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Walking in a Winter Wonderland: 4 Ways to Enjoy Smoky Mountain Winterfest

November 19, 2018 March 15th, 2020
Smoky Mountain Winterfest

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year! That means winter is approaching, and it’s time to celebrate in the Smokies. If you are coming into town for the holidays, then you absolutely have to enjoy all the amazing activities at Smoky Mountain Winterfest. This festival is a celebration between Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Sevier County. You and your family will love driving around and looking at the Christmas lights displays all over town. There are so many ways to enjoy Smoky Mountain Winterfest. All you have to do is get ready to have a great time!

1. Go on the Winterfest Driving Tour to See the Lights

This year, there are more than 15 million lights covering streetscapes and businesses in the Smoky Mountain area.Your family can enjoy seeing the dazzling Christmas lights display at Smoky Mountain Winterfest all while in the comfort of your car. Each year, tons of visitors come from all over to witness the extravagant lights display. Some of the lights are even in the shape of fun fairytale characters for this year’s celebration. It’s really a wonderful sight to see for the holidays.

2. Hit the Slopes at Ober Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg Trolley at Ober GatlinburgTake your friends and family to Ober Gatlinburg to feel the fun and excitement of going snow tubing. You can glide down the snowy slopes while the cool breeze runs through your hair. It’s a high thrill activity that is sure to be fun for the whole family. Ober Gatlinburg also offers other fun winter experiences like ice skating, snowboarding, and skiing. When you purchase a winter wristband, you’ll have access to several different activities for one inclusive price. You really can’t go wrong with planning a trip to Ober Gatlinburg this holiday season.

3. See Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors

The Parade of Many Colors is a part of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival. You and your family can spend the whole day at the amusement park and be there in time to see the parade. The parade is hosted at the park each night beginning at 8 p.m. You’ll get to see amazing costumes, enchanting floats, and of course, the brightest Christmas lights display. The parade is held outside, so don’t forget to bundle up!

4. Listen to Music at the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Tunes & Tales

Christmas tree covered in lights for Smoky Mountain WinterfestOne of the best ways to celebrate Christmas is with music. Each year, Gatlinburg Winter Magic Tunes & Tales is held in downtown Gatlinburg. It is similar to their summer celebration, but it includes mostly holiday tunes and carols. Sticking to this theme, all the performers will wear festive holiday costumes. Musicians and performers will shows off their musical skills, and it’ll be sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

You can enjoy all of these festive activities at Smoky Mountain Winterfest. If you’re looking for more fun things to do, check out our blog on the best Gatlinburg winter attractions you should visit on your next vacation.