It's the Most Wonderful Time... for a Mountain Christmas Getaway
By Jon Hoffman © 2017, All Rights Reserved

Christmas is coming, and excitement's in the air around Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Visit anytime in December to enjoy festive fun in a spectacular mountain setting. Here are just a few of the holiday highlights awaiting you all month long.

Winter Magic Trolley Tour of Lights
Throughout December, the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge area blazes with millions of lights in dozens of sparkling displays. Stroll or drive through a winter wonderland of unique LED-lit panoramas - glittering winter forests, evergreen glades, classic Christmas scenes, and much more. Or, better yet, just sit back and relax in a cozy, comfortable trolley... for the Gatlinburg Trolley Tour of Lights.

Each night at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m., special enclosed, heated trolleys carry guests along a dazzling route through downtown Gatlinburg and nearby Highway 321. For just $5 per person, you and your family can experience all the wonder of Winter Magic... complete with realistic LED wildlife (bears, bunnies, foxes, deer, and squirrels); giant, glistening snowmen; a huge, shiny new rocking horse; and countless other one-of-a-kind scenes. (Tots under 3 ride free if they sit in an adult's lap.)

The Trolley Tour runs through January 31, 2018, but tickets sell fast, so book soon.

Christmas in the Smokies at Dollywood

Heartwarming Holiday Music Shows
Love Christmas music? You're in luck. During December, the Smoky Mountain hills are alive with all your holiday favorites... from traditional carols to inspirational hymns to country & bluegrass classics.

Come to Dollywood's Celebrity Theater to experience "Christmas in the Smokies," a festive musical extravaganza featuring beloved holiday tunes performed by 14 gifted singers/dancers and eight talented musicians.

Plus, stop by the Back Porch Theater, another Dollywood destination, for an acoustic "Appalachian Christmas," complete with foot-stompin' fiddlin' and pickin'. And don't miss the Kingdom Heirs, the legendary Southern Gospel group, performing holiday hymns and songs at Dollywood's Pines Theater. All Christmas shows run through January 1, 2018. But again, seats sell out fast, so order tickets now.

Christmas shopping at Tanger Outlet in Sevierville

Christmas Shopping Galore
Making a list and checking it twice? At Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, you'll find lots of quaint shops and boutiques offering uniquely charming gifts from all over the Smokies and beyond.

Be sure to visit the Village in downtown Gatlinburg, where 27 popular shops offer everything from fine crafts and artworks to coffee, candles, teas, and spices... all in an enchanting Bavarian-style setting.

Plus, mosey on over to the shops at The Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge, where you'll find handcrafted Southern favorites ranging from homemade jams to classic candies... plus hand-thrown pottery, unique ladies' jewelry, chic apparel, and original sculptures.

Breakfast or Brunch with Santa
If you're in Pigeon Forge on December 2, 2017, be sure to enjoy breakfast or brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. in The Old Mill Square. Little ones will love the chance to meet and greet the Clauses... while parents and grandparents will get a kick out of the kids' delight. It's a perfect way to make lasting memories while savoring scrumptious food in the picturesque Old Mill setting.

Book Your December Getaway Now
Christmas is a popular season in the Smokies, so contact Volunteer Cabin Rentals today to reserve your holiday cabin. We offer everything from cozy chalets to large, luxurious cabins... all just minutes away from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Whether you're visiting before Christmas or for Christmas itself, you'll enjoy all the comforts of home – and then some – here in the breathtaking Smokies. Book now!

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