Christmas Events in the Smokies


Oh yes, it’s time to start thinking about heading to the Smokies for the holiday season. Here’s what to plan around: Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival Dates: Nov. 9 – Jan. 4 Where: Dollywood, Pigeon Forge What: “A five-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival presented by Humana, Nov. 9 […]

Summer Events in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Great Smokies


Here are events to plan for (or around, as the case may be…) for the summer! Gatlinburg Farmers Market Date: Saturday mornings from 8:30-11:30 a.m. from June 1 through September Where: Alamo Steakhouse parking lot, 705 East Parkway in Gatlinburg Cost: Free! Highlights: Offers local choices for healthy living — highlights on fresh produce and […]

Quilters & Woodcarvers on Display in Townsend

A quilt from the Quilter's Guild.

Everyone talks about Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. But did you know that there’s another great Smoky Mountain town called Townsend? It’s about a half hour from Pigeon Forge — close to Cades Cove. Townsend’s tagline is “The quiet side of the Smokies.” And this is really true. If you plan to spend most of your […]

12 Upcoming Spring Events in the Smokies


Oh, it’s cold. And dreary. And I’m just plain done with it. Yes. I have a bad case of spring fever. I’m dreaming of flowers. And rainstorms. And sweatshirts. And no gloves. And long walks outside. And the very scent of new life. Right now, spring feels like a long way off. But it’s really […]

Special Offers Dinner, Wine-Tasting for Valentine’s Day

Are you looking for the perfect romantic Valentine’s getaway? Here’s a great one! Governor’s Inn in Sevierville has partnered with Hillside Winery (also in Sevierville) to create a great Valentine’s Day dinner and wine tasting. On Saturday, February 16, you can participate in this event. Here are the details: Evening starts with a private tasting […]

Alpaca Show to be Held in Sevierville

These are alpacas.

Do you know the difference between alpacas and llamas? I sure didn’t. But I got curious when I heard that there was going to be an alpaca show in Sevierville. Here’s what I found out: Alpacas are much smaller than llamas. Alpacas have smaller, pointed ears, while llamas have banana-shaped ears. Their body shapes are […]

Don’t Miss the Titanic Ice Carving Competition

Last year's ice carving competition at Titanic Pigeon Forge.

It’s coming up in just over a week — Titanic Pigeon Forge’s 3rd annual Ice Carving Competition. From the web site: Watch the world’s-most celebrated ice sculptors chisel 250-pound blocks of ice into fantastic designs. This free one-day family event will take place in Titanic’s outdoor entertainment center. Professionals and amateurs will compete for prize […]

Dollywood Announces Changes for 2013

Can you believe that’s it’s almost 2013? How is that possible? Possible or not, it’s almost here. Recently Dolly Parton announced changes coming to Dollywood for 2013. Here’s an overview: RiverRush — With an opening date in May 2013, RiverRush will be Tennessee’s first water roller coaster. It will go up to four stories high, […]

Visit Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland!

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland is located at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium.

Have you heard about Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville? Along with the three other U.S. locations, it’s the world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show. And it’s just a short drive from Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg. There are, arguably, a lot of places to look at beautiful Christmas lights in the […]

Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade


My tree is up. All the Christmas songs are on my iPod. There are presents wrapped and placed under the tree. Oh yes, I love Christmas! It’s time for Gatlinburg to catch up! One week from today, Gatlinburg ushers in its Christmas season with the 37th annual Fantasy of Lights Parade! It will be held […]