Holidays at the Titanic Museum Attraction

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(Information provided by Shane Rhyne, Ackermann PR) 

Since opening in 2010, the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge has introduced thousands to the story of the famed ship's sinking in 2012.

 On November 22, 2012, a year of paying tribute to the 2,208 passengers comes to an end with a major fireworks show at 7:30pm at the museum. It's billed as the largest fireworks event on the Smoky Mountain Parkway since the museum opened in 2010.

 "We wanted to end the Titanic Centennial year on a note of celebration and hope," said John Joslyn, expedition leader of the first private exploration dive to Titanic and co-owner of the Titanic Museum Attraction, in a statement released to the media. "We knew a fireworks show such as the one that helped open the museum in 2010 was the perfect way to provide a celebration in honor of the passengers and crew rivaling anything they could have hoped for if they had arrived safely in New York a century ago."

   The fireworks on Thanksgiving is just one of many events at the museum over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  The annual tradition of a magical snowfall from the ship's bow will be renewed on Thanksgiving weekend and continue every Saturday in December. Father Christmas, dressed in a style most familiar to the children aboard Titanic in 1912, will also be visiting the Pigeon Forge museum on those magical snow days to greet the museum's guests.

Visitors to the Titanic Museum Attraction will also be able to view thousands of holiday lights, Edwardian-period decorations, costumed merry-markers, and a magical Gift Shoppe brimming with original, one-of-a-kind gifts.

"Every day, but especially at Christmas, we remember and honor the men, women and particularly the children who sailed on the Titanic. At this special time, our guests truly experience what it was like onboard the ship in 1912, and how it might have looked on a Christmas voyage almost 100 years ago," says Joslyn.

Event Schedule:

November 22 (Thanksgiving):
7pm- Snowfall off the Titanic's bow, visit from 1912-style Father Christmas
7:30pm- Thanksgiving Fireworks Show

November 23 & 24:
7pm-Snowfall off the Titanic's bow, visit from 1912-style Father Christmas

Each Saturday in December (Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29):
7pm-Snowfall off the Titanic's bow, visit from 1912-style Father Christmas

Titanic also has a new exhibit highlighting a little-known link to the famous Biltmore house in Asheville, North Carolina.

The exhibit features private letters from the Vanderbilt family collection on exhibit for the first time ever. The letters, along with photographs and other information unearthed after years of research reveals the legacy of one of America's most notable families was almost changed forever by the tragic destiny of the world's most famous ship.

The exhibit centers around a mysterious passenger aboard Titanic on her maiden voyage. In media reports and official inquests in the months following the April 1912 sinking of Titanic, the passenger was often referred to simply as "Mr. Vanderbilt's servant." He was Edwin Charles Wheeler, a member of the Biltmore household staff traveling without the Vanderbilt family.

The exhibit is the result of a unique collaboration between curators and historians for two of the most visited sites in the Great Smoky Mountains region: the Titanic Museum Attraction in Tennessee and the historic Biltmore in North Carolina. The two museums have also shared artifacts and documents to convey the interconnected story

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, opens daily at 9 a.m. Reservations are strongly suggested since many days sell out entirely. Passengers may purchase tickets online at or by phone at (800) 381-7670.




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