THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN PIGEON FORGE DURING DECEMBER
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The Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge During December

Picture this: Snow falling softly, holiday lights aglow and festive Christmas cheer filling the air. Add to the scene, the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and you’ve got Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, a true winter wonderland worth exploring this holiday season. Want to know more about things to do in Pigeon Forge during December? Read on.

Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Pigeon Forge Winterfest highlights the best of winter in the Smokies. Over five million lights glow in celebration of the season, with the merriment stretching from Sevierville to Gatlinburg.

One of the best ways to see the brilliant holiday lights displays is aboard a Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights. Almost as much fun as a ride in Santa’s sleigh, a trolley tour showcases the best spots to see all of the magic of Winterfest. Even better, the trolleys are heated so you’re sure to be nice and warm while you take in the sights. The Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights departs nightly from downtown Gatlinburg from November 7th through January 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 8:00 pm. This December activity is inexpensive, too! Tickets to ride are only $5 per person.

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Another one of my favorite things to do in Pigeon Forge during December is visiting DollywoodSmoky Mountain Christmas brings old-fashioned fun to the forefront of Christmas. Park goers are treated to a breathtaking display of holiday lights, with over four million lights decorating Dollywood.

You simply have to watch Carol of the Trees. Thousands of lights synchronize with holiday music to transform Rivertown Lake into a seasonal symphony. Kids will love the jolly good time of The Parade of Many Colors. Featuring floats adorned with bright lights, it marches through the park nightly.

Spectacular holiday shows and shopping are also part of the delight of Dollywood at Christmas. A Christmas Carol, Christmas in the Smokies, and O Holy Night are three of my favorite productions, while holiday shopping at unique arts and crafts vendors lets me find the perfect gifts for family and friends.

A Titanic Christmas

Over at the Titanic Museum, you can experience a holiday of dreams. Titanic’s holiday spirit shines through Edwardian decor and Christmas charm. The ship will be aglow for the holiday season. Come exchange greetings with the Titanic crew or enjoy the glittering lights and the festive decorations.

Santa Claus waves to the crowd at a Pigeon Forge Christmas show

Pigeon Forge Christmas Shows

If that’s not enough to keep you busy, there are also Pigeon Forge Christmas shows performances in December. Two of the best are Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede and Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry. Both shows focus on the reason for the season and perform holiday classics sure to warm your heart.

The Incredible Christmas Place

Be sure to stop by The Incredible Christmas Place during your visit. The South’s largest Christmas shopping village is a premier place for Christmas gifts and collectibles. It celebrates Christmas every day of the year, but is even better (if possible) during the actual holiday season. Located across the street from the picturesque Inn at Christmas Place, both have distinguished Bavarian architecture and delightful displays.

A log cabin sits in the forest on a snowy day

Reserve a Smoky Mountains Cabin

To make your vacation experiencing things to do in Pigeon Forge even more cozy this winter stay at a Smoky Mountain cabin. You’ll be surrounded by the Smoky Mountains and truly be able to bask in the glow of a Smoky Mountain Christmas. Many cabins also have fireplaces, and hot tubs, adding even more ways for you to relax on your winter getaway.

Book your Smoky Mountains getaway today and experience all the things to do in Pigeon Forge during December.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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