N. Wall

Christmas in the Smoky Mountains

Christmas in the Smoky Mountains

ornaments“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other”.- Burton Hills

The Smoky Mountains are a magical place to visit any time of the year but at Christmas time the area literally “lights up” with the holiday spirit.  The cities of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg install over 5 million lights during the holiday season, that is not even including the displays put on by the shops and attractions.  Driving through the area you will be amazed at all the light displays and if this picture perfect area doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit then I don’t know what will.

Home to Dollywood and the Smoky Mountain National Park you can find something for everyone here.  Whether you have a big family or you are looking for a romantic couples getaway this area also has you covered with hundreds of cabin rentals to fit any need.  Click here for prices on some amazing cabins Explore Pigeon Forge, Tennessee with the whole family!

Let’s take a look at what else this area offers….



With holiday musicals, a Christmas parade, and over 5 million lights Dollywood goes all out for the Christmas season.  See this year’s new 50-foot high video motion Christmas tree and let the kids meet Santa and Rudolph.

Trolley Tours


Both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge offer trolley tours through the amazing light displays.  Bundle up and listen to the tour guide share stories and information about the area.  This is a great way to relax and see the sites and only cots $5.00 per person to ride.

The Christmas Place

christmas place

Set up like a small Bavarian Christmas village this is the largest Christmas store in the South.  Take a piece of the Smokey’s home with you here with one of the largest selections of Christmas items I bet you have ever seen.  It even has its own hotel!

Ober Gatlinburg

ober gatlinburg

If fun in the snow is on your holiday list visit Ober Gatlinburg.  They offer skiing and snowboarding for every level plus they feature a 9-lane 400-foot snow tubing park!  Complete with its own escalator to take you to the top.  For the adventurous snowbird, you can experience a 50-foot vertical drop.  Buy your tickets for this in advance as it can sell out during the busy holiday weekends.


light show

Another amazing light display, but this one is synchronized to your car radio.  Tune in and watch the lights dance in sync with your favorite holiday tunes.  After you drive through this impressive display visit Santa’s workshop and the petting farm.  Coffee, hot chocolate, and treats are also available.

I think overall my favorite thing about spending the holidays in the Smoky Mountains is renting a cabin with views of the mountains.  Gathering around the fire or taking a dip in your own private hot tub.  Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge both offer tons of options on where to stay.  From hotel rooms, condo rentals, and private cabins.  Surprisingly renting your own cabin home is often the most inexpensive option and it gives you the opportunity to have the entire extended family stay together under one roof.  Check out more about cabin rentals here Search VRBO to find the perfect property for you

For more great ideas on Winter Getaways visit our post Top Winter Getaways here.

AND….. If you are looking for some great gift ideas for a travel lover on your list CLICK HERE to read our top 20 picks for gifts for the traveler.

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One thought on “Christmas in the Smoky Mountains

  1. Maggie

    November 17, 2018 at 10:12am

    I’ve done Christmas at the Biltmore, but I haven’t crossed the mountains for Christmas in the Gatlinburg area! I need to though because pictures always make it look so wonderful and festive!!

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  2. Crystal

    November 17, 2018 at 5:14pm

    The lights are absolutely beautiful and magical. It has a lot of magic for romance, though I do wonder if I can just do this alone. I think cabin time would be amazing for reading and writing. Thanks for the travel tips!

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      N. Wall

      November 19, 2018 at 10:45am

      I think it would be a great place to go as a single traveler. The cabins would be an amazing place for a writing retreat and just a great place to relax. Most come with decks that have amazing mountain views.

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  3. Elizabeth

    November 17, 2018 at 5:35pm

    What a great place to spend the holidays! Especially because you have such a good chance of getting a fresh blanket of snow!!

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  4. Sydney

    November 17, 2018 at 11:01pm

    I’ve been down to the Great Smoky Mountains a ton of times but I can’t believe I’ve never been around Christmastime! My friends were talking about getting a cabin this year in December but now we’re not sure if our schedules will work. Hopefully we can work something out!

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      N. Wall

      November 19, 2018 at 10:47am

      Hope you can make your schedules work. It truly is an amazing place to visit around the holidays. Traffic can be pretty bad on the main roads though and I would recommend making reservations in advance to any shows or nice dinners you may want to do.

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  5. Janine Thomas

    November 18, 2018 at 3:20pm

    This all looks so pretty and festive. Dollywood looks like great fun for kids. A cabin in the mountains, with a chance of snow, sounds like the ideal way to spend Christmas.

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  6. Alexander Popkov

    November 18, 2018 at 3:20pm

    Well, by the looks of things, Chrismas there is much more fun than we have here in Finland. Here, everyone sits at home with family and transport goes like once in hour.

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  7. Nitasha

    November 18, 2018 at 10:51pm

    Those are some breathtaking pictures. Haven’t really heard of Followers but seems like a fun place to be in. Holiday tunes and hot chocolate would double up the fun.

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  8. Sarah

    November 19, 2018 at 2:25am

    Looks amazing, Dollywood looks like a lot of fun as well.

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