22 Fun Winter Attractions in
Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge
If you are "on the fence" about visiting Sevier County and the Smoky Mountains in Winter, don't be fooled into thinking the whole place shuts down. There are TONS of things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville during Winter. Really...too many to list, but these are some of my favorites, along with some of the most popular.
If you're still not sure, see Off Season in Gatlinburg, and Why It's My Favorite.
At the end of the page, you will find tips for Winter & Driving in the area
Things to Do in Winter Around Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge
1.) Book a Cozy Cabin with a fireplace, movie theater, fire pit or pool inside
2.) See a dinner show like Pirate's Voyage, Hatfield and McCoy, Paula Deen's Lumberjack Feud, Grand Majestic Dinner Theater or Dolly Parton's Stampede
(Check Here for Online Tickets)
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3.) Play games at one of the many game rooms around town, like Activate Games, Arcade City, Lazerport Tag, Dave and Busters, Rockin' Raceway Arcade, Wonderworks, MagicQuest, Escape Rooms, or Gatlin's Fun Center
4.) Visit a museum like Alcatraz East, The Titanic, The Pinball Museum, Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Wonderworks, and Sevier County Heritage Museum
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5.) Get tickets online and visit the world famous Ripley Attractions like the Ripley's Aquarium or Ripley's Mirror Maze, Ripley's Haunted Adventure, Ripley's Moving Theater, Guinness World Records and more.
6.) Swim at an indoor water park, like Wild Bear Falls or Wilderness Wild Water Dome, or stay at a hotel with an indoor waterpark like Holiday Inn Express, in downtown Gatlinburg
7.) Have a spa day, at top rated Margaritaville's St. Somewhere Spa, or maybe Wanderlust Spa, The Spa at Riverstone or Smoky Mountain Massage Therapy just to name a few
8.) Go dancing and hear live music at Blake Shelton's Ole' Red, Blaine's Grill and Bar and Hogg's Upstairs Tavern on the strip in downtown Gatlinburg
9.) Be entertained at a live theater or music show. You might like
The Silver Bow Show, Iris Theater, Impossibilities Magic Show, The Main Event, Country Tonite, or Magic Beyond Belief. And there are plenty more to choose from!
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10.) Go shopping for treasures at Smoky Mountain KnifeWorks, Tanger Outlets, The Bass Pro Shops, downtown Gatlinburg or The Mountain Mile on Teaster Lane
11.) Visit a winery like Tennessee Homemade Wines, Apple Barn Cider House, Mountain Valley Vineyards, or Hillside Winery and try some local wine
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12.) Get your competition on with The Checkered Flag Slot Car Raceway in Pigeon Forge. The whole family can enjoy this, and you can build your own car too
13.) Jump on the heated trolley for the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. See what over 5 million LED lights shining look like or head over to drive through Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville.
14.) Enjoy one of the annual Christmas Parades in Gatlinburg, or Sevierville (see Events) Video below!
15.) Ride the elevator up to the top of the iconic landmark, the Gatlinburg Space Needle
16.) Sample a sip of some moonshine or tour a distillery. Yes, they are family friendly distilleries all around the county. Moonshine Guide and FAQ here
17.) Take a ride the famous Ober tram up the mountain to Ober Gatlinburg for snow tubing, ice skating, real ski slopes, and ice bumper cars
18.) Visit Dollywood for "Smoky Mountain Christmas" and New Year's Eve before it closes in early January. When does Dollywood reopen for the season? Mid-March, so call ahead or check Dollywood.com for exact hours and days
(Check out Pet friendly cabins near Dollywood)
19.) Jump on some trampolines at Top Jump Trampoline and Extreme Arena or Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park
20.) Stay nice and warm while sledding indoors at Pigeon Forge Snow or go snow tubing at Rowdy Bear Outdoor Snow Tubing or Ober Gatlinburg
21.) Weather permitting, drive historic Cade's Cove loop to see it's winter beauty. Or take a magical horse drawn carriage ride through the Cove. Check road conditions and road closures before heading over.
These are just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended) there are many more options you will find along the way as you explore.
Tips for Winter & Driving
Pigeon Forge Area
Consider renting a cabin with good, easy winter road access like the ones I found for you on my page, here.
Be prepared for an unexpected snowstorm. Be aware that if one occurs, you may be expected to stay in place for a day or two. Pack accordingly and ask your reservationist about how they handle snowstorms and resort roads
Check weather conditions before venturing out, especially on backroads.
Save this link to the National Park Service to check road conditions https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/conditions.htm
Avoid backroads when possible if the temperature is below 40. Always assume when its around freezing temperatures, there could be black ice
Dress and pack in layers so you can adjust accordingly from indoor to outdoors
Call ahead for hours of operation attractions, as some change, depending on the season
Consider having your car winterized if you've never driven in snow before