Gatlinburg winter events and activities

Things to Do this Winter in Gatlinburg

Here are some activities and events happening this winter in Gatlinburg.

Experience Gatlinburg’s Winter Festivities

Gatlinburg is a year-round destination for travelers of all ages and interests. From viewing the holiday lights along the Parkway to partaking in the winter events at some of your favorite Gatlinburg attractions, there’s so much to see and do this season.

Things to Do this Winter in Gatlinburg

Here are some activities and events happening this winter in Gatlinburg.

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Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

The Gatlinburg Parkway is illuminated with the glow of the holiday season during the Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights. From Nov. 22 through Jan. 25, take a comfortable ride on the Gatlinburg Trolley and view the dazzling light displays. Riders will travel through downtown Gatlinburg as a costumed storyteller guides you along the way.

General admission for the Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights is $10. Children under 3 are free if they sit on an adult’s lap. Guests will receive a free cup of hot chocolate for their ride.

Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

While you’re strolling along the Gatlinburg Parkway, listen close for the sounds of holiday cheer. Starting Nov. 29, the Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will have entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, including Appalachian, bluegrass and country music. This interactive holiday program will also feature Santa and his friends, Frosty the Snowman and more.

Festival of Trees

Now in its 46th year, the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees will fill the W.L. Mills Conference Center with ornately decorated Christmas trees. From Nov. 27 until Dec. 1, view these festive trees, take the kids to the children’s craft and play area, enjoy live entertainment, take photos with Santa and much more.

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

On Friday, Dec. 6, make your way to downtown Gatlinburg for the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. This annual event features a festive holiday parade with balloons, floats, local marching bands and, of course, Santa, making their way down the Parkway.

Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community Holiday Show

Browse an array of handcrafted goods just ahead of the holiday season during the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show. This week-long arts and crafts show, starting Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, will feature unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. This is the perfect opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind presents for the holiday season.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks

Ring in the New Year against the backdrop of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. This free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve event will include live entertainment, fireworks and activities at some of your favorite downtown Gatlinburg establishments.

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Ober Gatlinburg

There’s no better place to spend winter than Ober Gatlinburg. This is one of the state’s best destinations for skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing and more winter activities. Ober Gatlinburg has slopes perfect for beginners and more advanced skiers and snowboarders who are looking for a challenge.

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