Winterfest Brings Holiday Magic to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest festivities make the Smoky Mountains sparkle.

Pigeon Forge Winterfest

Make plans now to attend Pigeon Forge Winterfest 2014 in the Smoky Mountains

“I love hearing the familiar holiday music and sipping hot cocoa as we tour the city and take in the lights and decorations."

When the last of autumn’s colorful leaves fall from the trees and the mountain air starts to carry a crisp chill, you’ll know it’s time for Winterfest in Pigeon Forge. This award-winning annual festival makes the Smoky Mountains sparkle with millions of bright, twinkling lights and a heaping helping of fun holiday spirit.

Each year, thousands of visitors ascend into the foothills to experience the sounds, sights and smells of holiday magic during the season-spanning celebration. More than 5 million individual lights will twinkle across Pigeon Forge, illuminating the Parkway and setting the stage for a glorious winter celebration.

Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt of invites folks from across the country to come and stay and celebrate the holidays with her in the Great Smoky Mountains. 2014 marks the silver anniversary of Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, and promises even more holiday magic than ever before.

“My favorite way to experience lights of Winterfest is from a trolley,” Doppelt says. “I love hearing the familiar holiday music and sipping hot cocoa as we tour the city and take in the lights and decorations. I’m happy to continue this holiday tradition and share it with my children and everyone else who visits the Smokies this time of year.”

Doppelt would like to extend personal invitation to take in the seasonal experience in Pigeon Forge to anyone who wants to experience the holidays with rustic Smoky Mountain elegance.

“Consider spending the holidays in a Smoky Mountain cabin or condo; there’s room for the entire family,” Doppelt suggests. “Or, plan a weekend adventure to see the lights and shop for unique gifts at the Glades or Arrowcraft Shop in Gatlinburg or even the outlet mall in Sevierville. You’ll find many ways to enjoy the warmth of the holiday season in the Smokies.”

The 25th Annual Winterfest celebration will kick-off on November 11, 2014, right after the Salute to Veterans Parade at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. Participate in the annual lighting ceremony after the parade, then take a trolley tour to see all the twinkling lights – just as Doppelt suggested. Winterfest lasts through the end of February, which gives you multiple chances to celebrate the season and take in the holiday sights.

To start planning your magical WinterFest experience, click over to, where you can browse Smoky Mountain lodging, WinterFest activities and even see a calendar of scheduled special events.


Jessica Bookstaff Doppelt has helped thousands of people plan Smoky Mountain vacations since she launched in 2000. She grew up in Pigeon Forge and consider the Great Smoky Mountains her home. She is happy to share all the great things about the area and help you enjoy a perfect getaway through her website where you can easily browse lodging, attractions, restaurants, wedding information and more. For additional information, visit or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

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