Pigeon Forge has launched its 24th annual Winterfest celebration.
It’s a mixture of holiday celebrations, themed special events and millions of decorative lights.
That combination created a new visitor season for Pigeon Forge when Winterfest started in 1990.
Businesses across Pigeon Forge add their own lights and decorations to the city’s big displays and keep the city bright until the end of February.
Theaters add a Christmas flair to their shows for two months, and the city itself presents two major special events in January and February – Wilderness Wildlife Week and Saddle Up.
Pigeon Forge Winterfest continues through Feb. 28, 2014, offering winter activity throughout this gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Among the events on the calendar:
· Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas (through Jan. 4, 2014), with a variety of Christmas shows, holiday foods, crafts and a park-wide display of another four million holiday lights to complement those in the city;
· Watch for snow to fall over the Titanic Museum Attraction through November and December.
· Trolley Tour of Lights (Monday-Friday nights through Dec. 31), narrated rides through Pigeon Forge on the Fun Time Trolley system to see all of the major Winterfest light displays
· Wilderness Wildlife Week (Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2014), a city sponsored week of special programs about Great Smoky Mountains National Park and numerous other outdoor topics at the new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge;
· Saddle Up! (Feb. 19-23), a city-sponsored celebration of cowboy poetry, western music and the American West at the new LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge.
Complete visitor information about Pigeon Forge is available online at http://www.MyPigeonForge.com.