If you vacationed in Pigeon Forge last year and fell in love with the trolley tours of the city’s Christmas lights, you’ll be happy to know they’re back again this year! On the other hand, if this is the first time you’ll be spending your winter holidays with us in Pigeon Forge, you’re in for a real treat. In Pigeon Forge, Christmas lights are one of the most beloved features of the holiday season, and what better way to enjoy them than by hopping on a trolley and gliding through the city on a sightseeing tour?
The tour begins and ends at Patriot Park, where you and your family can board the trolley and prepare for a beautiful evening. It can get pretty cold out here in the wintertime, but no need to bundle up in too many layers — the trolleys are heated, so you’ll be able to see all the beautiful lights and decorations without losing feeling in your fingers and toes! Just sit in your comfortable seat and look at all the beauty passing by outside.
The Winterfest Trolley Tour guides aren’t just there to point through the window to the lights displays outside. They’re ready to entertain you with old Smoky Mountain folk tales and descriptions of what the winter months were like in Pigeon Forge a few hundred years ago. You may even discover some new favorite holiday stories to pass on to your kids next year. For those who like their vacation activities to be educational and fun, this is an awesome choice!
Pigeon Forge Trolley Schedule
The tours run from now through January 10th, 2015. Trolleys depart at 6:30, 7:45, and 9:00 p.m. every weeknight in November and December, and on Monday and Friday evenings in January. Tickets for the tour cost $5 a person. The trolleys won’t leave if there are fewer than 15 passengers present, so feel free to invite your friends and family! If you’re plan on bringing a large group, give the Pigeon Forge Fun Time Trolley a call at (865) 453-6444 to make a reservation.
If seeing over five million Pigeon Forge Christmas lights still leaves you thirsty for more holiday cheer, you can visit the City of Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights. Much like the Pigeon Forge lights tours, you’ll sit in a comfortable trolley as you observe the amazing decorations in downtown Gatlinburg. The city has gone all out to make sure you get all the wintertime glitz you could ask for, with over a million dollars spent on launching new displays this year. From deer, fox, and other animals native to the area, to dancing fountains and snowmen, you’ll ooh and ahh at every new display you see!
Gatlinburg Trolley Schedule
Just like in Pigeon Forge, the Gatlinburg trolley tours cost $5 a rider, and they leave at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m. every evening during Winterfest. Head out to the Gatlinburg Welcome Center to get started — it’s the fifth stoplight on the Parkway, right next door to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Call (865) 277-8222 ahead of time to make reservations for large groups. Tickets can also be purchased online on the official Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride website.
Between the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg lights tours, it’s easy to get into the holiday spirit, no matter whether you’re more of a Santa or a Scrooge! Our Smoky Mountain vacation rentals are just minutes away from all of the Christmas fun. Visit our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Cabins page to start planning your winter getaway in the Smokies.