By Darryl Payne
Posted on November 15, 2011
Winterfest is underway, which means that each city in the area, as well as many of the individual Smoky Mountain attractions in town, host their own respective special events. In Pigeon Forge, for example, visitors might want to look into a new holiday celebration called ChristmasFest at the Smoky Mountain Opry.
Those who arrive at the festival site at the new Smoky Mountain Opry theater will see a veritable winter wonderland on display, unfolding like a scene from a child’s storybook. Anchoring the outdoor activities is an ice skating rink plus an array of carnival-style rides like an old-fashioned Ferris wheel, a carousel, an alpine sled race, Santa’s train and a classic midway ride called the Himalaya.
One of the entertainment highlights will be a brand-new Christmas presentation called The Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular, a big-budget production show that runs Mondays through Saturdays.
The property will feature displays of more than a million lights, and every half-hour, the exterior lights will spring to animated life in synch to Christmas music.
Other festival activities include an arts and crafts village full of holiday gifts and merchandise, horse-drawn carriage rides and an outdoor s’mores pit, where guests can roast their own marshmallows. Meanwhile, an entertainment stage will feature area hand bell choirs, community choruses and other performers playing live to the crowds.
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