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The Inn at Christmas Place offers guests seasonal delights every day of the year.

We'll have a lot of lights."
Santa arrives on the first train
of the night and then heads to his
workshop at the Tweetsie Pavilion
where he'll listen to the wishes of
children visiting the park. Guests
can listen to carolers, roast s'mores
by a fire pit, attend a live Christmas show, and take a ride on Engine No. 12. It travels an illuminated route of spectacular light
displays. The new nighttime event
kicks off November 24 - 25 and
runs every Friday and Saturday in
December from 5 to 10 p.m.
Matthew Ayers thinks his new
business in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee will become a favorite family tradition. He's building Pigeon
Forge Snow with the goal of opening by the end of this year.
"It will be the only indoor snow
facility in the U.S." says Ayers. "A lot
of people have never seen it snow
before. People come here and want
to see it snow." His business will
feature real snow with 15 lanes of
unlimited snow tubing. The front
of the 35,000 square-foot facility will offer a play area where kids
can build snowmen, have snowball
fights and experience the joy of being in snow. It will be open year
round (pigeonforgesnow.com).

10

CELEBRATE
CHRISTMAS
ALL YEAR LONG

You might not be able to fit in all
the holiday magic you want in the
last months of the year, but there's
a way to celebrate the season all
year long. The Inn at Christmas
Place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
(innatchristmasplace.com) keeps
the trees, wreaths, and beautiful decorations up every day of
the year. The Santa Suite offers a
gas fireplace with fully decorated
mantel and Christmas tree, full
size kitchen, in-room whirlpool
and a Santa suit hanging in the
bedroom.
Combine with a double queen
room and it sleeps eight people-
perfect for a holiday reunion, even
in July. A special present is left for
each family who books the suite.
Even if you don't stay in the Santa
Suite, every room at the inn has its
own Christmas tree. Plus, the inn
has a variety of special events-
Breakfast with Santa, a Singing Santa, and a one-man production of "A
Christmas Carol." Check the calendar at (innatchristmasplace.com).
Across the street, The Incredible Christmas Place (christ-

masplace.com) amazes with its
bounty of holiday merchandise-
everything from flocked trees
and novelty Christmas lights to
holiday villages to angels, black
bear ornaments, trains, and visits
with Santa five days a week from
June through Christmas. Janet
Donaldson, CMO for The Incredible Christmas Place, points out
a "pickle in the tree" ornament,
which has become a tradition
for some. It's the last ornament
placed on the tree and the first
child who finds it gets a small
gift. Families who follow another
fun tradition of displaying an "Elf
on the Shelf" will have plenty to
choose from here.
The store first opened in 1986
and continues to be family owned
and operated. Donaldson says
she never tires of the endless
Christmas music playing in the
45,000-square-foot store throughout the year, but she says it's because they have such a wide variety of tunes.
"We asked all of our employees to bring in all of their Christmas music." This resulted in a diverse collection-everything from
country and classical renditions
to other genres. 
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