Pigeon Forge Winterfest!

Posted by Phil Rodgers in Things to Do

Sure, it's technically still autumn (and will be for another six weeks). But here in the Great Smoky Mountains, we're looking ahead to the next season. That's because everyone is already celebrating Winterfest, the annual four-month-long festival during which we celebrate winter, the Christmas holiday, seasonal shows and much more.

In Pigeon Forge, the festivities will get kicked off on Thursday, November 9 at Patriot Park, from 3 to 8 p.m. The entertainment begins with concerts by local high school choruses, and then the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) U.S. Army Band will perform a 45-minute-long music-filled tribute to veterans beginning at 6:15 p.m. The Veterans Military Honor Guard of Pigeon Forge will present colors in honor of each U.S. military branch, so veterans of all branches are encouraged to attend.

Winterfest lights

Next up, officials will turn on all six million lights that are located throughout the city of Pigeon Forge, followed by a show-stopping fireworks display. All Winterfest kickoff entertainment is free, and free parking will be available in the city's Municipal and Mountain parking lots, which are located just off Teaster Lane. A variety of food trucks will offer guests multiple dining options for purchase that evening.

Speaking of the Winterfest lights in Pigeon Forge, those who want to see them all might be interested in the city's Winterfest Diving Tour of Lights, which runs through February 18. It's a self-guided auto tour that will take you all over town to see the millions of lights and animated displays. While you're out, you might even want to drive on to Sevierville and/or Gatlinburg and see millions more lights and displays in those communities.

Another great thing about Pigeon Forge Winterfest is the holiday music shows hosted by the many theater venues in town. Venues like Dolly Parton's Stampede, Array, the Comedy Barn, Country Tonite and many others temporarily put their regular shows on the back burner and present holiday-themed productions featuring festive seasonal costumes and sets, beloved Christmas tunes (both secular and sacred) and appearances by lovable characters like Santa Claus, his elves, Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and more.

Of course, attractions like Goats on the Roof and many others will be having their own unique celebrations, whether it's merry holiday decorations or laying out the welcome mat for special events. We'll be open through the season, so come out and enjoy all our regular activities, including live goats, an alpine coaster, gem mining and our new dinosaur-themed mini golf.

There's a couple of other recommendations we'd like to make while you're in Pigeon Forge. The Island will be having its annual Tree Lighting & Winterfest Show on November 18, and they'll also be staging a New Year's Eve celebration there on December 31. And early next year, Wilderness Wildlife Week will be taking place January 22 through 25 at the Ramsey Hotel & Convention Center.

And don't forget that Dollywood will be hosting its annual Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival November 11 through January 6. Look for fun holiday-themed music shows, seasonal foods, costumed characters, visits with Santa and the 50-foot video-motion Christmas tree at Glacier Ridge. And as usual, there will still be plenty of rides, attractions, arts and crafts, and shopping opportunities at the theme park.

We hope you're planning to visit the Smokies at some point during Winterfest. If you do, be sure to stop by and see us at Goats on the Roof while you're enjoying all that holiday cheer.


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