The Great Smoky Mountains have something to offer visitors year-round, but the area takes on a special beauty in the winter months. Pigeon Forge is the best place to base yourself for a trip as it’s close to fun attractions and delicious restaurants. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should plan a trip to Pigeon Forge this holiday season.
Top 5 Reasons to Spend Christmas in the Smoky Mountains
- Shopping for Gifts and Souvenirs: The best gifts can’t be added to wish lists. Shop for handmade items from Pigeon Forge’s maker community like Pigeon River pottery, specialty jewelry, or forged knives. Can’t forget about a visit to Christmas Place either. This year-round Christmas store has everything you could possibly dream of. Including visits from Santa!
- Winterfest and Its Holiday Lights: Smoky Mountain Winterfest is one of the biggest annual events, covering the Pigeon Forge Parkway and surrounding areas in twinkling lights. You can even see them on a self-guided driving tour through mid-February. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas also has holiday lights and performances.
- Holiday-Themed Shows: Your favorite dinner shows and theaters put on special performances every holiday season. Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry and Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede are two that you do not want to miss out on! Here is the full list of holiday shows.
- Comfort Food: Pigeon Forge knows how to do Southern hospitality with family-style eateries serving home cooked favorites. The Old Mill Restaurant is a can’t-miss no matter what season you visit. Here is a list of restaurants open during Christmas.
- Cabin in the Woods: Cozy up beside the fire at one of the many cabin rentals in Pigeon Forge. They come in all sizes: small and cozy to larger ones with space for the whole family. You can also select one with amenities like hot tubs and a pool table!
Christmas in Pigeon Forge is a magical place! Share the holiday fun on Instagram by posting your photos with #MyPigeonForge.
About the Author: Caroline Eubanks is the author of This Is My South: The Essential Travel Guide to the Southern States. She is also the editor of the website of the same name, This Is My South, and has been published by BBC Travel, National Geographic Traveler, and Afar.