Top 5 Things To Do in December in Pigeon Forge

If you’re planning on visiting Pigeon Forge during the month of December, there are some things that you just don’t want to miss out on. We’ve made it easy for you to check them off with this list of the top 5 things to do in Pigeon Forge in December.

Winterfest Holiday Light Displays - Old Mill

Winterfest Lights Driving Tour

Pigeon Forge is all decked out with over 5 million twinkling Winterfest lights that can be seen throughout the city this time of year. Enjoy the light displays at your own leisure on a Winterfest Lights Driving Tour. Just pick up a driving tour guide at the Welcome Center at traffic light #0 or at the Fun Time Trolley Office at Patriot Park. If you’re not able to visit during December, don’t worry, the Winterfest lights shine bright from mid-November through mid-February each year.

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas - Santa in Parade

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

In addition to Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest lights, Dollywood strings up another 5 million lights inside of the park. If you’ve never seen Dollywood in December, this will truly be a special treat for your family. Enjoy a hot wassail while admiring trees with every branch glowing with lights. Santa will also make an appearance every night that the park is open and twice on Saturday in the Christmas parade. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends have returned to Dollywood for another year. You can visit them at Holly Jolly Junction.

Incredible Christmas Place

The Incredible Christmas Place

For most of us, December is spent counting down the days until Christmas, and no place will get your more excited for the holidays than the Incredible Christmas Place. Whether you are looking for a special gift, an addition to your family Christmas tree, or just wanting to bask in all things Christmas-related, this is the place!

Christmas at Smoky Mountain Opry

Holiday Shows at Local Theaters

Many of the theaters in Pigeon Forge transform their shows just for the holiday season, beginning around the first of November, and continuing on through Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Enjoy singing, dancing, and laughing along to award-winning festive performances.

Winter in the Smoky Mountains

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Although visitation tends to be lower during the winter months, December is actually a great time to visit the national park. The leaves have all fallen which makes for some incredible views. You may even get to see some snow on the Smokies, so be sure to bring your camera for those winter wonderland photo opportunities.


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