entire 120 days of the program for what it once cost for three days of electricity.
Displays featuring animals indigenous to Great Smoky Mountains National Park including deer, foxes, squirrels and rabbits are part of the program. Many of the timeless displays visitors have grown accustomed to over the past 23 years have been converted to crisp LED as well. Most recently, fanciful snowmen, dancing fountains, a group of international children and a shiny rocking horse have joined the lineup.
- All trolleys take the same route
- Children under 3 are free if they are sitting in an adults lap
- No food or drink on Trolley
- Trolley is enclosed and heated
- When reserving more than one ticket, use copy feature in dropdown box and copy data.