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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!

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Incredible Photos of Fall Color in the Smoky Mountains

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See why the Smoky Mountains are among the most beautiful places to experience fall color in the world!

There are few places on earth as beautiful as the Smoky Mountains during the fall season as the mountains and valleys glow with a vibrant palette of color. The variety of things to do in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg provide plenty of opportunity to experience and enjoy the fall colors that attract millions of visitors in October and November. Below, we share a sample of the amazing photos taken in and around Pigeon Forge this season to provide a small glimpse at what you can see when you visit the Smoky Mountains in the fall!

Eyes wide openGreenbrier, Great Smoky Mountains National Park As always, feel free to share and invite your friends to like my page.

Posted by Brad Justice Photography on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Journey Great Smoky Mountains National ParkThis is an image that I've been chasing for a while. I can never seem to…

Posted by Brad Justice Photography on Monday, November 5, 2018

Autumn at Hen Wallow FallsGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkI destroyed a perfectly good phone screen on the hike…

Posted by Brad Justice Photography on Sunday, November 4, 2018

Ready, set, go!Middle Fork of the Little Pigeon River, Great Smoky Mountains National Park I kicked today off with these vibes. As always, feel free to share!

Posted by Brad Justice Photography on Sunday, November 4, 2018

November Gatlinburg, TNPeak leaves have arrived.Feel free to share and invite your friends to like my page.

Posted by Brad Justice Photography on Thursday, November 1, 2018

Another beautiful day to hit the trail in the Smokies! Enjoy these photos from Curry Mountain Trail captured today on Saturday, November 3!Photos by Stephanie Steele.

Posted by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Saturday, November 3, 2018

Beautiful fall color is making its way down the slopes into places like Cataloochee Valley. Today was a great day for…

Posted by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Sunday, October 28, 2018

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Exciting New Attractions Coming to Pigeon Forge in 2019

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Pigeon Forge is home to some of the most fun things to do in the country with its variety of amusement parks, attractions, dinner shows, and more. In 2019, exciting new attractions will open to provide even more unique things to do in the Smokies and we have details about three of the biggest new additions below!

Dollywood Expansion – Wildwood Grove

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The biggest new addition to Pigeon Forge is the massive expansion at Dollywood called “Wildwood Grove.” This brand new area of the park features an imaginative theme based on Dolly Parton’s memories of growing up in the Smokies. It showcases a whimsical, childlike feel with a small village, creek, and a massive Wildwood Tree that “comes to life” each night. Wildwood Grove will feature 11 new experiences including rides, play areas, and places to eat.

Click here to see Dollywood’s website with full details

Pirate Themed Dinner Shows

Pigeon Forge will be getting two new dinner shows in 2019 that offer a completely new experience in the Smokies…pirates! Dolly will be bringing the popular Pirate’s Voyage Dinner & Show in Myrtle Beach to Pigeon Forge and will be located beside The Island.

Just down the road, the creative minds behind Hatfield & McCoy Donner Show, Comedy Barn, Smoky Mountain Opry, and more are creating an entirely new pirate show called Pirate’s Revenge Dinner & Show. The Smoky Mountain Opry theater will undergo a $20 million transformation on the outside as well as inside to create the pirate experience.

Both shows are scheduled to open in spring/summer of 2019 and you can see details about each show on their websites in the links below.

Click here to see the Pirate’s Revenge website

Click here to see the Pirate’s Voyage website

Indoor “Drive-In” Theater

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Pigeon Forge is about to get an entirely unique attraction called August Moon, which will be an indoor “drive-in” movie theater! The entire attraction is contained inside a large structure that will have the appearance of a perfect summer night sky on the inside. Parked in front a giant movie screen will be about 40 classic cars that you can sit in and enjoy a movie! There will also be swings, seating, tables, and grassy areas to lay out a picnic blanket to relax “under the stars” as well.

Food and drinks will also be served, which will make this a fantastic combo of something fun to do and somewhere to eat in Pigeon Forge…especially on rainy, snowy, hot, or cold days in the Smokies!

August Moon is planned to open in late 2019 or early 2020.

Click here to see the official August Moon website with full details

So much to do in Pigeon Forge!

Pigeon Forge continues to grow and add exciting new attractions every year! The Ramsey Hotel is conveniently located in the center of all of these fun new attractions. The anticipation for 2019 in Pigeon Forge is growing and rooms will be filling up, so click here to choose your perfect room at The Ramsey before they get booked up!

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4 Favorite Fall Things to do in Pigeon Forge

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See 4 of the most fun things to do in Pigeon Forge during the fall season! Pigeon Forge is full of fall festivals and events to create an incredible trip to the Smokies.

Fall is one of the best seasons to visit Pigeon Forge with the comfortable weather, beautiful fall foliage, fun festivals, delicious food, and so much more! Below, we share 4 favorite things to do in Pigeon Forge that bring people back to the Smokies year after year. If you haven’t experienced any of these yet, then plan a visit to Pigeon Forge this fall and join us for an incredible season of memories!

Smoky Mountain Fall Colors

smoky mountain fall colorsHands-down the most popular fun thing to do in Pigeon Forge during the fall is to experience the beauty of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains. Fall colors are typically visible throughout most of October and into early November with the colors beginning in the higher elevations in early October and then trickling down into the valley until mid-November. The best part of this activity is that it is free! Access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is free and there are numerous scenic drives to enjoy all of the fall scenery.

For updates on fall colors in the Smokies, visit:

Dollywood Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights

dollywood luminights fall festivalThe Dollywood Harvest Festival has been a favorite attraction of visitors for years with their fall decorations, seasonal food, gospel music, and more. However, they have also added the Great Pumpkin LumiNights festival along with it making this one of the top things to do in Pigeon Forge in the fall! Dollywood will be doubling the size of Great Pumpkin Luminights this year, which is fantastic because this is one of the best additions to Dollywood! This special festival takes place September 28 – November 3, 2018.

See details for Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights at:

Old Mill Heritage Day

old mill heritage dayThe Old Mill features an annual festival called “Old Mill Heritage Day”, which features old-fashioned games, music, arts & crafts, food, and so much more. This event takes place once a year and the 2018 event will be held on September 22nd. This event is very family-friendly and admission is free! There is no cost to enjoy the sites, smells, and sounds of the Old Mill Heritage Day. The only cost is if you choose to purchase any of the handmade arts, crafts, food, etc…and they are worth it! This event is a fan-favorite and we highly recommend experiencing the fun and culture of this unique festival.

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Gatlinburg Craftsmen Fair

If you love handmade items created by skilled craftsmen, then you will love the Fall Craftsmen Fair taking place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center October 4-21, 2018. This special event features nearly 200 vendors offering their crafts for purchase. Many of the craftsmen also provide live demonstrations creating their products, which is amazing to see the incredible amount of skill that goes into making the products that are available at this event. This is the perfect place to purchase unique Smoky Mountain souvenirs or Christmas gifts as well, because most of these products cannot be found anywhere else! Admission for adults is $7; children 12 and under are admitted free.

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Plan Your Fall Trip to Pigeon Forge

The Ramsey Hotel is conveniently located in the middle of all of these wonderful fall things to do in the Smoky Mountains. To see our available rooms and rates, click here to plan your fall getaway to Pigeon Forge this fall!

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Top 4 Dinner Shows in Pigeon Forge

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Pigeon Forge has many wonderful things to do, but one of the most popular is to experience one of the many dinner shows as they offer fun for the entire family! Dinner shows provide entertainment along with a full meal, so it provides the best value in a Pigeon Forge attraction. Below, we highlight the top 4 dinner shows in Pigeon Forge that visitors continue to visit and rave about each year. Visiting any of these shows will provide a great experience for people of all ages!

Dolly Parton’s Stampede

dolly partons stampede dinner showDolly Parton’s Stampede, formerly Dixie Stampede, has been around longer than any other dinner show in Pigeon Forge. This show features a pre-show that takes place within a “saloon” with some incredible musicians entertaining the crowd while refreshments can be purchased. After that, guests are escorted into the main arena where dinner is served and the main entertainment begins! Dolly Parton’s Stampede features a friendly North and South competition, thrilling horse riding stunts, special effects, music, and family-friendly comedy!

To see more and purchase tickets, visit:

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud

hatfield mccoy dinner showThe Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud is perhaps the funniest and most musically-talented dinner show in Pigeon Forge featuring family-friendly comedy and live singing along with an entertaining storyline based loosely on the popular Hatfield & McCoy feud. Food is served “family style” allowing each person to get as much meat & sides as they please. The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud is a fantastic choice for a dinner show in Pigeon Forge for all ages!

For more info, visit their website at:

Dolly Parton’s Celebration! A Spectacular Dinner Show

dolly partons celebration pigeon forge dinner showDolly Parton’s Celebration! A Spectacular Dinner Show is you get when you combine circus-style thrills and comedy along with a Smoky Mountain theme and dinner. It definitely provides something “different” in the area if you have seen other shows or prefer circus stunts and comedy. They describe it as “music, dance, special effects and acrobatics led by an energetic Master of Ceremonies and his songstress partner, set in a small Smoky Mountain town preparing itself for an epic celebration.” The circus has come to Pigeon Forge and this is your chance to see it!

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Murder Mystery Theater

While The Murder Mystery Dinner Show is the “smallest” dinner show in Pigeon Forge, it consistently gets the best reviews for great food and hilarious entertainment. This is the only dinner show that is more suited for an older crowd as they claim it to be rated PG-13. This is the perfect show for a date night or night out with friends that love audience participation. Everyone that goes ends up loving it!

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Stay Close to the Action

The Ramsey Hotel is located near all of these fantastic dinner shows making it easy to return for a peaceful night’s sleep after an evening of fun! To book your visit to Pigeon Forge to experience fun dinner shows and other incredible things to do, click here to view our rooms and make your reservation.