Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains in Winter

If you’ve never seen the Smoky Mountains in winter, you need to--whether you decide to spend Christmas in the Smokies with the family or just head off on a cozy cabin retreat. The Gatlinburg winter calendar of events is jam-packed with seasonal special events, such as Gatlinburg TN New Year‘s Eve and Winterfest, that make it easy to find things to do in the Smoky Mountains in winter months.

Take a look at some favorite Gatlinburg winter events and make plans to enjoy a Christmas in the Smokies or a simple vacation later in the season.

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff

November 9, 2016 - November 9, 2016

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 27th annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Read more

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights

November 9, 2016 - January 31, 2017

Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley by taking the relaxing Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. Read more

Gatlinburg Winter Magic

November 9, 2016 - February 28, 2017

The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with millions of spectacular lights and lighted displays from November through February. Read more

Veterans Day Celebration

November 11, 2016 - November 11, 2016

Join Gatlinburg in saluting America's veterans of the Armed Forces, featuring stirring musical numbers and words of tribute on Ripley's Aquarium Plaza. Read more

Rumble at the Rock

November 12, 2016 - November 12, 2016

Rocky Top Sports World is proud to present Rumble at the Rock High School Playday on Saturday, November 12th! Freshman, JV, and Varsity teams are invited! Read more

Festival of Trees

November 22, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Surrounded by the twinkling lights and sounds and smells of the holidays, shop the many handmade centerpieces and craft items, and return to the joys of celebrating Christmas in the Smokies. Read more

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

November 22, 2016 - November 27, 2016

Unique handcrafted Thanksgiving gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered for sale at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Read more

Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

November 27, 2016 - December 17, 2016

Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event! Read more

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

November 28, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Read more

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

December 2, 2016 - December 2, 2016

The award winning 41st Annual Christmas Fantasy of Lights Parade will step off at 7:30pm on Friday, December 2. Read more

The Sugarlands Spirits Stage featuring Roger Alan Wade

December 10, 2016 - December 10, 2016

7 p.m. - Singer/Songwriter for over 35 years, Roger Alan Wade has penned songs for country legends such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, George Jones and the number one hit Country State of Mind for Hank Williams Jr. Roger Alan Wade's music has been featured on the TV show Jackass which stars Wade's cousin Johnny Knoxville. Read more

2016 Junior Winter Slam

December 17, 2016 - December 18, 2016

Rocky Top Sports World is proud to present the inaugural Junior Winter Slam December 17-18, 2016! 2nd – 8th grade school and travel teams are invited to participate. Read more

New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

December 31, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2016 in unique style with its 28th Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show around the intersection of Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at the base of the Space Needle late Thursday night, December 31. Read more

Tennessee Winter Special Olympics

January 29, 2017 - January 31, 2017

Watch and cheer as Special Olympics athletes strive for the gold in their annual Winter Games competition. Read more