When you visit the Smoky Mountains during the winter, there are so many fun events and activities that you can enjoy. From seasonal celebrations to wintertime fun and more, there is something for everyone to enjoy during this magical time of year. Here are some of the best Smoky Mountain Winterfest events that you won’t want to miss when you visit:

1. Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

One Smoky Mountain Winterfest event that you definitely won’t want to miss is Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood! This beloved event brings twinkling lights, dozens of Christmas trees, and more to the already fun-filled Dollywood amusement park. When you check out this event, you’ll be able to experience the season in new ways with spectacular sights like the brand new Christmas drone show that will take place at the park this year! If you’re looking for an unforgettable Christmas celebration in Pigeon Forge, you can’t go wrong by heading to Dollywood.

2. Gatlinburg Christmas Parade

winterfest in gatlinburgFor a lively celebration of the season, check out the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade! This event takes place at the beginning of December and kicks off the month’s festivities in Gatlinburg. With floats, balloons, marching bands, a tree-lighting ceremony, and an appearance by Santa Claus himself, it’s no surprise that this is an event you won’t want to miss this winter. If you are planning to attend, you’ll want to arrive early and bring Santa hats for everyone in your crew!

3. Lights Over Gatlinburg

Another Smoky Mountain Winterfest event that you won’t want to miss is Lights Over Gatlinburg, which takes place at the Gatlinburg SkyPark. This event features thousands of Christmas lights, incredible views, and unique attractions like the Tunnel of Light that spans the entire length of the record-breaking Gatlinburg SkyBridge. This event is truly like no other and should be a part of any holiday trip to the area!

4. Skiing/Snowboarding at Ober Mountain

person skiing down slopeOne of the best ways to take advantage of the winter conditions here in the Smoky Mountains is by going skiing or snowboarding at Ober Mountain! You’ll have a blast conquering the slopes while taking in the stunning views of the surrounding snow-capped mountain peaks. Plus, with other fun activities like snow tubing and ice skating, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Ober Mountain.

5. Anakeesta’s Enchanted Christmas

Each evening during the holiday season, Anakeesta comes to life at night with a vibrant celebration of the season during their Enchanted Christmas event. Stroll through the mountaintop villages, complete with incredible lighting displays and decorations, sip hot cocoa, enjoy holiday music, and check out synchronized light and music shows throughout the park. You can even take in the views of the Smoky Mountains from the TreeTop Skywalk, which is of course decked out with Christmas festivities as well!

Now that you know about some of the Smoky Mountain Winterfest events you won’t want to miss, you’re probably about ready to start planning a trip today! If that’s the case, check out our accommodations here at our Gatlinburg hotel on the river and get ready for an amazing winter trip to the Smokies.