Winter Themed Family Fun in the Smokies 2018-2019 Season

Nov 21, 2018


Winterfest and Winter Magic is back in the Smokies and is filled with more holiday cheer than ever before. Turn on the holiday music on your car stereo as you and your family tour the towns of the Smoky Mountains to witness the wonder of winter's holiday magic. By booking a holiday cabin in Gatlinburg or one of the many cabins in Pigeon Forge with Heartland Rentals, you are able to experience the winter magic of the holidays throughout the duration of your stay in the Smokies. There are so many exciting winter-themed things to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge this holiday season- Check out the lineup below!

Winterfest - Sevierville

Date: November 9th through January 7th

Time: 5 pm - 11:30 pm

Location: City of Sevierville

The Historic town of Sevierville will be glistening with more than 15 million lights stretched across a 25-mile drive to celebrate the winter season in the Smokies.

Winterfest - Pigeon Forge

Date: November 6th through February 28th

Time: 5 pm - 11:30 pm

Location: City of Pigeon Forge

The Winterfest lights in Pigeon Forge will be shining brightly once again for the 2018-2019 winter season. Drive through as you watch over 4 million brilliantly lit holiday displays tell a holiday story along the Pigeon Forge Parkway.

Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

Date: November 7th through January 26th

Time: 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm

Admission: $5.00

Location: Downtown Gatlinburg

Holiday visitors can warm their hearts this winter season with a cheerful holiday inspired trolley tour through downtown Gatlinburg. The Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights will take guests through downtown and Highway 321 to see all of the LED holiday displays.

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade - Gatlinburg

Date: December 7th

Time: 7:30 pm

Admission: Free

Location: Downtown Gatlinburg

The  43rd Fantasy of Lights Parade, presented by Ole Red, will trail throughout Downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the 2018 holiday season and will include a special appearance from Santa, himself! Guests are encouraged to dress warmly and to arrive early for optimal viewing opportunities. The parade will span from Highway 321 all the way to traffic light #10 on the strip.

Other Holiday Fun to Consider

Christmastime at The Island - Pigeon Forge

Parade of Many Colors - Dollywood


There's no time like wintertime to come together with your family and loved ones and reflect on the blessings of your year in retrospect. Come together in the Smokies at a cabin in the Smokies at Heartland Rentals.


Photo Credit:

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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