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23 Fun Winter Attractions
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 Lots of Amenities
like a fireplace, hot tub, movie theater, fire pit, game room, a nice kitchen, mountain views or your very own private indoor swimming pool.
You may never want to leave your cabin at all!
See all my best cabin recommendations here
Large Cabins for Groups!
Cabins Great for the Holidays & Winter
2.) Make Reservations for 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)
Check Availability for:
Soul of Motown at Grand Majestic Theater
3.) Play Games
at one of the many unique game rooms around town, like Activate Games, Arcade City, Lazerport Tag, Dave and Busters, Rockin' Raceway Arcade, Wonderworks, MagicQuest, Gatlin's Fun Center and don't forget Guy Fieri's Downtown Flavortown with arcade and mini bowling.
Or how bout a game of pool at East Tn Billiards or play one of the many Escape Room Games around the area? Or Foam Warriorz in Sevierville
4.) Visit all the Museums
Like Alcatraz East, The Titanic, The Pinball Museum, Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Wonderworks, and Sevier County Heritage Museum.
Also, Speedwerkz Exotic Car Experience in Gatlinburg and Country Legends Rediscovered in Pigeon Forge!
Check Availability of:
Titanic Museum Tickets
5.) 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.
(More Online Tickets available here)
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
Check Availability at Wilderness Lodge here
Hotels with Kid Friendly Waterslides
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.) See Live Music Shows
at Blake Shelton's Ole' Red, Country Tonite Theater, The Main Event Theater, Dollywood and Hard Rock Cafe
Check Availability of:
Country Tonite Theatre
9.) See a Live Theater Performance
You might like:
Parkway Playhouse, The Silver Bow Show, Iris Theater, Comedy Barn, Impossibilities Magic Show or Magic Beyond Belief. And there are plenty more to choose from!
10.) Go Shopping for Treasures
at Smoky Mountain KnifeWorks, Tanger Outlets, The Bass Pro Shops, Downtown Gatlinburg or The Mountain Mile on Teaster Lane.
Or check out Jolene's and the other new shops downtown Sevierville and the Arts & Crafts Loop in Gatlinburg
11.) Visit a Winery
like Tennessee Homemade Wines, Apple Barn Cider House, Mountain Valley Vineyards, or Hillside Winery and try some local, homemade wine
Check Availability of:
Wine Me, Shine Me, Dine Me Tour
12.) Visit Anakeesta's "Enchanted Christmas"
See the wonderland of lights, run into Santa Claus, do some Christmas shopping, and see the Gatlinburg area Winterfest Lights from the highest point in the area!
See more about Anakeesta
13.) Jump on a 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 to the Top of the Space Needle
Gatlinburg's of the iconic landmark, the Gatlinburg Space Needle has a
360-degree view of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains unlike any other.
16.) Sample Some Moonshine & Tour a Distillery
Yes! There are many family friendly distilleries all around the county. Smoky Mountain Moonshine Guide and FAQ here
17.) Ride the Famous Ober Tram up the mountains to Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park for snow tubing, ice skating, real ski slopes, epic mountain views and ice bumper cars
18.) Visit Dollywood for a "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 Trampolines at Top Jump Trampoline and Extreme Arena or Sevier Air Trampoline & Ninja Warrior Park
20.) Stay Nice and Warm while Sledding Indoor
at Pigeon Forge Snow Indoor Snowpark or go outdoor snow tubing at Rowdy Bear Outdoor Snow Tubing and Ober Gatlinburg attractions
21.) Drive Historic Cade's Cove Loop to see it's natural winter beauty. (Weather permitting) Or take a magical horse drawn carriage ride through the Cove. Check road conditions and road closures before heading over.
Current Conditions - Great Smoky Mountains National Park (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov)
22.) Have a Beer at a Local Brewery
Visit Smoky Mountain Brewery in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and try the newer The Neighborhood Beer House in Sevierville, and The Iron Forge Brewing Company in Sevierville.
Also Yee Haw Brewing Company, The Casual Pint and Gatlinburg Brewing Co.
Watch sports at the Roaming Gnome Pub & Eatery or The Bluffs. In Gatlinburg, try Pucker's Sports Grill.
23.) See the Lights at SkyBridge
Ride the scenic chairlift up the mountain to one of the most gorgeous vistas around, always decorated for the season and holidays. Cross the lighted bridge and then enjoy a hot beverage or cold beer inside the SkyCenter or around the giant firepit in a rocking chair while you enjoy the mountain views over Gatlinburg and the Smokies.
Online Attraction Tickets
Highly Rated Honeymoon and 1 Bedroom Cabins
Cabins With Indoor Pools
Excellent Large Cabins for Groups
Crazy Cool Unique Cabins
Pet Friendly Cabins Near Dollywood
Gatlinburg Famous Foods
Hidden Gem Places to Eat
Christmas Attractions in the Smoky Mountains
20 New, Unique and Unusual Things to Do
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. If you worry about ice, snow and cold weather driving in the mountains, these cabins will put your mind at rest! They are close to main roads and on flat or gentle grades and well maintained.
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
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