A Guide to the Best Shows in the Tennessee Smokies
When it comes to family entertainment in the Tennessee Smokies, theater takes one of the leading spots. There are a variety of shows you can choose from, whether you are looking for a musical production accompanied by a delicious meal or a classic Tennessee family feud with audience interaction or a show that brings Christmas cheer and becomes a new family tradition. The theaters in the Smokies are truly one-of-a-kind and offer a wide range of family-friendly performances that never fall short of amazing.
Located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, The Comedy Barn is celebrating over 23 years of providing good, clean family comedy. Known as “The Most Successful and Most Attended Clean Comedy Theater in the World,” it’s a family attraction that features a wide range of entertainment, such as ventriloquists, jugglers, magicians, singers, trained animals and some of the best comedians in the nation! This show has been seen by over seven million visitors and receives standing ovations nightly. Open year-round, The Comedy Barn has two shows every night in season at 5 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., as well as some scheduled matinees for groups throughout the season.
Another popular theater you will find on the Parkway is The Smoky Mountain Opry, the area’s largest musical variety show starring a talented cast of singers, dancers, aerialists, comedians and musicians! The family entertainment show includes all different types of music: country hits—both old and new—today’s pop, the best of Broadway, ‘60s review, gospel, patriotic music and sidesplitting comedic juggling. The Smoky Mountain Opry has it all! Southern Living magazine named The Smoky Mountain Opry as the “don’t miss variety show” in Pigeon Forge.
Repeatedly voted as the Best Show in the Smokies, Country Tonite Theater is a two-hour powerhouse of large-scale production numbers featuring talented singers, dancers and musicians. Moving at a nonstop pace, the lineup also features youth performers and sidesplitting comedy, which makes the show a must-see! The 2019 season promises to surpass all expectations as they combine country classics with hot new country hits and hilarious comedy in this fast-paced show.
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If you are a fan of magic, be sure to attend Magic Beyond Belief with Darren Romeo. Magic Beyond Belief in Pigeon Forge features Siegfried & Roy’s only protégé, nationally known magician Darren Romeo, “The Voice of Magic.” Romeo, a magician and a singer, brings his critically acclaimed large-scale production to the stage every day in its own theater at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. The show features tigers, original illusions, vocal performances, celebrity impersonations, comedy and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most— Harry Blackstone, Jr. and Romeo’s mentors, Siegfried and Roy.
For more magical entertainment, head over to WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge to check out The Wonders of Magic. Magician, Terry Evanswood is the longest running headline performer in town. For years, all ages have flocked to his shows. With jaw-dropping illusions and audience participation, this is a show you won’t want to miss.
Dinner Theater Shows
If you are looking to watch an amazing performance but haven’t eaten dinner yet, head over to The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud and become a part of the longest running feud in history. The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud in Pigeon Forge is a hilarious family-friendly hit production inspired by real-life events. The show offers guests extraordinary country, bluegrass and gospel musical performances, award-winning hillbilly musicians, cloggers, diving dogs and a huge mountain feast. The feud is kicked off every day at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. with occasional 2 p.m. matinees. Granny’s “all you can eat” mountain feast includes fried chicken, pork barbecue, creamy soup, mashed taters, corn on the cob, bread, coleslaw and dessert. Vegetarian/vegan, gluten free and dairy free options are available.
But that’s not the only famous family feud that goes down in the Smokies. Enjoy dinner in a unique way at Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, where you will experience a friendly North and South competition, thrilling horse riding stunts, spectacular special effects, musical productions and, of course, a delicious four-course meal with a dessert. Dolly’s newest dinner show is Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage. The Island in Pigeon Forge is the stage for Crimson and Sapphire pirates to battle on deck, in the water and in the sky while you enjoy a four-course pirate feast.
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The Great Smoky Mountain Murder Mystery Theater in Pigeon Forge features three hilarious shows and a three-course meal you will “die” for! The different shows include “Moonshine Murders,” the aftermath of Uncle Bessie selling his highly sought-after moonshine recipe to the local distillery; “The Killbillies” and “Who Shot the Sheriff.” This small and intimate theater has grown in popularity over the years due to its interactive shows and delicious dinner.
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As the weather cools, and your thoughts start drifting toward the most wonderful time of the year, your favorite shows in the Tennessee Smokies get a Christmas makeover. Starting November 1, come see the Pigeon Forge Christmas Show at Country Tonite. The magic of Christmas blends together with amazing renditions of your favorite holiday tunes combined with brightly decorated sets and costumes and beautiful choreography. If you want to add a little humor to your holiday show, come see A Comedy Barn Christmas, with music, magic and the same knee-slapping comedy you love from the Comedy Barn’s main season show. If you like watching The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud, then you’ll love their holiday show, The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show, a night of food and holiday hijinks. For a Christmas extravaganza like no other, you won’t want to miss the Christmas Show at Dolly Parton’s Stampede. The Stampede arena is transformed into a winter wonderland, with twinkling lights, your favorite holiday music as well as a playful rivalry between North Pole and South Pole elves.
While in the Smokies, be sure to spend a special night out with the family at one of the area theaters for some laughter, amazing performances and unforgettable memories!