Category archive: Smoky Mountains

Mirror Mazes in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are full of things to do, places to go, and definitely things to “see” like the creative mirror mazes where things aren’t always what they seem. Find out more about these attractions with a little “reflection” on what each maze has to offer. Each attraction is open daily.

Gatlinburg Mirror Mazes

Amazing Mirror Maze – 9196 Parkway, Gatlinburg

Amazing is exactly what to expect when entering the Amazing Mirror Maze, the largest in Gatlinburg at over 2,400 square feet. Challenge your senses as you enjoy the visual journey of a state-of-the-art show with colorful lights and pulsating music. With so many images leading the way, you won’t know which way to turn, which is the whole point of the maze.

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Winter in the Smoky Mountains: Jan-Feb 2017 in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

gf-lovin-it-snow-extAs Christmas gives way to the New Year, here in January 2017 the winter fun juts keeps ramping up. The millions of lights in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge continue to shine brightly, the trolley tours of the best lights continue, the snow comes down, the skiing heats up, and cabin deals abound with Half-Price offers on remaining cabins for those who can make a trip at short notice for a winter getaway.

Winterfest in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville means millions of decorative lights, some in animated displays, strung everywhere and sparkling through the end of February. In Gatlinburg the story of Winter Magic is the same, featuring crystal-clear LED displays, and lasting through the end of January.

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New Year’s Eve 2016 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

New Year’s Eve 2016 in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offers two great venues bringing the long-anticipated excitement of free concerts, crowds of revelers, lights and fireworks to ring in a brand-new 2107 at midnight.

Tens of thousands of people will be out and up late this Saturday! Usually Gatlinburg’s Space Needle draws 50,000 attendees to the New Year’s event, and the Pigeon Forge excitement at The Island has been drawing increasingly bigger crowds each year.

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Shopping in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge boast some of the finest and most diverse shopping opportunities in the region. Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the surrounding areas are teeming with a variety of stores, from small artisan boutiques to world-famous brand flagship stores. Next time you’re in town be sure to reserve time for some outstanding shopping experiences.

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Smoky Mountain Weddings

No matter what time of year the two of you are planning your wedding day, the Smoky Mountains provide an abundance of atmosphere, elegance, and sheer beauty to enhance the special event. With the mountains as a scenic backdrop along with lush landscape, privacy, and exceptional accommodations, romance is guaranteed to fill the air from morning until night.

Smoky Mountains Setting

Choosing the perfect setting and season is at the top of the list when planning a wedding. Whether you choose Cupid’s month of February when mountain vistas and cool breezes abound or you prefer the busier months of May and June when the Smoky Mountains are bursting with colorful and fragrant flowers and trees, Smoky Mountain weddings are magical and create the perfect atmosphere for your wedding day.

Images courtesy of Carles-Witt Event Planners

Image courtesy of Carles-Witt Event Planners

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After the Fire, Life in Gatlinburg Gets Back to Normal

All of us here in Gatlinburg appreciate your concern and your prayers during the recent wildfires.   We know many of you were worried about us and concerned about the Smokies.

The fires are past and we’re fine. Please be assured: the Smokies are still great, and we still live in a beautiful area.

The fires burned an estimated 15,000 acres – that’s about 23 square miles. But Sevierville County is almost 600 square miles in size, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park is over 800 square miles. Depending on where you drive, you may see little or no evidence of the fire.

Downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are fine, and none of the major attractions were burned. Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area & Amusement Park was unaffected and is open for skiing. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are hosting their annual Winterfest, and we’re looking forward to a great Christmas. The Smokies are back in business.

We did lose some cabins, but nearly 90% of our cabins are untouched by the fire. Immediately after the fires, we either rebooked guests in affected cabins, placing them in a comparable cabin in an unaffected area, or we refunded the guest’s money.

We have over 400 cabins untouched by fire and waiting for you. Come and have a great vacation with us.

Touring the Christmas Lights of Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

With millions upon millions of Christmas lights in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge and throughout the area, what are some of the best ways to see them? You can choose to drive yourself around town, take a scenic aerial tram or mountain coaster ride, or take advantage of local holiday transportation and travel by trolley. Here are the best ways to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit and join other revelers for Christmas fun and festivities.

Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are winter wonderland destinations and both cities will be lighting up the night sky during the holiday season with festive displays and many millions of lights – often animated or synchronized to music – in celebration of Christmas. Each city has scheduled events running from November through January and February.

Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Gatlinburg Winter Magic

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November 2016 Events in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

November in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge marks the changing of the seasons with multiple events celebrating winter. Moving from the colors of fall into the glitter of Christmas, this time presents a host of things to do in Gatlinburg and the whole area. Early in the month, the two towns turn on their millions of Christmas lights, joined by Sevierville in a coordinated series of lightings and celebrations, beginning the Winterfest and Winter Magic festival seasons that last into February.

Snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg

Snow tubing at Ober Gatlinburg

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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland 2016

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland opens for 2016 from November 4 through January 8, 2017. Located a short drive from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville, Shadrack’s lets the whole family and pets stay in the car and drive through a world of high-tech lighting synchronized to Christmas music. This is an attraction not to miss during the Christmas season.

Images courtesy of Shadrack’s

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Winterfest 2016 in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

The lights are coming on for winter in the Smoky Mountains as Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg take a day each on November 7, 8 and 9 to kick off the 2016 Winterfest and Winter Magic celebrations with millions – and millions – of Christmas lights strung across the towns. Festivities abound as each town turns on its lights in the midst of celebration, food and live music.

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