Top 5 Things to Do at Night in Gatlinburg

Published Sep 13, 2021

Gatlinburg by night keeps the whole family (or just the romantic two of you) busy, with views, thrills, music, and more. Try these five ways to spend a night around Gatlinburg.

1. Walk Through Downtown Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is a beautiful mountain town in Tennessee that comes alive at night. The streets are lined with fun shops, restaurants, and bars, and there’s always something to do. Walking around Gatlinburg at night is the best way to take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant town. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re looking for a place to dance the night away or just want to take a leisurely stroll and take in the sights.

2. Tap Your Toes to Live Music

When night falls, grab a drink and enjoy up-and-coming bands and solo artists all over Gatlinburg. Ole Red is country superstar Blake Shelton’s place, featuring new performers all day and night. Crystelle Creek restaurant offers fine dining on steak, seafood, and more, with a helping of live music on the side. For casual food and drinks, plus country music, try Tom and Earl’s Back Alley Grill.

3. Ride a Chairlift to the SkyLift Park

Glide above Gatlinburg in the dark on a classic chair lift. Board the SkyLift in the heart of downtown and soon you’re ascending to a mountaintop viewing station. Once you arrive, walk over the breathtaking SkyBridge--it’s the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America! Take in sparkling nighttime views of the town below.

SkyLift Park sells its last tickets at 10 p.m. in summer and 9 p.m. the rest of the year. Once you buy your ticket, you’ll still have an hour to enjoy the ride and views, so you can stay in the park as late as 11 p.m. in summer.

4. Enjoy the View from the Space Needle

Soaring over 400 feet tall, the Space Needle gives you panoramic, 360-degree views for miles during the day, and at night, you’ll get to check out all the nightlife and action on The Strip below! The Space Needle is a great way to end an evening out, too, because it stays open until midnight during the week and until 1 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. Check times before you go, so you don’t miss a thing.

5. Relax at Your Private Gatlinburg Cabin

Almost every Smokies cabin boasts a fireplace, so get a crackling blaze going and cuddle up with your honey. Gather the family by your outdoor fire pit for s’mores and ghost stories at night. Hold your personal film festival on the cabin’s flat-screen TV, or get a cabin with a theater room for a true cinema experience. Book your Gatlinburg cabin today and plan for nighttime fun!

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