Gatlinburg Winter Events

Why not consider a wintertime visit to Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains, the perfect spot for a family Christmas in the Smokies or a cozy cabin retreat?

Gatlinburg’s winter calendar of events is packed with fun seasonal activities like Winterfest, Winter Magic, the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show, the Festival of Trees, the Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show, the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, the Sugarlands Spirits Stage, the Junior Winter Slam, the Winter Special Olympics, and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks show, just to name a few.

If you’re a fan of winter sports, you’re in for a real treat. Ober Gatlinburg brings world-class skiing to the Smoky Mountains each winter with 24-hour snowmaking, expanding on our own local flurries. Snow tubing begins around Thanksgiving and runs until Easter, while ski season traditionally begins in early- to mid-December.

Gatlinburg Craftmens Fair.jpegGreat Smoky Mountain Christmas Arts and Crafts Show

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of....

Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Chirtsmas Parade.jpgFantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

The 43rd Fantasy of Lights Parade will roll through Downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the arrival of the man in the red suit himself, Santa Claus. The excitement begins at 7:30 p.m. where the parade will step-off from Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, before spanning through....

Gatlinburg New Years Eve.jpgNew Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2019 in unique style with its Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Monday night, December 31. Nearly 50,000 people will gather around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the....