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Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Nov 10
Feb 19, 2023

Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration

Draped in more than 6 million holiday lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November until February.

From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Pigeon Forge Winterfest Celebration.

Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail

This year, Pigeon Forge Winterfest will be brighter than ever with the Wonders of Light Walking Trail. Programmed to music, the trail includes 20 new displays, some standing more than 25 feet tall. Visitors can experience walk-thru arches, a colorful 52-foot-long caterpillar, larger-than-life flowers, and Old Man Winter.

In all, more than one million LED lights will be added to the city’s Winterfest displays. Visitors can get their first glimpse of the trail during Pigeon Forges’s Winterfest Kickoff on November 10.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Visit Dollywood to see more than 5 million lights sparkling around you during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. The park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, and for the first time ever, fireworks that light up the winter night skies. Make Dollywood your family’s Christmas tradition and enjoy award-winning holiday shows, scrumptious cuisine and seasonal shopping.

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

A favorite of locals and visitors alike is Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, where all the stops are pulled out when it comes to decorating for the holidays. The arena is transformed into a winter wonderland with a special appearance from Santa himself. Another highlight is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top.

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

The Island in Pigeon Forge

Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with thousands of ornaments, millions of lights and over a mile of garland. Guests are treated to three different Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.

Winterfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge

Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights

The best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the holiday light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway. Stay tuned for the 2022 Winterfest Driving Tour Map!

Winterfest Holiday Light Displays - Old Mill

Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Smoky Mountain Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.

PODCAST: The Group Travel Voice - Winterfest


Nov 10
Feb 19, 2023


186 Old Mill Avenue
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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