The Smokies light up with Winterfest lights during the holiday season, and some of the displays are truly incredible to see. You'll see plenty of amazing displays by simply driving down the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg parkways. Here are the best displays and where to find them.
Pigeons In Flight
Pigeon Forge's city limits on the north and south sides of town both feature a light display of pigeons flying over the parkway's median. You will find the northern display right in front of the Pigeon River Inn near the Chamber of Commerce and just before Music Road. Coming from Gatlinburg, the southern display is just before the y'all come back! sign.
12 Days Of Christmas
This storytelling light display stretches along the median on the southern side of the parkway. If you're driving from Gatlinburg, you'll start with twelve drummers drumming right in fron of Baskin Robbins and end with a partridge in a pear tree in front of the Quality Inn and Firehouse Subs.
One of the best places to see light displays in Pigeon Forge is right along Old Mill Square in Patriot Park. You'll find a tank and a battleship, rolling waves ("from sea to shining sea"), the American flag being raised at Iwo Jima - a 40 foot tall display - and individual salutes to every branch of the country's armed forces.
Old Mill Scene
Up on a hill next to Teaster Lane is the beloved Old Mill Scene featuring more than 6,000 lights and active animations. The long-time favorite scene is of course a tribute to Pigeon Forge's own Old Mill, one of the oldest businesses in the area and a staple of the Smoky Mountains.
There are four bridges located on the east side of the parkway that will take your breath away as you drive over them. The first is located at stoplight #3 on Wears Valley Road, followed by stoplight #5 on Jake Thomas Road, stoplight #7 on Old Mill Avenue, and stoplight #8 on Dollywood Lane.
Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland
Smokies Stadium gets immersed in custom built light displays for the holiday season, and they add new features every year. Not only can you enjoy the incredible Winterfest lights; Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland also features Santa's Village where kids can visit and take their photo with Saint Nick.