Winter

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 12, 2014 - November 12, 2014

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its 25th annual Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Read more

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
November 12, 2014 - January 25, 2015

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

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
November 25, 2014 - December 1, 2014

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

Festival of Trees
November 26, 2014 - November 30, 2014

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

Nutcracker "Sweet"
November 28, 2014 - November 29, 2014

Presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7 p.m. in the W.L. Mills Auditorium. (GSE) Call (865) 680-7369 for information and reservations. Read more

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales
November 28, 2014 - December 21, 2014

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

Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
December 1, 2014 - December 7, 2014

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 5, 2014 - December 5, 2014

The City of Gatlinburg invites you to bundle up and generate a spirited dose of holiday cheer and soak up Gatlinburg’s 38th annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade at 7:30 p.m. Read more

New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
December 31, 2014 - December 31, 2014

Gatlinburg will welcome the arrival of 2015 in unique style with its 27th 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 Wednesday night, December 31. Read more

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