Winter truly comes to life when you are nestled in The Great Smoky Mountains! These majestic mountains are host to some perfectly unique activities to do this holiday season. Whether you are looking for adventure or just looking to admire the festive decorations, there are plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg. Fight the cold weather blues with the excitement waiting to be found in the mountains. Wintertime is a wonderful time to be in the Smokies! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite winter activities and Gatlinburg attractions that can liven up any frosty winter day.
Coast Down the Mountain for a One of a Kind Thrill
As you wind through each curve of the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster, at speeds up to 35 miles per hour, you will get lost in the magic of the mountains! Snowing outside? No problem! We operate in snow, rain or shine, and we’re open year round. Enjoy the incredible scenery during the day, or if you prefer to glide down the illuminated track at night, we assure you this is a Gatlinburg attraction you’ll never forget! What are you waiting for? Come check out what this coaster is all about!
Explore 27 Unique Boutiques, Clothiers, Eateries and Galleries at The Village Shops
The Village Shops located in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg are home to 27 unique boutiques, clothiers, eateries and galleries. Stop by and finish your Christmas shopping or grab a bite to eat here to experience this European village atmosphere while still deep in the mountains of East Tennessee.
A Must See: Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
Head inside to warm up and check out what is happening under water at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. This is a must see for any family vacation itinerary. Not only a top choice in Gatlinburg attractions, this aquarium is also ranked among the top aquariums in the country. Admire the sea animals from their 340-foot underwater tunnel or get up close and personal with endangered African blackfooted penguins. While this is certainly a favorite for the kids, parents will find as much enjoyment being surrounded by the beauty of the exotic creatures that are housed here.
Take a Hike!
Make your way up into Great Smoky Mountain National Park and enjoy the vast and picturesque views of the snow-covered mountains. The tranquility of being in the mountains is such a peaceful feeling this time of year! Choose one of the many available trails and take a hike to a beautiful waterfall, such as Rainbow Falls. You will be in awe of these amazing pieces of nature as they are surrounded by ice formations.