Pigeon Forge Celebrates Winterfest Kickoff
November 6th marks a changing of seasons in Pigeon Forge. On that day the city will celebrate the start of one of the most exciting times of the year with the 23rd Annual Winterfest Kickoff. The event will include a parade honoring our nation’s veterans, some of the best local entertainment, and the illumination of over five million lights.
The celebration starts with the Salute to Veterans Parade at 4:30 p.m. starting on the south end of the city at Jehu Street moving northward to Patriot Park. Local entertainer and veteran James Rogers will be the co-grand marshal alongside World War II veteran Bob Kolb.
The Tennessee Army National Guard, Marine Corps League, and Disabled American Veterans will all participate in the parade as well as the marching band from Pigeon Forge High School. Around 5:30 the parade will arrive at Patriot Park to begin the Winterfest Kickoff activities.
Entertainment will be provided by James Rogers and the Pigeon Forge Community Chorus. Dance teams from Pigeon Forge High School and Middle School will also be on hand. A play area will be available for children and food can be purchased from multiple vendors with proceeds benefiting charities locally. There will also be a display of authentic historic and modern military vehicles.
At around 8 p.m. the day’s finale occurs when the switch to the Winterfest light displays is turned on. This will mark the beginning of the Trolley Tour of Lights which will run three times a night through December. In the months of January and February the tour will only run on Mondays and Fridays. Participants can view all of Pigeon Forge’s beautiful light displays on a tour within the comfort of the city’s Fun Time Trolleys.
This event is always a fan favorite and visitors are encouraged to bring chairs and stay for all of the day’s entertainment. Come and help celebrate the 23rd annual Winterfest Kickoff!