Top 5 Things to do in November in Pigeon Forge

November is fantastic month to visit Pigeon Forge as it offers lower crowds in the first half of the month along with the kickoff of the holiday season with Winterfest, Christmas shows, shopping, and more! Below, we highlight 5 fun things to do in November throughout Pigeon Forge that people of all ages will love.


Pigeon Forge turns into a winter wonderland from November 22 – February 17 as the town lights up for Winterfest. Beautiful Christmas light displays are the main attraction during Winterfest. The town sparkles as millions of lights make up elaborate displays, including the 12 Days of Christmas in lights along the Pigeon Forge Parkway. In addition to the winter lights, there are a variety of events, parades, and trolley tours to enjoy all season long!

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See a Christmas Show

Numerous theaters throughout Pigeon Forge offer incredible Christmas shows beginning November 1st! If you want fun & laughter, the Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show is sure to put a smile on your face. The annual Christmas Show at Country Tonite features performances inspired by holiday classics. Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede showcases performers on horseback, twinkling lights, Christmas music favorites and a festive four-course meal.

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Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Dollywood’s annual Smoky Mountain Christmas takes place November 9 – January 4. Visitors enjoy a variety of festive activities throughout the park. Glacier Ridge is the park’s winter wonderland filled with sparkling displays and Dollywood’s unique 50-foot video motion Christmas tree. You can also enjoy award-winning Christmas musical productions filled with holiday music and Christmas cheer. There’s also the Parade of Many Colors, an exciting holiday tradition with vibrant floats and interactive characters.

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Fireworks Celebration at the Titanic Museum

The Titanic Museum’s Thanksgiving Fireworks Celebration is a free, outdoor family event that happens on November 28. This year’s event features a musical tribute with singer, actor Caitlin Mesiano. The event kicks off at 7:00 pm and ends with a spectacular fireworks display.

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Black Friday Shopping

Pigeon Forge is a great place to do your holiday shopping as there are many stores that offer unique gifts. From outlet malls to specialty artisan shops, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your Christmas list. The Ramsey Hotel is centrally located in Pigeon Forge offering easy access to numerous stores as well as a great place to rest and take a break from your Black Friday shopping spree!

Stay Near the Fun

Whatever event might bring you to enjoy Pigeon Forge in November, be sure to book your stay in the heart of it all at The Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center.

5 Fun Things to do in December in the Smokies

December is a magical time in the Smoky Mountains as the towns come alive with lights, sounds, tastes, and smells unlike any other part of the year. Below, we highlight five favorite things to enjoy throughout December for people of all ages!

Pigeon Forge Christmas Shows

For fun and entertainment for the entire family, Pigeon Forge offers numerous shows filled with music, dancing, animals, and even pirates!

Country Tonite Christmas Show: This wonderful show is filled with a talented cast performing a variety of Christmas classics that people of all ages will love. You’ll also find a few special guest performers during the Christmas production including Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, and the ballerina in the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Toys will also come alive in the magical song “Where are you Christmas”.

Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry: With the largest nativity scene, sugar-plum fairies, dancing elves, reindeer and Santa, your family is sure to be filled with the Christmas spirit after this show!

Comedy Barn Christmas Show: The Comedy Barn Christmas Show is one of Pigeon Forge’s most popular shows during the holidays. Filled with fun, jokes, and laughter everyone is sure to enjoy this hilarious, good time!

Hatfield and McCoy’s Christmas Disaster Dinner Show: Enjoy a southern, homestyle, holiday feast as you watch these two fuedin’ families try to get squash their issues for the holidays. With pranks, stunts, and more, it’s the most fun you can have this holiday season.

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Pirate Voyage: This pirate’s spin on the classic “A Christmas Story” provides stunts, hijinks, and a cast of characters taking Captain Scrooge on a journey through time and space to try to find the meaning of Christmas.

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Christmas at Dollywood combines parades, Christmas Shows, interactive characters, magical light displays, delicious food, and rides for the entire family. Available through January 4th, this fun time for the entire family is sure to delight people of all ages.

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Anakeesta Enchanted Winter

Be immersed in the joys of the holidays at the Anakeesta Enchanted Winter in Gatlinburg. From holiday food and spirits, to a walk-in snow globe to over 1000 light displays, Anakeesta is the very best place to go to get in the holiday spirit. You’ll be able to do your holiday shopping, cozy up and relax by the fire, and take a selfie at the many beautiful displays.

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Winterfest Lights

What’s a holiday celebration without a tour of the beautiful light displays? During the holidays the Smokies literally light-up, revealing a beautiful display of twinkling lights to its visitors. This is a fun, free activity to enjoy as you can simply hop in your vehicle and drive the Pigeon Forge Parkway and downtown Gatlinburg to enjoy the displays. Don’t feel like driving? Hop on a Pigeon Forge Trolley right outside our front doors and then sit back and enjoy the sights!

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Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

On December 6th, Gatlinburg celebrates its 44th Christmas Parade, a celebration that combines traditions, floats, light displays, marching bands and many more.

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Stay in the Heart of it All

Whether you’re looking for traditional holiday magic or something a bit off the beaten path, the Smokies have so much to offer. No matter what brings you to the area, make sure you book your stay in the heart of it all: The Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center.

5 Fun Events and Things to do in February in the Smokies

The month of February is the perfect time to visit the Smokies. The magical and enchanting mountains are the perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. If your Valentine’s escape includes the entire family, the Smoky Mountains offer a variety of wonderful family-oriented activities as well. Here are just a few of the fun things to do in February!

Party Gras at The Ramsey Hotel

This unforgettable weekend will take place February 21st and 22nd and includes a 3-day, 2-night stay at The Ramsey Hotel.

Starting Friday, February 21st, enjoy hors d’oeuvres with a creole flair at The Ramsey Cascades Restaurant and Lounge including Mardi-Gras inspired beverages, beads, masks and plenty of Mardi-Gras themed fun!

On Saturday and Sunday morning enjoy our Cajun-inspired buffet from 7 am to 10 am. Saturday night starting at 6 pm enjoy a delicious creole-inspired dinner and then kickoff the fun with a Parti-Gras parade through The Ramsey Hotel. The night continues on with casino night games, a silent auction benefitting Friends of Tennessee’s Babies with Special Needs, a souvenir drink glass, and themed photo. Cap off the night by dancing the night away with our 6 piece Dixieland band!

Anakeesta Enchanted Winter Celebration

Be immersed in the joys of winter at the Anakeesta Enchanted Winter Celebration. From food and spirits, to a walk-in snow globe to over 1000 light displays, Anakeesta is the very best place to go to take in the winter sights and sounds. Enjoy shopping, cozy up and relax by the fire and take a selfie at the many beautiful displays.

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Sweetheart Month at Titanic

There’s no better time than February to declare your romantic intentions to the person who you love the most. Titanic Pigeon Forge offers you the chance to propose, get married, renew your vows or take amazing photos. The Grand Staircase in the world’s only exact recreation that is the perfect backdrop for a romantic photo. Sweetheart month pays tribute to lovers everywhere, especially honoring the 12 honeymoon couples who traveled on the Titanic. Let cupid be your guide and explore the Titanic.

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Concerts at the Island

Enjoy live music with the weekend concert series at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Every Friday and Saturday you can dance the night away to local music fun for the whole family. The Island in Pigeon Forge offers families affordable fun night and day. Showcased by The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, a 200-foot-high observation wheel, and a multi-million dollar show fountain, The Island provides the area’s newest shopping, dining, and entertainment options in the East Tennessee area.

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Concerts at The Gatlinburg Convention Center

The Convention Center in Gatlinburg has played host to many talented artists throughout the years. This February enjoy the sounds of Jonathan Cain, of Journey on February 28th or Ronnie Milsap on February 29th.

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Come Enjoy February in the Smokies

The Smokies are magical during this time of year and offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, or cozy-up inside with any of our great events. For the best combination of lodging, delicious food, and fantastic entertainment, join us for our inaugural Parti-Gras at The Ramsey Hotel! This special package is just $389 plus tax for two guests. Tickets are limited so act now before it’s too late! Call us at 865-428-2700 to book or  click here for more details and reserve online.

5 Fun Spring Events in Pigeon Forge

Many visitors know that spring is one of the best times of the year to visit the Smokies. The weather is fantastic, the crowds are lighter, the mountains begin to bloom, and there are so many fun and unique events to enjoy! Below, we highlight five popular spring events to enjoy in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains.


If you love a theme park coupled with southern charm, delicious food, and fun for the whole family, Dollywood is the place for you! Dollywood opens for the season on March 13th from 10 am to 7 pm. The opening will coincide with the beloved Festival of Nations taking place March 14th – April 20th. The festival displays the most captivating entertainment from around the world during a celebration of music, dance, and art. This year, first time performers Namaste India will delight park visitors with a theatrical show featuring 400 costumes, and the beautiful sounds and dances of Bollywood. If you can’t make it in time to enjoy the Festival of Nations, you still have an opportunity to take part in the first ever Flower and Food festival, which takes place May 8th – June 14th. This new fun-filled festival will feature brilliant light displays, flower arrangements, mosaics, and food fit for the season!

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Car Shows

Spring is the kickoff for the car show season in Pigeon Forge with the biggest being The Spring Rod Run, which takes place April 15 – April 17. This three-day event is a must for any classic car enthusiast. Watch automobile experts compete for a top prize of $10,000 and shop the huge car swap meet featuring 100’s of show cars. The Rod Run will be returning to its popular location at The Le Conte Center in Pigeon Forge.

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Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

The Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage is a 70 year old annual event in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park featuring professionally-guided walks, exhibits, and other learning opportunities to explore the region’s rich natural and cultural resources. This special event takes place April 22-25th. Don’t miss your opportunity for a fun, outdoors, family event in the gorgeous Smoky Mountains.

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Spring Parade

Enjoy the rich, cultural heritage of the music of the Smokies by visiting the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade. The spring parade is set for May 1st, at 6 pm on the Pigeon Forge parkway. In keeping with the Music in the Mountains parade theme, free bluegrass entertainment will be featured throughout the city on Friday and Saturday—with a few memory-making surprise performances that are sure to draw a crowd.

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Wilderness Wildlife Week

If you enjoy the great outdoors, there is no better celebration than Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge. Starting the week of May 5th, enjoy educational programs and guided hikes into the Great Smoky Mountains. Wilderness Wildlife Week is free to enjoy and offers a variety of programs for all ages and interests. It will be held at the Leconte Center in Pigeon Forge.

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Plan your Visit to Pigeon Forge This Spring

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Pigeon Forge during spring.  View our hotel rooms and book your springtime visit to enjoy one of the best seasons of the year in the Smoky Mountains!

6 Reasons Why People Love Cades Cove

If you love to explore the great outdoors, then you will love Cades Cove! It is one of the best places to enjoy all that the smokies has to offer with a rich, cultural history as well as some of the greatest places to see wildlife, go for a hike and explore history. Below, we highlight six favorite reasons why people love to explore nearby Cades Cove when visiting the Smoky Mountains.

Cades Cove Loop Road

If you love to explore the great outdoors, then you will love Cades Cove! It is one of the best places to enjoy all that the smokies has to offer with a rich, cultural history as well as some of the greatest places to see wildlife, go for a hike and explore history. Below, we highlight six favorite reasons why people love to explore nearby Cades Cove when visiting the Smoky Mountains.

The Abundant Wildlife

Cades Cove is filled with wildlife that are frequently spotted roaming the open valleys and hidden trails. White-tailed deer, bear, turkey, and more share this beautiful landscape. Just remember that, while beautiful & peaceful, these are wild animals, so be sure to remain a safe distance away. If you suddenly see cars stopping and people getting out, then get your camera ready as something special has likely been spotted!

Primitive Churches

For the history buff inside you, Cades Cove offers so much to see. Scattered along the loop road are three churches, a working grist mill, barns, log houses, and many other faithfully preserved and restored 18th and 19th century structures. The three primitive churches were built by hand and offer a glimpse into the faith and architecture of the early settlers in the Smoky Mountains.

Historic Cabins

To truly get a sense of what life was like in the 1800’s, be sure to explore one of the historic cabins throughout Cades Cove! Imagine what life would have been like to live in one of these “homes” without water, electricity, heat, and other modern amenities. It is an incredible chance to get a glimpse into the early history of Smoky Mountain life.

Unique Barns

Another unique, historical site offered in Cades Cove are the cantilever barns. These 19th century barns are rare and feature an overhang for an upper loft. The lofts were used for storage of hay or other materials and the lower crib areas were where livestock was kept.This design allowed animals, which were normally outside, to stand underneath the overhang in order to get out of the sun or rain. The farm animals resting under the eaves in Cades Cove would have included pigs, hogs, chickens, goats and, in wintertime, cattle.

Beautiful Hikes

And finally, what would a visit to Cades Cove be without taking in a gorgeous hike? Cades Cove offers a variety of trails, but the most popular is a five-mile roundtrip trail to Abrams Falls. This moderately difficult hike features a winding path through thick forest, rhododendrons, and hemlock opening up to a gorgeous waterfall offering the opportunity to take a dip after enjoying one of the most beautiful hikes in the Smokies!

Plan Your Visit to Cades Cove

Ready to plan your visit to Cades Cove? Be sure to check out our article on why  spring is one of the best times to visit the Smoky Mountains ! We offer a variety of rooms that offer the perfect place to relax before and after you spend a day in Cades Cove.


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