Best Things to do in the Winter in the Smokies


Winter Adventures in the Smokies


Snowy weather is always a good time in the Smokies! Any time in the Smokies is a good time. But, when snowy weather is in the forecast, find the fun with these few spots that are popular amongst locals and visitors alike in the Smoky Mountains!

Ober Mountain offers snow activities for anyone interested in playing in snow and plenty of things to do inside for those who prefer to stay warm! The opportunity to Ski, Snowboard, Snow Tube, Ice Skate or play in the Family Snow Zone presents the foundation for fabulous winter memories! A continued winter tradition for many families, Ober offers the complete experience. Board the Aerial Tramway in Downtown Gatlinburg and arrive to the mountain without driving. 

WinterFest Driving Tour of Lights in Pigeon Forge shine from early November through mid-February. See more than 5 million shining Pigeon Forge holiday lights when you take the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights! Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg create a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the annual Winterfest celebration.  

Sanctuary Treehouse Resort is the world’s first interactive treehouse resort located right in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains! This resort has uniquely themed treehouses packed with amenities such as 20-foot slides, escape hatches, swings, secret ladders, rope climbs, bucket pulley’s, drink chutes, and so much more! The perfect place to cozy up after the day’s adventures with wood-burning fireplaces on the back decks that are stocked with complimentary firewood and fire starting kits, so you can snuggle up in the Adirondack chairs wrapped in a soft outdoor blanket and warm your toes by the fire. The LED electric fireplace inside of each treehouse will help keep you feeling toasty warm while providing an ambiance of relaxation.  This treehouse resort also has a large community firepit and outdoor kitchen area where you can bring your group to roast marshmallows by the fire, or some chestnuts if you can find them, on the open fire.

Shadrack Christmas Wonderland is a drive-through light show that has become a favorite family tradition for many. With majestic 25-foot-tall trumpeting angels, a star-studded pathway, and much more. Guests can also explore the enchantment of the season through custom-built “Santa’s Safari” themed comical displays, featuring eventful jeep excursions, spirited keep away games with hippos, hilarious driving contests, and more safari fun with friends from the North Pole. After the show, visit Snowy Mountain Village inside Soaky Mountain Waterpark for loads of fun for the whole family, including refreshments, souvenirs, activities for kids, and on select nights, visit with the jolliest man himself, Santa! 

Country Tonite Theater brings the magic of Christmas to the stage with talented renditions of Christmas favorites combined with beautifully choreography, brightly decorated holiday sets and colorful costumes. The popular casts cover a number of holiday classics for a nostalgic, spirited holiday celebration that will be enjoyed by all ages. This show is worth the stop! Be sure to plan and make reservations in advance. 

Pigeon Forge Snow allows you to hit the slopes year-round with America’s First Indoor Snow Park! Believe it or not, it’s always 60-70 degrees inside, so you won’t need to bring your parka! Everyone can race down the slopes, build snowmen and snow forts, and have all kinds of wintry excitement.