We hope for everyone a blessed Independence Day holiday. As you relax with your family in a secluded Pigeon Forge cabin rental, please make plans to visit the first Fourth of July parade in the nation at midnight in Gatlinburg on Thursday, July 3rd. Or if you choose to sleep in, don’t miss the Patriot Festival in Pigeon Forge, beginning at noon on Friday, July 4th. That event has a carnival atmosphere with food vendors and a children’s area, music on stage throughout the day with this year’s headliner Lonestar performing at 8:30 pm, and a bang-up fireworks finale beginning at 9:45 pm. Park at the convention center public parking and take the free shuttle, as public parking is limited to handicapped spaces for this event.
Since you will still have the rest of the weekend to fill with family time, it’s never to early to consider the holidays at year end, since Christmas is now less than six months away. Don’t laugh or groan, the Incredible Christmas Place can transport you to a warm, fuzzy memory (or perhaps a refreshing, chilly one) with just a few moments of holiday background music. Plan a couple of hours to stroll, explore, and reminisce while shopping here.Bell Tower Square is a Bavarian-style retail complex that is the South’s largest Christmas destination, and definitely worth an enjoyable visit. Its stores have much to offer. Starting with home decorations, artificial Christmas trees, lights, ornaments, Nativity scenes, stockings, and many fine collectibles can be found to deck your halls. Find floral pieces, trims, garlands, ribbons, and many other items for the home to decorate for Christmas, but also for autumn and year-round. Whatever your tastes, you can find all styles by choosing a color or theme. Over 60 trees display items with themes such as winter white, whimsical, patriotic, woodland, peacock, Western, pets and more unique themes in addition to anticipated traditional and Old World ones.
If you or anyone you know indulges in collectibles, this is the location to find them. A vast selection of Department 56 Village items is featured, along with Fontanini Nativity figurines and creches, and Christopher Radko glass ornaments. What about angels, nutcrackers, Santas, dolls and trains, figurines, and more? If brand names like Seraphim, Ulbricht and Steinbach, Didion and Pipka, Adora and Mark Roberts, Bachmann, Hummel and Precious Moments are familiar to you, know that whatever has not been listed that you enjoy collecting is very probably found here also. From fine art items to just for fun, there is something for every taste.
Yes, there are breakables here, but children are also considered with Elf on the Shelf, a great Melissa and Doug array, bears of all types, and other toys and childhood favorites. Letters to Santa can be composed and sent here, and the Singing Santa has been a seasonal resident for over a decade. Little ones also just enjoy the beautiful sparkle of the decorations more than jaded adult eyes.
Begin completing your gift list by choosing from the massive quantity of merchandise. There is a surprisingly large selection of items that can be personalized. A personalization gallery allows for your selection to be completed while you shop. Give to others a thoughtful and budget-friendly keepsake, for so many occasions. Clothing, jewelry, outdoor decor and yard items, collegiate-themed gifts, clocks and music boxes, boutique items, and gag gifts can all be found here.
All such retail exploration can be fueled with a pitstop at Mrs. Claus’s Candy Kitchen and Sweet Shop with fudge, candy, caramel apples, ice cream, and more to keep you motivated in holiday shopping mode.
This location is truly incredible in its vast offering for the very special holiday of Christmas and beyond. Happy Independence Day to you and your family, and don’t hesitate to cool off from the July heat and enjoy a small bit of “holly jolly” this summer too.