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Six Reasons to Visit Pigeon Forge This Christmas Season

What Pigeon Forge has to offer the traveler looking for a fun holiday adventure.

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Do you and your family celebrate the Christmas season with turkey dinners at home and exchange gifts around the Christmas tree? You aren’t alone! It’s a popular way to celebrate the holiday season, but if you’re tired of taking the same pictures in front of the same decorations every year, it’s time to add a little adventure to your holiday festivities.

Plan a trip with your family to Pigeon Forge, TN this Christmas season!

There are so many convincing reasons why you should try a Pigeon Forge vacation this Christmas, you’ll wonder why you didn’t start this holiday tradition sooner!

The Christmas Shows

When it comes to things to do, Pigeon Forge has you covered. Not only can you enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Smoky Mountains, there’s no shortage of family-friendly shows you can enjoy.

Everyone gets in on the action too! Even the Pirates Voyage show gets into the holiday spirit. This amazing show features full-scale pirate ships on a 15-foot indoor lagoon, complete with pirates decked out in holiday attire.

Just a few other shows you can choose from include:

  • Ollie’s Festive Follies at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre
  • Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede
  • Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas
  • Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Show
  • Country Tonite Christmas Show
  • Comedy Barn Christmas Show
  • Impossibilities Christmas Show

Many of the shows in the Pigeon Forge area have you covered for dinner too because they serve your meal during the show, which makes eating with the family easy!

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Dollywood is a wonderful and exciting place, no matter what time of the year you visit, but it is transformed into a magical wonderland each Christmas season.

There are multiple award-winning shows you can catch in the park, and an entire area is dedicated to holiday wonder. Glacier Ridge features sparkling displays and a 50 foot video motion Christmas tree!

You’ll find mugs of hot chocolate and over five million lights around the park. Just make sure you catch the Parade of Many Colors that features bright floats, lovable Christmas characters, and surprises that will make the entire family smile.

Need another reason to visit Dollywood with the family for Christmas? She’s releasing a Hallmark Channel film in 2019 that is set at the park. You can make a new family tradition of visiting the park and watching Christmas at Dollywood every holiday season.

Ride the Polar Express

Speaking of holiday traditions, The Polar Express is a family favorite that is revisited every Christmas season. Many families read the book and watch the movie every Christmas, but did you know you can also experience the real-life Polar Express?

The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Tours takes visitors through the beautiful Rocky Mountains all year long, but it is completely transformed into the beloved Polar Express when the Christmas season rolls around.

This 1 1/4 hour round-trip excursion transports you through the wilderness while everyone listens and reads along with the Polar Express Story. The train’s destination is the North Pole, where kids can tell Santa what they want for Christmas. He even gives each child a silver bell as a special gift, before the train turns around and heads home.

Less Holiday Stress

There are many specific reasons why Pigeon Forge is the perfect place to visit with your family during the holidays, but it isn’t all about the shows and activities you’ll be doing with your family. There are more general, and no less convincing, reasons to leave home when the holiday season rolls around.

For some, the holidays are more stressful than fun. There are a lot of things you can do to try to make cooking less stressful, but cooking for a crowd is always nerve racking. Not to mention, you have to clean the house for guests!

When you vacation with the family in Pigeon Forge, you don’t have to worry about any of those things, and you can reduce the chances of family drama too. Meeting at a neutral location can make for a more enjoyable get together.

Smaller Crowds

Taking a vacation with your family is a great idea. You’ll make memories that will last a lifetime. That’s true all year long in Pigeon Forge, but dealing with vacation crowds can spoil your good time. That’s less likely to be the case around Christmas!

Because most people spend the holidays at home, the crowds are a lot smaller in and around the city. There will still be plenty of people around enjoying the holiday season, but many of them will be locals. You won’t have to wait in line for an unreasonable amount of time to ride a roller coaster at Dollywood, and you’re more likely to get the tickets you want to the shows you want the closer it gets to Christmas day.

Skip the Gifts

The holiday season can be stressful when you’re stuck cooking for and hosting family members, but it can be expensive too. Buying enough food to feed an army is expensive, but buying gifts for everyone in your family is expensive too!

Skip the gifts and the stress of worrying if you got the right gift for everyone, and take a vacation to Pigeon Forge instead. The vacation becomes the gift, which means no one needs to get anything for anyone else.

Don’t like the idea of not having anything to open on Christmas? Consider buying and gifting mementos you find in Pigeon Forge, or print and frame pictures of your vacation and give those as gifts after everyone returns home.

It’s the norm to decorate your house and invite everyone over to eat and open presents, but it isn’t the only way you can celebrate the holiday season. There are many creative and unique ways you can get away from the stress and make lasting holiday memories. Packing up the family and vacationing in Pigeon Forge on Christmas is one of the best if you’re looking for brand-new Christmas traditions!


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