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Posted on 11/10/2020

Top 11 Winter Events in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge


Winter is a beautiful time of year in the Smoky Mountains. The days are shorter and the nights are colder, but there's still so much to do! If you're looking for some fun winter events to enjoy in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, check out our list below. From Christmas shows to ice skating, we've got something for everyone! So bundle up and get ready for some holiday fun!

1. GATLINBURG WINTER MAGIC

This annual event features over three million lights throughout Gatlinburg, making it one of the most spectacular holiday displays in the country. There are also a number of festive events held during Winter Magic, like the annual Chili Cookoff and Festival of Trees.

2. SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AT DOLLYWOOD

Dollywood goes all out for Christmas, with millions of lights, holiday-themed shows and attractions, and even a visit from Santa himself. The park is open extended hours during the festival so you can make the most of your time there.

3. HOLIDAY SHOPPING IN GATLINBURG AND PIGEON FORGE

If you love finding unique gifts, then you'll definitely want to check out the shops in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. From handmade crafts to one-of-a-kind souvenirs, there's something for everyone on your list.

4. NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION IN GATLINBURG

Gatlinburg welcomes in the new year with a bang, featuring a street party on the Parkway complete with live music, food vendors, and a spectacular fireworks show at midnight.

5. GATLINBURG SNOWTUBING

Tubing down a snow-covered hill is a must-do winter activity, and Ober Gatlinburg is the perfect place to do it. They have a state-of-the-art snow tubing park with 12 lanes, so you can zoom down the hill over and over again.

6. ICE SKATING IN GATLINBURG

Ober Gatlinburg has an indoor ice rink that's open to the public, so you can skate around regardless of the weather outside.

7. WINTER HIKES IN THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK

Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you can't enjoy the beauty of the Smokies. There are a number of easy trails that are perfect for winter hiking, and you might even spot some wildlife along the way.

8. GATLINBURG WINTERFEST TROLLEY RIDE OF LIGHTS

This is a great way to see the millions of lights on display throughout Gatlinburg. Hop aboard one of the festive trolleys and enjoy the twinkling sights and sounds of the season.

9. GATLINBURG CHRISTMAS PARADE

This is one of the highlights of the holiday season in Gatlinburg. The parade features floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa Claus himself. It's the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit.

10. SMOKY MOUNTAIN WINTERFEST DRIVING TOUR

This self-guided driving light tour takes you through some of the most scenic areas of the Smoky Mountains, all decked out in their winter finery.

11. CHRISTMAS SHOWS IN GATLINBURG AND PIGEON FORGE

There are a number of great Christmas shows to enjoy in the area, from traditional musicals to comedy revues. No matter what your taste, you're sure to find a show that you'll love.

These are just a few of the great winter events happening in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Reserve your Smoky Mountain cabinand enjoy all that this festive time of year has to offer!

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