Holiday Lights Trolley

Winterfest 2015 is Here!

It’s that time again! Starting tonight, November 10, the skies above Pigeon Forge will glow with the light from 5 million festive holiday bulbs. The 26th annual Winterfest displays will run from November through February 2016, so you’ll have plenty of time to plan a visit to Clabough’s Campground and Cabins to enjoy the show. The lights can be found up and down the Parkway in both Sevierville and Pigeon Forge (Gatlinburg has its own lights, too), so the obvious way to take in the extravaganza is by car. You can drive yourself past all the lights, but someone is always left out: the driver. Add to that the difficulty with pulling over to park any time you want to stop and the fun can be sucked right out of the evening. The simple solution? Ride the Holiday Lights Trolley!

See Winterfest from a Holiday Lights Trolley.

Winterfest lights up the Parkway. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

Hop On the Holiday Lights Trolley

One of the Fun Time Trolley lines stops every 45 minutes or so at Clabough’s, so hopping aboard couldn’t be more convenient. Single rides cost $.50 per passenger; be sure to have exact change. To make the most of your light-viewing excursion, ride the trolley from Clabough’s all the way down to the Main Office at Patriot Park. Take the time to see the dazzling displays there when you pick up your All Day Pass for $2.50. This pass will let you get on and off the trolleys as often as you want throughout your trip.

See the Old Mill on a Holiday Lights Trolley.

The Old Mill sparkles with lights. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism.

Before you board either the North Parkway or South Parkway Line, grab a Driving Guide from the Main Office. You can also download a pdf version here. Ultimately, you’ll want to take both trips to see the entire array of lights on the Parkway.

Once you’re safely aboard the trolley, you can sit back and enjoy the lights, leaving the driving to someone else. Your view from the trolley will likely be much wider than from your own vehicle, and you can stretch out a little bit. If you’re staying at Clabough’s with several other folks, you can all ride the trolley together without being crammed together a little too tightly. This option is especially good for the kiddos.

See Some Lights, Stop Along the Way

As you ride, you might decide that you want a closer look. Easy. Get off at one of the many trolley stops, see the sites, then hop aboard again. If you’re really in the Christmas mood, be sure to stop at The Incredible Christmas Place. Always a delightful spot for Christmas cheer, the lights are particularly good during the holiday season.

The Fun Time Trolley runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Once you’ve seen all the lights you can see, ride back to Patriot Park and board the Wears Valley Line. You’ll be delivered back to Clabough’s ready to rest up for another day of fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge.

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