Why Pigeon Forge is the Ultimate Christmas DestinationPublished Nov 10, 2022
If you can’t make it to the North Pole this Christmas, Pigeon Forge is the next best thing! What makes this Smoky Mountains town a holiday haven? Let’s do what Santa would do. Make a list!
1. MILLIONS OF LIGHTS AT WINTERFEST
Pigeon Forge Winterfest illuminates the streets with twinkling lights crafted into incredible displays. Stroll the Wonder of Lights Walking Trail to see giant lighted scenes. Drive through lights all over town every night if you like!
2. DOLLYWOOD’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Take the Dollywood Express train through magical lights. Hear carols as you watch fireworks in the clear night sky. Wander through the icy blue shine of Glacier Ridge, the red-and-green glow of Santa’s Village, and the golden candlelight in Craftsman’s Valley. Take in a show, from the down-home “Christmas in the Smokies” to the kids’ show “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Don’t forget to taste the park’s sweet treats, too!
3. SPARKLING HOLIDAY SHOWS
Pigeon Forge theaters go all out with glittering costumes and sets, polishing up beloved Christmas tunes and turning every show into a winter wonderland! There are shows for every taste: A serene live Nativity scene with hymns. A country music holiday extravaganza. Knee-slapping, clean comedy with stunts and animal tricks. You can even find beautiful horses and their expert riders galloping to holiday music at Dolly Parton’s Stampede!
4. DELICIOUS HOLIDAY DINING
Let Pigeon Forge restaurants do the work so you can relax and enjoy your family this year! Whether grabbing a bite between shows or lingering over Christmas Eve supper, you’ll find plenty of eateries open all season (even Christmas Day). Go for breakfast or burgers at Mel’s Classic Diner. Try Brazilian steaks at Gaucho Urbano or Southern home cooking at Five Oaks Farm Kitchen.
5. SHOPPING TO DECK YOUR HALLS
If picking the perfect ornament and trimming a stunning tree gets you in the holiday mood, Pigeon Forge is your shopping paradise! Find personalized ornaments, themed decor, trees, lights, stockings, toys, and more at The Incredible Christmas Place and Christmas & Collectibles.
6. CABINS FULL OF GOOD CHEER
Pick a vacation cabin that’s decorated for the holidays. After your days out, come home to your private, comfy Pigeon Forge cabin for hot chocolate while you watch “Elf” or “White Christmas” on TV. Make memories for a lifetime!
We’ve got cabins just waiting to become your personal Santa’s Workshop. Browse our decorated cabins today!