By Darryl Payne
Posted on November 1, 2011
Beginning next week, the communities of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg will be getting their respective Winterfest celebrations underway, with kickoff festivities scheduled for a different city on a different night. Part of each town’s kickoff will be the lighting of its various Winterfest light displays, which are a colorful, twinkling way of welcoming all the folks who come to visit the Smokies during Winterfest.
One of the best ways to see all the lights in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg is to make use of their trolley systems. The Pigeon Forge Trolley Tour of Lights run November 8 through January 13, 2012 and show off that city’s 5 million lights from the comfort of heated, enclosed trolleys. Tour guides share stories about the lights and about Pigeon Forge history along the way. Tours start at Patriot Park Mondays through Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and cost $5.
In Gatlinburg the Trolley Ride of Lights runs November 9 through January 30, 2012 and also give riders an up-close, informative look at the city’s millions of lights. These guided rides depart several times nightly from the trolley center at traffic light #5 downtown. The cost is $5.
Before making your plans, be sure to check out our selection of Smoky Mountains lodging so that you can find the accommodations that fit in best with your intended Winterfest destination.
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.