Winterfest at The Island in Pigeon Forge

Celebrate the holidays with festive lights and holiday music in Pigeon Forge.

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November 19, 2023 - January 5, 2024

Celebrate the holidays in Pigeon Forge at Winterfest at The Island Show, a new tradition that runs throughout the Christmas season. The nightly shows feature a dazzling fountain show, plus the Smoky Mountain Jazz Orchestra. It’s an 18-piece ensemble that fills the air with classic Christmas songs. Santa’s workshop is on-site as is Santa who poses for photos when he’s not too busy overseeing all the gifts that need to be made.

Where Is Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest?

Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest takes place at The Island, a 23-acre theme park that turns on the lights at night to celebrate the holidays. It’s just steps away from Margaritaville Island Inn, so guests can stroll to Winterfest without ever getting in their car. You can’t miss the 40-foot-high LED Christmas trees standing tall in the night sky.

How Long Does Winterfest Last in Pigeon Forge?

From late November to early January, enjoy Winterfest by walking amidst thousands of holiday lights at The Island. The Winterfest at The Island Show takes place every evening at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m.

Beyond The Island, don’t miss the Pigeon Forge Driving Tour of Lights. Drive along the Pigeon Forge Parkway to see more than 5 million lights along the road. The lights go up in late November and stay up until late February. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge is also known for its exceptional holiday light displays and holiday shows. Down the road, Gatlinburg also celebrates the season with lights and its annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Head downtown to the Gatlinburg Space Needle around 9 p.m. Dec. 31 for live music followed by the ball drop and a fantastic fireworks show.

Where to Stay for Winterfest In Pigeon Forge

After being dazzled by holiday lights and music, head back to Margaritaville Island Inn where our cozy mountain accommodations have a beach twist. Choose between a room or suite and nestle in for a long winter’s nap to rest up for the next day’s activities in Pigeon Forge. 

Terms and Conditions

Not valid for rooms of 8 or more. Taxes and fees are not included. Room reservations do not include entry into the event or local area festivities. Additional restrictions and/or blackout dates may apply.