Things to Do in Gatlinburg in December

Things to Do in Gatlinburg in December
The resort town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a year-round destination for adventurers, with easy access to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors come to enjoy the lively holiday activities as well as outdoor winter sports.

Gatlinburg Winterfest

All of Downtown Gatlinburg gets dressed up for Gatlinburg Winter Magic, a Christmas celebration with holiday lights featuring millions of LED lights on display, as well as old-fashioned Christmas decor and a New year's Eve ball drop countdown. Every night, visitors can take a trolley ride through downtown Gatlinburg and on Friday and Saturday nights, the Winter Magic Tunes and Tales carolers, storytellers and other street performers come out to entertain and uplift holiday visitors. To reserve a seat on the Trolley Ride of Lights, call (865) 436-0535 as early as October, space is limited.

Snow Sports at Ober Gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort has an air tram that takes visitors 2 miles up the hill from downtown Gatlinburg to the lodge, in a straight line. Once there, visitors can ice skate, ride sleds or inner tubes, ski, snowboard or snow shoe.

Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort
1001 Parkway
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(866) 918-4786‎

Play Indoors

In addition to the glass elevator ride up to the observation deck, the Gatlinburg Space needle offers Laser Tag, an arcade and old-time photos. From the 360 degree observation deck, look out over the ice and snow of the Great Smoky Mountains, over 400 feet down to the Little Pigeon River.

Space Needle & Arcadia Family Fun Center
115 Historic Nature Trail
Gatlinburg, Tennessee 37738
(865) 436-4629‎

Article Written By Lisa Russell

Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.

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