Weddings Near Cades Cove

There are hundreds of amazing spots that your wedding can take place here in the Smokies National Park, so which spot should you go with? Why not have your wedding near Cades Cove in Townsend, TN with us? We feature an excellent Smoky Mountain natural location, wedding packages, accommodations and more at Sampson’s Hollow.

Alcatraz East Museum in Pigeon Forge


Pigeon Forge is getting a new museum attraction in central downtown that isn’t quite like anything else around – The Alcatraz East Crime Museum.

We have many museums in our area and some of them go into the chilling and yet morbidly intriguing history of crime throughout history – the Guinness World of Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and some others, but none feature as much content with as much focus on the weird, wild mythos of jail life and jail lifers that Alcatrez East does. The museum is located prominently on the parkway in Pigeon Forge in front of The Island and next to the Comedy Barn – trust us, you won’t be able to miss it!

Exhibits and amenities include:
* 25,000 square feet of floor space over 2 floors.
* 100 interactive exhibits.
* “A Notorious History of American Crime”.
* “Punishment: The Consequence of Crime”.
* “Crime Fighting.”
* “Crime Scene Investigation.”
* “Counterfeit Crimes & Pop Culture”.
* “The OJ Simpson White Bronco”.
* “Ted Bundy’s VW Beetle”.
* “Junior Detectives” fun exhibits for kids.
* Accommodations for groups.
* Special needs assistance available.

This museum opens on December 16th, 2016. You can see more on Alcatraz East at

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Thanksgiving Events in the Smoky Mountains For 2016


Smoky Mountain Winterfest begins right after the end of Harvest Festival in the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. This is technically the longest seasonal celebration we have in our region going from roughly the second week of November until the end of February. We celebrate it in three parts – Thanksgiving, Christmas and the post-Holidays Winterfest.

In this article, we’ll focus on the upcoming events for the Thanksgiving portion of Winterfest.

wedding221042008-12-15_0001DSC_0010j* Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
November 4th – January 1st

* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
November 5th – December 31st

wedding221042008-12-03_0001DSC_0174* Sevierville’s Winterfest Kickoff
November 7th

* 27th Annual Winterfest Kick-off
November 8th

wedding221042008-12-03_0001DSC_0172* Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff
November 9th

* Veterans Day Celebration
November 11th

* Old Mill Square Holiday Open House
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* Festival of Trees
November 22nd – 27th

* Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show
November 22nd – 27th

* Fireworks on Thanksgiving at the Titanic
November 24th

* Tree Lighting at The Island
November 26th

And in our next article, we’ll show off some of the events we have going on that will get you in the Christmas spirit!

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Christmas Events in the Smokies For 2016


Christmas, naturally, is the crown jewel and centerpiece for the Smoky Mountain Winterfest season. A few of the special events going on from November continue on in December to help build the Christmas season spirit during your visit to the Smokies.

Many attractions and areas in and between Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville will be decorated for the holiday. Many theaters in town will be showcasing Christmas shows while other places like Dollywood and The Village in Gatlinburg will be wildly redecorated with lights, sights and other elements that drive the Christmas spirit home.

Let’s look at what December has:

wedding221042008-12-03_0001DSC_0172* Great Smoky Christmas Arts and Crafts Show
November 28th – December 4th

* Shadracks Christmas
Continues To January 1st

* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas
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* Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade
December 2nd

* Winter Magic Tunes and Tales
December 2nd-3rd

* Sevierville 54th Annual Christmas Parade
December 3rd

* Townsend Christmas Parade
December 3rd

wedding221042008-11-08_0001DSC_5023* Breakfast or Brunch with Santa
December 3rd

* Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival
December 7th-10th

* Winter Magic Tunes and Tales
December 9th-11th

* Winter Magic Tunes and Tales
December 16th-18th

* New Years Eve at The Island
December 31st

wedding221042008-02-28_0001DSC_2858d* New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
December 31st

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Recommended Wedding Chapels



The Smoky Mountains are built on couples, families and reunions – in every aspect of the truth except actually physically building on them. The Smoky Mountains are a destination for many things during the Winterfest and weddings you better believe are one of them.

We have a lot of wedding providers who perform excellent services for couples and we’d like to start you off on the right direction with some recommendations:

Honeysuckle Hills – If you want a farm setting, something unique with the most beautiful photography in the Smokies, choose Regina Starkey and her team at Honeysuckle Hills.

Friendly Falls – Well worth the stop and a fantastic meeting place in the Smokies. Stay for a moment or stay for the afternoon! Get your souvenir photo taken or have lunch. Waterfall weddings are just one of the many special things that happen at Friendly Falls.

Team 22 Portraits – We’ve all heard the saying, but these days pictures are worth more than a thousand words – they’re worth a lifetime. Team 22 Portraits brings out the lifetime of art in each photo we take both in the photography itself and the custom framing we provide. We don’t specialize in wedding, family, reunion, etc., we give each and every artistic effort the same consistently high quality approach. We can photograph you in our studio or your place of choice.

Regina Starkey Photographic Portrait Art – Regina Starkey is one of the highest decorated photographic artists in the state of Tennessee, and uses her decades of experience and incredibly high standard for quality to make sure you have the family, wedding or any other kind of portrait you deserve.

Smoky Mountain Same Sex Weddings – Love has no boundaries at Friendly Falls! No matter if you’re straight or LGBT, we will perform your wedding and give you our best in professional service and amenities. See our amenities and waterfall wedding grounds at

Smokey Mountain Wedding and Party Barn – Say “I do!” in the Smokies’ most unique wedding venue – Smokey Mountain Wedding & Party Barn! Nestled in beautiful Wears Valley, our barn will leave you with some of the most unforgettable memories you, your family, and/or your guests will ever have in East Tennessee.

Sampson’s Hollow – Beautiful property with rolling hills, wildflower meadows, lush pastures and ridges of evergreens for your dream wedding. Wedding and wedding reception packages available along with romantic honeymoon lodging. Call our wedding consultant to plan your outdoor wedding in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Chapel at the Park – Beautiful Gatlinburg wedding chapel surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and featuring simple to elegant wedding ceremonies performed by ordained, non-denominational Ministers. Several wedding packages and accessories to choose from at:

Chef Tony Catering – Catering for your wedding reception, corporate event, special occasion dining, or any event celebration. Enjoy gourmet recipes from experienced Chef Tony and professional staff in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and other areas surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Choose from our gourmet sit-down dinner packages, buffet and hor d’oeuvre packages, or choose a custom menu to suit the taste of your guests.

Gary Woods Photography – Relive life’s most cherished events with creative, lasting portraits. For individuals, families, reunions, and weddings, Gary Woods Photography will capture the mood of the moment with his creative talent and the technology of digital photography.

D&P Photography – Specializing in reunions and weddings in the Smoky Mountain Area, D&P Photo Service will come to your location and help you to create memories for everyone to share in. Reasonably priced photography, excellent quality prints along with stellar service make us the one people refer to their friends over and over. Call us today for your special occasion. We also do cabin and commercial photography!

John Saunders Photography – One of the best known photographers in Pigeon Forge for a reason! John Saunders specializes in wedding photography throughout the Smoky Mountains, the same as he has for over 20 years, and your special day will look more gorgeous than words can describe with him behind the camera!

And while we’re at it, here is marriage license info for Sevier County.

Marriage Licenses can be obtained in 3 places in Sevier County.

1) Sevier County Court Clerk
located in the Sevier County Courthouse in Sevierville. Monday – Thursday:  8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Friday:  8:00 am – 5:00 pm

2) The Gatlinburg Shilling Center
Located at 405 Reagan Drive. Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm Closed Tuesday and Thursday
Saturday:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3) The Pigeon Forge City Hall
Located at Pine Mountain Road. Hours are 9 am – 5 pm Saturday Only.

You do not have to be a resident of the country to get married here. Birth certificate or drivers license, and social security number required. Call a licensing office for other specific requirements.