Pigeon Forge is often termed the ‘Las Vegas of the South’ (minus the gambling) due to it’s many hotels, restaurants, attractions, and shows. Every time that I visit Pigeon Forge I make it a point to see at least one show. I have seen quite a lot of them in my many visits to this great mountain city and I have a few favorites that I keep going back to time after time. Here is a breakdown of a few of my favorites that you absolutely must see if visiting Pigeon Forge:
HATFIELD & MCCOY DINNER SHOW
This show has been around for a few years, but I just saw it for the first time a few days ago. Wow, I have seriously been missing out. This show has comedy, dancing (I especially loved the clogging) and some terrific singing and yodeling. The show tells the story (well, a loose interpretation) of the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys, but with a fun country twist to it. And let’s not forget about the food… Yummm! Before the show started we chowed down on creamy vegetable soup (this was my favorite! I need the recipe ASAP), fresh bread, fried chicken, barbecue pork, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, and a delicious chocolate dessert. Okay, close your mouth before you drool on your keyboard.
Tickets for this dinner show are $49.95 for adults and $19.95 for children. Click here to book your tickets.
The Lumberjack Feud is an authentic experience that you can only get in Pigeon Forge. I have seen this show twice now and would happily go see it again because it’s just that fun! The show plays out as a competition with one group of lumberjacks competing against another group. The arena is split down the middle so that the audience can cheer for the lumberjack team on their side as well. I love shows like this that really get the audience engaged. There are 16 exciting events and competitions with the lumberjacks and their furry four-legged companions, the timber dogs. These dogs perform some awesome tricks and can jump insanely high. As a dog lover, this is probably my favorite part of the show. Aside from the show, there is also a dinner option if you’re interested. Dinner includes delicious herb roasted chicken, pork loin, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans, rolls, and an apple fritter for dessert.
Tickets for the dinner & show are $49.95 for adults and $24.95 for children. If you want to watch the show without dinner, then tickets are only $26.95 for adults and $7.95 for children if booked online.
SMOKY MOUNTAIN OPRY
Unlike the other shows that I mentioned, this one is not a dinner show. Instead, it is a 2 hour fun-filled variety show with something for everyone. There is dancing, comedians, magic, and singers that perform popular songs from every genre. My favorite performance of the night was The Lion King’s “Circle of Life”. The set was African themed and a real lion was even brought out! It was in a cage luckily though so no fear of getting attacked if you are sitting in the front row. Another one of my favorite parts was the aerialists, who did a beautiful dance in the air to several songs. If you are wanting to see a more relaxed show and don’t really care to eat while watching it, then the Smoky Mountain Opry is a terrific option.
Tickets for this show are $39.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. Click here to book your tickets to America’s ultimate variety show.
This is perhaps the most popular dinner show in Pigeon Forge, as it is owned by none other than Dolly Parton herself. I’ve been to the Dixie Stampede several times and I never get tired of it. It’s an action packed show where the North versus the South in competitions, with horse riding stunts being the main attraction. The arena is split down the middle so you will either be on the North side or the South side. The show is very interactive and audience members are chosen to compete several different times throughout the show. My mom was chosen once and had to ride a horse (a wooden one) across the arena as fast as she could. She was competing against someone from the other side and my mom won! The competitions are all extremely exciting and the food will make your tummy excited also. You will get creamy vegetable soup, cheddar biscuits (yum!!!), a whole rotisserie chicken, barbecue pork loin, corn on the cob, herb basted potatoes, and a dessert. There is no silverware though so be prepared to get a little messy.
Tickets for this show are $50 for adults and $25 for children. Click here to book your tickets to the Stampede today.
Whether you are going to Pigeon Forge for your first time or your fifth time, there is a show for you to see. These are some of my favorites, but there are many more and new shows come to Pigeon Forge on a regular basis. Have a fun time being entertained in the beautiful mountains of Pigeon Forge!
Have you been to Pigeon Forge? What’s your favorite show?
*Thank you to My Pigeon Forge for making this article possible by partnering with Curb Free with Cory Lee! All opinions expressed are my own.