Christmas in the Smokies: Pigeon Forge Winterfest & Beyond

Fighting for time among all the work parties, school plays, and church events in the first few weeks of December can make the “most wonderful time of year” somewhat of a stressful nightmare before Christmas. Plan an early holiday gathering with friends in November, a peaceful getaway with a special someone during January after exposing yourselves to one another’s crazy families, or bring the whole crazy family to a large group lodging for an incredibly special holiday gathering this year!

The magic of Christmastime begins as early as November 6 this year in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains for Pigeon Forge Winterfest, boasting millions of entrancing lights, multiple Christmas dinner shows and impressive theatrical events, enchanting holiday parades, and cabin views of snow-capped mountains.

There is no place quite like the Smoky Mountains during Winterfest, so here are our favorite Pigeon Forge vacation ideas for couples, families, friends, and large groups during Christmas in the Smokies – or any winter getaway!

A Couple’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Story

Wake up with nowhere to be, no people to see, and no shopping to rush to, with your favorite person in the world and the soul-stirring beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains sleepily resting through your windows. Before, during, or smack-dab in the middle of the holiday chaos, sweep your loved one away to a quiet escape in a lovely Pigeon Forge, TN cabin. Besides earning some peppermint-flavored brownie points, this gift is worth way more than any overpriced retail item. Spend time cuddling by the fire while watching movies, cooking homemade meals in the fully loaded kitchen, and gazing across stoic snow-capped mountains, frozen streams, or quiet valleys from an outdoor hot tub.

During outings to the Parkway, stay in constant awe of the millions of lights displayed as Smoky Mountain wildlife and Christmas classics while touring the Rocky Top Wine Trail, attending a Christmas dinner show, or watching the show fountains and wandering the winter wonderland of The Island.

A Family Smoky Mountain Christmas Story

Instead of overspending on toys and clothing that end up on the floor or going to Goodwill before too long, take the kids to Pigeon Forge Winterfest for Christmas in the Smokies to make memories to last a lifetime. Watch their little faces light up during the impressive Parade of Many Colors in the streets of Dollywood after a day of entertaining singing and dancing in the numerous holiday shows throughout the park and thrilling roller coaster theme park rides! Race down snowy lanes and build funny snowmen in a climate-controlled facility that stays 65-70 degrees at the all-new Pigeon Forge Snow. Kids young and old will emphatically enjoy the more than 5 million lights throughout the city of Pigeon Forge along the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights! Or, let the Pigeon Forge Trolley navigate your tour while you gawk and ride alongside the kids. With a wide variety of budget-friendly cabins, this incredible Christmas present won’t break the bank!

A Friends’ Smoky Mountain Christmas Story

You always talk about getting together throughout the year and it always seems too short, or life gets in the way of it ever happening. Make time this year for that special group of friends and carpool to a Pigeon Forge cabin! There is no bad way to spend your time while spending your time together. Go skiing together in Ober Gatlinburg, shopping the huge sales of the Sevierville Tanger Outlets, or enjoy an evening in the Old Mill District that’s covered in Christmas lights. No need to go out every night when you can play board games around the dining room table, catch up by a warm fire in the living room, shoot pool or watch football in the recreational room, and kick back together in a bubbly hot tub.

An Extravagant Smoky Mountain Christmas Gathering

Instead of stressing about where aunts, cousins, and grandparents are going to sleep; how in the world you are going to feed this crew of people with your small kitchen; and how to keep everyone entertained, book an awesome large group lodge! Splitting the cost of gas and lodging with everyone makes this trip very affordable and a truly fantastic way to host a family holiday gathering. Combine Thanksgiving with Christmas and celebrate family in one of our impressive large lodges that boast big, fully loaded kitchens and fun amenities like arcade games, game tables, indoor pools, and theater rooms.

Tour Pigeon Forge Winterfest together and root on the family’s favorite football team on a big flatscreen TV in the living room while a warm fire burns in the fireplace and the kids stay entertained in the rec room. Trade gifts around the common rooms, attend a Christmas show at Dolly Parton’s Stampede where large groups are welcomed, and bond over cups of coffee and beautiful Smoky Mountain views from the cabin deck.

A Trip for Everyone…
This kind of trip isn’t just for those who are related. Surprise your small business employees, organize a Sunday School trip, or host a magical wintertime wedding with snow-covered mountains in the backdrop!

However you imagine your Smoky Mountain Christmas story, opening gifts by the fire with the love of your life in a cozy secluded cabin, skiing with friends in Ober Gatlinburg and soaking in the cabin hot tub at night, or touring the incredible Christmas light displays with the kids on the Pigeon Forge Trolley, you can plan your story for any day from now to February 28, 2019, because it’s not about the day of December 25, but the time spent with your loved ones during this magical time of the holidays in the Smokies.


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