Pigeon Forge is famous for its spectacular live entertainment. But not all shows are appropriate for families with small children. Here are seven fun shows everyone can appreciate, from tots to teens to parents and grandparents.
The Comedy Barn
Located at 2775 Parkway in Pigeon Forge, The Comedy Barn specializes in clean, wholesome comic routines sure to tickle your family's funny bone. Each night at 8:15 p.m. – and weekend evenings at 5 p.m. – gifted comedians join musicians, ventriloquists, jugglers, and singers for a rowdy, fast-paced performance, with laughs from beginning to end. Young kids will love the live performing animals, including cats, dogs, pigs, parrots, and even miniature donkeys.
During the holiday season, the Barn presents "A Comedy Barn Christmas," with Christmas-themed routines that'll have your family in stitches. Seats fill fast, so order tickets now.
Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Show
Pigeon Forge's Stampede combines delicious dinner fare with a stunning extravaganza. Pitting North against South (in a fun, friendly way), gifted riders take 32 splendid horses through a series of trick-riding feats that leave audiences gasping in awe. Accompanied by stirring music, stunning dancing, and dazzling special effects, the "North" and "South" riders unite at last in a patriotic grand finale, complete with fireworks and flying doves.
Come December, the focus switches to a festive "battle" between the North and South Poles. Tiny tots will love being served dinner by Santa's elves... while the whole family will thrill to the Christmas-themed spectacular.
Accommodating 1,000 guests, Dolly Parton’s Stampede hosts shows nightly, with 3:30 p.m. matinees on weekends. And, since seating is tiered, there isn't a bad seat in the house.
Voted one of the best shows in the Smokies, Country Tonite offers afternoon and evening performances at family-friendly prices. (In fact, children 12 and under can attend free, as long as they're accompanied by an adult.)
Located in the heart of Pigeon Forge, this popular attraction combines foot-stompin' country music, soul-stirring Southern Gospel, toe-tappin' dance routines, and side-splitting comedy, all designed to appeal to all ages. The two-hour shows even feature youth performers. Your kids will be delighted!
Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Show
You've heard of the famous feud between the Hatfields and McCoys? It comes to life in this crowd-pleasing dinner show, with nightly performances (5 p.m. and 8 p.m.) at 119 Music Road, Pigeon Forge. Featuring thrilling song-and-dance, amazing stunts, and comedy galore, it's great fun for kids and grownups alike.
Youngsters will have a blast choosing "sides" as the rival families settle old scores, mountain-style. And everyone in the family will love the luscious country cooking, which includes mouthwatering favorites like Feudin' Fried Chicken, Pulled-to-Pieces Pork BBQ, and Buttery Corn on the Cob.
Wonders of Magic
Does your family enjoy sleight-of-hand? Don't miss Wonders of Magic at the WonderWorks Theater (100 Music Road, Pigeon Forge). Every evening at 7 p.m. (except Sundays), master magician Terry Evanswood and his talented team perform jaw-dropping magical feats... from fool-the-eye card tricks to simply astounding illusions.
A winner of the coveted Merlin Award (the magicians' Oscar), Evanswood puts on a topnotch show that appeals to all ages. For extra fun, he even invites audience members (including kids) to "help him out" on-stage. The result is a riot, and audiences eat it up.
Biblical Times Dinner Show
If you're a fan of Bible history, you'll want to check out the Biblical Times Dinner Show at 2391 Parkway. Combining live performances with advanced holographic technology, the Scripture-themed show focuses on dramatic Bible episodes such as Joseph in Egypt, Moses at the Red Sea, and Elijah and the prophets of Baal. For the holidays, a spectacular Christmas show spotlights the true story of Jesus' birth. All shows feature glorious music – from old-timey Gospel to Christian contemporary – along with delicious food ("a feast of Biblical proportions"). Show themes change seasonally, and shows run nightly except Sundays.
Smoky Mountain Opry
For the ultimate variety experience, don't miss Smoky Mountain Opry (Music Mansion Theater, 2046 Parkway). Every night except Sunday, this legendary show thrills audiences with high-flying antics, pyrotechnics, laugh-out-loud comedy, laser lights, and stellar performances. Backed by high-tech special effects, talented singers, dancers, and musicians perform musical favorites ranging from Big Band to contemporary country. It's all totally family-friendly (there are even convenient weekend matinees). And it's consistently rated a Smoky Mountain "must-see."
Throughout December, the Opry puts on "Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry," featuring dancing elves, flying sugar-plum fairies, enchanted reindeer, living toys, live animals... plus a huge live band performing everyone's favorite Christmas tunes. Jolly Ol' Saint Nick makes an appearance, too, along with Glenda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz and lots of other kid-pleasing characters. Your little ones will adore the Christmas Light Spectacular... and so will you.
Visit Pigeon Forge Now
It's all happening here at Pigeon Forge this November and December, so what are you waiting for? Gather your family, hop in the car, and head for the beautiful Smokies.
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