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Gatlinburg holiday sign

Will you be in town during the holidays? You may be wondering about things to do during Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains, and we want to share some of the top ones with you! From seeing beautiful lights to enjoying an amazing show, you have plenty of fun activities to try! Here are the top 5 things to do during Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains:

1. See the Winterfest Lights

christmas lightsA popular activity to do during the holiday season is to check out the Winterfest lights. All throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg, you will find displays of lights. Some of the depict Father Christmas or Santa Claus. There are also Smoky Mountain scenes, and if you drive through Pigeon Forge, you will find the 12 Days of Christmas. If you don’t want to drive around yourself, you could go on the Trolley of Lights ride where the trolley takes you around town to look at lights.

2. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Another popular thing to do during Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains is see Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. This spectacular light show is set up in the parking lot of the Smokies Stadium right off of I-40. You will pay per vehicle and then turn your radio to the appropriate station. As you drive through the maze of dancing lights, the music is synchronized to the music. People of all ages love this attraction during the holiday season.

3. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

dollywood sign at christmasEvery year, Dollywood puts on the Smoky Mountain Christmas event. They string up lights on every building and tree throughout the park. There are ornaments in flower beds, holiday scenes all over the park, and you might even spot Santa Claus. People of all ages will love walking through Dollywood to listen to their favorite holiday tunes or to grab a souvenir to remember their holiday trip to the Smokies. Plus, you won’t want to miss out on the seasonal treats you’ll find throughout the park!

4. Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

One event during Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains you don’t want to miss is the Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade. It takes place in downtown Gatlinburg one night during December. The road is blocked, and people gather on the sidewalk to watch the floats pass by on the road. There is music, and you will have fun exploring Gatlinburg during the day as you wait for the parade time!

5. See a Christmas Show

comedy barn in Pigeon ForgeAn activity people of all ages can enjoy is watching a Christmas show. Almost every show in Pigeon Forge has a holiday one, but some of the most popular include Hatfield and McCoy, Comedy Barn, Pirates Voyage, and Lumberjack Feud. You will get to listen to your favorite holiday tunes, see amazing acrobatic feats, and at some shows, you’ll get a delicious feast. You have so many shows to choose from, you may have to do more than one!

These are just some of the fun things you can do during Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains. Want to know what else you can do when you stay in one of our Smoky Mountain cabins? Check out our Adventure Power Pass to see what kinds of discounts and free tickets you’ll have access to when you book one of our cabins!