By Darryl Payne
Posted on November 29, 2011
This week, we’ll take an overview look at all the activities and special events taking place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, this Winterfest season. Hopefully, we’ll plant a few seeds when it comes to ideas for holiday travel in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Like the entire county, Pigeon Forge is shining brightly with millions of Winterfest lights and animated light displays. They’re located all over town, including Dollywood, which has its own special holiday lighting as part of its annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, which features special Christmas-themed shows, attractions and even a nighttime parade.
You can see the rest of Pigeon Forge’s lights on a Trolley Tour of Lights, which run through January 13, 2012. For only $5, you can board a trolley at Patriot Park and get a heated, guided tour of all the illumination.
Winterfest in Pigeon Forge continues through February 26 with a number of other fun special events, including Wilderness Wildlife Week and Saddle Up. The 22nd annual Wilderness Wildlife Week, January 7 – 14, is actually eight days of guided walks in the mountains and dozens of seminars, lectures and hands-on workshops, all dedicated to celebrating the scenery and wildlife that make up the Great Smoky Mountains.
The 12th annual Saddle Up!, February 23 – 26, is a four-day festival of entertainment presented the cowboy way, including concerts by cowboy poets and Western musicians, a Chuckwagon Cookoff and a Cowboy Dance on Saturday night.
About Darryl Payne
Darryl Payne is a native of East Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. He is a web developer with a passion for building great websites. As a local, he can offer a unique perspective on where to stay and things to do while on vacation in the Smokies. To read his latest recommendations, please click the Google+ follow button.