Things to Do in Gatlinburg in January

Things to Do in Gatlinburg in January
The mountain resort community of Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a picturesque vacation destination anytime of year, but the twinkling lights of the holiday festivities and scenic snows of the season create a winter wonderland. Regardless of where you are staying in Gatlinburg, you will be located in the midst of the Great Smoky Mountains and will be able to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the area. Take advantage of the post-holiday season in January to visit the attractions of the Winter Magic festival, explore the great outdoors during Wilderness Week or ski down the mountain trails of the Obergatlinburg Ski Resort.

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Festival

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville combine forces to create a winter wonderland full of festivities every year from November through January. Throughout January, you can take one of the evening guided tours on the Trolley Ride of Lights to see Gatlinburg's Winter Magic lighted displays. The Riverwalk area is also decorated with magical lights and festive floral displays, creating a perfect atmosphere for the joyous holiday season as well as picturesque setting for a winter romance.

Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week

The annual event educates locals and visitors alike about the wonders of the Smoky Mountains through a series of outdoor-themed activities. More than 100 experts share their knowledge through numerous guided walks and hikes as well as during hands-on seminars and lectures. Enjoy performances by regional musicians during the Appalachia Fest concert or learn about the art of outdoor cooking during demonstrations and classes. With activities for all ages, the event has become increasingly popular through the years.

Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week
Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism
PO Box 1390-I
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37868
(800) 251-9100

Obergatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park

Located high above Gatlinburg, the ski resort and amusement park is accessible via an aerial tramway. Start your ascent from the downtown tram terminal and enjoy the scenic views as you ascend two miles up to the top of the mountain. During the winter months, eight trails for a variety of skill levels are available for skiing and snowboarding. Additional activities offered at the resort include ice skating at an indoor rink, snow tubing and ski lessons. Resort restaurants and shops are open year-round.

Obergatlinburg Ski Resort and Amusement Park
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg TN, 37738
(865) 436-5423

Article Written By Betsy Bender

Betsy Bender is a media consultant with experience in publishing, event management, media relations, digital media and television production. Specializing in entertainment, travel and sports, Bender has worked with high-profile personalities, facilitated publicity campaigns for network television programs and traveled to more than 100 cities in eight countries, including Russia and Australia.

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