Christmas in Pigeon Forge is no small affair. The city celebrates in a big way, with millions of lights lining the streets, seasonal foods at area restaurants, holiday decorations in shop windows, Christmas floats, and live music! Each year, the annual Winterfest event brings the best of the holidays to the Smokies, and this year’s 25th Annual Winterfest is no exception!
Celebrating 25 years of Winterfest, Pigeon Forge will kick off the event right after the Veterans Day parade in Patriot Park on November 11. Grand Marshal Ed Taylor, the oldest veteran in Sevier County, will lead the Salute to Veterans Parade kick-off. The lively parade will feature bands, floats, and amazing performers from different shows in the community. It will start at Jehu Street near traffic light #10 (at 4:30 p.m.) and will end at Patriot Park near The Old Mill (at 5 p.m.).
After the parade, the Winterfest kick-off will feature a kids’ play area, food vendors, and photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Festivities will begin around 5 p.m. and are FREE! The kick-off begins with the switching on of more than five million sparkling lights that will line the Parkway until the end of February. The lighting ceremony will be held at River Road and Old Mill Avenue, at the bridge near Old Mill Restaurant. Once the lights come on, hop on the Trolley Tour of Lights for a FREE tour of the city (free one night only) and Winterfest lighted displays.
Throughout winter, more Winterfest events will offer family fun for holidays in Pigeon Forge. Take the Trolley Tour of Lights, enjoy Wilderness Wildlife week, or check out Sadlde Up! All are family-friendly events that are great for all ages!
Trolley Tour of Lights
November 11 – January 9
Soak up the sights as you ride along on the Trolley Tour of Lights in Pigeon Forge. As you stay warm in the heated trolley, your tour guide will tell stories about Pigeon Forge’s history. Along the ride, the lighted displays will make you feel completely immersed in the holiday spirit! Rides are just $5 per person, and tours begin at Patriot Park, making parking your car easy.
Wilderness Wildlife Week
January 24 – 31
Free and open to the public, Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge includes exhibits, performances, classes, walks, talks, and workshops that are fun and educational. They celebrate and showcase the animals and culture of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, offering classes and activities for all ages. Enjoy old-time mountain music, bluegrass, the KIDS’ TRACK! workshops, hiking presentations, and more.
February 18 – 22
The 15th annual Saddle Up offers the best in country fun. Guests will love performances by Baxter Black, Wylie & the Wild West, Brenn Hill, Chuck Pyle, Jean & Gary Prescott, Andy Nelson, Skip Gorman, and T.Scot Wilburn & The Shut Up -N- Playboys. The all-star lineup will be paired with country cooking, storytelling, and the beautiful scenery of the Smoky Mountains! Tickets are on sale now!