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Merry Things To Do This Christmas in Gatlinburg

DATE : November 30, 2017

There are many activities to enjoy this Christmas in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Most of these activities are free or inexpensive and something that the entire family can enjoy.

Pigeon Forge Winterfest Trolley Tours

During this trolley tour, you'll get to see five million twinkling lights. Each trolley tour has knowledgeable tour guides' who will share their stories and information about the area. The trolley tour leaves Patriot Park at 6:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during November and December. The trolley tour is available in January, but the tour only operates every Monday and Friday during that month. The trolley tour leaves Patriot Park at the same times. The best part about this trolley tour is the price. It only costs $5 for each rider. If you have any questions, need more information or you'd like to make a reservation, you can call 865-453-6444.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is 30 to 45 minutes away from Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a Christmas synchronized light and music show that people can enjoy while they drive their vehicle through the area. There's over 300,000 lights that flicker to the beat of the music. The show is every night from dusk to 10 p.m. from November 7, 2017, to January 4, 2017. Tickets are purchased at the event, and it's $20 per vehicle. Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland also features a Christmas village with inflatables, camel and pony rides, pictures with Santa and a snack bar for an additional cost.

Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights

During this trolley ride, you'll get to see millions of lights and decorations. The trolley rides operate daily at 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The trolley ride begins and ends at the Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center. We highly recommend purchasing tickets online, and the tickets only cost $5 per person. Tickets sell out quickly.

The Gatlinburg Space Needle

If you're looking for a place to view the Gatlinburg Christmas lights and decorations, you should visit The Gatlinburg Space Needle. The Gatlinburg Space Needle is 407 feet tall, and it offers 360-degree views of the town below. There is a big Christmas tree installed above the viewing platform.

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

If you want to see over four million lights and special holiday performances, Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood is the place to go. There are plenty of activities to enjoy at the Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood. The whole family will enjoy meeting characters' and viewing the Christmas parade. Dollywood is completely decorated for Christmas, and there are additional shows and attractions to enjoy.

Christmas Place

Christmas Place is a decorated Christmas village that's been open for over 25 years. There are many Christmas stores that give visitors' the opportunity to see trees, lights and more.

The Village Shops in Gatlinburg

The Village Shops in Gatlinburg are located in downtown Gatlinburg. The Village Shops in Gatlinburg has 27 shops, eateries and boutiques. The shops are decorated with Christmas lights, trees, garland, Santa's sleigh and more.

Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

The Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade will take place in downtown Gatlinburg. The parade features marching bands, balloon characters', floats, Santa Claus and more. If you want to go to this parade, you'll need to arrive early to get a good view. The parade will be held December 2, 2017, at 7:30 p.m.

Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings

Biltmore Candlelight Christmas Evenings take place from November 3, 2017, to January 6, 2018. The largest home in America is decorated with Christmas trees, lights, wreaths, bows, garland, ornaments and poinsettias. There's also a 35-foot Fraser Fir tree that's covered in ornaments with presents underneath the tree.


One of the best places to visit for winter sports in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is Ober. Skiing, tubing and snowboarding are just a few activities that you can enjoy. There are 10 different ski trails at the park. If you're a beginner or an expert, you'll find a ski trail that you'll enjoy. There's a ski rental shop and instructors' available to help you if you need it.

Go Hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

One of the best seasons to hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is during winter. Some people may not like the idea because of the cold weather, but there's a lot to see, and it's beautiful during the wintertime. There are some things in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can only see in the winter.

Since trees don't have leaves during the wintertime, you'll have a better chance of observing wildlife, and you'll be able to see further in the woods during your hike.

If you do decide to go for a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park during Christmas in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you need to be prepared. You should avoid higher elevations as higher elevations in the park can suddenly experience snow storms, icy weather and freezing temperatures.

Final Words

The Bearskin Lodge family hope that you'll have a wonderful Christmas in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. You should never experience boredom during this holiday season.