As well as Sevierville, the hometown of Dolly Parton. Be sure and get a selfie at her statue in front of the courthouse.
One of the reasons is Pigeon Forge Winterfest, which has the whole area sparkling with a parade, lights, events with live music, trolley tours and holiday shows.
“The more you learn about all the great things going on in this area during December, the more you will want to make it your next family destination,” said Joe Baumgartner, general manager of WonderWorks Pigeon Forge. “Whether you are coming from another state or from an hour away, you are sure to have a great time and enjoy your stay.”
A complete rundown of events is on the Pigeon Forge Winterfest website.
The area is filled with Christmas lights every December with a festival of trees, lights over Gatlinburg and more. This makes for a cool drive through the area.
With such close proximity to the mountains, there are also many activities to experience, including ice skating, snow tubing, snowboarding, and skiing. Another option is to rent a cabin and see the snow while cozy in front of the fireplace.
There is currently a traveling exhibit at WonderWorks Pigeon Forge. The exhibit, titled Cruisin ’66, features preserved artifacts and information about the famous Route 66. Visitors can learn the cultural and historical aspect of this famous route that people used to travel across the country.
WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge offers 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment,” billing itself as an amusement park for the mind. It offers over 100 hands-on exhibits covering natural disasters, space discovery, imagination, physical challenge, a far-out art gallery and a light and sound zone. Its website is Wonder Works Pigeon Forge.