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Chris Blue kicks off WinterFest in Pigeon Forge

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The winner of The Voice Season 12 helped to turn on the Winterfest lights in Pigeon Forge Tuesday night.

Chris Blue sang a few songs during Pigeon Forge's kickoff celebration. Pigeon Forge Winterfest features 5 million lights and special events at area attractions through the end of February.

Several popular attractions highlight Winterfest 2018 and give families plenty of reasons to visit:

Pigeon Forge Snow, the only facility of its kind in the U.S., ensures Pigeon Forge guests will have a white Christmas inside the 15-lane tubing facility featuring real snow.

The Island in Pigeon Forge showcases elaborate decorations throughout the 23-acre property, including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music. Paula Deen presides over The Island's annual tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. There is no admission fee to enjoy the Christmas décor.

Dollywood's new Glacier Ridg e area opens this season. Wrapped in five million lights, the theme park captures the holiday spirit of giving and generosity with the stage production It's a Wonderful Life. Both are just part of Dollywood's award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival (Nov. 10-Jan. 5, 2019).

The Titanic Attraction's fifth annual Thanksgiving fireworks spectacular, with a special super-hero theme, takes place on Thursday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Titanic guests also get to see the ship completely decorated for Christmas (Nov. 10-Dec. 31), including thousands of holiday lights throughout as well as wreaths, trees and garlands. The ship's built-to-scale grand staircase features décor reminiscent of the Edwardian period.

The Inn at Christmas Place welcomes Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great-grandson of literary master Charles Dickens, on Nov. 4-6 for his eighth annual visit to the property. Dickens performs his one-man enactment of A Christmas Carol for inn guests.