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National Park Hosts Holiday Homecoming

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host a Holiday Homecoming at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on Saturday, December 20, 2014. The visitor center will be decorated for the holiday season including an exhibit on Christmas in the mountains. Park staff and volunteers will provide hands-on traditional crafts and activities from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Children and adults will have the opportunity to learn about and experience some of the traditions surrounding an Appalachian Christmas. Hot apple cider and cookies will be served on the porch with a fire in the fireplace. From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the park will host the monthly acoustic old time jam session.

“Musical expression was and still is often a part of daily life in the southern mountains, and mountain music is strongly tied to the Smokies history and culture,” said Lynda Doucette, Supervisory Park Ranger, Oconaluftee Visitor Center. “This month our music jam will focus on traditional holiday tunes. We would like to invite musicians to play and our visitors to join us in singing traditional Christmas carols and holiday songs as was done in old days.”

The Oconaluftee Visitor Center is located on Newfound Gap Road (U.S. Highway 441), two miles north of Cherokee, N.C. For more information, call the visitor center at (828) 497-1904. All activities are free and open to the public. Generous support of this event is provided by the Great Smoky Mountains Association.




Are you looking for great Holiday entertainment?

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Look no further than Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!

BIBLICAL TIMES DINNER THEATER – November 1st through January 3rd:
“The Christmas Story” as told through the eyes of Simeon is playing at Biblical Times Dinner Theater. The first half of the show, guests experience the 7 item feast, accompanied by the singing talents of the cast as they sing traditional Christmas music, southern gospel, old hymns, new contemporary and patriotic music. The second half of the performance continues with “The Christmas Story” and features 3D holograph technology mixed with live performers. 865-908-3327

COMEDY BARN THEATER – November 10th through January 1st:
Featuring Christmas music, Christmas costumes and special Christmas acts, The Comedy Barn is all decked out for Christmas! Voted the Funniest Show in Town year after year, be prepared to laugh. The Comedy Barn Canines also have Christmas acts ready to show off their skills! Live clogging, singing, jokes, magic and more can be found at the Comedy Barn, all with a Christmas twist! 865-428-5222

CYRUS FAMILY THEATER – call for dates:
Cyrus Family Theater is celebrating the season with many special guest visitors! Call the theater for information.  865-446-4329

DOLLY PARTON’S DIXIE STAMPEDE – November 4th through January 3rd:
Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede is celebrating the Christmas season with an incredible Christmas wonderland! Twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes, holiday music and more are all waiting in the arena! See toys come to life and Santa! Dixie Christmas also features a large live Nativity with live camels, three kings, sheep, angels descending from above and more! Dixie performers, including 32 horses, with take you on a nostalgic holiday adventure! 865-453-9473

HATFIELD AND McCOY DINNER SHOW – November 4th through January 3rd:
Come see the famous Hatfields and McCoys try to set aside their differences for the spirit of the Season. Can the two families get along for one day to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season? Watch the holiday singing, dancing, stunts and comedy all while enjoying a holiday meal made by Granny! Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show Christmas Disaster puts the FUN in dysFUNctional! 865-908-7469

LUMBERJACK FEUD – November 1st through January 4th:
Santa has sent his best elf to the Great Smoky Mountains in search of the perfect Christmas tree. Unfortunately for the elf, the tree is right between Dawson and McGraw land! The Dawsons and McGraws will compete against each other in 18 events in hopes of getting a Christmas wish granted from Santa himself! Visitors have the option of having dinner with the show or enjoying the show only option. Don’t forget about the world class ESPN Lumberjack athletes, talented Lumberjills and the award winning Timberdogs! 865-428-8688

MEMORIES THEATRE – November 4th through December 20th:
Take a trip back in time and see music legends! Visit with Elvis, Conway Twitty, the Blues Brothers, Reba and more! Enjoy traditional Christmas and holiday music, while taking in other incredible tunes from years past! 865-428-7852

SMOKY MOUNTAIN OPRY – November 4th – January 4th:
Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry features talented singers, outstanding performers, fabulous ice skaters, incredible acrobats, funny magicians, live animals and more! This multimillion dollar production also has dancing elves, reindeer and Santa Claus. Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry also has the area’s largest living nativity! 865-428-7469

SABLE’ EQUESTRIAN THEATER – closed for renovations but will reopen in March with a new, spectacular theater and exciting new changes! 865-365-0780

Bill Gladwell Live, The Tribute Theater, The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Dinner Theater and Live Rock N’ Roll Theater will be performing their great shows throughout the year! Be sure to visit our website to learn more about each theater!

The Island is Having a New Year’s Celebration!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The Island in Pigeon Forge, home of Auntie Anne’s, Cinnabon, Dick’s Last Resort, the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel, International Flair Jewelers, the Island Show Fountain, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen (opening late winter 2015), Poynor’s Pomme Frites and Timberwood Grill, is having a huge New Year’s Celebration!

The 2nd Annual New Year’s at the Island Celebration will begin at 6:00 p.m. on December 31, 2014 with free live music and entertainment. The musical guests currently scheduled include Joe the Show, The Live Rock ‘N Roll Theater and Fairview Union. Music will continue throughout the evening.

There will be free activities for kids, including face painting, a bounce house and more!

The event is free! Bring your chairs and blankets, or enjoy the fireworks from the rocking chairs that surround the beautiful Island Show Fountain!

The official Island Party will kick off at 8:00 p.m. The countdown will take place at 11:59 p.m. with fireworks to ring in the New Year!




A Sleigh Full of Gifts for You!

Friday, November 21st, 2014

A Sleigh Full of Gifts for You!  The Greater Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce and Member businesses are sharing the Holiday Spirit with our Facebook Friends. The Sleigh full of family fun is valued at more than $2,000.00!! Incredible prizes included in this sleigh are lodging, attractions, a spa treatment and much, much more. Make the beginning of your Holiday Season sparkle.

Our Special Holiday Giveaway Basket Sponsors Include:

  • Cabin Fever Vacations
  • ClimbWorks
  • Comedy Barn Theater
  • Dixie Stampede
  • Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud
  • Lumberjack Feud
  • Ole Smoky Moonshine
  • RiverStone Resort and Spa
  • See Pigeon Forge Receptive Service
  • Smoky Mountain Opry
  • SpringHill Suites
  • Tanger Outlets Sevierville
  • The Wheel
  • Tree Tops Ropes Course at Adventure Park
  • WonderWorks
  • Xtreme Racing Center

LIKE & SHARE this post on FaceBook to win this Pigeon Forge holiday basket stuffed with over $2,000 in incredible prizes, including overnight accommodations, attractions tickets, a spa treatment, and much more! Drawing this Thanksgiving and announced on Facebook. Click here to like and share!

Happy Holidays from the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce!

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Tanger Outlets Sevierville Kicks off Holiday Shopping Earlier Than Ever

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Tanger’s Biggest Sale of the Year Starts at 6PM On Thanksgiving Day

Sevierville, TN November 18, 2014 – In order to give value-conscious customers an early start to their holiday shopping, Tanger Outlets Sevierville announced today that it will open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day, offering consumers the opportunity to get a head start on their holiday shopping earlier than ever. Tanger Outlets Sevierville will be open on Thanksgiving Day from 6pm – 2am and will reopen at 6am on the day after Thanksgiving, offering special sales and door busters throughout the weekend. Visit for exact store hours in your market.

“We are offering our shoppers options so that family and friends can choose to come together Thanksgiving evening after they have enjoyed their celebrations as well as rise early on Friday to enjoy great savings and fashion,” said Steven B. Tanger, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc. “Our customers are increasingly requesting to shop early for the best deals and our retail partners are eager to accommodate this new family tradition.”

Tanger Outlets’ Moonlight Madness Sale gives shoppers access to incredible savings from their favorite brand names and designer outlet stores before the post-Thanksgiving rush. If you think of shopping as a competitive sport, you can leave the Football fans at home and head to Tanger as early as 6am on the Friday after Thanksgiving!

To celebrate their holiday hours, Tanger Outlets invites shoppers to play ‘A Night at Tanger Outlets: The Secret of Savings’ for a chance to win family vacations, savings, and more. In anticipation of the 2014 holiday film, Night at the Museum: Secret Tomb, shoppers can uncover 9 clues around Tanger Outlets that unlock a chance to win one of two ‘Night at the Museum Family Adventures’ in New York City and Mexico, great savings offers, and gift cards to Tanger Outlets. Official rules and full details are available at and Shopper Services at all Tanger Outlets.

A complete list of Tanger Outlets participating in holiday store hours and special savings can be found at



Smoky Mountain Winterfest Events

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

This year is the 25th Anniversary of Smoky Mountain Winterfest. Smoky Mountain Winterfest celebrates the holidays and season of Winter in the Greater Pigeon Forge areas!

Smoky Mountain Winterfest started mid-November 2014 and ends late February 2015. The celebration includes festivals, craft shows, parades, concerts and tours.


  • November 1- December 31, Titanic Edwardian Christmas Celebration: Step back in time and see how the Titanic Grand Staircase and ship would have been decorated in the 1912 Edwardian period. The entire ship will be lit up for Christmas with lights and Christmas trees.
  • November 23, Pigeon Forge Community Chorus Winterfest Concert: Talent from Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas blend their voices for this very special holiday offering.
  • November 25, December 1, Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show: Unique handcrafted Thanksgiving gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.
  • November 26-30, Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees: Located at the W.L. Mills Conference Center in Gatlinburg, TN. A beautiful wonderland of Christmas trees awaits visitors and locals alike at the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees. See dozens of spectacularly decorated Christmas trees, many of which are available for sale. Proceeds from the event benefit Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Mission.
  • November 27, Fireworks on Thanksgiving at the Titanic: The Titanic Museum Attraction will be hosting the largest fireworks event of the year on the Parkway, Thanksgiving night. This annual event is to honor the lives and legacies of the ship’s passengers, crew and rescuers.
  • November 27 – December 28, Titanic Pigeon Forge Honors Christmas: Visit the Titanic Pigeon Forge on Thanksgiving evening and watch it snow off of the bow of the ship.
  • November 28 – December 20, Winter Magic Tunes & Tales: Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg Friday and Saturday evenings.
  • November 28-29, The Nutcracker “Sweet”: Enjoy this great annual performance held at W.L. Mills Auditorium in Gatlinburg, TN. This popular classic is presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater.
  • December 1-7, Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show: Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in downtown Gatlinburg at traffic light #8.
  • December 1-5, Dr. James Merritt’s Mountain Top Conference: Held at Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge for the 5th Annual Mountain Top Conference featuring The Story: From Genesis To Revelation.
  • December 5-7, Yama-Con: This convention focuses on Anime and the Japanese culture, but also features other events that are related to video games, cards, board games, comics. The event will take place at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.
  • December 5, Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade: Gatlinburg’s annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 pm.
  • December 6-27, Titanic Pigeon Forge Honors Christmas: Visit Titanic on Thanksgiving evening and watch it snow off of the bow of the ship.
  • December 6, 52nd Annual City of Sevierville Christmas Parade: This traditional parade has everything from festive floats and marching bands to unique vehicles and Santa Claus.
  • December 6, Breakfast or Brunch with Santa: Make a lasting memory for your children and the whole family by enjoying a delicious brunch with Santa Claus himself at the Old Mill Square.
  • December 10-13, Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival: Jordan Entertainment presents the annual bluegrass festival at the Ramada Inn and Smoky Mountain Convention Center, 4010 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. For more information, call (865) 453-1823.
  • December 11, Sugarfest 2014: This event celebrates everything sweet at the Sevierville Convention Center.
  • December 11 – 13, Parker’s Greatest Knife Show: Enjoy this entertaining knife show for the whold family at Sevierville Events Center.
  • December 13, Arrowmont Holiday Festival and Sale: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Arrowmont Art Supply Store in Gatlinburg.
  • December 13, Arrowmont Holiday Workshops Day: Each holiday-themed workshop focuses on a specific medium and will result in finished artwork.
  • December 13, Festival of Christmas Past: Christmas in the mountains with old-time music, harp singing, storytelling and reminiscing, craft demonstrations such as weaving, spinning, quilting, basket making, historic toys and games, and children’s activities.
  • December 13, Holiday Concert with Bill Mize and Ed Gerhard: Ed & Bill perform stirring renditions of holiday classics and concert favorites as well. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, 556 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. To purchase tickets call 865-436-5860.
  • December 14, Santa Hustle: Santa Hustle Smokies 5k and Half Marathon, 7:30 am at Wilderness at the Smokies in PigeonForge.
  • December 20, Holiday Homecoming: Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies with traditional music at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center.
  • December 27-30, Southeastern Student Conference: Held at the LeConte Center At Pigeon Forge.
  • December 31, New Year’s Eve in Pigeon Forge: The Island is hosting a huge New Year’s Eve celebration in downtown Pigeon Forge, complete with a ball drop, special concert and Fireworks!
  • January 9-10, National Fishing Lure Collectors Club: Smoky Mountain Convention Center, 4010 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Peruse over 200 tables of fishing-tackle collectibles, including lures, photos, advertisements, reels, rods, and more.
  • January 29 Arrowmont/SmartBank Reception and Auction: Reception and opportunity to purchase a few high-end art objects from Arrowmont’s permanent collection. 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. Open to public. Located at SmartBank Cedar Bluff Branch, 202 Advantage Place, Knoxville, TN 37922
  • January 24-31, 25th Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week™: Based at the new LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, this week-long event features a series of free, family-friendly activities designed to educate budding and experienced outdoorspeople and instill a love of nature in all those who attend.
  • February 7, February Freeze 5K: Registration begins at 4:45 pm and race starts at 6:00 pm across from Patriot Park on Butler Street
  • February 18 – 22, 15th Annual Saddle Up: Cowboy enthusiasts from across the nation gather in Pigeon Forge each February for this fun Western-themed weekend.
  • February 28, Rose Glen Literary Festival: Lectures and book signings from Sevier County authors and those who have written books about Sevier County. Sevierville Convention Center.

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Snow Fun at Ober Gatlinburg Starts this Friday!

Monday, November 17th, 2014

Did you know that the Greater Pigeon Forge area has a ski resort located in Gatlinburg? Did you know that each year, multiple snow guns begin blasting the mountain with massive amounts of snow to allow skiing, snowboarding and tubing all winter long?

Ober Gatlinburg is the scenic and exciting four-seasons ski resort and amusement park, located high above Gatlinburg, Tennessee. In addition to shopping, dining, and year round indoor ice skating Ober has to offer, there are also multiple ski and snow boarding slopes and tubing.

Ober Gatlinburg is taking advantage of the cooler weather coming our way to create a ton of snow on the mountain, just in time for the Back in Blue Rail Jam Friday, November 21, 2014 and snow tubing which is scheduled to open Saturday, November 22, 2014.

The Back in Blue Rail Jam 2014 will have music, food and drink specials, $1000 cash purse to split for the winners and plenty of merchandise to be given away. The event is free to enter, but all competitors must have a helmet and a signed release waiver. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Practice rounds will begin at 6 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m.

For more information on the Back in Blue Rail Jam 2014, email

Snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg will officially open Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. and will be open until early spring 2015.

Tubing is open to ages three and older. Each snow tubing session is one hour and thirty minutes. Riders must be at least six years of age and 42” tall to ride solo.

The ski and snowboard season is just around the corner. Opening day for skiing and snowboarding has not yet been announced.

When you visit the Greater Pigeon Forge area in the winter, be sure to check out all of the fun events going on at Ober Gatlinburg. For more information about Back in Blue, tubing, skiing or snowboarding, call 865-436-5423.

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Winter Safety Vehicle Essentials!

Friday, November 14th, 2014

This is a beautiful time of year in the Greater Pigeon Forge area and the Great Smoky Mountains. The temperatures are dropping and Pigeon Forge has seen a few snow flurries, as well as measurable snowfall already in high elevations.


Lumberjack Feud in the snow last year - January 29, 2014

Typically, downtown Pigeon Forge will see flurries with little to no accumulation of snow throughout winter. Black ice and slick roads can cause problems, but the City of Pigeon Forge is equipped and does an incredible job of maintaining the Parkway. The mountains, including the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, can receive quite a few feet of snowfall throughout the winter. Some cabins that are in the higher elevations may also receive a large amount of snow.

When traveling to the mountains in the winter or any area that receives measurable snow fall, it is always best to be prepared with essential items in your vehicle. Some pre-assembled kits are available online, but it can be easier to put one together yourself. Get a big tote box to store all these goodies in the truck or back of the vehicle.

  • Cat litter – Cat litter is a great item to keep in the trunk or back of a vehicle during the winter season. Cat litter can be spread under the vehicle’s tires to allow for traction in slippery situations. Having a small box that doesn’t take up room is a great back up plan.
  • Blankets – Each person traveling in the vehicle should have a blanket. When the weather gets rough, power in the mountains can go out. It is a good idea to have these extra blankets in case of no heat or if your vehicle gets stuck.
  • Extra Socks, hats and mittens – Not only do you need these extras to maintain body heat, but extra socks are great to slip over shoes to help gain a bit of traction in the snow!

Here are few other great items to throw in the weather emergency kit:

  • Flashlights
  • Extra batteries
  • Windshield Scraper
  • Extra Batteries
  • Water
  • Snack Food, canned soup, protein/energy bars
  • Can opener
  • Matches
  • First aid kit
  • Pocket knife
  • Rope
  • Paper Towels

Enjoy the beauty of the winter season. Be sure to have many adventures when visiting the Smokies! Stay safe and be warm!


Photo Courtesy of Mike Baker and

Smoky Mountain Vapes Celebrates Grand Opening

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Smoky Mountain Vapes Celebrates Official Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting:

Smoky Mountain Vapes officially opened in Pigeon Forge this week and celebrated with a ribbon cutting along side the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce.

November 7, 2014 – Pigeon Forge, TN:

Sevier County’s newest vape shop, Smoky Mountain Vapes, celebrated their grand opening with the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce on November 7, 2014.

Featuring a category two complex compounding pharmacy, Smoky Mountain Vapes is certified and inspected monthly by an outside pharmacist. Smoky Mountain Vapes has scored a perfect score on this inspection.

Current hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Steve Jackson, owner, said they decided on the greater span of hours because, “The shop needs to be open at 7 o’clock in the morning due to the fact that a lot of smokers pick up their cigarettes on the way to work. We don’t want them to necessarily change those habits and we definitely don’t want them to be stranded and in a position where they have to buy regular cigarettes. We hope to be here for them during those times.”

Currently, Smoky Mountain Vapes has forty-eight flavors in four strengths across three blends. The triple extreme line is the highest end line and is designed to replicate the feeling of smoking. Twisted mist has two flavors mixed to make each main flavor: a main flavor and side-car flavor. Basic vape, which produces little to no vapor and is designed to be respectful of those around vape users.

Smoky Mountain Vapes is located at 2430 Teaster Lane, Suite 114, which is a few doors down from GiGi’s Cupcakes and Blue Moose. The area offers plenty of free, front door parking.

For more information about Smoky Mountain Vapes, call 865-286-4233. For more information about Membership with the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce, please call 865-453-5700.

Chamber Ambassadors Susan Padgett and Ami Johns, along with Executive Director of Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce, Connie Burns, joined Steve Jackson and Michelle Mendelsohn and Smoky Mountain Vapes staff to cut the ribbon, officially announcing the opening.

The Holiday Dining Schedule is Now Available!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014