Blog for Zipline Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on December 1, 2015
Here in the Smokies, it seems like it's been raining for an entire week straight. At least it feels that way. But just because the weather is yucky and nasty doesn't mean you still can't have a great time if you're visiting Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg this week, especially when you consider that our area is home to more than a dozen different theater shows.
Being able to enjoy live entertainment indoors is a fun way to take shelter from the elements, take a load off your feet and spend a couple of hours or more watching some very talented people – and animals – do their best to keep audiences laughing, smiling, clapping and tapping their toes.
Each November and December, most venues switch out their regular-season productions for holiday-themed shows that do an awesome job of getting guests in the Christmas spirit. So this week, we're going to give you an overview of what just a few local theaters are doing this time of year. Next week, we'll tell you about a few more. So hold on to your reindeer; we're about to take you on a whirlwind tour of the music theater scene!
A Comedy Barn Christmas
This Pigeon Forge theater has long been known for its hilarious blend of magic, music, stand-up comedy, dancing, animal acts and more. But through the end of the year, the show incorporates Christmas music, costumes and specialty acts that complement the regular stable of performers, which include the Comedy Barn Canines and the Comedy Barn Cloggers. Holiday decorations throughout the theater complete this very merry seasonal production.
Biblical Times Dinner Theater
With a regular-season show that brings stories from the Bible to life, this Pigeon Forge showplace's Christmas show is a natural tie-in to its ongoing message. “The Christmas Story” tells the story of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of Simeon, utilizing production values like holograph technology to enhance the performances of the cast. And you'll enjoy a Christmas feast as well, served during the first hour of the show. It includes wood-smoked and grilled prime rib, jumbo chicken, wood-smoked pulled pork, and plenty of sides and beverages.
Dolly Parton's Pigeon Forge dinner attraction is getting Christmasy in a big way right now thanks to a $2.5 million upgrade that includes new lights and state-of-the-art video effects. Like the show does the rest of the year, Christmas at Dixie features 32 majestic horses as the centerpiece for a series of equestrian competitions, which during the holidays is between the North Pole and the South Pole. Other seasonal touches include a live nativity scene and parade of toys brought to life by the Sugar Plum Fairy. And as usual, the experience includes a four-course meal, from a whole rotisserie chicken to creamy vegetable soup to dessert.
Smoky Mountain Opry
Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry is a multimillion-dollar production featuring flying sugar plum fairies, soaring angels, dancing elves, enchanted reindeer and Santa Claus, but it also celebrates the birth of Christ with what is billed as the area's largest living nativity. The cast of singers, dancers, comedians and live animals is backed by a live orchestra, gorgeous costumes, incredible special effects and lavish sets. Smoky Mountain Opry is located in Pigeon Forge at what was formerly the home of the Louise Mandrell Theater and Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Even though we're sure you'll have an amazing time at any of these shows, don't forget that Smoky Mountain Ziplines is still open weekends through the end of the year. And the forecast for this weekend is looking pretty good – sunny with highs in the 50s – ideal conditions for one of our Pigeon Forge zip line tours.