6 of the Best Things to Do in Pigeon Forge in December

Beautiful snow covered mountains in Pigeon Forge in December.

As the year draws to a close, Pigeon Forge tries to fit as much fun as possible into the month of December! With a number of holiday events and truly breathtaking scenery, our Smoky Mountain city is the ultimate destination for a winter getaway. To help you make the most of your vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to all of the best things to do in Pigeon Forge in December:

1. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival

From November 4 – January 1, 2017, Dollywood celebrates its annual Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival. The entire theme park is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of holiday lights and seasonal decorations. In addition to the park’s thrilling rides, visitors will enjoy special Christmas shows, holiday music, and the nightly Parade of Many Colors. Dollywood will also host some special guests that your children will definitely want to meet: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all his friends!

2. Breakfast or Brunch with Santa at The Old MillThe Old Mill in Pigeon Forge during the winter.

Before he sets off on his mission to bring gifts to children around the world, Santa Claus likes to spend a little time in Pigeon Forge to relax before the big day. If your kids would like to meet Jolly Old St. Nick while he is in the Smokies, your family can stop by The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille for the annual Breakfast or Brunch with Santa on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Be sure to bring a Santa-sized appetite, because the food at the Pottery House Café is absolutely delicious! Reservations are required and can be made by calling 865-406-6558.

3. Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

Anyone who loves great music will definitely want to attend the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival! Held at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center from December 6 – 9, 2017, this four-day festival will feature some of the best bluegrass musicians in the Southeast. We recommend purchasing your tickets as early as possible, as this festival is one of the most popular things to do in Pigeon Forge in December.

A Winterfest lights display depicting The Old Mill in Pigeon Forge.4. Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights

As part of its annual Winterfest celebration, Pigeon Forge is decorated with five million holiday lights! To see these glittering displays for yourself, you can take the Driving Tour of Lights, a special route that passes by all of the beautiful Christmas lights. Free maps of the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights are available at the Pigeon Forge Welcome Centers or at the Pigeon Forge Trolley Office.

5. Christmas in a Pigeon Forge Cabin

A cabin in Pigeon Forge is the perfect place to celebrate Christmas! Tucked away in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, cabin rentals provide an idyllic setting for a holiday vacation. The area is home to everything from 1 bedroom cabins to 16 bedroom lodges, so you can have an intimate getaway with your immediate family or a large gathering with the whole clan. Featuring toasty fireplaces and fully furnished kitchens, cabin rentals provide everything you need for an unforgettable Christmas escape. To see a listing of over 650 properties in the area, browse our Pigeon Forge cabins page.

6. New Year’s Eve at The Island in Pigeon ForgeThe Great Smoky Mountain Wheel at The Island in Pigeon Forge at night.

The Island in Pigeon Forge hosts one of the best New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Smokies! Visitors will enjoy live music, a midnight ball drop, and a world-class fireworks show. Best of all, The Island’s entertainment and fun is completely free. For more information, visit The Island in Pigeon Forge website.

To keep up with all of the wonderful things to do in Pigeon Forge in December and the rest of the year, bookmark our Pigeon Forge Events Calendar!

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  • Marcelo Monzon

    Hi , i m from Miami and have intention of visit your place by New years Eve , im deciding to go by car , do you think is safe to do the trip , i mean, i have never drive on the snow , do you have any particular advice to help me , or I can drive without any fear of wheather conditions? , Thanks!!!!