The holiday season is right around the corner, and now is the time to start making your plans to visit the Smoky Mountains. There are fantastic holiday events happening throughout the Smokies all winter long, plus an array of unique shopping spots and delicious restaurants! Here are 4 of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains:

1. Winterfest Light Tours

Christmas lights in downtown GatlinburgOne of the best ways to celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains is by taking your family on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights. Along the Parkway, you can view more than 5 million shining holiday lights throughout Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Some of the sculptures on display include native animals of the Smokies, the 12 days of Christmas in lights, and even a visit from Santa Claus and his reindeer. The lights will remain bright until the middle of February, which gives you plenty of time to crank up the holiday tunes and take a drive through the Smokies.

2. Spend the Day Outdoors

A big part of getting in the spirit of the holidays is spending time outdoors to appreciate the marvelous Smoky Mountain scenery. If you would like to have a white Christmas celebration, consider heading over to Ober Mountain for an exciting snow tubing adventure. The sessions are 90 minutes long and you can fly down the hill as many times as you would like during your session. After the sun goes down, be sure to head over to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park for the stunning Lights Over Gatlinburg event. This year’s event is bigger and brighter than ever before with the addition of 20 new dancing trees and a huge 30-foot multi-colored tree that is animated with music!

3. Enjoy Some Holiday Shopping

The Village Shops Christmas lightsIf you still need to pick up some last-minute holiday gifts, there is no better place to go shopping than in the Smoky Mountains! We guarantee you will be able to find something for everyone on your list in Gatlinburg. Along the Parkway, there are a ton of specialty shops where you can find everything from Smoky Mountain souvenirs to the latest toys on the market for kids. Be sure to stop by The Village Shops, which is home to 27 amazing stores that offer everything from wacky socks to home decor and apparel. There is so much to choose from that you might find yourself picking out a couple of extra gifts for yourself!

4. Vacation at Our Hotel

If you want to make the most out of your holiday vacation, you can stay at our incredible Gatlinburg TN hotel. We have an amazing location on the Parkway, making it easy for your family to explore all the incredible events going on, including the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade! Some of the amenities we offer include free continental breakfast, free wireless Internet access, and private balconies so you can enjoy the beautiful sight of Christmas in Gatlinburg!

Would you like to join us and celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains? Explore all our Gatlinburg hotel rooms today to find the one that is perfect for your family! We look forward to seeing you this holiday season!