Top Attractions To Visit During Winterfest

The best things to do for the true holiday experience

If you're visiting the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg area this holiday season, be sure to check out some of these amazing attractions. They go all out for Winterfest with displays and special events that you and the family will adore.

Astra Lumina at Anakeesta

Anakeesta

While the whole of Anakeesta is always a beautiful sight in it's holiday decor, this year you can experience something extraordinary at the popular mountaintop park. Immerse yourself in the enchanted experience that is Astra Lumina. It's a unique addition that makes the night sky glow in an immersive show of lights and sounds. Part of the Lumina Enchanted Night Walk series, this is the first of its kind in the US and truly someting to behold.

Astra Lumina at Anakeesta

Titanic Museum Attraction decorated for Christmas

Titanic Museum Attraction

If you've never been to Titanic Museum Attraction on the Pigeon Forge parkway during the holiday season, the gorgeous displays inside and out are a must-see. Exchange greetings with the Titanic crew amongst the glittering lights and festive decor. Reservations are required to explore the museum, but the gift shop is open to the public every day - making it a great place to stop by for some Christmas shopping.

Titanic Museum Attraction

Flyride: Polar Express Journey

Beyond The Lens! Flyride

This holiday season has an exciting journey in store for visitors to the all new Flyride at Beyond The Lens. The immersive theater ride offers a magical adventure aboard The Polar Express™ Journey to the North Pole from November through early January. Board the train and experience the wind, mist, dips, turns and other standout effects on this unique and thrilling ride.

Beyond The Lens!

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

Head on down to the southern side of the Smokies and hop on board the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad for a memorable holiday experience. As you depart the depot in Bryson City, NC, the train comes to life with the sights and sounds of the motion picture soundtrack from The Polar Express. You'll journey through quiet wilderness all the way to the north pole for a chance to visit with Santa Claus himself! Don't miss out on the magical holiday experience that is the Polar Express Train Ride!

Great Smoky Mountains Railroad

People snow tubing at Pigeon Forge Snow

Pigeon Forge Snow

While East Tennessee weather might keep things a little too warm for a white Christmas, you can still experience all the fun of real snow at this indoor snow tubing park on Teaster Lane. Pigeon Forge Snow is the first facility in the US offering real snow throughout the whole year to create a 35,000 square foot indoor playground. Ride down the tubing hills or purchase a combo package that includes time for making snow angels or having a snowball fight.

Pigeon Forge Snow

Snow tubing in Pigeon Forge

Rowdy Bear Smoky Mountain Snowpark

If you'd rather enjoy the crispy winter air during an outdoor snow tubing adventure, check out the thrilling Rowdy Bear Smoky Mountain Snowpark this holiday season. With the longest and fastest outdoor snow tubing in the area, your whole group is guaranteed to have a blast racing down the hill together. You can even purchase your tickets online before your trip.

Rowdy Bear Smoky Mountain Snowpark

Ice Skating at Ober

Ice Skating At Ober Mountain

Strap on a pair of skates and glide around Ober Mountain’s indoor ice arena! The large indoor ice arena is the centerpiece of Ober Mountain’s enclosed mall and is open year-round for guests to enjoy. The skating rink is accommodating for beginner and professional skaters alike and is a great way to put you in the holiday spirit!

Ice Skating At Ober Mountain

The Island decorated for the holiday

The Island Winterfest Show

Millions of lights. Custom decorations. More than a mile of garland. Endless entertainment. Winterfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge is unlike any experience in the Smokies with millions of lights, the 23-acre property lights up as the sun goes down to create a holiday ambiance you’re sure to love. Make plans to see this exciting Winterfest show at The Island in Pigeon Forge!

The Island Winterfest Show

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Guests can celebrate the holiday season with family at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center by stepping back in time to a pioneer celebration at their Christmas in the Village experience. Living history interpreters will act as guides through the holiday-adorned historic Appalachian village. Christmas In The Village will include admission to the Appalachian Christmas Village, living history interpreters, hand crafting demonstrations, craft stations for all ages, hot cider and kettle corn.

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center

Looking for even more holiday spirit? Check out some of the amazing Christmas shows happening throughout November and December. The Winterfest event calendar is also stacked with so many fun things to do on your trip.

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