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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.

Happy Holidays from the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce!

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

Siegfried & Roy’s Protégé, Darren Romeo, Brings Las Vegas to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Siegfried & Roy’s Protégé, Darren Romeo, Brings Las Vegas to Tennessee with White Tigers in Multi-Million Dollar Production.

In a move designed to bring a taste of Las Vegas to East Tennessee, The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has signed nationally known star magician Darren Romeo, “the Voice of Magic,” to a multi-year, multi-million production beginning March 7, 2015.

Romeo, a magician and a singer, will bring his critically acclaimed full-scale production “Magic Beyond Belief” to the stage. The new show features white tigers, large-scale original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, comedy, and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most: mentors Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.

In addition to worldwide touring, Romeo starred in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents, Darren Romeo” at the Mirage Resort Hotel and Casino. He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace and the Flamingo Hilton and at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood to name but a few.

Magician Romeo said, “Magic is my passion and The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is one of the most beautiful theaters I’ve ever seen. I will be able to present the biggest and best version of my show ever!” Adding, “And with majestic tigers, I hope to honor and celebrate the legacy of Siegfried and Roy.”

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including: “Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc.; “Show of the Year” (2 years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association and the ”Milbourne Christopher Award for Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

Recognizing the historical importance the “Art of Magic” has had throughout the centuries, Romeo will honor Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion – the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this full tribute.

David Fee, president of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “Pigeon Forge has a new star! We are thrilled to have Darren join us at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater. Adding, “As a former magician, I can tell you he has one of the best magic shows on planet Earth!”

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review-Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years”, while Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

For more information call the theater’s box office (865) 428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit

Frightmare Manor Screampark Ranked #6 Nationally!

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Morristown, TN – The list for “America’s Scariest Haunted Houses” has been released by and East Tennessee’s Frightmare Manor has been chosen as the #6 Scariest Haunted House In America!

“This is an incredibly elite honor,” said Chris Wooden, a representative of Frightmare Manor. “We work year-round to provide Fall entertainment that East Tennessee can be proud of. It’s very exciting to have people from around the United States now making Frightmare Manor, right here in East Tennessee, a destination for their Haunted Experience!”

Boasting 5 terrifying attractions, Frightmare Manor is nationally recognized as THE Money Back Haunt, and has been repeatedly chosen as one of “America’s Best Haunted Attractions” by, and voted Tennessee’s “Must-See” Haunted House by

Frightmare Manor is located at 7588 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy (Hwy 11-E) in Talbott, between Jefferson City and Morristown and has ONLY THREE NIGHTS remaining in the 2014 season! They are open Thursday the 30th, Friday the 31st and Saturday, November 1st beginning at 7 pm each night.

For more information, visit

Do YOU have what it takes to face “True Terror”?

Frightmare Manor. “True Terror Exists Here…”

7588 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy
Talbott, TN 37877
(865) 471-2878


Al Blanton and The Old Mill Win Prestigious Phoenix Award from SATW

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Al Blanton and The Old Mill win Prestigious Phoenix Award from SATW

The Phoenix Award is an honor given out by the Society of American Travel Writers. The award is to provide recognition for individuals or organizations actively involved in conservation, preservation, beautification and anti-pollution campaigns which further the growth and appeal of North American travel destinations. Winners of this prestigious award must be nominated. The nominations are then analyzed by the Phoenix Award committee. The committee chooses which ones to go before the SATW Board of Directors.

This year, The Old Mill and Old Mill Square received the award. The Old Mill is a Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce Member. Built in 1830, the mill is the oldest structure in Pigeon Forge. It is the only Pigeon Forge building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The mill has continuously operated as a working gristmill for over 180 years. During the Civil War, the mill powered looms that made cloth for the Union soldiers’ uniforms. Owner Al Blanton is dedicated to preserving the mill. He strives to ensure the history of the mill is kept alive. Resident millers continue to hand-fill, weigh and hand-tie each bag of stone-ground grain. Over 400,000 pounds of stone-ground grain is made each year! Visitors are able to partake in tours of the mill and learn about its historic significance.

In the Old Mill Square, the Old Mill Restaurant is open to the public and has become a dining staple in the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee area. The mill serves biscuits, cornbread, pancakes, hush puppies, muffins and grits which are all made with products from the Old Mill.

The Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce is proud to have such a wonderful Member. Congratulations to Al Blanton and the entire Old Mill family and staff for this prestigious award. Thank you for helping to continue Pigeon Forge’s legacy.