Winter Magic Getaway

The Winter Magic Getaway contest is over. Stay tuned for more contests soon.

Congrats to Brittany Daws from Columbia, TN and Denise Whyte Maupin from Bethel, OH! Please check your email on how to claim the prize.

Thank you to the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Gatlinburg Southand Hampton Inn Historic Nature Trail for providing the rooms for the giveaway!

Winter Must-Do’s in Gatlinburg You Probably Didn’t Know About.

Any time of the year is a good time to visit Gatlinburg, but during the winter there are countless activities and popular events happening that highlight the charm that only a small mountain can have during the winter season.


Gatlinburg’s stunning new aerial adventure park Anakeesta is the ideal spot to sit by a warm fire pit and take in the many splendid mountain peaks that are clearly visible from atop at Firefly Village. Special winter hours are limited to Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., lasting from January 8 – February 28.

Christ in the Smokies

Offering one of the most spectacular Christmas displays in Gatlinburg each year, a visit to Christ in the Smokies never fails to impress while also bringing you back to the true meaning of Christmas. For more about operating times and ticket pricing visit here.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to be at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. for holiday photo opts, beginning December 8 – December 23. While you’re there be sure to see for yourself why Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies was voted the “Best U.S. Aquarium” by US Today 10Best and its fantastic new exhibits.

Winter Hiking

Do you pack your hiking boots away at the first signs of winter? If so, you’re missing out on some of the best hiking of the year. Winter lends to Great Smoky Mountain National Park unobstructed views and crisp mountain air during its seasonal spell, with the added bonus of fewer crowds on popular trails so you can truly feel like you’ve got the beauty of nature all to yourself. To discover some of the best winter trails to hit visit here.

Ober Gatlinburg

At Tennessee’s only premier ski resort, the wintertime fun begins when the snow-making does, starting in Mid-November and ending in March 2018. Visitors can enjoy winter sports activities ranging from ice skating to skiing and snowboarding to snow tubing. If goggles and gondolas aren’t your thing, Ober Gatlinburg offers numerous alternatives to keep you and yours busy, including a mountain coaster, dining and retail, a full-fledged wildlife encounter center, and indoor carousel and arcade. For more information about Ober Gatlinburg operating times and ticket pricing visit here.

The Village

There is nothing like strolling through the decorated alleyways and stores of Gatlinburg’s famous Village to get you in the Christmas mood. Grab a fresh pastry from the Donut Friar or some peppermint popcorn at Pop Culture’s newest location and enjoy the old-world feel of this European styled shopping mecca in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights

Only two words can best summarize our area’s favorite mobile holiday light experience: pure enchantment. From December 1 – January 27, the memorable journey will begin at Ripley’s Aquarium Trolley Station and move through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321. Departure times include 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 and ticket pricing can be found here. (Please note: the trolley will not run December 5, 24, 25, 31)