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Dolly Parton Kicks Off “Big” 2023 Season at Dollywood, Announces Opening Details for Upcoming Projects

Season passholders and media enjoy opening day at Tripadvisor’s #1 theme park in America   PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Friday, March 10, 2023) — During today’s annual Season Passholder and Media Preview Day, Dolly Parton unveiled several pieces of information that Dollywood fans have been longing to hear for quite some time. Dollywood’s 2023 season certainly […]

Variety Leads the List of New Experiences in Pigeon Forge for 2023

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—(March 1, 2023)—Pigeon Forge (Tennessee) delivers on variety in 2023 as a big roller coaster, one-of-a-kind resorts, informative museum exhibits, over-the-top milkshakes and extreme cornhole lead the lineup of what’s new in the Smoky Mountains vacation destination. (Images available for download here.) “As one of the Southeast’s most popular vacation destinations, our visitors […]

Dollywood Readies for Big 2023 Season

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (February 23, 2023) — Dollywood’s 2023 season has been called one of its biggest ever, and with two massive projects continuing toward their respective finish lines, guests soon will understand why it’s a monumental year for the famous Smoky Mountain family destination.  Media were invited to tour both construction sites—the Big Bear Mountain roller […]

Concert Lineups Set For Dollywood’s I Will Always Love You Celebration

Celebrity Concert Series includes Natalie Grant, Jo Dee Messina, Lauren Alaina PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Wednesday, February 15, 2023) — Dollywood celebrates Dolly’s iconic status as a songwriter during the I Will Always Love You Celebration March 11-April 8. This festive event kicks off the 2023 operating season by observing the 50th anniversary of Dolly’s writing of her monumental […]

Pigeon Forge Snow Receives 2022 Best of the Best Honors  

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Jan. 23, 2023)—Pigeon Forge Snow, the first year-round indoor snow park in the U.S., was recently awarded a Best of the Best designation from the American Bus Association’s Destinations magazine. Pigeon Forge Snow was chosen out of nearly 80 entries and was one of only six chosen in the entertainment category. Other […]

Pigeon Forge Hosts More Than 120 Outdoor-Themed Sessions, Workshops, Performances During 2023 Wilderness Wildlife Week Jan. 24-28

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee (Dec. 30, 2022)—Pigeon Forge’s Wilderness Wildlife Week (WWW) returns to Pigeon Forge for its 31st year Jan. 24-28 with more than 120 individual events and nearly 90 specialists. The five-day event, which celebrates the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains, is widely recognized as one of the Southeast’s largest gatherings of […]

Somerville Crafter Takes Top Honors at Pigeon Forge’s Wonders of Winterfest Christmas Village Booth Decor Contest

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee—(Dec. 12, 2022)—Somerville resident and crafter Sandra Dickerson (photograph available for download here) claimed the top prize for best booth décor at Pigeon Forge’s first-time Wonders of Winterfest Christmas Village craft show. Dickerson’s Silver Chick Tin Jewelry Design took top honors for its festive contribution to the all-new craft show that helped kickoff […]

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 […]