6 Things You Must Do this Winter in Gatlinburg

Published Aug 25, 2019

Snowy mountaintops and blissful wonder await you this winter in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Winter is a great time of year to visit Gatlinburg and enjoy some of these fantastic things to do. There are many fabulous winter events in Gatlinburg, Tennessee plus many other great attractions and destinations to make your stay in the Smokies a memorable and fun experience.

1. Ride the Ober Mountain Tram

Perched on a mountain overlooking downtown Gatlinburg is Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park. This fantastic winter destination features snow skiing, snow tubing, ice skating, a mountain lodge restaurant, and on-site attractions for children of all ages. Catch the Ober Mountain Tram from downtown and enjoy a fabulous ride up while enjoying the beautiful Smoky Mountain views.

2. See Snow in Gatlinburg

While it’s often difficult to predict the weather in Gatlinburg, there’s always a chance to see snow in the winter months, especially in January and February. If you’re fortunate to be visiting when it does snow, it’s an absolutely magical time. If it’s not snowing on your vacation in Gatlinburg this winter, head up into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park along Newfound Gap and there’s an even better chance for you to see snow.

3. Plan a Fun Day Inside

Sometimes the winter months can be a little chilly but that doesn’t have to stop you from having a great time. Make the best of your time in Gatlinburg by visiting indoor attractions like Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies or the Hollywood Star Cars Museum. If you’re over the age of 21 and are looking for a way to feel all warm and toasty, head over to Ole Smoky Moonshine or Sugarland’s Distilling for a jar of your favorite shine.

4. Ride to the Top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle

For a spectacular view of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, head up to the top of the Gatlinburg Space Needle. This attraction gives you a total 360-degree view of the city below and into the Smokies.

5. See the Gatlinburg Christas Lights

Each year, Gatlinburg magically transforms into a true holiday destination throughout the winter months. Adorned with millions of holiday lights, Gatlinburg’s twinkling displays feature life-like trees, dancing bears, and mountain villages. If you’re not able to make it during the holidays, that’s ok, Winterfest continues in Gatlinburg through the end of February.

6. Stay in a Gatlinburg Log Cabin

Warm up and get cozy in a beautiful Gatlinburg cabin with all of the comforts and features your heart desires. Choose a Gatlinburg winter cabin with a mountain view, secluded forest setting, or on the river. If you’re looking for cozy winter cabins, check out our Gatlinburg cabin rentals with fireplaces or bubbling outdoor hot tubs. With a tremendous selection of cabins in Gatlinburg to choose from, you’ll love spending time in a log cabin this winter in the Smoky Mountains.

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