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The Smoky Mountains are an ideal getaway when winter wraps the hillsides in snow and our towns in twinkling lights. The beauties of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge in winter are waiting to dazzle you.

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Sparkling Mountain Views

When snow blankets the Smoky Mountains in white, the vistas are magnificent. Do you love seeing snowy mountains from an aerial view without worrying about the cold? Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer unique ways to enjoy stunning winter views, while staying dry and warm!  

Ascend the Gatlinburg Space Needle for a 360-degree view of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and historic Gatlinburg, spread out at your feet. Gaze at the winter landscape from your enclosed, all-glass gondola on the Great Smoky Mountain Wheel ride at The Island in Pigeon Forge. You’ll rise 200 feet in the air for ideal views. On the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway, you’ll glide gently up to 1,500 feet elevation inside a suspended gondola. The tramway lifts you two miles up the mountainside, with the Smokies all around you.

Once you’ve come back to Earth, you’ll love winter hiking here. Frosty photo opportunities are endless in the national park, with waterfalls, footpaths, and quiet, historic homesteads draped in snow.

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Magical Lights and Seasonal Celebrations

Seasonal beauty isn’t just in the mountains, it’s also on the streets of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. These mountain towns glitter with lights all winter long, like the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade that illuminates Gatlinburg with holiday cheer on Dec. 4.

Pigeon Forge’s Winterfest transforms the whole region into a weeks-long festival with holiday shows, food, shopping and more than five million twinkling lights. Take a driving tour of the lights on your own, or ride the tour trolley past charming light displays like the 12 Days of Christmas, holiday characters, animals and more. Can’t visit over the holidays? Winterfest lasts into February, so you don’t have to miss the sparkle.

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Indoor Fun for Everyone

For a break from the chill, visit indoor attractions—Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge have something for everyone, open all winter long. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, the Hollywood Star Cars Museum and the Aquarium of the Smokies will keep you entertained. For the over-21 crowd, warm up with traditional Tennessee moonshine. Check out the historic recipes at distilleries in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, like Ole Smoky Moonshine, Doc Collier Distillery or Sugarlands Distilling Company.

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Beautiful, Relaxing Cabins

The Smoky Mountains’ winter wonders are just outside your windows when you stay in a rental cabin. Whether your cabin looks out over a majestic mountain, or nestles deep in the trees next to a creek, .you’ll have relaxing ways to keep warm while you enjoy the view.

Cozy up inside a cabin with a fireplace—we’ve got everything from crackling wood fireplaces to elegant gas fireplaces. Beat the cold by melting away your chills in a bubbling hot tub. Or light up the night outdoors as you gather next to a blazing fire pit and watch the winter constellations come out. Find your perfect winter cabin right here today.