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5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg in January

DATE : December 14, 2020

A new year calls for new adventures in the Smokies! Whether you want to soak up the snowy winter days in Gatlinburg or take it easy enjoying the attractions in the area, you'll find plenty of fun things to do! Check out these 5 great things to do in Gatlinburg in January!

1. Ring in The New Year

Kick off the new year with a trip to Smoky Mountains and celebrate with the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks show in downtown Gatlinburg. Since 1987 families, friends, and couples have been gathering together here in the Smokies for one of the greatest New Year’s Eve events in the country. It’s a fantastic way to start the new year off right with fun, festivities and new adventures.

2. Ober Gatlinburg

Aerial Tram in the winterTennessee’s only ski resort sits above downtown Gatlinburg and is one of the top destinations in the Smokies during the winter months. January is the perfect time to hit the slopes with time skiing or snowboarding. Spending time snow tubing, ice skating and attending Ober’s events is a great way to enjoy your vacation in the Smokies and soak up wintertime fun. During your stay with us you’ll be within walking distance of Ober Gatlinburg’s Aerial Tramway that allows you to take a scenic ride to the top. Check out Ober’s website for details on Ober Rocks, Church on the Slopes, College Nights, Ladies Nights, and more.

3. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies is one of the most highly rated aquariums in America. A day at the aquarium is a treat during every season but can be even better if you’re in town on an extra day in January. Enjoy the warmth of being indoors while you explore exhibits that are made up of over 10,000 amazing creatures of the sea. Walk among the sharks, pet stingrays, take a ride on a glass bottom boat, enjoy live shows, and let the kids play and learn while all of you enjoy your time in the Smoky Mountains.

4. Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter of Lights

anakeesta at nightEnjoy exploring a winter wonderland of lights and beauty at Gatlinburg’s Anakeesta. Guests can climb to the top of AnaVista Tower, sip on hot chocolate around the outdoor fire pits, go ziplining, have dinner with a view, take a walk among the canopy of the trees, and fill the day with fun and excitement on top of the beautiful Anakeesta mountain. Tickets are good for the full day, allowing guests to arrive early in the day for family fun and then return in the evening for the chance to witness a stunning Smokies sunset. Anakeesta is also handicap accessible thanks to their gondolas that are sized to fit wheelchairs. Visitors can also choose to ride on the chairlift or on the Ridge Rambler.

5. Lights Over Gatlinburg

If you’ve been to the Smokies recently there’s a good chance that you’ve been to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park and walked the SkyBridge. However, to see the area lit up with lights is a completely different experience. Until the end of January you’ll find the Gatlinburg SkyBridge and SkyDeck covered in 40,000 lights and decorations. Take a trip up to the top early in the day and take in all the views of the Smokies. But you’ll want to return once nighttime sets in so that you can experience the beauty and magic that awaits over downtown Gatlinburg.

Wondering what else you can do when you're in town? Check out these other fun things to do in Gatlinburg this winter!

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