The Inn on the River in Pigeon Forge TN

The Inn on the River is a newly renovated Pigeon Forge hotel on the Parkway.

The Inn On The River

(865) 428-5500

2492 Parkway, Pigeon Forge ,TN 37863

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3 Reasons to Visit the Smokies During the Pigeon Forge Christmas Winterfest Celebration

Even though the Pigeon Forge Christmas Winterfest celebration is kicking off on November 11, there’s still plenty of time to come and enjoy everything that Winterfest has to offer. Here’s what you don’t want to miss this season:

  • Millions of Sparkling Holiday Lights in Pigeon ForgeThe Old Mill decorated for Christmas

Winterfest is known for the lighting of millions of holiday lights throughout Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. When you arrive to the Smoky Mountain area, you can’t miss all of the sparkling lights that line the streets and Parkways.

One of the most popular things to do in Pigeon Forge is drive along the Parkway or take the Pigeon Forge Trolley Tour of Lights to see all of the colorful holiday displays throughout the area.

The lights in the area stay lit from the area’s kickoff date, November 11, through the end of February. This means there’s plenty of time to start planning that holiday vacation–you can even see the lights after the holiday is over!

(See Also: 4 Exciting Ways to Experience Winter in Pigeon Forge)

  • Train light display on the side of the streetPigeon Forge Trolley Tour of Lights

The Pigeon Forge Trolley Tour of Lights is a great way to relax and enjoy the view of the lights without having to drive. For just $5 per person, you can take a ride on special Winterfest trolley with your family. The trolley will be heated, so you won’t have to worry about bundling up too much unless you plan on spending quite a bit of time outside before or after your ride.

You can park your car at the Pigeon Forge trolley station and catch your ride on the trolley at the same location. The ride will take you through the lights, giving you a tour of the area as well as a tour of the history of the light displays.

  • Pictures with Santa Claus in the SmokiesRed boots in the snow sitting next to a letter for Santa

When you have children celebrating the holiday season in Pigeon Forge, you have to see Santa at least once! There’s a few places you can see Santa this season:

Dollywood Christmas Festival

The Dollywood Christmas Festival has been named America’s Best Christmas Event for 5 years, so you’ll definitely enjoy it! You can find Santa in the County Fair area with a toy workshop.

Incredible Christmas Place

Located right next to The Inn On The River hotel in Pigeon Forge, a singing Santa will be around all season long, Thursdays to Mondays.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville

From Pigeon Forge, it’s only about a 15 minute drive to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville, at the Smokies Stadium. It’s known as the largest LED light show in the Smoky Mountains, but every night, Santa’s Village will open up for snacks, beverages, bounce houses and more, including photos and meet and greets with Santa himself!

Where to Stay to Celebrate Pigeon Forge Christmas Winterfest 2014

The Inn On The River hotel in Pigeon Forge is located directly on the main Parkway. When you step outside at The Inn On The River, you’ll see the hotel is surrounded by hundreds of light displays.

If you’re ready to visit the area for all of the holiday fun and sparkling lights, take a look at our Pigeon Forge hotel rooms. We have a variety of amenities, like indoor Jacuzzi tubs and fireplaces, that will be perfect for keeping you warm during your Pigeon Forge Christmas vacation.