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Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains are full of magic any time of year. But there’s something extra special about the holiday season. In fact, a holiday visit to the quaint mountain village of Gatlinburg is sure to be filled with heart-warming fun and adventure.
In Gatlinburg, you’ll experience a winter wonderland where you can ski, snow tube, ice skate, shop, explore arts & crafts galleries, visit local wineries and distilleries, hike, and enjoy an extraordinary array of Christmas lights and holiday decorations.
One of the most popular winter activities is Gatlinburg’s iconic Winter Magic Lights tour. Although the usual trolley rides aren’t running in 2020, visitors can still experience all the glory of the lights on their own self-guided tour. More than 5 million lights and festive displays line the route.
Visit Ober Mountain for a variety of Christmas activities. Whether you drive or take the aerial tram to the top, you’ll find a mountain of fun awaiting you. Strap on some skates and glide across the ice inside the huge indoor ice arena that’s open year-round. Enjoy an exhilarating ride on the Ski Mountain Coaster featuring turns, dips, zigzags, corkscrews and plenty of other thrills. Or zip down the 1,800-foot-long parallel tracks of the epic Alpine Slide (weather permitting). You can also experience Ice Bumper Cars, not to mention snow tubing and snow skiing!
Another annual extravaganza is Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, at the nearby Tennessee Smokies baseball stadium. Check out the lights at one of the world’s largest drive-thru, fully synchronized LED Christmas lights and music show.
Dollywood theme park also joins the holiday fun with its annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. The park is decorated with more than 5 million twinkling lights and festive holiday trees and decorations. Enjoy live holiday entertainment, and don’t miss the Carol of the Trees, a dazzling show with synchronized lights and Christmas music.
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