Once December rolls around, the Pigeon Forge region is in full holiday mode. Event after event lands on the calendar, all of them well worth attending. To avoid missing out, you have to plan well ahead and get tickets, jot down the dates and times, and make your travel arrangements. While that’s a whole lot to do in a short period of time, we are here to help. Use this guide to learn about the top eight things to do this holiday season to get started.
Country Tonite’s Christmas Show
Country Tonite will put the magic of the holiday season on full display during their annual Christmas show. Starting on November 1st and running through January 2nd, this show promises to highlight all your favorites from the season.
As you enjoy the performance, watch for awesome characters to arrive on stage. While you’re sure to see Santa Claus, it doesn’t end there. Rumors have it that even Frosty the Snowman will make an appearance.
Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Dinner Feud
If dysfunctional fun is right up your alley, then you’re going to absolutely adore the Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Dinner Feud. Their holiday shows start on November 1st to get everyone in the mood for this exciting season. Their famous feuding families will hit the stage each night with jokes, stunts, and feats of strength you have to see to believe.
Between all that, they will have singing and dancing that’ll make you want to join in on the fun. Despite that, your dinner will keep you firmly planted in your seat throughout the entire show. By the end, you’ll be ready to write home about your incredible experience and find somewhere to sleep off the feast.
Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede
Dolly always does the holiday season right, and Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is no exception. Starting November 3rd, her talented cast will put on the show of a lifetime, taking you on a trip through your favorite stories. A feud between the North and South Poles sits at the center of it all and drives the story to its heartwarming conclusion.
All along the way, you’ll get to see live camels, horse-drawn sleighs, and so many other amazing sights. As you watch in awe, just don’t forget to nosh on your four-course meal, which features a perfectly cooked rotisserie chicken, creamy veggie soup, and much more.
Christmas at the Titanic
The Christmas at the Titanic event promises to take you back in time to celebrate the holiday in style. As you step into the Edwardian period, you’ll see just how they decorated this fabulous boat with Christmas décor galore.
They will have everything ready to explore by November 3rd and it’ll stay open through the end of December. During that time, you can meet real live reindeer, speak with Santa Claus himself, and look at all the fantastic decorations. Don’t forget your camera as there will be plenty you’ll want to remember while moving through the gorgeous scene set at the Titanic Museum.
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
The much-anticipated Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood is on for another year, ready to put smile after smile on your face. All the fun starts on November 7th, giving you just a bit more time to get your tickets and accommodations locked down.
For this event, they put up over five million lights across the park plus fill it with festive displays. All your favorite characters roam the park, offering you tons of photo-taking opportunities as you check out the attractions. Their many fabulous restaurants remain open and even add holiday fare to their menu. Don’t forget to attend all the excellent seasonal shows, music performances, and all-new fireworks show.
Comedy Barn Christmas Show
If you want laugh after laugh to ring in the holiday spirit, then you’ll love to watch the Comedy Barn Christmas show. They bring out the festive costumes, songs, and acts to get you roaring with laughter and having a great time.
In addition to their time-honored acts, they’ve dreamed up many new ones. So, if you’ve already come here in previous years, never fear, you’re sure to see something new this season. Their shows hit the calendar on November 21st and continue through the winter season. Each night fills up fast, especially their weekend schedule, so get your tickets early to reserve your seats.
Brunch with Santa at The Old Mill
Everyone knows that The Old Mill is the place to go for shopping, food, and fun. But did you know that it’s also the best spot to hang out with Santa? In fact, it’s the only place you can sit down for a full breakfast or brunch with Santa Claus and his friends.
This fun event is scheduled for December 5th with just two-time slots open. If you want breakfast, arrive at The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille at 8 am. For brunch, you’ll want to get there just before 10 am. You do have to reserve your spot ahead of time to participate.
Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Music Festival
On December 9th through the 12th, the Bluegrass Christmas in the Smokies Music Festival will light up the town with beautiful music. Talented musicians will pour into the Evergreen Smoky Mountain Lodge & Convention Center to show off their skills and spread the joy of the holiday season.
Each day will feature different bands, so you’ll want to attend them all if you can. Depending on when you attend this festival, you might hear music from the Crowe Brothers, Caroline, Zink & Company, and many more. They are only selling a limited number of tickets this year. Grab yours soon to avoid missing out.
Despite your best efforts, you might not make it to every last one of these events. But that’s okay. You can always try next year since Pigeon Forge always makes it their mission to celebrate the holiday season in style.