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5 Things to Do in Gatlinburg in January

DATE : October 14, 2022

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

Things to do in the Smoky Mountains For New YearsKick 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 Mountain

Tennessee’s only ski resort, Ober Mountain, 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 Mountain's Aerial Tramway that allows you to take a scenic ride to the top. Ober Mountain is one of the perfect things to do in Gatlinburg in January!

3. Visit Ripley’s Aquarium

ripleys aquarium of the smokies in gatlinburgEven though you're looking for things to do in Gatlinburg in January, sometimes a classic attraction is the perfect experience! 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. Check out these other fun things to do indoors in Gatlinburg!

4. Anakeesta’s Enchanted Christmas

Enjoy exploring a winter wonderland of lights and beauty at Gatlinburg’s Anakeesta Enchanted Christmas. 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 be able to enjoy the Lights Over Gatlinburg event. The Gatlinburg SkyBridge and SkyDeck are 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!

New year, new adventures. Who’s ready to check out these things to do in Gatlinburg in January? Check out our Gatlinburg hotel rooms, and find the perfect one at our downtown Gatlinburg hotel for your winter getaway!