Despite the grand wealth of vacation accommodations in the Smokies, those who enjoy RV parks and the RV lifestyle might it somewhat more difficult to find information for the RV parks in the Smokies. Smoky Mountain Jeep Rentals in Wears Valley provides “RV Parks in the Smokies” where visitors can get concise, useful information on over 24 RV parks in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Wears Valley and Townsend; including a list of amenities and a map pinpointing their locations. http://rvparksinthesmokies.com/
The end of the year only comes once a year and we like to punctuate the change and transition by ending the previous cycle and beginning a new one – with a BANG!
Or rather a series of BANGs across a couple areas at least once the world’s most popular midnight hour clocks in. In Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, we celebrate New Years Eve and the first seconds of the new year with fireworks most colorful and explosive along with some other events in the area. In this article, we’ll highlight what we recommend you do with New Years Eve 2017!
* Titanic Museum Kids Noon Years Eve *
Mypigeonforge.com writes: The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN invites you to Ring in the New Year at our First Ever Kids’ “Noon Year’s Eve” Celebration! Don’t forget the PJ’s!
This year, kids can ring-in the New Year ahead of time at their very own “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN on Sunday, December 31st, announces the Museum Attraction’s co-owner, Mary Kellogg-Joslyn.
“This rockin’ New Years Noon event will be a kid’s version of a grown-up’s midnight bash, complete with a Titanic Museum Tour, a visit with our own Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter character, PLUS a countdown to an exciting Noon Year Balloon Drop,” explains Kellogg Joslyn.
See this information at http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/titanic-museum-kids-noon-years-eve/.
* New Year’s Eve Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry *
Mypigeonforge.com writes: Ring in the New Year at one of the most anticipated annual events in Pigeon Forge. The New Year’s Eve Show at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is a spectacular showcase of talent and entertainment. The Smoky Mountain Opry goes all out with stunning set designs, pyrotechnics, laser lighting and other special effects to wow the audience. Not to mention, an incredibly talented cast that includes singers, comedians, dancers, aerialists, magicians and ice skaters!
The holiday show begins with a performance of “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ at 8 pm. At midnight, watch the ball drop in New York City’s Times Square on the big screen. And the night doesn’t end there. See the biggest midnight balloon drop in the area, party the night away with the Smoky Mountain Opry cast and dance to a live show band.
See this information on http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/new-years-eve-show-at-the-smoky-mountain-opry/.
* The Island’s New Year’s Eve Celebration *
MyPigeonforge.com writes: Ring in the New Year with us on The Island! After our widely successful event last year we are back BIGGER and BETTER with a night packed full of fun! Live music & plenty of family fun, plus attractions!!
And what’s a New Year’s Celebration without a midnight countdown and fireworks? Its all brought to you FREE by The Island! The event kicks off at 10 pm so get there early to enjoy a full night of fun!
See this information on http://www.mypigeonforge.com/events/new-years-eve-at-the-island/.
* New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show *
Gatlinburg.com writes: Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2018 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Sunday night, December 31.
Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Sunday night, December 31 to ring in the New Year. At the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2018, fireworks will blast off the rooftop of the 400-foot tall Space Needle with special music choreographed for the fireworks show produced by Pyro-Shows of LaFollette, Tennessee. The Space Needle has added rhythmic LED lights to the tower, making for a spectacular display.
See this information on https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-ball-drop-and-fireworks-show/.
We hope you get to enjoy these events and more during the last few days of 2017.
Welcome to one of the most inviting places on earth. Whether you are ready to enjoy the beautiful outdoors, visit Dollywood, stroll downtown Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or just relax with the ones you love while you listen to the sounds of the mountains, there’s something for all ages. River Mist Cabin Rentals is located close to Rocky Top Sports World and close to downtown Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge attractions. These homes are designed to accommodate groups well, keeping in mind the needs for all ages to be entertained with out ever leaving the cabins. We can accommodate 2 or 60. We look forward to knowing you. www.rivermistgatlinburgcabins.com
Like the name says, here’s a quick tour through Dollywood in the Christmas season at night. Video footage by Ge’ne L. Kea and the music used is a public domain recording from Jon Sayle.
Planning on coming to the Smokies this weekend for some Christmas time with the family? Here are some of the things to consider to get into the spirit.
* Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade *
From Gatlinburg.com: “More than 60,000 people come to view the award-winning parade featuring lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and of course Santa Claus! The parade route starts at Baskins Creek Bypass on Hwy 321 (East Parkway) and travels to Hwy 441 (Main Parkway) and continues from light 3 to traffic light 10.”
* Sevierville Christmas Parade 2017 *
From PigeonForgeWinterfest.com: “Viewing the Christmas parade with friends and family is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit! This year’s parade takes place December 2, 2017 in downtown Sevierville from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.”
* Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival *
12/6/17 – 12/9/17
Another small but long-running Christmas tradition in the Smokies, this is a four-day festival featuring, you guessed it, almost non-stop Bluegrass music from more than two dozen artists and bands that perform at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. http://bluegrasschristmasinsmokies.com/
* Ober Gatlinburg – Winter Sports *
Ober Gatlinburg is the mountainside amusement park overlooking the city and it functions in the Winter season as both a family fun center and a sports center where they offer the only place to ski, snowboard, snowtube and ice skate for miles around. Definitely a worthy visit. www.obergatlinburg.com
* The Village *
Does anything in downtown Gatlinburg bring that old-timey Christmas-in-town experience like The Village? No sir. This little slice of heaven offers a wonderful pancake restaurant, candy shop, jewelry, toys and gifts, bakery, Christian shop, Celtic store and much more to see and experience. http://www.thevillageshops.com/
* The Arts and Crafts Community *
Naturally, an environment like the Glades and further artisan places along Highway 321 will be the perfect place to build holiday spirit. Many places will have Christmas sales, wonderful gift items you can’t find just anywhere, music playing both on speaker and occasionally live, awesome restaurants like Three Jimmys, The Ship and, of course, much more just waiting for you to discover it. http://www.gatlinburgcrafts.com/
See more at www.gatlinburg.com.
* Thanksgiving/Christmas Craftsmen Fair *
11/21/16 – 11/26/17 and 11/27/17 – 12/3/17
Art, crafts and music lovers will discover over 200 booths featuring some of the nation’s finest work. Artisans and craftspeople are on hand to demonstrate their skills, answer questions and offer their unique art for sale. Live Country and Bluegrass entertainment. www.craftsmenfair.com;
* Winter Tunes and Tales *
Each weekend starting 11/21/17 – 12/16/17
Tunes and Tales is a big hit and one of Gatlinburg’s newest traditions, as far as traditions are structured in Appalachia. Previously a Summer-only event, Tunes and Tales is now entering its second year of a Winter edition complete with caroling, holiday themed storytelling and more. Come see it and get in the Christmas spirit! www.gatlinburg.com;
* Festival of Trees *
11/22/17 – 11/26/17
The Gatlinburg Festival of Trees takes place at the W.L. Mills convention center and its also an excellent introduction to the coming Christmas season. This is a charity event sponsored by Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries and features dozens of exquisitely made Christmas trees to make a man-made Yuletide forest in the great convention center. All proceeds go to the ministry efforts of Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. www.smarm.org;
* Titanic Museum Fireworks *
At 7:00PM on Thanksgiving day, the Titanic Museum on the parkway in Pigeon Forge will celebrate the occasion with a fireworks display. There aren’t too many places here in the US that choose this holiday for fireworks, so you’re definitely getting a Thanksgiving treat from Titanic with this event. www.titanicpigeonforge.com;
* Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas *
Now to 1/3/18
The entire park turns into a Winter Wonderland with decorations from end to end. Millions and millions of lights, parades, Christmas shows and a Santa’s workshop is just the starting point of what Dollywood offers families. See more info at www.dollywood.com.
* Christmas at Dixie Stampede *
Now to 12/31/17
The best dinner-theater show in Sevier County transforms for the season as well. Snow will fall, a true Winter fantasy land opens up before you, old-fashioned constumes, favorite holiday music and even a Live Nativity will be how Dixie Stampede celebrates the season of Christmas for this year! https://www.dixiestampede.com/pigeon-forge/christmas-show
Stay tuned for more holiday-related news and information here and visit www.allthesmokies.com for other area information that can benefit your Smoky Mountain getaway!
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. http://weddingsnearcadescove.com/
Book now and stay between January 4th and February 28th!
Stay any 2 or more nights, in any size condo or cabin and receive 30% OFF your stay.
Best Views of the Smokies!
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. www.honeysucklehills.com
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. www.friendlyfalls.com
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. www.team22portraits.com
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. www.reginastarkeyphotographicart.com
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 www.smokymountainsamesexweddings.com.
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. www.barnweddingsinthesmokies.com
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. www.sampsonshollow.com
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. www.cheftonycatering.com
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. www.garywoodsphotography.com
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! www.dandpphotography.com
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! www.smokymountainphoto.com
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.
There are over a hundred restaurants within 20 minutes of almost anywhere you stay in the Smokies (unless your cabin happens to be particularly secluded) and since you came to the Romance section of Smoky Mountain Winterfest to look at this article, we can reasonably deduce you wanted to look for restaurants that could cater to a romantic atmosphere.
Here is what we can recommend taking your sweetheart to for a wonderful dinner:
The premiere steakhouse in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Alamo specializes in EVERYTHING you came to the South to enjoy – Texas-sized steaks, ribs, chicken, burgers and even some seafood items to keep things interesting! See their full menu at www.alamosteakhouse.com.
The Peddler Steakhouse
How would you like a proper fancy dinner at one of Gatlinburg’s oldest restaurants where a fat, succulent steak, cooked over hickory charcoal is waiting for you next to some mountain trout or prime rib, New York cheesecake or hot blackberry cobbler. This is one of many amazing food combinations you’ll find at The Peddler Steakhouse. Wine Menu also available. http://peddlergatlinburg.com
When you drive down the main street and, at any given day during the morning, you see a line from the outside of the door extending around to the inside of the Village just to get in and EAT, you know you’re looking at the best pancake restaurant in the city! Chocolate chip pancakes, sweet potato pancakes, cherry waffles, pecan waffles, western omelettes, breakfast cereals with banana slices and much more! www.pancakepantry.com
The Best Italian
Not just a boastful name, “The Best Italian” proves itself to many a visitor with starting rounds of their famous “garlic knots” and continues on with some of the best homemade pizza you’ll find in the city, or Filet Tips Linguini, Chicken Linguini with White Sauce, Tenderloin Tips Marsala and more amazing Italian dishes that earned them the name on this listing. www.bestitalian.com
If ever you needed to find a restaurant with a real mountain atmosphere in Gatlinburg; off the beaten path but offering some of the highest quality and highest class surroundings with views of the Smokies off in the distance, Greenbrier is where you want to go. Tucked back in the greenery like an exclusive secret, romantic dinners and special occasions are what Greenbrier is all about! www.greenbrierrestaurant.com
Kinkaku Japanese Steakhouse
Pigeon Forge has an awesome Japanese hibachi restaurant almost center of downtown with Kinkaku. An extremely talented chef will come and cook your dinner in front of you – your choice of chicken teriyaki, steak, shrimp, scallop, filet mignon, tuna, lobster and much more! www.pigeonforgejapanese.com
Previously Black Bear Grill, Crystelle Creek may seem like a new restaurant to returning visitors, but it’s largely the same high quality food, service, and romantic atmosphere subdued by the surrounding mountain wall and babbling brook underneath. If you’re new to restaurant altogether, come expecting wonderful dishes containing Steak Burgers, Catfish, Ribeye Steaks, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Fried Chicken and much more! www.crystellecreek.com
Might be a bit presumptuous to call Cheddars in downtown Pigeon Forge the biggest restaurant hit there in the past 5 years, but seeing how many visitors they pull in everyday and how awesome their dishes are, the truth wouldn’t be an inch off! The service, atmosphere, prices and most definitely the food are worth the hype at Cheddars, and you shouldn’t leave town without trying their Lemon Pepper Chicken, Hickory Smoked Baby Back Ribs, Baked Spasagna, Grilled Salmon or their Chicken and Waffles. www.cheddars.com
Asian Fusion Cafe
Located near Krogers and the Pigeon Forge Community Center, Asian Fusion Cafe can easily be missed and definitely shouldn’t be for fans of high quality, portion controlled Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Malaysian dishes. Hibachi dinners, import and domestic beers, Bento boxes and lots of noodles await you at Asian Fusion Cafe. http://dininginthesmokies.com/_menus/pf/fusian-cafe-pigeon-forge-menu.pdf
Carriage House Restaurant
A quality restaurant of a slightly fancier variety, Carriage House is a perfect consideration for dates, casual dining, family dining, family reunion dining, and just about any reason you would need to go out for food. Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and all the traditional Southern and casual favorites you’re looking for – ribeye steak sandwich, grouper fish sandwich, country ham steak, grilled pork chops, spaghetti, chicken buckets and much more! http://dininginthesmokies.com/_townsen/aacarria.htm
Smoky Mountain Trout House
One of the longest serving seafood restaurants in Gatlinburg, the Smoky Mountain Trout House is THE authority on Southern/Tennessee fish dinners in the city. Serves Grilled Rainbow Trout, Broiled Mountain Rainbow Trout, Parmesan Trout, Dilly Trout, Trout Almondine, Pan Crisy Fried Whole Rainbow Trout – pretty much every trout dish you’ve ever wanted to try. http://www.gatlinburgtrouthouse.com