gatlinburg winterfest - holidays in the smokies

Are you heading to the Smoky Mountains for Christmas? Let us help guide you on your path to the perfect holidays in the Smokies adventure!

Winterfest Tour of Lights

Winterfest Tour of Lights - holidays in the smokies

The Smoky Mountains really come alive during the Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration, this year they’re celebrating 30 years! Starting now through February 17, 2020,  you can experience the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights in Pigeon Forge, TN. There, you’ll see more than five million lights strewn all around Pigeon Forge. From Smoky Mountain wildlife to trees, ornaments, and fairytale characters, you’re bound to see a magnificent display of shimmering lights everywhere you look!

If that’s not enough to get you into the Christmas spirit, step aboard the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights! Beginning November 22 through January 25, 2020,  enjoy millions of sparkling holiday lights on an exciting trolley ride around Gatlinburg. A special costumed storyteller will serve as your guide, as you journey through downtown and nearby East Parkway and take in all of the beautiful light displays. You’ll also enjoy complimentary hot cocoa provided by Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and will receive a special Christmas token to commemorate your experience. It’s a great way to make memories for all ages! Not to mention, you’ll stay nice and warm, since the trolley is enclosed and heated! You don’t want to miss out on these great holiday activities that will make your holidays in the Smokies even more spectacular.

Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud

Dinner show at Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud - holidays in the smokies

Come see why the Hatfields and the McCoys put the “holler” in the “hollerdays“ at Hatfield & Mccoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud! Immerse yourself in the long-standing family feud between the Hatfields and McCoys as they try to put their differences aside in the spirit of the season! In this show, you’ll experience magnificent stunts, impressive feats of strength, side-splitting comedy, and some good old-fashioned singing and dancing.

Enjoy this hilarious celebration while dining on granny’s cooking at this all-you-can-eat dinner show. Mashed taters, fried chicken, and southern-style soup are all on the menu as you discover the secrets of these fighting cousins. The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud is a rootin’, tootin’, good time for all ages, and puts the ‘fun’ in ‘dysfunctional!’ Yes, there are splash zone seats available, so you know there are some surprises awaiting you at one of the best dinner shows and holiday attractions in the Smoky Mountains.

Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass player at Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival - holidays in the smokies

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Appalachian culture than to attend a Smoky Mountain bluegrass festival! Gather with hundreds of people and enjoy the magical music of the Smokies at this four-day festival of banjos, fiddles, and more in the heart of Pigeon Forge. Be sure to chow down on some tasty, classic, comfort food from Lorraine’s Kitchen Food Truck at this spectacular holiday in the Smokies event. The whole city sparkles with Christmas lights during this time of year, and it is a truly magical sight! This year, enjoy the soothing sounds of Jimbo Whaley, Jerry Butler, The King James Boys, and so much more! Make your holidays in the Smokies even better with great bluegrass entertainment!

Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show in Pigeon Forge - holidays in the smokies

Ahoy Matey! Are you ready to get on-board for a thrilling entertainment destination? Pirates Voyage is an exciting dinner show experience! 

This season, enjoy a special treat at Christmas at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! A fun and delightful twist on the Christmas classic “A Christmas Carol,” you’ll see the Mystical Christmas Spirit take Captain Scrooge on a journey through time to find the meaning of Christmas. Be amazed as Christmas toys come alive performing spectacular acrobatics, laugh at a humorous castaway and her sea lion, and watch in awe at the live Nativity, which features wise men and an angel with a special message. 

You and your family will be tantalized by an epic battle between the Crimson and Emerald crews as they fight for the coveted Christmas treasure. In addition to this great entertainment, you’ll enjoy a four-course holiday feast! Chomp down on Buccaneer Biscuits, Matey’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and a mouth-watering Walk the Plank Peach Turnover! 

Don’t miss this wonderful story of Christmas while creating wonderful moments with your family. Get your tickets today for one of the most spectacular holiday attractions in the Smokies.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland - holidays in the smokies

The holidays in the Smokies are no doubt one of the happiest times of the year in Sevierville, TN! Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland isn’t your grandparent’s light show, it is an over-the-top, spectacular light show that will really wow you! Now through January 5, 2020, enjoy meticulously designed displays with hundreds of thousands of dancing lights all perfectly synchronized to festive music on your car radio.

In addition to the giant LED displays of the “12 Days of Christmas,” visitors can also delight in Santa’s Village, now through December 23. At Santa’s Village, you’ll experience a petting zoo, pony rides, caricature drawings, souvenirs, and food vendors, and you can also visit and strike a pose with dear, old Santa! Shadrack’s is all about spreading the Christmas cheer, which is what inspired them to create this once in a lifetime experience. See for yourself and don’t miss the magic! 

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede Pigeon Forge, Tennessee - holidays in the smokies

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is “The Smokies #1 Choice for The Holidays!” Christmas is an extra special time, as the Stampede completely transforms into a magical place, complete with glimmering lights, evergreens, old-fashioned holiday costumes, and a special show that celebrates the magic of the holidays. Before you enter, take a walk along the Horse Walk, where you can get up-close and personal with the stars of the show–the beautiful horses. Inside the two-story saloon, you’ll encounter a mix of holiday music and comedy from their very own band, Mountain Ruckus.

The cast, along with 32 majestic horses, will take you on a nostalgic holiday journey with a friendly North Pole vs South Pole rivalry between Elves. Watch as Sugar Plum Fairies bring toys to life, a live Nativity scene that features three kings atop real camels, and Santa on a horse-drawn sleigh! All while dining on their famous four-course meal of scrumptious homemade biscuits, creamy vegetable soup, tender rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked pork loin, buttery corn on the cob, and more! No matter what time of year you visit the Smokies, this show is something you don’t want to miss!


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We hope you get the chance to enjoy the holidays in the Smokies this season. There truly isn’t a better place for making special moments with your family. Be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @mobilebrochure this Christmas season! 

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About Nicole Miller

Nicole Miller is a native Tennessean who currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina. She loves spending time in the great outdoors, such as camping, hiking, and mountain biking. She also enjoys exploring all that the Smoky Mountains have to offer.

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