The Island brings back New Year’s Eve 2020 in even ‘bigger’ celebration

The Island in Pigeon Forge has canceled their New Year's Eve celebration for 2020 (photo by Morgan Overholt/
The Island in Pigeon Forge has brought back their New Year's Eve celebration for 2020 (photo by Morgan Overholt/

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Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect changes for the 2020 New Year’s Eve Celebration. The celebration will now be held in the Pigeon Forge Municipal Lot but the concert portion of the event has been cancelled. 

The Island announced on Nov. 3 that the New Year’s Eve Celebration would be cancelled this year.

However, in a “reversal that only 2020 could bring,” The Island in Pigeon Forge announced a week later that the New Year’s Eve Celebration is back on.

“After receiving a tremendous amount of guest feedback following last week’s cancellation announcement, The Island officials have obtained all necessary permits and have a plan for the 23-acre entertainment destination’s annual New Year’s Eve Celebration on December 31 that includes social distancing measures for guests,” The Island in Pigeon Forge stated on social media.

The post also promises a celebration that is “bigger than ever”.

“We are excited to announce that not only will the 2020 New Year’s Eve Celebration take place as originally scheduled, but it will feature the necessary safety protocols for an event of this type,” said David Wear, Vice President of Operations for The Island.

“Everyone knows that The Island likes to think big when it comes to our events, so we have taken this opportunity to relocate our annual celebration to a large portion of the Pigeon Forge Municipal Lot,” said Wear.

The Municipal Lot is located between The Island and the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

Why was The Island’s celebration initially cancelled?

The Island’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is one of the largest and most popular events in the area.

Earlier this month, the company cited hurdles and restrictions as the reasons behind the cancellation. They also said that the safety and health of the guests and team members are a top priority.

Since then, The Island has said they have obtained all necessary permits to allow the event to take place.

“We love our guests and take your feedback to heart,” the updated announcement said. “We live for creating fun and memorable experiences that bring families closer together, and we are excited to ring in the New Year with you.”

Read More: 10 things to do this Christmas in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge 2020


Will The Island be open on New Year’s Eve?

Families who have made The Island a part of their annual holiday tradition will be welcome to visit The Island throughout their annual Winterfest celebration, which begins on November 12 and will run through February 2021.

The Island is open year-round, including holidays. However, individual store and restaurant hours may vary.

Read More: December 2020: Upcoming events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville

The 40-foot walk-through Christmas Tree at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (photo by Morgan Overholt/
The 40-foot walk-through Christmas Tree at The Island in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Is it free to visit The Island in Pigeon Forge?

There is no admission cost to visit the Island and free parking is available to all guests. Trolleys are also available for those who would rather ride than walk from the parking lot to the attraction.

The Winterfest celebration features a 40-foot walk-through Christmas Tree, thousands of lights, live music and plenty of festive photo ops. The Island Show Fountain will be performing synced water shows to Christmas music throughout the holiday season.

The Winterfest celebration at The Island continues through February 2021 (photo by Morgan Overholt/

Are masks mandatory at the Island?

A Sevier County mask mandate is currently in place through Nov. 30, and could be extended through to the end of 2020. The mandate applies to persons 12 years of age and older.

Masks are required in publicly accessible indoor areas of commercial and public business establishments.

It has not been mandated that masks be worn while outside, unless a specific outdoor attraction requires it.

The executive order states that when a person is alone or properly socially distanced, there is no requirement to wear a mask unless the local business requires it.

The requirement is meant for individuals to wear a mask when social distancing from other individuals is not possible.

Read More: Sevier County’s mask mandate extended through Nov. 30

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