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
wedding221042008-12-15_0001DSC_0017November 12th

* 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
wedding221042008-12-03_0001DSC_0175Continues to December 31st

* 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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Gatlinburg Annual Fantasy Of Lights Christmas Parade 2015

No holiday season is complete without a Christmas parade to really get the seasonal cheer started in December, and Gatlinburg, TN, has one of the greatest Christmas parades in all the land!

The Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Parade is the official start to the “Christmas” section of Winterfest, and wow what a kickoff it is! This year marks the 40th annual Christmas Parade in Gatlinburg and every single one of you and your kids’ favorite Christmas icons will be there – from mainstays Santa, the Reindeer, Charlie Brown and The Grinch, to newer classics like The Polar Express and other surprises. The “Fantasy Of Lights” moniker lives up to its name with a breathtaking display of lights, sights, sounds and more from over 100 floats and a dozen marching bands from participants and businesses in the area. It lasts for over an hour, and there are over 200 awesome photo opportunities for you and the whole family to enjoy for years to come!

The parade starts at 7:30PM on December 4th and goes on between traffic light #1A (near Alamo Steakhouse on Highway 321) and goes on to the very end of the parkway through downtown Gatlinburg to traffic light #10. More than 80,000 people are expected to show up, so find a good spot EARLY!

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Smoky Mountain Winterfest Kick Off Events for 2015

Of the four seasonal shifts in the Tennessee Smokies, Winterfest is the only one that actually gets an official celebration to mark the change between the seasons, as well as being one of the few events that Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville all provide separate celebrations for.

The first one is Pigeon Forge’s 25th Annual Winterfest Kickoff on November 11th, which is scheduled to coincide with Veteran’s Day as the 4th Annual Salute to Veterans Parade begins the festivities in Pigeon Forge. The parade begins at 4:30PM on the parkway, between stoplights #7 and #10, and leads to Patriot Park at 5:00PM where the celebration continues. There will be musical entertainment, photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a kids’ play area, local food vendors and quite a bit more. Near the close of the evening, the switch for the holiday lights come on and the Trolley Tour of Lights begin for those who want to see them.

The second one is the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Annual Chili Cookoff in downtown Gatlinburg. This is one of the few times of the year when Gatlinburg actually shuts down the main street of the central downtown area to hold all the visitors and vendors who show up for the event. The chili cookoff begins at 5:00PM and features live entertainment as well (sometimes there are even TWO stages on both sides of the street), plenty of kids’ fun things to do, and as it starts to get dark, Gatlinburg will throw their own switch for the holiday lights to come on and begin their Trolley Tour of Lights as well.

And then on December 6th is Sevierville’s Winterfest Kickoff, which this year begins with the Sevierville Christmas parade at 11:00AM, and moves on to the municipal downtown complex at 5:00PM where you can enjoy even more seasonal music entertainment, food, kid’s activities and even fireworks. Then the lights will go on, and the event organizers will have 3D glasses available for purchase to make the lighting displays even more enjoyable!