Get Into the Holiday Spirit With These Heartwarming Holiday Inspired Winter Activites | Gatlinburg

Dec 02, 2018



Come on down and get in the spirit of the season with us here in the Smokies! The holiday season is finally here, the twinkling lights are brighter than ever, and the list of winter themedthings to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge are growing by the number! There is much fun to be had this holiday season in our historic town- Book one of ourcabins in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and take full advantage of the winter magic! Take a look at all things merry and bright in the Smokies!


Enjoy the brilliant color of over five million twinkling lights throughout the parkway of Pigeon Forge. You'll find displays of glittering snowflakes, wildlife, trees, and decorated buildings throughout town. Winterfest is on display now through February 18th, 2019.

Winter Magic and Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Now through December 22nd - As you stroll through the streets of Gatlinburg, you'll hear cheerful caroling every Friday and Saturday after from 5:00–9:30 p.m. You’ll be serenaded street-side with a mix of country, Appalachian, and bluegrass music. Visitors will also get to enjoy a visit with Santa’s Elves, Frosty, and Rudolph!

Dolly's Smoky Mountain Christmas

There's nothing quite like Christmas at Dollywood! This year's annual celebration of Dolly's Smoky Mountain Christmas is bigger and better than ever. Five million plus brilliant lights are delicately decorated throughout Dollywood theme park to deliver it's most magical Christmas display yet. Featuring a 50-foot animated Christmas tree with a digital video display, inspirational Christmas and holiday music, holiday-themed shows, winter activities, the parade of many colors, and special appearances by Santa and Rudolph. Enjoy endless bounds of Christmas spirit at Dollywood now through January 5, 2019.

Dolly Parton's Christmas Celebration

Feast upon a scratch-made four-course meal as you are swept away into a magical winter wonderland. Dolly Parton's Christmas Celebration will transform your evening with a musical nutcracker, a mischievous elf, ice skating, a live nativity scene, heartfelt holiday music, and high flying acrobatics.

Christmas at The Titanic

Visit The Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge and experience what an Edwardian-style Christmas might have been like. Decorations will include an intricately detailed grand staircase and reindeer to welcome you into the holiday spirit.

Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry

Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry will be a spirited event you won't want to miss! Showstopping performances and holiday cheer are sure to fill your heart. Featuring The Voice's Chris Blue.

Ollie's Festive Follies

Select dates featured now through December 31st - Sweet Fanny Adams Theater in downtown Gatlinburg is well-known for being a barrel of laughs. This holiday season, Sweet Fanny Adams Theater brings a special holiday treat this winter by portraying a miniature version of A Christmas Carol, a sing-a-long, and lots of holiday laughter.


Christmastime at Dolly Parton's Stampede

Indulge in a hearty four-course meal as you and your family embark on a holiday journey where you'll experience a living nativity scene, heartfelt performances, and a cast and crew of 32 horses and riders who will compete and perform acrobatic stunts.

Trolley Ride of Lights

Now through January 26, 2019 - For $5 you can witness this year's Trolley Ride of Lights and their $1.6 million dollar investment addition which features custom lighting and creative displays of native wildlife that light the night throughout downtown Gatlinburg - all from the comfort of a heated trolley. Children 3 and under are free as long as they are seated in your lap.

Holiday Themed Family Fun at a Gatlinburg Cabin

If staying cozy is more your speed, take advantage of the winter weather and turn a Gatlinburg cabin with Heartland Rentals into your winter retreat.  With boundless views of the surrounding Smoky Mountains and endless places to get cozy with a blanket, a book, a fire, or even Netflix. Get your fill of holiday movies galore as most of our cabins are equipped with wifi (those cabins without wifi capability will be specified on its information page). Spend quality time together- we're talking pajamas, cooking baking, cocoa, and more. Our cabins are fully equipped with full-size kitchens with everything you need to make a holiday meal from scratch or bake off that tube of cookie dough you just couldn't resist at the grocery store.

Cozy Cabin Ideas

- Have a holiday movie night together with your favorite holiday snacks and hot cocoa.

- Dedicate one day during your stay strictly to pajamas, board games, cooking together, naps, a crackling fire, and warm beverages.

- Prop your feet up, get cozy under a blanket by the roaring fire in your Gatlinburg cabin.

- Wake early to see a spectacular winter sunrise, (the colors are even more prominent when it frosts)!


Photo Credit: Dollywood via Facebook

Category: Holidays

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.

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