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When you travel with the family you may plan to visit a few attractions and look forward to them as the time for your trip nears. As with many things in life, travel memories are often made when and where you least expect them. In Gatlinburg that is more often the case than not as there are so many unique experiences here. Some families make a yearly trip here and they like to do many of the same things each year. If you need some ideas to build your own family traditions take a look at our recommendations. There's something for everyone, and whether you like keeping your feet firmly on the ground or riding high into the mountains, Gatlinburg offers an unforgettable vacation setting.

Take to the Sky

Gatlinburg Skylift: Experience sweeping views of the Smoky Mountains as you rise 1800 feet over Gatlinburg on the Skylift. It’s especially fun to ride the Skylift at night as you thrill to the view of the city lights far below.  The skylift places you directly into the grandeur of the Smokies as you ride in the open, high above the city. The winter skies and mountains are closer than ever when you ride the Sky Lift. Within 7 minutes you'll complete the journey to the top of Crockett Mountain. There you can get your picture taken, stop for refreshments and shop at the gift shop. See our Attractions Page to get more information. Ask about rates for groups of 15 or more. Check out their photo gallery to preview some of the incredible day and night sights.

Sing Holiday Carols

Winter Tunes and Tales provides you and your family the chance to observe characters and storytellers dressed as Dickensian holiday carolers. Join in with the caroling along the Parkway in downtown Gatlinburg from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the evenings of December 13-14 and 20-21. Kids can have fun seeing Zeno the Bear who will be making appearances from time to time during the Winter Magic season.

Visit the National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in America. Family time at the park can take many forms. You can hike to a waterfalls, attend a nature seminar, go hiking or backpacking, see historic buildings and homesteads and take auto tours of the area. These are but a few of the activities you can enjoy in the park. Now that the government shutdown is over, this is your chance to plan a fun family trip to Gatlinburg to experience everything the park has to offer. Here is the December checklist of park events that adults and kids will enjoy. Check out a few of the highlights:

Festival of Christmas Past

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Join us to celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in the mountains.


TIME: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

LOCATION: Sugarlands Visitor Center

FEES: Free


Holiday Homecoming

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas celebration in the Smokies with traditional music.


TIME: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

LOCATION: Oconaluftee Visitor Center

FEES: Free

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