Ultimate Smoky Mountain Christmas

2023 Preview

Nov 13 - 17, 2022, Pigeon Forge, TN

Registration: 1-800-309-0816

The Ultimate Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration is a wonderful mix of Christmas excitement, powerful Christmas Music along with the best in Southern Gospel Music, Christian Comedy, the true message of Christmas, excellent food, Christmas Theater Shows, Dollywood all dressed up in Christmas lights and the whole event surrounded by the beautiful God created Smoky Mountains.

The weather in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is cool and inviting. The whole event is designed to be a “Celebration" that will put you into the beautiful Christmas mood. You will leave with a smile on your face, joy in your heart and you will know that the greatest Christmas gift ever given was when God gave His only Son, Jesus Christ all wrapped up in swaddling clothes……NOW THAT’S WHY WE CALL IT A CELEBRATION!!!

NOTE: The event is limited to 1,000 due to the size of the theaters. It is easily expected to be a sold out event and early registration is highly recommended.

Ultimate Smoky Mountain Christmas

The Best of Southern Gospel Music

Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

Well…….Buckle your seat belt and get ready for a spectacular full energy concert of the best in Christmas Music with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. These guys always bring their A game. Recently they’ve been calling their presentation “A Jazzy Little Christmas".

Since this concert alone is so amazing, we’ve decided to present it as a full length stand alone concert on Monday evening. We just can’t get enough of their high energy excitement. You’ve seen this powerhouse group multiple times on The Gaither Homecoming Tour and so many other international platforms in Southern Gospel Music.

Ernie Haase & Signature Sound is both GRAMMY®-nominated and GMA Dove Award-winning and a chart topping leader in gospel music. Ernie just once again won the award as Favorite Tenor. The Ultimate Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration is so full of outstanding performances, but we’re sure this one will be one of your favorites.

Karen Peck and New River

Five-time Grammy®-nominated, seven-time GMA Dove Award-winning Karen Peck and New River has impacted the Gospel Music industry for almost 30 years. In 2018, Karen Peck Gooch was inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. In 2021, Karen was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame.

Karen is a powerhouse soprano and when joined by New River they can bring the house down with an excitement like no other. Get ready for a blessing that will be remembered long after the event is over.

Jeff & Sheri Easter

Jeff & Sheri Easter bring their gift of anointed music that comes from the heart. Jeff also has the gift of humor that will have you laughing till you hurt. They have been nominated for numerous Dove Awards and won six. They’ve also received two career Grammy® nominations, and Sheri has been named the Singing News Favorite Alto eleven times and the Singing News Female Vocalist four times.

“When we perform, we want people to leave a little different than when they came in," Sheri explains. “We want them to have a great time smiling, laughing, crying and healing. We want them to know God loves them and that He is in control."

You’ve seen them so many times on the Gaither Homecoming tour and videos…. Well guess what? …..Today they will be here with us at the Ultimate Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration. Oh my, this is going to be sooooo good!!!!

The Sound

They are the crowd favorite for the 5th year in a row. “Please…Welcome back…..THE SOUND!!!"

These guys are making headlines with their unique family harmonies. They’ve had three number one songs in a row, were featured on the cover of The Singing News Magazine and found their way into the hearts of people all across the land.

These guys can sing and they can make gorgeous music with their acoustic guitars. They bring youth and energy to the stage along with outstanding music. You’re gonna get happy feet when they start singing. You just won’t be able to help yourself as your toes start tappng….. your hands start clapping to the beat. Prepare yourself for a real blessing!!!

Gordon Mote

The amazing Gordon Mote is back! What a talent! This guy can make a piano talk. He sits down at the keyboard and together they come alive. Though blind since birth, it seems the Lord blessed Gordon with profound musical talent in lieu of vision.

Gordon has received multiple awards and has just been nominated Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year for the 17th time. He blends Country, pop, and Gospel influences to earn multiple Dove and Grammy nominations, but we best know him for his many years on The Gaither Homecoming videos.

He sings, he writes music and he rocks the piano. If you have not had the pleasure of seeing and hearing Gordon in person….you are in for a treat. “Take it away Gordon!”

The Nelons

The Nelons Christmas Concert brings an outstanding blend of gospel, a cappella, folk, and inspirational music to the Ultimate Christmas Celebration stage. They are often seen on the Gaither Homecoming videos. They love Southern Gospel and you know the Nelon name enjoys a long history in Southern Gospel Music.

It is said that you cannot beat the close harmonies of a family and this group will prove this adage to be true. As they sing from the heart, they will leave you encouraged with a message of hope and warmed by the closeness of their family. You are sure to be blessed as they sing about the Peace of God that comes in the form of the baby Jesus.

We are excited to welcome The Nelons to The Ultimate Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration.

Gold City

Gold City is going to rock your world and bring you to your feet in applause. Their name is synonymous with settng the standard for male quartets since their inception in 1980. Many have tried to pattern their style and sound, but there’s only one Gold City. Their’s is a stellar career with numerous number one songs, fan awards and prestigious honors.

They will be a part of the huge Grand Finale in Dollywood on Wednesday. Get Ready for a Blessings in the House People!!!

Family Friendly Comedy

Taylor Mason

Taylor Mason is an absolute riot!!! Whether he’s performing his ventriloquism with his amazing puppets, rocking the piano with his crazy music or telling his hilarious stories….. you will say to yourself….”this guy just ain’t right!!!” As you watch him….you can almost see the wheels spinning in his head. He’ll have you laughing….giggling,…snorting….and maybe even chortling.

You may have seen him at a Gaither’s Homecoming event or on a Disney Cruise ship stage, but we have him here for two outstandng days that will rock your world with the best in Christian comedy. “So…..welcome to the stage…….TAYLOR MASON!!!!!!”

Outstanding Christmas Shows

Pirates Voyage

Pirates Voyage

The Pirates Dinner Theater, new in 2019. It includes incredible high dives into the water, a grand Christmas story, seals, acrobatics and a meal you won’t forget.
Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede

Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede

Dolly Parton’s Stampede is an amazing Christmas Show with a live nativity including camels, sheep and Flying Angels, not to mention all the horse riding and races and the huge meals we’ll enjoy here.
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

The park is full of excitement including: Theater Shows, The Craftsman Village, The Steam Train Ride to the top of the mountain, The Southern Gospel Hall of Fame and so much more. The day will end with The Christmas Parade of Many Colors.

Inspiring Sermons


The Message of Christmas

You will be blessed by God’s Holy Word as we hear the true story of Christmas proclaimed. Our Preacher will touch your heart and impact your life as he relates a message that will help you celebrate Christmas more deeply than ever before.

A word from your host…

Pastor Charles Nelson

As a Southern Baptist Pastor, I was always looking for someplace to take my people where I knew they would be entertained, laugh out loud and NOT be embarrassed by the shows. I always wanted to get a good return for money spent. I found some great places, but I also wanted a place that had a spiritual impact as well. So I decided to create the very best value possible with as much included as possible.

I don’t know where you can get a deal like this: four nights lodging, seven meals, eight Southern Gospel concerts, two comedians, Great Peaching, three of the best theaters shows, and Dollywood for such an incredible price. I’ve tried to do all the planning so all you have to do is gather your group and bring them to Pigeon Forge. I know you and your group will enjoy this event!

-Pastor Charles Nelson

Daily Schedule

NOTE: This schedule is still under construction and is subject to change. Please check back as we modify, add and improve the 2022 daily schedule.

Sunday, November 13th
 4:00 pm ·Lodging check-in begins at Country Cascades, Creekstone Inn, and The Resort at Governor's Crossing
Monday, November 14th
 7:00 am ·Guests of Creekstone Inn enjoy breakfast at the Rise and Shine Breakfast Buffet
 7:00 am ·Guests of Country Cascades enjoy breakfast at Grandma's Kitchen
 9:00 am ·Country Tonite (129 Showplace Blvd, Pigeon Forge)
· Pastor Charles Nelson
· Jeff and Sheri Easter
· A Powerful Christmas Message
· Comedy of Taylor Mason
· The Sound
12:30pm ·Break for lunch on your own
 5:30 pm · Pirates Voyage Dinner Theater (2713 Parkway, Pigeon Forge,)
 8:00 pm · A Jazzy Little Christmas with Ernie Haase and Signature Sound
Tuesday, November 15th
 7:00 am · Guests of Creekstone Inn enjoy breakfast at the Rise and Shine Breakfast Buffet
 7:00 am · Guests of Country Cascades enjoy breakfast at Grandma's Kitchen
 9:00 am · Dolly Parton's Stampede (3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge)
· Pastor Charles Nelson
· The Sound
· A Powerful Christmas Message
· Comedy of Taylor Mason
· The Nelons
12:30pm ·Break for lunch on your own
 5:30 pm ·Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Show (3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge)
Wednesday, November 16th
 7:00 am · Guests of Creekstone Inn enjoy breakfast at the Rise and Shine Breakfast Buffet
 7:00 am · Guests of Country Cascades enjoy breakfast at Grandma's Kitchen
10:00 am · Celebrity Theater in Dollywood Theme Park (2700 Dollywood Park Blvd, Pigeon Forge)
· Pastor Charles Nelson
· The Sound
· Gordon Mote
· Gold City
· Karen Peck and New River
· Huge Grand Finale with all groups
 2:00 pm · Enjoy Dollywood Theme Park until closing. (Meal vouchers provided with registration.)
 9:00 pm · Parade of Many Colors
Thursday, November 17th
 7:00 am · Guests of Creekstone Inn enjoy breakfast at the Rise and Shine Breakfast Buffet
 7:00 am · Guests of Country Cascades enjoy breakfast at Grandma's Kitchen
10:00am · Check-out of Country Cascades, Creekstone Inn, and The Resort at Governor's Crossing

Register by calling toll free 1-800-309-0816

Ultimate Smoky Mountain Christmas

Five Great Lodging Options

Creekstone Inn

Creekstone Inn is located at 4034 South River Road, Pigeon Forge just one block off of the Pigeon Forge Parkway. Every unit features a balcony overlooking the Little Pigeon River. A two level parking garage under the hotel provides easy access. All guest rooms are non-smoking and pet free.
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Creekstone Inn - Rivers Landing

Rivers Landing at Creekstone Inn is located at 4120 Hitching Post Road, PigeonForge, just across the river from the Creekstone building. All rooms feature king sized beds and balconies overlooking the river. All guest rooms are non-smoking and pet free.
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Country Cascades

Country Cascades, located at 204 Sharon Drive, Pigeon Forge, features 138 nonsmoking rooms. Enjoy our Homestyle Mountain Breakfast in Grandma's Kitchen.
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The Summit at Country Cascades

The Summit at Country Cascades

The Summit Tower features 98 nonsmoking "split-room" suites. Every room includes a balcony or patio view of Mt. LeConte or the Cascades Waterpark.
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The Resort at Governor's Crossing

The Resort at Governor's Crossing

Over 200 condo units, 225 Collier Drive, Sevierville. The Resort provides 24-hour front desk service, secure interior corridors, WiFi access, basic housekeeping, and free parking. All guests enjoy full access to our on site indoor and outdoor waterparks, Firefly Cove, and other activities.
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Pricing and Registration

Pricing per person, tax included
Lodging Single Occupancy Double Occupancy Triple Occupancy Quadruple Occupancy
Creekstone Inn $698.81 $543.91 $492.27 $466.46
River's Landing $743.71 $566.36 $507.24 $477.68
Country Cascades $743.71 $566.36 $507.24 $477.68
The Summit $833.51 $611.26 $537.17 $500.13
The Resort 1 Bedroom Condo $880.59 $634.80 $552.87 $511.90
The Resort 2 Bedroom Condo $1331.59 $860.30 $703.20 $624.65

Register for Lodging with Conference tickets by calling 1-800-309-0816

Conference Ticket Only: To order conference tickets only, without lodging, please visit Tour Tennessee.

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