Experience Holiday Fun at Wilderness at the Smokies

The holidays are all about traditions, which is why Wilderness at the Smokies is excited to announce that its outdoor ice skating rink will be returning for the holiday season. Enjoy ice skating from November 15, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The 3,200 square foot ice rink, which doubles as the resort’s outdoor wave pool in summer, will be available for hotel guests and the public to enjoy. The admission fee will be included with room rates if guests use the promo code ICESKATE at the time of booking. At check-in, guests will be able to purchase admissions for $10 per person. At the rink, the cost for the public will be $20 including skates. The rink will be open from 10 am to 10 pm Friday – Sunday and 4 pm to10 pm Monday- Thursday.

Skate for a Cause

On Saturday, November 23 from 10 am to 10 pm the resort will be hosting a special fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee. 100%  of the public ice skating admissions will directly benefit the agency.


Other Holiday Traditions Being Offered

Indoors, Wilderness offers a variety of fun festivities! Visits with Santa, story time with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, games, ice skating and holiday shopping in gift shops are just a few!


Wilderness at the Smokies’ Thanksgiving
Gather with family for an unforgettable Thanksgiving feast from 1-8 pm. Leave the cooking and the clean up to the staff at Thirsty Miner restaurant. Enjoy a carving station as well as turkey, prime rib, and flame-kist Italian sausage. There will also be blackened salmon, roasted chicken and all the traditional side dishes and more! In addition, there will be a special children’s buffet and a delicious dessert table complete with cakes, pies and fruit tarts. The cost of the buffet is free for kids 1-4-years old, $8.99 for 5 to 8-years old, $15.99 for ages 9-11-years old and $32.99 for ages 12 and up.


Santa Appearances
The jolly ol’ man will be arriving at the River Lodge lobby to light the resort’s Christmas trees on November 28 at 11 am. Don’t worry, he’ll be sticking around to chat with guests until 3 pm. Santa will also be at the resort every Friday and Saturday from 6-8:30 pm. On Saturday nights, he will head from the River Lodge lobby to swim with kids in the WaterDome from 8:30-9:30 pm.


Storytelling with Mrs. Claus
Kids are encouraged to wear their jammies as they relax and listen to Mrs. Claus reading holiday favorites like “Twas the Night Before Christmas” in the lobby November 29th and 30th. Guests can also attend on Dec. 7th, 14th, 21st and 22nd from 7:30-8:30 pm.


Santa’s Workshop
Kids can bring out their creative side in Santa’s Workshop, where there will be cookie decorating, holiday crafts, and even the opportunity to write a letter and mail to Santa. Santa’s workshop, will open for the season on November 28 from 11 am-3 pm and will continue to be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 8 pm, and Sundays and Mondays from 11 am -5 pm throughout the holiday season.


Santa Hustle Smokies 5k & Half Marathon

See Sevierville like never before as thousands of Santas race along the city streets during the annual Santa Hustle Smokies 5k and Half Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. The race will begin and end at Wilderness at the Smokies’ River Lodge lobby. In addition, the race will benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. For more information or to register visit http://www.santahustle.com/smokies/.


 Wilderness at the Smokies

Wilderness at the Smokies is the region’s largest waterpark resort and family entertainment center. It is located in Sevierville, TN, and is situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, whose famous national park is the most popular in the United States, welcoming over 11 million visitors a year.

The resort features 234 Stone Hill guest rooms; 472 River Lodge suites and 7 Villas. Additionally, an always 84-degree, year-round indoor waterpark; two seasonal outdoor waterparks; an indoor family entertainment center; a variety of dining and shopping options; a 36-hole championship golf course; and more than 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. For more information visit WildernessattheSmokies.com or call 877.325.9453.

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