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A huge replica of the ill-fated Titanic sitting on the parkway of Pigeon Forge may seem misplaced. Decorating the ship for the Christmas season may seem downright odd. But it works for the attraction and for visitors.
The blended decorations from the late Victorian and Edwardian periods (think Downton Abbey) are carefully placed. You can see what life was like as a 1910 first-class traveler on a luxury ship during the holiday season.
Christmas is actually one of the busiest seasons at this combination attraction/tribute/history lesson. Christmas season begins on Nov. 8 and runs through the end of December. One of the highlights of this trip is the real reindeer that are flown in from the North Pole for a little vacation before the big night. Father Christmas is also available to listen to Christmas wishes from little ones.
Throughout the season, the Titanic hosts special visitors. On Thanksgiving weekend, for example, the Titanic hosts a superhero parade with fireworks. This is outside and free without obligation or pressure to visit the museum. This event kicks off at 7 p.m. on Nov. 27. Check the website for other events to be added as the holiday nears.
The Titanic contains 400+ artifacts linked to the original ship. The ship offers a chance to feel and learn about real icebergs and you can even see how it feels trying to keep your balance on one. The museum spotlights the people lost, those who survived and the ones remembered as heroes. Your ticket will contain the name of a unique passenger. At the end of your visit, you’ll learn the fate of that person.
FYI: Take all the pictures you want outside the ship. Visitors are not allowed to take photos inside. Professional photos are there to snap of your little ones with Father Christmas or your family on the grand stairwell. You can choose the ones you want at the end of the journey.
BONUS: This Christmas, check out the life jacket collection on special loan to the Titanic. Six of twelve existing life jackets from the fatal voyage are on display through December. Contrary to popular belief, the ship had enough life jackets. The number of lifeboats, though, was dreadfully short. Life jackets are displayed (and not decorated) in a dignified way separate from the holiday hub.
Admission is $27 for age 13 and over. Children five -12 are $14 and children under four are free. A family pass is $95 and covers two adults and four children ages 18 and under.
The owners of the Titanic are also offering a gift for visitors in the way of many discounts and discount combinations.
- Active duty and military members get in free the entire month of November. You must call ahead for reservations. Bring a military ID or your DD-214. Only one person gets in free, but other guests in your party will receive a military discount.
- The ship usually offers a discount in December of around $10. This hasn’t been announced yet, but check the website.
- Combo ticket offers are available with a substantial discount over the price of separate tickets. Combo attractions are going on now and include the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud and Dollywood.
- Bring your Dollywood Season pass and you’ll get a discount. The amount varies by season.
Media photo courtesy of titanicpigeonforge.com
When searching for the website, look for “PigeonForge” in the address, or click here. You can easily get confused with a similar attraction in Branson, Missouri. The Titanic’s address is 2134 Parkway, but you won’t need your GPS once you get on the Parkway – it’s the only big sinking boat.
JUST FYI: The gift store is revamped for the holidays, too. You can shop without paying admission or visiting the attraction. (And yes, you can get a replica of the necklace made famous Kate Winslet in the film. Crystal in a precious metal will set you back $99-$199, but sometimes they have more cosmetic versions for $20.)
SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD? The Titanic has reserved Thursday mornings for families with children who are autistic. Children with sound sensitivity are encouraged to bring sound-cancelling headphones. The ship has low lighting during this event. Reservations are required.
Admission: $27 for age 13 and over. Children 5 -12 are $14 and children under four are free. A family pass is $95 and covers two adults and four children ages 18 and under.
Hours: Vary by season
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