Where to See Holiday Lights in Pigeon Forge
Christmas may be over, but we’re still celebrating in Pigeon Forge!
Winterfest holiday lights bring a sparkle to Pigeon Forge from early November through the middle of February. To get ready for the magical moment when the light displays are first turned on, we start working in mid-summer, checking millions of light bulbs to ensure all are ready to glow for Winterfest. Once everything is ready to go, it takes approximately two months to put the displays up and about a month to take them down when Winterfest ends.
Locals and guests alike are delighted each year to see the twinkling holiday lights in Pigeon Forge, that literally set the town aglow. If you haven’t yet made it to see the spectacular lights of Smoky Mountain Winterfest, you still have time. Here are a few of the holiday lights in Pigeon Forge you won’t want to miss out on!
Winter Wonderland Bridges
Travel through the bridges of Pigeon Forge, located on Jake Thomas Road and East Wears Valley Road. Twinkling icicles “drip” from the top of the bridges, which are surrounded by towering 35-foot-tall trees.
Old Mill Scene
With more than 6,000 sparkling lights, a spinning waterwheel and a flowing river, it’s easy to see why this display is a long-time favorite of our Winterfest guests. The scene was designed to reflect the city’s own Old Mill, one of Pigeon Forge’s earliest and most iconic businesses.
Patriot Park is home to the largest collection of Winterfest light displays, all with a distinctly Americana theme. This grouping includes a paddlewheel-driven riverboat, the rolling waves From Sea to Shining Sea, and a multi-display salute to America’s Armed Forces. The display depicting the flag being raised at Iwo Jima stands 40 feet tall.
Old Mill Square Bridge
Pigeon Forge welcomes you to Old Mill Square, with its own version of a covered bridge, one made of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge. Old Mill Square is home to one of the oldest businesses in Pigeon Forge. The Mill, built in 1830, still grinds corn and wheat used in today’s recipes at Old Mill Restaurant and Pottery House Café & Grille.
Fairytale Characters Along the Parkway
Nothing stirs up precious childhood memories like the magic of a fairytale, so look for some of your favorite characters as they light up the Pigeon Forge Parkway. You’ll find Mother Goose, the giant clock from Hickory Dickory Dock, the cat and fiddle of Hey Diddle Diddle fame, and Humpty Dumpty, complete with all the king’s horses and all the king’s men. Animation adds to the charm of these displays, so take a moment to watch the stories come to life.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Dolly Parton’s Stampede pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating for the holidays. One of the highlights is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top. Add this heartwarming holiday show to your to-do list for the 2021 holidays!
The Island in Pigeon Forge
Sparkling lights, giant ornaments, and tall, tall trees are seen on Island Drive and throughout the Island in Pigeon Forge. Even the 200-foot-tall Great Smoky Mountain Wheel shows off the holiday spirit with red, green and white lights. You will find restaurants, attractions, shopping and entertainment for the whole family at The Island in Pigeon Forge.
This delightful and colorful Winterfest train is ready to leave its three-dimensional station for a scenic winter excursion through the Smoky Mountains. Nothing beats the scenic drive through town to see all the magical holiday lights that abound in Pigeon Forge.
Inn at Christmas Place & Christmas Place
No place takes Christmas as seriously as they do at the Incredible Christmas Place and the Inn at Christmas Place. At these unique places, visitors can celebrate Christmas every day! From shopping for your favorite Christmas collectibles at the Christmas Place to visits from Santa when you stay in one of the beautifully decorated suites at the Inn at Christmas Place, the memories you make here will last a lifetime!
Welcome to Pigeon Forge Winterfest
The welcome sign is always out in Pigeon Forge, and Winterfest is no exception. This display welcomes friends, neighbors and guests to our celebration of winter in the Smokies. Just download the Winterfest Driving Tour Map and you’re ready to get started!
Winterfest offers the perfect occasion to make precious memories with your family and friends. The fun only continues for a few more weeks, so make plans now to come see all of the amazing holiday lights in Pigeon Forge!