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5 Exciting New Things To Do in Pigeon Forge Opening in May

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See details on 5 brand new attractions coming to Pigeon Forge in May, 2019!

Pigeon Forge seems to add new and exciting things to do each and every year, and this year features many exciting new additions that open in May! Below, we highlight five of the biggest and most-anticipated new attractions that you are going to love on your next visit to Pigeon Forge.

Dollywood’s Wildwood Grove

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The biggest new addition to Pigeon Forge is the massive expansion opening at Dollywood, which is called Wildwood Grove. This five acre addition features new rides, places to eat, and activities perfect for the entire family. The theme features a whimsical forest setting filled with rides such as a new roller coaster that mimics the flight of a dragonfly, a treetop tower ride inspired by gently falling leaves, and more. Wildwood Grove is scheduled to open to the public on May 11, 2019.

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Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show

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Pigeon Forge offers a variety of fun dinner shows featuring music, dancing, comedy, and more. Many visitors, however, have been wishing for something new and unique. Well, Dolly Parton’s team is granting that wish by opening the brand new Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! The former “Celebration!” theater located adjacent to The Island has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation to transform into this amazing new experience. The show will feature a lagoon, pirate ships, pirates, delicious food and more! The first shows are scheduled to begin on May 24, 2019.

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Rowdy Bear Adventure Park

The Rowdy Bear Adventure Park is a brand new attraction in Pigeon Forge that will feature a year-round tubing hill that mimics the feel of snow tubing! This will be the first ride available at Rowdy Bear Adventure Park, and they have dropped hints of adding two more rides later this year that will be unlike anything else available in the Smokies! This new attractions is located right beside The Local Goat restaurant on the north end of the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

Visit their website for more details:

National Enquirer Museum

The National Enquirer is opening a brand new museum in May that features the history and most sensational stories behind the rise of the popular tabloid. The press release states that it is an interactive family attraction that will “deliver the story behind the story of the tabloid that created an industry. From being the first on the scene, having the first news helicopter in the sky, and being the first in the supermarket, they will continue that history as the first tabloid with an immersive museum attraction. Visitors of all ages will explore new National Enquirer exclusives on the stories that changed the course of history. Dive into the JFK conspiracy, get the scoop on the British Royal Family, explore the biggest crimes of the past century and experience the life of celebrities in Hollywood.”

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Nation’s Longest Sky Bridge

While not located in Pigeon Forge, this exciting new addition to our neighbor, Gatlinburg, is exciting and incredibly special. Opening May 17, the SkyBridge at Skylift Park in Gatlinburg will be the nation’s longest skybridge spanning a whopping 680 feet with incredible views of downtown Gatlinburg and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains. It is sure to be a breathtaking experience unlike anything else in our nation!

Visit their website for more details:

Plan Your Next Visit

With so many exciting new things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, it has never been a better time to plan a visit to the Smoky Mountains! Check out our specials page to see our current deals and then view our room options to choose the perfect room for an amazing getaway to Pigeon Forge, TN.

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Pigeon Forge Spring Parade Details

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Get details on the Pigeon Forge Music in the Mountains Spring Parade including the date, location, and more.

On the first Friday in May every year, the Pigeon Forge Parkway hosts the incredibly popular Music in the Mountains Spring Parade. The 2019 parade takes place on May 3rd beginning at 6 p.m. (Eastern). The parade route begins at traffic light #6, which is conveniently located directly in front of The Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center! We offer the perfect location for you to easily walk out to the Parkway and enjoy the entertainment.

The Pigeon Forge Parade features numerous talent from area shows and theaters including singers, dancers, etc alongside high school marching bands, dance groups, choral groups, and baton twirlers from Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and more!

New for the 2019 parade are four cold-air balloons depicting popular children’s characters—the Pajaminals, Daniel the Tiger and Yogi Bear. A fourth, a baseball measuring 10-feet in diameter, recognizes the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge.

The Grand Marshal for the 2019 Pigeon Forge Parade will be baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. who has brought hundreds of baseball teams from around the country to Pigeon Forge since The Ripken Experience opened in 2016.

In addition to Cal Ripken Jr., celebrity Paula Deen will also be featured in the parade as well! Paula Deen continues to grow her business and investments in Pigeon Forge with Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen and the newly-opened Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud Show and Adventure Park, both of which are conveniently located about one mile away from The Ramsey.

Reserve Your Room

To book your reservation for the popular parade weekend, visit our Rooms page to choose the perfect room and get the best deal available. You can also call us at (865) 428-2700 and we will be glad to assist you!

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Pirates Voyage Dinner Show Details Revealed

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Get details for the new Pirates Voyage Dinner Show in Pigeon Forge including opening date, new photos, and more! Located 1 mile away from The Ramsey Hotel.

A brand new dinner show will be opening soon in Pigeon Forge to offer something never seen in the Smokies…a pirate adventure! Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is set to open on May 24, 2019 near The Island in the building where Dolly Parton’s “Celebration!” and Smoky Mountain Adventures were located. The building is undergoing a $9 million renovation to completely transform both the outside and inside into an incredible pirate adventure that the entire family will love! The photo below is what the outside of the building will look like once it is finished.

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Video of Lagoon Construction

The video below shows the construction of the interior where the former stage and props were removed to create 15-foot lagoon that will hold an incredible 300,000 gallons of water. This lagoon will serve as the centerpiece of the set that will house the two pirate ships where the action of the entire show takes place.

New Sign is Up!

pirates voyage pigeon forge signThe new Pirates Voyage sign has also been installed beside the Parkway in front of the building. The sign definitely stands out from other signs along the parkway as it features a skull and two cannons!

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show is located just 1 mile away from The Ramsey Hotel & Convention Center making this a convenient and excellent thing to do when you stay with us!

Book Your Voyage

To plan your visit to the Smokies and enjoy an incredible new pirate adventure, check out our rooms and choose the perfect one for your crew!

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Secret Revealed – Best Time to Visit Pigeon Forge in the Spring

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Discover the best time to visit Pigeon Forge with light crowds, low traffic, less wait times, fantastic events, and more!

Pigeon Forge is an amazing town to visit throughout the entire year as each season offers unique sights, festivals, shows, parades, and more. There is, however, one very special “sweet spot” in the year that has remained a guarded secret for generations of visitors…and we reveal the details below!

Super Secret Spring Season

The magical sweet spot to visit Pigeon Forge is from the last week of April through the end of May. The reason for this is that school spring breaks last from March until around mid-April. There is also the opening of Dollywood in March and the massive Spring Rod Run in mid-April. A variety of events such as these bring bigger crowds to town, which creates more traffic, longer wait times at restaurants, longer lines at attractions, etc.

However, if you visit between the last week of April and the end of May, it is an entirely different experience! Crowds are much lighter making it easier and faster to get around town. You can get into just about any restaurant you choose. You’ll easily get into any attraction you wish. Once you experience Pigeon Forge during this time, you will be hooked!

Benefits of Light Crowds in Pigeon Forge

One of the first things you will notice if you visit Pigeon Forge between late April and the end of May is how much lighter the traffic is! You can easily get from one end of town to the other with ease, which means you can spend more time having fun rather than sitting in traffic! This alone is reason for many people to visit during this time.

Another benefit of lighter crowds is the reduced lines at attractions as well as lower chances of shows being sold out. During peak times, many dinner shows in town sell out, but during this sweet spot you will have a much easier time picking any show you like and getting tickets much easier. Visiting area attractions such as go-carts, putt-putt, and even Dollywood is also so much easier with shorter lines.

Many popular restaurants in Pigeon Forge often have extended wait times during heavily-visited times of the year, but if you visit during this secret time in spring you can choose just about any restaurant you wish and get in with ease and without need for reservations in most cases!

You might be wondering if there are any events or anything going on during this time…and the answer is “absolutely”! Below, we highlight some favorites of guests.

Smoky Mountain Wildflowers

The Smoky Mountains are full of unique and amazing plants and animals, but one of the best things to witness is the incredible wildflowers that typically bloom in late April! It is such a beautiful sight that an annual event called the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage was established nearly 70 years ago to show visitors where to find an enormous amount of wildflowers in the Smokies! The 2019 event will be held April 24-27.

To learn more about the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, visit:

Music In The Mountains Spring Parade

The first Friday in May is the annual date for the famous Pigeon Forge parade. It began as Dolly Parton’s Homecoming parade, which initially kicked off the opening of Dollywood and Pigeon Forge’s “tourism” season. In recent years, however, the parade has evolved to become the “Music In The Mountains Spring Parade” to feature different Grand Marshals and floats. This year’s parade will be held on May 3rd at 6pm along the Pigeon Forge Parkway.

For more details about the Music In The Mountains Spring Parade, visit:

Wilderness Wildlife Week

Wilderness Wildlife WeekIf you love the Smoky Mountains, then you will love Wilderness Wildlife Week at the beautiful Leconte Center. The best part about this event is that it is free and open to the public! It features numerous seminars and workshops as well as guided hikes to learn about nature, animals, plants, and everything that the Smokies have to offer! The 2019 Wilderness Wildlife Week will be held May 7-11.

For more details about Wilderness Wildlife Week and to see the full schedule, visit:

Plan Your Spring Visit to Pigeon Forge

There are so many wonderful things to see and do in Pigeon Forge between late April and the end of May. You can see a full list of events at

Now that you are ready to experience Pigeon Forge during this super secret Spring season, the next step is to choose a room and book your visit! We look forward to sharing our secret season with you!

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$20M Flying Theater Coming to The Island in Pigeon Forge

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Get details on the new flying theater coming to The Island in Pigeon Forge featuring motion, sights, and sound as well as scents and mists!

Each year, Pigeon Forge offers something new and exciting to do that brings visitors back to the Smokies. Recently, we shared exciting new attractions coming to Pigeon Forge in 2019, but now we have the first big announcement of a new attraction coming in 2020!

The Island in Pigeon Forge has announced the addition of a $20M “flying theater” that will give visitors an immersive experience of flying over various landscapes and scenery. If this sounds familiar, you have perhaps ridden the extremely popular Soarin’ at Disney World’s Epcot. The company, Dynamic Attractions, that pioneered that technology is the same company that will be custom building this new theater as well as producing a new, custom film that will be shown to riders at the new Pigeon Forge theater.

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The new flying theater is planned to open in early 2020 and will be located in a new 9,000-10,000 sqft building. The Island is located less than 1 mile away from The Ramsey Hotel.

To get an idea of the incredible technology and rides that Dynamic Motion creates, check out their video below showcasing many of their attractions around the world!

Book Your Next Visit

Ready to book your next visit to Pigeon Forge? Click here to choose the perfect room!

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Best Places to Find Pigeon Forge Coupons

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Get the best Pigeon Forge discounts for things to do in Pigeon Forge including the most popular attractions, shows, theme parks, and more.

The great thing about having so many things to see and do in Pigeon Forge is many attractions offer fantastic coupons and discounts to earn your business while in town! There are a variety of websites, brochures, magazines, and more that provide coupons and promo codes for numerous attractions, shows, theme parks, and more in the Smokies. Below, we highlight the most popular places to find the best Pigeon Forge coupons to help you save money and do more when you visit the Smokies!

Discounts for The Ramsey Hotel

First of all, be sure to visit our “specials” page to see our current deals and to be notified when we release new offers. This is the best way to get the lowest rates on your stay at The Ramsey Hotel.

Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism Website

The most “official” place to get coupons and discounts is on the Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism’s website. They often offer some exclusive coupons such as $5 off Dolly Parton’s Stampede, so it’s worth checking out. Simply click the link below to be taken directly to their website to see current discounts.

Smoky Mountain Navigator

A great resource for area info as well as great coupons is the Smoky Mountain Navigator. It is a printed guide that can be picked up for free throughout town, but they also offer coupons to download and print directly from their website. They have one of the largest collections of coupons for numerous attractions and things to do in Pigeon Forge. To see all of their current coupons, click the link below.

Visit My Smokies

Another great website to download and print discounts from is the Visit My Smokies website. Directly from their website you can get coupons for go carts, putt putt, shows, and more. It is also another great resource for tips and info about things to do in the Smoky Mountains.

Pigeon Forge TN Guide

Finally, a popular website for many Pigeon Forge coupons is Pigeon Forge TN Guide. It often has some of the biggest discounts for some of the most popular things to do in the Smokies such as dinner shows, Dollywood, and more.

Plan Your Visit

The biggest tip is to plan your visit before you arrive. Use the resources above to find the best discounts and to plan out the activities for each day you are in town. By doing this, you can relax and enjoy your trip knowing that you are getting the best deals on everything you want to do in Pigeon Forge.

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4 Big Pigeon Forge Events in 2019

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See the four most popular events coming to Pigeon Forge, TN in 2019.

Each year, Pigeon Forge plays host to numerous events that attract thousands of visitors on any given weekend. Below, we highlight four of the biggest events happening in Pigeon Forge in 2019 that appeal to people of all ages. Whether you are interested in attending any of these events, or simply want to be aware of the dates to better plan a vacation around busier weekends, this list will help you decide the best time to plan your visit to Pigeon Forge in 2019!

Car Shows

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By far, the most attended events in Pigeon Forge each year are the variety of car shows that roll into town between March and September. These car shows are among the biggest in the country and bring large crowds to town. If you plan to attend any of these car shows in 2019 it is highly advised to book your lodging as soon as possible to get the best rate and to be guaranteed a room.

Spring Rod Run April 11-13
Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion August 23-24
Shades of the Past September 6-7
Fall Rod Run September 12-14

Click here to view a full list of Pigeon forge car shows along with details for each.

Music in the Mountains Spring Parade

The annual Pigeon Forge parade is known as the Music in the Mountains Spring Parade and takes place on May 3, 2019. This popular parade attracts tens of thousands of spectators as one entire side of the Pigeon Forge Parkway is shut down and dedicated to the parade. Many theaters, attractions, and Smoky Mountain businesses participate in the parade with extravagant floats and talented performers. This is a fun, family-friendly, and free event to enjoy for people of all ages.

July 4th Patriot Festival & Fireworks

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On July 4th, Pigeon Forge hosts the annual Patriot Festival, which features live entertainment along with a featured performer at Patriot Park beside The Old Mlll restaurant. While the concerts are free to enjoy, there are a variety of vendors available offering food, drinks, and activities. This is a fantastic event for the whole family to enjoy as there is something for everyone of every age. The Ramsey Hotel is located less that 1 mile from the Patriot Festival.

Dollywood Opening Day

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On March 16th Dollywood will open for the 2019 season, which will feature its largest capital investment to the popular theme park in its 32 year history. The new addition, Wildwood Grove, includes 11 new themed experiences that include new rides, play areas, places to eat, and more. It is the most anticipated addition to Dollywood in recent years as it will provide numerous new experiences for families to enjoy. To learn more about Wildwood Grove, visit for full details.

Book Your Visit

With so many great events taking place this year in Pigeon Forge, now is a great time to book a room for your next visit. Check out our available hotel rooms to choose the perfect room and amenities for your trip!

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5 Fun Things To Do During Winter in Pigeon Forge

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See 5 popular things to do in Pigeon Forge in January and February to see why these winter months are some of the best times to visit the Smokies!

Pigeon Forge is a year-round destination offering unique and exciting things to do no matter what month it is…even January and February! These two winter months are some of the best times of the year to visit as they offer much lower crowds, far less traffic, discounts throughout town and more. While Dollywood and many shows shut down during these two months, there are so many other things to do and we highlight five of our favorites below!

Winterfest Lights

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Smoky Mountain Winterfest lasts all the way through February, which means you can easily drive around Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville with extremely light traffic and enjoy the millions of lights and dazzling displays. As a guest of The Ramsey, we highly recommend grabbing a cup of our complimentary coffee or hot chocolate to enjoy in your car or on the Pigeon Forge trolley to sip while viewing the sights.

Unique Museums

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While Dollywood and many shows take a break for the winter, January and February are fantastic months to visit the excellent museums in Pigeon Forge! Some of the most popular are the Titanic Museum, Alcatraz East Crime Museum, WonderWorks, and Hollywood Wax Museum. The great thing about these museums are that they are indoors and allow you spend as much time as you like strolling through and seeing & interacting with the exhibits!

Indoor Snow Tubing

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Pigeon Forge is home to the country’s first indoor snow facility, which means you can go snow tubing all year long, no matter what the weather is like! Pigeon Forge Snow offers multiple snowtubing lanes in a temperature-controlled building to provide a comfortable climate and perfect snow every single day. This is a highly popular attraction for couples, families, groups, & more and is located just 1.7 miles away from The Ramsey Hotel!

The Island in Pigeon Forge

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The Island in Pigeon Forge is a popular place to spend a day or evening as it offers a variety of things to do, places to shop, and fantastic places to eat. It is located less than 1 mile from The Ramsey Hotel and features The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, water fountains that dance to music, and so much more. Parking is free and it is free to stroll and enjoy the various shops and features. As this is mostly outdoors, we do recommend choosing a day that is not raining or snowing to visit The Island.

Escape Rooms

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Escape rooms have become increasingly popular over recent years, and Pigeon Forge has some of the best in the country! Escape rooms consist of a variety of themes in which your group gets “locked” in an area and you must use a number of clues to solve the puzzle and “escape” the room. These attractions are typically booked up most of the year, but during January and February it is much easier to get into any of them! Some of the most popular ones are The Escape Game at The Island, Kryptology, Trapped, and Smoky Mountain Escape Games.

The Perfect Place to Stay

The Ramsey Hotel is centrally located near all of these fantastic things to do during winter in Pigeon Forge as we offer a fantastic place to stay during colder months! Be sure to check out our specials as well to save on your winter visit to Pigeon Forge!

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New Years Eve Events in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

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The Smoky Mountains offer two fantastic venues for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg, and we have details for both locations!

The Smoky Mountains offer two fantastic venues for ringing in the New Year and we have details below for both locations!

New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge

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The Island is the most popular place to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge as it offers a free, family-friendly event. The festivities begin at 8pm featuring games, giveaways, DJ, and an appearance by the Free Daps. The night concludes with a free concert by Jackie Lee followed by fireworks at midnight!

Parking and admission are completely free. The Island is located less than a mile away from The Ramsey Hotel at 131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863.

New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg

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Gatlinburg’s New Year’s Eve celebration is located at the iconic Space Needle in downtown Gatlinburg which features a ball drop & midnight fireworks along with live DJ entertainment beginning at 10 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses.

The Gatlinburg Space Needle is located at 115 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

Happy New Year!

No matter where you choose to ring in the New Year, we wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that you will enjoy a stay with us in 2019! Be sure to check out our current hotel specials to get the best deal on lodging for your next visit to Pigeon Forge.

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5 Fun Things To Do in Pigeon Forge this Christmas Season

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See five of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge during the Christmas season including 2 free things to do for the entire family!

The Christmas season is a special time to visit Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains as the area is filled with beautiful lights, incredible displays, special events, and so much more. There are a variety of things to do for people of all ages as well as budgets. Below, you will find five of the favorite things visitors love to do during the holidays in Pigeon Forge and the Smokies.

Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights

pigeon forge christmas lightsThe very first thing you will see when visiting Pigeon Forge is over 5 million twinkling lights on numerous displays throughout town! Viewing these lights is absolutely free and it’s a fantastic thing to do with family and friends. Simply hop in your car, take along some hot chocolate, and turn on your favorite holiday music as you cruise the Pigeon Forge Parkway viewing the lights.

Pigeon Forge Christmas Shows

Pigeon Forge offers numerous Christmas shows to see that the entire family will love. There are Christmas shows that include food such as the hilarious Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster, Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede, and Christmas Celebration! If you want to see a great Christmas show without the food, there are some great options such as the fantastic Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry, Country Tonite, and the Comedy Barn Christmas.

Christmas Lights at The Island in Pigeon Forge

the island pigeon forge christmasThe Island in Pigeon Forge is an incredibly popular attraction as it is free to explore while offering numerous shops, places to eat, and things to do for the whole family. During Christmastime, The Island comes alive with numerous lights, displays, and a beautiful Christmas tree! It is a wonderful place to stroll around, take some great photos, and enjoy the free dancing fountains light show that takes place every 30 minutes!

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

dollywood glacier ridgeDollywood transforms into a “Smoky Mountain Christmas” with numerous shows, decorations, lights, food, characters, activities, and more. They also have a themed area called “Glacier Ridge” with a massive Christmas tree and magical lights that the entire family will love. If you want to pack in as much “Christmas” as possible into one day, then a day at Dollywood will provide numerous things to see and do to get you into the Christmas spirit….Smoky Mountain style!

Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg

ober gatlinburg tubingIf you are seeking something more “adventurous” with you visit the Smokies during Chistmastime, then head on up the mountain to Ober Gatlinburg to enjoy snow tubing! Ober Gatlinburg offers ski slopes, ice skating, scenic chairlifts, mountain coasters, and so much more, but snow tubing is something that nearly the entire family will enjoy! Tickets often sell out for this popular activity, so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance at to reserve your time slot before heading up the mountain.

Stay in the Middle of the Fun

The wonderful thing about The Ramsey Hotel (besides being a fantastic place to stay when it’s cold outside) is that we are located in the middle of all of this fun! To plan your Pigeon Forge Christmas visit, be sure to visit our Pigeon Forge hotel specials page to get our best rate on your reservation!