Monday, December 30, 2013


When you think of Gatlinburg perhaps you think of the serenity of the mountains or relaxing on the front porch of you mountain cabin. But on New Year's Eve Gatlinburg explodes with music, parties, fireworks and the ball drop from the top of the Space Needle.
Celebrate New Years in Gatlinburg, TN
Fireworks at the Space Needle!

Country Tonite Christmas show But if partying with tens of thousands of people is not your idea of New Year's fun, there is a lot to do in Pigeon Forge.

The Country Tonite Theatre has a big New Year's Eve event following their show, with music, party favors and a balloon drop!

Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas ShowThe Smoky Mountain Opry starts their celebration at 9pm and continues until 1am, beginning with the Opry show featuring singers, dancers, aerialists, ice skaters, lasers, pyrotechnics and exotic animals. Following the show is a meet and greet with the cast party favors, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts, dancing to a live band, a big screen broadcast of the ball drop in New York City, and the countdown to midnight. Whew, what a way to bring in the new year!

Smith Family Dinner Show Pigeon Forge
The Smith Family Dinner Show begins the evening at 8pm with
dinner, followed by the show featuring oldies and gospel music, impersonations and comedy. Following the show you will get party favors and will ring in the new year with the Smith Family.
The Comedy Barn Theater Christmas Show
The Comedy Barn Theater will continue the "Funniest Christmas Show in the Smokies" which features a balloon drop at the end of the show.

Hatfield & McCoy Christmas DisasterAt the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud they are putting the FUN in DysFUNctional with their holiday singing and dancing, mighty feats of strength, jaw dropping stunts and side-splitting comedy in the Christmas Disaster Dinner Show.

Of course you can come to the Smokies and relax, but on New Year's Eve it is time to rock-in the new year with music, entertainment, dancing, food and fun in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013


Those of us who live in the cities of the Great Smoky Mountains - Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, Kodak, Townsend and Cherokee, NC - are doubly blessed during this winter holidays.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park in WinterFirst, we live by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited National Park in the United States, and it is one of the only Parks that has no admission fee! We get to see the beauty of the mountains every day and the special effects that Mother Nature applies to us - especially the snow that majestically covers the upper regions of the mountains normally from Thanksgiving through February each year.
The majestic snow covered Smokies!
The majestic snow covered Smokies!
Second, the area is blessed to be a tourist destination so we have wonderful attractions, theaters and live shows, tremendous shopping and fabulous dining opportunities. All of these are at our fingertips.

This time of year visitors flock to the Smokies to see the beauty of the mountains and to shop for Christmas. And boy do they have options for shopping! You can outlet shop in one of the countries finest locations, Tanger Outlets in Sevierville, featuring over 100 stores for apparel for adults and children, footwear, jewelry and accessories, housewares and home furnishings and many specialty stores.

In addition to the dozens of unique and specialty stores in the area, we are also blessed with the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, and 8-mile loop of over 100 artisan and craft stores. Many of the artists are making the products in their stores and you can find out the story behind the creation directly from the crafts person who designed and made the piece itself.

The beautiful Old Mill in snow - Pigeon Forge
The Old Mill during a snow storm
When you get hungry, the Tennessee Smokies offers a wide variety of top-quality chain restaurants, but also many unique and one-of-a-kind eateries like the Old Mill. An historic mill and shopping district with two restaurants - the southern style home cooking of the Old Mill, and the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe and Grill, where they are baking the bread and desserts in the kitchen while you are dining. Many restaurants like Corky's Ribs & BBQ, T.G.I. Friday's and Geno's Pizza are open Christmas Day.

Winterfest lights in Gatlinburg, TN
Winterfest lights brighten-up the streets
Smoky Mountain Winterfest - Gatlinburg, TNWinterfest in the Smokies offers activities in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville through February, including Wilderness Wildlife Week, Saddle Up!, Gatlinburg's Winter Magic, Christmas Lights, Trolley Tours of the Light Displays, Hay Wagon rides, and millions of lights and displays at Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas. 

For nighttime fun you an catch a Pigeon Forge Christmas Show at Smoky Mountain Opry, Country Tonite, Hatfield & McCoy's, the Lumberjack Feud, the Blackwood's and Terry Evanswood's The Magic of Christmas.

Find your magic during the winter holidays with us in the Great Smoky Mountains. And from all of us at Best Read Guide we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year!