The leaves have made their final descent, whether they find themselves resting in neatly raked piles, bagged and sitting curbside, or flying aloft again in the wake of cars. Now that we’ve given thanks, we can bid adieu to fall and welcome in the winter wonderland we often find ourselves dreaming of wistfully during those hot summer months. The Smoky Mountains are a beautiful place to spend the holidays, with plenty of activities for every age and level aplenty.
Gatlinburg is famous for its enchanting lights display, which you can view either by car or by taking the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. The city of Gatlinburg has already strung and lit the millions of LED lights that form holiday displays throughout the city, and they’ll stay lit through February. From Christmas parades to Arts and Crafts shows, Gatlinburg has plenty to see and do to make your holidays merry and bright.
Sevierville and Pigeon Forge have holiday happenings aplenty as well. Winterfest runs through the end of February, with twinkling winter lights, special tastings of cider and candy, along with holiday-themed shows and parades. Winter in the Smokies is a magical experience, with crisp air and snow fluttering around you. Shops are warm and cozy, offering a respite from the chilly air, which is the perfect combination for an evening stroll. The scents of hot chocolate, baked goods and peppermint wafts from stores and vendors, tickling your nose and inviting you to taste the splendor of the season. The Winterfest Trolley tours offer historical anecdotes and all the benefits of having a local guide. The prevalence of theatres and shows in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville offer special holiday themed shows to put your in the holiday spirit.
Located in Kodak, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is the world’s largest drive-through, synchronized LED Christmas light show. The cost is $20 per vehicle, and the shows run from dusk until 10 p.m. daily. A Christmas Village with inflatables, pony or camel rides, and photos with Santa is on-site, though there are additional fees.
Sevierville’s favorite amusement park, Dollywood, dresses up for Christmas as well, hosting a Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival that includes special shows, 4 million holiday lights, seasonal food specialties and characters from the television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
From the twinkling lights to the simple delight of watching a gentle snowfall, the Smoky Mountains is a charming place to spend the holidays. Whether you stay holed up in a cabin or venture out to join the festivities, there’s a plethora of options to enjoy in the Smoky Mountains. If you want to live in the midst of this winter wonderland, the Terrell Team can help guide you to the perfect home. From cozy cabin to distressed homes, there’s something for everyone in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.