Kick Off This Holiday Season with Winterfest in Pigeon Forge
By Jon Hoffman © 2013, All Rights Reserved

Do Christmas decorations and twinkling lights still bring to mind holiday memories from your childhood? You're not alone. This season's sights, sounds, and smells instantly take us back to those carefree days when the only thing we had to worry about was what we'd find under the tree come Christmas morning.

Today, life is certainly busier, and it may seem as if there's just not much time to spend gazing at the holiday lights. You can still create lasting memories with your own children, though, with a family vacation in Pigeon Forge, just in time for Winterfest.

Holiday Lights as You've Never Seen Them

The big event begins on November 12, 2013, with the 3rd Annual Salute to Veterans Parade. Join Grand Marshal Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh Steelers player and Vietnam vet, for a shout-out to those who keep our country safe. The parade begins at 4:30 and follows a route through downtown Pigeon Forge before ending at Patriot Park just in time for the traditional holiday kickoff, the lighting of the Winterfest trees.

More than 5 million lights decorate the Winterfest trees, creating an amazing display that won't soon be forgotten. In addition, you'll find plenty more to do in and around the park. Kids' activities will keep everyone from toddlers to teens entertained, while local eateries offer up a selection of tasty treats. Plus, musicians will be on hand playing your favorite carols, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be posing for photos. The evening ends with a stunning fireworks show sure to delight the entire family.

Winterfest fun continues throughout the season with the nightly "Trolley Tour of Lights." You'll enjoy beautiful displays of holiday lights from the warmth and comfort of one of Pigeon Forge's trolleys. With no worries about traffic or parking, it's the perfect way to relive those holiday light tours from your childhood – and to make some new memories with your own kids.

Everyone Joins in the Fun

There's plenty more to see and do in Pigeon Forge throughout the holiday season, as well. Shoppers who want to get a head start on their Christmas list will love the unique arts and crafts available in the area. Kids will no doubt be clamoring to visit Dollywood, where a new adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" will delight young and old alike. And don't miss the opportunity to see Titanic Pigeon Forge all decked out for the holidays. With a true-to-life replica of the grand staircase, first-class cabins, and even the ship's bridge, this museum is a "must-see" for every family.

Looking for a holiday getaway that keeps the wonder of Christmas alive? Head to Pigeon Forge and witness the lighting of the trees, sing along with your favorite holiday tunes, and get some early shopping in. Your entire family will enjoy relaxing and reconnecting with the holiday spirit. In fact, why not make it an annual tradition, and give your kids some amazing holiday memories to pass down to their own children?


Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Smoky Mountain rental cabins in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Visit them today at to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.