12 Things To Do This Winter In The Smokies

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  1. 30th Annual Winterfest

Experience the winter wonderland of lights this holiday season! With more than 5 million lights, Pigeon Forge will be covered with whimsical scenes and decorations. Winterfest will run through the 17th of February. This winter spectacular has become one the most anticipated events of each year! To make your experience even better, you can follow a driving tour offered by the city of Pigeon Forge. Hot all the hot spots where you can find the best lights in town!


  1. Ober Gatlinburg

Explore all the winter adventures and activities at Ober Gatlinburg! Ober is the ultimate destination for skiing and snowboarding in the Smokies. The slopes at Ober will tentatively be open during the holiday season and continue throughout winter. They offer 10 different ski and snowboard trails at the park with varying levels of difficulty. If you’re new to the snow sport, Ober offers lessons from expert skiers and snowboarders to help you out. If riding down the mountain isn’t your thing, try snow tubing! Slide down their man-made hills in inner tubes for some thrilling fun!

Ober Gatlinburg is perfect for beginnings to experts and everyone in between! You can also head inside to check out the plethora of shops, food court, and ice skating rink!


  1. Christmas Dinner Shows

It’s finally time to start celebrating the holidays here in the Smoky Mountains! One attraction we always look forward to is the start of Christmas themed dinner shows. Pirates Voyage Diner & Show runs through January 4th.

DOLLY PARTON’S STAMPEDE will run their Christmas season through January 4th. Snow falls softly as the breathtaking scenes fill you with tidings of good cheer. The Stampede arena is magically transformed into a true fantasyland complete with twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes and familiar holiday music.


  1. Ripley’s Aquarium Of The Smokies

The fish friends love winter too! Well, meeting you that is! Visiting Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies is always a must during any vacation. Also, Ripley’s Aquarium of The Smokies was named ‘Best Aquarium in North America” by 10Best Readers Choice Awards. With so many exhibits all in one place, you can play with penguins, sleep with sharks, and joke with the jellies! Once you’re done checking out the exhibits, the kids can enjoy the aquarium’s new gigantic indoor playground!


  1. Pigeon Forge Snow

Pigeon Forge Snow is the only indoor snow facility in the entire United States that offers REAL snow all year long. It uses state of the art snowmaking technology to transform its 35,000 square ft. indoor facility into a winter wonderland, complete with up to 12 lanes of the fastest snow tubing regardless of the time of year. In addition to tubing, Pigeon Forge Snow offers other classic winter activities. There is a snowplay area where guests can build snowmen and make snow angels. The attraction also features a second level where parents can watch their children go tubing while enjoying a snack or a beverage.


  1. Titanic Museum Christmas and Winter Celebration

    Christmas Snow at Titanic's Winter Wonderland

From now through December 31st, your family can experience the christmas cheer and magic that surrounds the Titanic Museum Attraction. The ship will be aglow and draped in garland, trimmings, lights, and wreaths of course. During this special time year you can imagine what the ship would’ve looked like 104 years ago during a Christmas voyage.



  1. Christmas Shopping

Christmas shopping begins at Tanger Outlets! With all the best Christmas sales and offers, this is the perfect time of year for a shopping spree. With so many of your favorite stores in one place, you won’t be stuck in the cold! Your next stop is just a few feet away!


  1. Cades Cove 

    Cades Cove is the perfect winter things to do in the Smokies

Anyone who has driven though the beautiful mountains of Cades Cove knows that knows that it’s equally as stunning in the winter. Cades Cove is situated on 11 mile one way loop road that gives you the chance to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Along the way there are plenty of pull offs if you want to stop and take in the scenery. With the bare trees of winter, you have a much greater chance of seeing some wildlife!


  1. Watch The Fountains at The Island

If you’re looking for shopping, food, fun, and relaxation all in one place then head over to The Island! You can sit by the dancing foundations for their nightly shows and relaxing rocking chairs. For the best view of all the Winterfest lights, be sure to take a ride on The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel! After the shows you can head to Ole Smoky Moonshine for free tastings and seeing what seasonal flavors are available! With the chilly temperatures outside, some moonshine will warm you right up!



  1. Great Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts Community

    carpenter hands working with a chisel and hammer

The Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Community is the largest collection of local crafters and traditional artists in the country. On their 8 mile loop in Gatlinburg you’ll have the opportunity to visit over 200 different businesses focused on specific traditional arts. From soap makers to woodworkers and potters, there’s so much to see! This is a great way to shop for gifts and home decor for the perfect person. 


11. Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter Celebration

Anakeesta is the perfect mountain escape during the winter season. From the shops, delicious food options, and those peaceful rocking chairs, the mountains have never looked better! your family can enjoy the stunning views, decorations, even an appearance from Santa himself! Visit ANAKEESTA from November 19th through February 17th for their Enchanted Winter Celebration. Take a seat by the fire pit at Firefly Village and warm up! Sip on some delicious hot cocoa while you look at all the beautiful light displays atop Anakeesta Mountain!


12. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Holiday cheer is coming to Pigeon Forge and it’s time to celebrate at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival! With the brightest lights and newest additions to the park along with your favorites, your family will enjoy all the fun this festival has to offer. Watch as Dollywood transforms into a winter wonderland and enjoy all your favorite rides, shows, food, and more! Experience DOLLYWOOD’S SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS going on now through January 4th.

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