snow in the Smoky Mountains

The Ultimate Guide to a Winter Vacation in Pigeon Forge

While some may consider it the “slower” season, winter is actually one of the best times to visit Pigeon Forge! Whether you’re planning a holiday trip or a getaway in the new year, you’re guaranteed to have a great time exploring all that the city has to offer. If you’ve never visited in the winter before, we want to help guarantee that you have a great time. That’s why we’ve created your ultimate guide to a winter vacation in Pigeon Forge:

What to Bring

Are you worried about packing for your winter vacation? We can help! Packing doesn’t need to be stressful. When you’re preparing for what to bring on your vacation, it depends on where you’re staying and what activities you plan to be doing. In addition to necessities, we recommend bringing your favorite snacks and games to play during your downtime in your hotel room or cabin. As far as clothing goes, you’ll definitely want to pack layers! Average winter temperatures are around 50 degrees Fahrenheit in Pigeon Forge, but it can vary depending on which month you visit and the time of day. Coats, sweaters, pants, and a good pair of winter shoes are all a great idea to bring with you on your trip. You never know when it might snow while you’re in town!

In addition to things you can fit in your suitcase, you’ll want to bring your loved ones along! Everything's better when you get to enjoy it with the special people in your lives, so you’ll want to spend your winter vacation in Pigeon Forge with your close friends and family members. You’ll love creating long-lasting memories with each other while you’re in town.

Where to Go

horse riders during Christmas show

There is plenty to do and see in Pigeon Forge during the winter! If you visit in early winter, be sure to plan a trip to Dolly Parton’s Stampede to see our incredible holiday show! Our arena is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with twinkling lights, evergreens, and snow falling softly. You’ll see a live nativity, a playful rivalry with elves, impressive tricks, and more. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy our four-course holiday feast!

If you plan on visiting after New Year’s, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities for fun. We recommend driving along the Pigeon Forge Parkway to see millions of twinkling lights during Winterfest, or going for a stroll along the Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail! Our sister shows, Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud and The Comedy Barn, are open throughout January, while Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Dolly Parton’s Stampede reopen in February!

Your winter trip to Pigeon Forge wouldn’t be complete without taking a drive to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, though! There you’ll have the opportunity to spot wildlife, see frozen waterfalls and icicles, and gaze at stunning mountain views. You may even get to see the Smokies blanketed in snow!

Planning Your Visit

When you plan your visit, be sure to pick a lodging option that best suits your preferences! Choose a hotel on the Parkway to be just minutes from our theater and other popular attractions, or choose a secluded cabin rental for a private getaway surrounded by the mountains. Once you’ve secured your place, you can get tickets in advance for the attractions you plan on visiting! We recommend booking your tickets to our show as soon as possible to guarantee you get to see us on the day you want. After you’ve booked your lodging and your tickets, you’re ready for the ultimate winter vacation in Pigeon Forge!

Now that you know how to have the best time when you visit Pigeon Forge during the winter, it’s time to start planning! For more help deciding what to do, check out these 3 things to do in Pigeon Forge in the winter.