The Christmas season is a magical time in Pigeon Forge as millions of spectacular holiday lights shine throughout the city! If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Smoky Mountains during this festive time of year, there are several places you should go to view these stunning light displays! Here are 4 places that you should visit to see the best Christmas lights in Pigeon Forge:
1. Pigeon Forge Parkway
One of the best and easiest ways to view the Christmas lights in Pigeon Forge is simply by driving along the Parkway! As part of the Pigeon Forge Winterfest celebration, the Parkway is transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 5 million lights! Your driving tour starts at the north end of the Parkway where you are greeted with the “Welcome to Pigeon Forge” sign. Along your tour, you will see light poles draped with falling snowflakes. Along with, light displays of bear, deer, fox and other critters native to the Smoky Mountains. Some of the highlights along the Parkway include the Old Mill Covered Bridge, Americana themed displays at Patriot Park, and the sparkling 60-foot-tall Christmas tree at Dolly Parton’s Stampede!
2. The Island in Pigeon Forge
If you want to do some Christmas shopping and see some of the best holiday lights in town, head on over to The Island in Pigeon Forge! This massive shopping, dining, and entertainment complex is fully decked out for the holiday season! You’ll find sparkling lights, giant ornaments and huge decorated trees! While visiting the Island, go for a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel that is lit up for the season in red, green and white lights. This 200-foot-tall ferris wheel provides a unique perspective of all the twinkling lights throughout Pigeon Forge and features all glass gondolas that sit up to 8 guests.
3. Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood
Another fantastic place for viewing Christmas lights in Pigeon Forge is at the Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood! This award-winning festival features over 5 million lights, holiday musical productions, a wonderful nightly parade and much more! This is a great time to visit the Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood as they opened their largest Christmas expansion ever called Glacier Ridge. This new winter wonderland includes a beautiful 50-foot Christmas tree, a recreation of the northern lights and other fun surprises!
4. Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail
The Wonders of Light Walking Trail has taken over the Riverwalk Greenway in Pigeon Forge! It’s a $1.5 million addition to Winterfest, featuring a collection of Smoky Mountain critters, oversized flowers, dancing snowflakes, and some displays more than 25 feet tall! There is a total of 40 light displays and incredible photo opportunities. You can reach the trail from the Pigeon Forge Municipal Parking Lot at 2936 Teaster Lane!
Where to Stay Near the Christmas Lights in Pigeon Forge
Stay close to all of these incredible Christmas light displays in Pigeon Forge with a winter vacation at Eagles Ridge! Whether you are planning a romantic getaway or a family reunion, we have a huge selection of cabins that can easily accommodate your needs! While staying with us, enjoy all types of excellent amenities including full kitchens, bubbling hot tubs, fireplaces, game rooms and much more!
Check out all of our cabins in the Smoky Mountains today to plan your holiday getaway and to see all of the beautiful Christmas lights in Pigeon Forge! We look forward to seeing you soon at Eagles Ridge!