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Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff

November 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Winterfest kicks off in Pigeon Forge November 9th at Patriot Park with festivities beginning at 3:00 pm with a special veteran’s tribute. At the end of the night the city will transform into a winter wonderland with the activation of more than 6 million holiday lights followed by a spectacular fireworks show.

All events at the kickoff are free to the public and will feature food trucks and other exciting holiday vendors.

Patriot Park will also be host to the Wonders Of Light Christmas Village on select dates in November, and city of Gatlinburg will be kicking off Winterfest with their annual chili cookoff.


New Displays

This year promises some exciting new light installations along the Riverwalk Greenway and in Patriot Park. Here to help unveil one of the new expansions at the kickoff event will be Megan Alexander, UPtv star and host of Small Town Christmas, and Janelle Arthur, an East Tennessee singer/songwriter.

Pigeon Forge Feature: At the Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff event, UPtv will be filming a segment for their holiday travel show Small Town Christmas. The show starring Megan Alexander airs on Sunday nights in December.

Wonders of Light Walking Trail: The festivities will begin with the official unveiling of the new Wonders of Light Walking Trail in the Pigeon Forge municipal lot between The Island and the LeConte Center. This spectacle also includes a free Janelle Arthur concert before the unveiling. Mayor David Wear and Megan Alexander plus a surprise guest will activate the light displays.

Wonders of Winterfest Christmas Village: Patriot Park will be transformed into an exciting new Winterfest installation: the Wonders of Winterfest Christmas Village. Beginning at 6:45 pm, Megan Alexander will host a veterans tribute featuring local high school choruses as well as the Pigeon Forge Honor Guard in Patriot Park.



November 9, 2023
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Patriot Park
186 Old Mill Avenue
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States
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