Best Holiday Activities in the Smoky Mountains

If you’re looking to make your Pigeon Forge trip even more exciting, you’ll need to include time for some amazing activities.  With so many fun choices, making the perfect decision can be difficult. To help make your stay “Merry & Bright”, here are are our choices for the best ways to spend your holiday time in The Smokies.


Attend a Holiday Christmas Show


Pigeon Forge has some of the best shows in the country!  And that’s especially true at Christmas. With award winning performers, mesmerizing holiday backdrops, and some of the best food anywhere, our area dinner shows are a Christmas tradition.  Enjoy a night at the Comedy Barn or an afternoon at Magic Beyond Belief’s Magical Christmas. With other choices including Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Hatfield and McCoy’s Christmas Disaster, and many more, you’ll have to spend an extra day (or two) to enjoy them all!


Visit a Local Holiday Craft Show

Craftsmen creating beautiful, holiday works of art right before your eyes, demonstrating “The Old Ways” of doing things, that’s what you’ll find when you visit an area craft fair this holiday season.  Whether you’re shopping for that unique gift or admiring local artisans in action, you’re sure to find a day of wonderful memories.  Featuring exhibits, activities, and music it can be hard to choose just one of these family-friendly events to visit.     



Go Shopping at Tanger Five Oaks


What better way to start your holiday season than by finishing your holiday shopping?  You can do just that, while enjoying beautiful decorations and holiday music at Tanger Five Oaks in Sevierville.  With over 150 outlet stores, Thanksgiving Moonlight Madness Sale, and Very Merry Savings Sale, you’ll find something for everyone on Santa’s list.  Don’t forget about Tanger’s new valet service!




See a Smoky Mountain Christmas Parade


Festive floats, costumed characters, holiday music – all with a Smoky Mountain backdrop, that’s what you’ll find when you attend one of the areas Christmas parades.  Dust off your jingle bells!  

Don’t worry if you’re busy as an elf at Christmas.  With Dollywood’s nightly Parade of Many Colors, you’ll always have a chance to see a parade during your holiday visit with us!




Take a Light Tour


Children of all ages are mesmerized by twinkling, colorful lights arranged in festive displays.  Light up your holiday this year with a Christmas light tour. Whether you’re driving your own “sleigh” through Shadracks Wonderland, navigating the Pigeon Forge Driving Tour of Lights, or relaxing on Gatlinburg’s Trolley Ride of Lights, you’re sure to find one everyone will enjoy and remember for years to come! 



Why limit yourself to only one when the Smoky Mountains offer so many more during the holiday season?  When you stay at Willow Brook Lodge you’ll find yourself centrally located to these and other family-friendly activities.  When you visit the Pigeon Forge area during Christmas, there’s no shortage of opportunities to create memories that last a lifetime!  


Come as our guest.  Leave as our family.