Christmas in the Smoky Mountains
“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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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