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Postby BeemerBoy » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:33 pm

Oh, don't worry--it got weirder.
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Postby triggernel » Tue Dec 08, 2009 10:50 pm

^What's Pooh Girl implying here? :lmao:
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Postby Electerik » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:54 am

^^ Sorry. What I meant was, that photo was the weirder-ness. Not that it got weirder from there. Because, as you say, that would be impossible.

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Postby tnguy » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:41 am

Oh boy winterfest. I've been to plenty of those in my 19 years of life. I always liked the patriot display because it was so um... patriotic.

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Postby speedmetal » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:34 pm

^^I'm sorry...I couldn't see it waaaaay there in the back. :b
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Postby Electerik » Tue Dec 15, 2009 5:51 pm

The Pigeon Forge Trolley Tour of Lights runs Monday through Friday evenings, November through January, and costs $5.00 per person.
As mentioned earlier, Patriot Park doubles as the “Fun Time” Trolley Center.
So, of course, this is where you have to go to partake of the Tour of Lights.
We have our tickets!
And I'm wedged into my seat. (These tours are very popular. So the trolleys will almost always be full.)
Our narrator (Winterfest sweatshirt) and driver (Christmas tree hat).
Okay, we’re off. Let’s get oriented, shall we?
The tour also provides views of many of the town’s Christmas-decorated attractions, both tasteful...
...and less tasteful.
As well as a private home or two.
But the main focus is the city-built light displays.
The "train station" recently got toppled by high winds...but here’s what it used to look like.
This is Pigeon Forge’s largest light display. But only now does it occur to me that there’s almost no sense of scale in this photo. So…you see those sticks in the background? They’re not bushes; they’re the tops of trees on the hillside behind.

Okay, how about this? Each one of those light-trees is about twice as tall as you are.
For the very first Winterfest, Pigeon Forge had exactly one display, which looked very much like this one.
And now, let’s swing over to Teaster Lane, also know (during Winterfest) as...
...Mother Goose's Fantasy Lane.
Imagine if you’d never heard any nursery rhymes before, and you were driving down the street and saw this.

I think I would turn around and go back home.
It doesn't show up well here, but a little mouse runs up and down the clock.
That's it for Fantasy Lane, and for the Trolley Tour of Lights. Pretty snazzy, eh?
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Postby jamesdillaman » Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:52 am

It's a shame they don't do the tours on the weekends... </sarcasm> Hope it's good weather this Sunday!!! Love all the updates. I never have the time or the money to do all the quirky things in Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg but it's nice to live them vicariously through your updates. Thank you Erik and Misty!!

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Postby TheRapidsNerd » Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:40 pm

Oh, don't worry--it got weirder.
<---That was a great line!

Cool to see the lights again this year. Pigeon Forge will definitely be a vacaiton spot for me for years to come. Just a crazy place with lots to do and I really like the feel and friendliness of it all.

Thank you for posting this!

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Postby Electerik » Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:09 pm

^^ Looks like I'm a go for the super-unofficial Dollywood meet-up on Sunday, December 20th. Misty's probably not going to be able to make it, though.

But the current weather forecast is for a high of 40-degrees that day, which puts coaster operation at "iffy."
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Postby Electerik » Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:08 pm

Distinct from the other light displays (in that these are taken down at the end of December, whereas the others stay up until March) are The 12 Days of Christmas.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me...
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
FIVE GOLDEN ringy dingy ding-a-ling dings,
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree!
Merry Christmas, from Erik & Smisty!
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