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Latest Pigeon Forge News

Heartwarming Christmas Show Comes to Life at Dolly Parton’s Stampede This Holiday Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Wednesday, October 26, 2022) – The “high-spirited adventure” of Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction receives a festive twist for its 35th holiday season with the magnificient sights and sounds of Christmas, including a full-scale living Nativity, holiday decorations, a new aerial performance, Santa Claus and a fabulous four-course yuletide feast. The Christmas show […]

UPtv’s Megan Alexander, Country Star Janelle Arthur Headline Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff on Nov. 10

Celebrities headline community events to unveil new Wonders of Light Walking Trail and Wonders of Light Christmas Village. PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—(Oct. 18, 2022)—UPtv star and Small Town Christmas host Megan Alexander joins East Tennessee native and recording artist/songwriter Janelle Arthur for the 33rd Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff on Thursday, Nov. 10.   Alexander’s appearance coincides with […]

Anticipation Builds for “Big” 2023 Season at Dollywood

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Oct. 17, 2022) — Things certainly are going to be “BIG” at Dollywood in 2023. The Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, park is gearing up for a season that includes the debut of Big Bear Mountain, the longest roller coaster in the park’s history, a new celebration of one of Dolly’s most iconic songs, as well […]

$1.5 Million Investment To Expand Pigeon Forge Winterfest with 20 New Light Displays

New Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail will feature nature-themed outdoor light displays along the city’s Riverwalk.  PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—(Sept. 27, 2022)—Pigeon Forge Winterfest will be bigger and brighter this year as city officials announced plans today to add 20 new larger-than-life nature-themed outdoor lights displays. Upon completion this year, the displays will add one […]

Dollywood’s Harvest Festival Brings Fall Family Fun to America’s No. 1 Theme Park

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee–(Sept. 19, 2022)–Dollywood guests are sure to have a “hoot” during this year’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 23- Oct. 29) thanks to a brand-new area created within the family-favorite Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health.  Appropriately named Hoot Owl Hollow, the area features hundreds of pumpkins in Dollywood’s Craftsman’s Valley […]

Dollywood Earns Three Golden Ticket Awards

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Sept. 12, 2022)— Following up the recent news that Dollywood is Tripadvisor’s top American theme park, the Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, landmark earned three of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards during a ceremony held Saturday night at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. Dollywood earned finalist placement in seven total categories and won more Golden Ticket […]

Lumberjack Feud To Host Rib Fest

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Aug. 22, 2022)—Oct. 1-2, 2022, Lumberjack Feud is hosting its first annual Rib Fest presented by Sugarlands Distilling Co. The weekend-long festival will be fun for the whole family with fresh ribs from local vendors, games, inflatables, live music, and an authentic lumberjack competition. The vendors will be competing for the title […]

Friends of the Smokies to host first “Plein Air in the Park” event and gala this fall

MARYVILLE, Tennessee – Aug. 19, 2022 – Friends of the Smokies, an official nonprofit partner of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is bringing 20 nationally acclaimed artists to the park to paint “en plein air,” an outdoor painting practice and style, throughout various park vistas. The event activities, which include a ticketed gala and art sale, […]

Park announces upcoming morning closures of Clingmans Dome and Cades Cove Loop Roads 

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced two morning closures of Clingmans Dome Road on Friday, Aug. 26 and Wednesday, September 7 until 1:00 p.m. each day. The seven-mile roadway will be closed on both mornings to facilitate a special curriculum-based education program. On Thursday, September 8, Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed until 3:30 p.m. to accommodate an additional education […]