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The Pigeon Forge portion of Smoky Mountain Winterfest is on the current Top 100 Events in North America list as judged by the American Bus Association. They highlight the celebration of Winterfest’s 20th year as a success story because it has transformed winter from the slowest season of the year into the second busiest. 

If you are not familiar with Winterfest, it is composed of spectacular light displays that illuminate the evening landscape of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in the four month-long holiday celebration of Winterfest.  From November 3, 2009 through February 28th, 2010 over five million lights shimmer at dusk throughout the Smoky Mountain town.  Each year Winterfest opens a world of fun with free things to do in Sevier County.  The entire county gets involved, putting on the most impressive holiday festival in the state of Tennessee. There are attractions tailored for all ages and all different personalities.  Anyone can find something fun to do or see!

Some of the highlights of Winterfest include the city’s trolley system who run narrated tours through Pigeon Forge in November and December.  After the holidays, Winterfest doesn’t slow down! January and February there are two special events, Wilderness Wildlife Week, which salutes the Great Smoky Mountain National Park and SaddleUp!, a celebration of cowboy poetry and western music.

Posted: 12/8/2009 7:34:46 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


The Clingmans Dome Road will be closed as the park transitions to its winter operating schedule. When the road opens back up next spring visitors will notice several changes and improvements to the road, parking area and restrooms.  In addition to road and parking improvements being undertaken as part of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, there are changes in the works for the restroom faclities.  Detailed information on the changes and improvements can be found on the Natonal Park Services Website.
Posted: 12/2/2009 7:36:29 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


2010 is right around the corner! Come to the Smoky Mountains and ring in the New Year with us with plenty of fun and exciting things to do! There is never a dull moment here in Pigeon Forge so you better believe New Year’s Eve will be a blast!  Check out these great events going on in the area! 

Gatlinburg’s New Years Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks – Gatlinburg welcomes the arrival of 2010 with a street party that begins around 11 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 31. An estimated crowd of 40,000 revelers gather in the streets of downtown Gatlinburg. At the stroke of midnight, the sky will light up with a fireworks and music show.There will be a live DJ and this is said to be the “Best New Year’s Eve Show in the South”  The event is free to the public and features music and party favors. See the excitement for yourself!

Ripley’s 9th Annual New Year’s Celebration – Guest will have the opportunity to explore the undersea world of the aquarium while they party with 10,000 exotic creatures, including 12 foot sharks. The New Year’s Eve party will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres all evening, champagne toast, souvenir photo and the Gatlinburg fireworks at midnight. You can dance, eat and party throughout the aquarium form 9 until 1 a.m. Learn More…

New Year’s Eve Celebration at Music Road Hotel and Convention Center. Dinner and show with recording artist James Rogers. Concert Starts at 9:30 pm and there’s limited seating, so get your tickets now!  The Music Road Hotel are also offering room specials with ticket purchases so make the night easy and just stay here! www.musicroadhotel.com, Call: 1-800-429-7700.

Make the Smoky Mountains your New Year’s vacation getaway and bring in the New Year in style!  There are plenty of great cabins, chalets and other accomodations in Pigeon Forge for those of you who would rather celebrate 2010 with your closest friends and family!  We hope to see you here!

Posted: 12/1/2009 7:37:16 PM by Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt | with 0 comments


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