Christmas is rapidly approaching! Don’t get caught in Late November and December scrambling to put together a family gathering, planning family outings with the kids, or rounding up your friends to exchange gifts. Make Christmas extra special this year with a fun and relaxing cabin in Pigeon Forge, where you will be hard-pressed to avoid the holiday spirit while surrounded by millions of lights, gorgeous snow-capped mountains, and great ways to celebrate the most wonderful time of year with Smoky Mountain flair!
It’s the 25 days of Christmas in the Smokies, with all your yule tide classics and exciting, new soul-stirring sights and excursions. Make any Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin Christmas trip with family in a large group lodge, with the kids in a cozy budget-friendly cabin, or with friends, splitting the cost of a mid-size cabin, a memory you will all cherish for a lifetime.
- Magical Christmas Lights Tour
During Winterfest in the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg hang millions of lights across the cities. Whether you tour in your own vehicle or in the Pigeon Forge Trolley, the whole group will stay in constant awe of this unparalleled Christmas light display!
- Homemade Hot Cocoa
This Christmastime classic gets even better in a Smoky Mountain cabin, where you can sip on your homemade hot cocoa by a warm fire in the fireplace while playing Charades or watching your favorite holiday movies on the TV in the living room.
- THE Most Unique Gifts
Struggling to find a gift that means more than those bland, retail store buys? Make a visit to the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community where every handmade item, from pottery to jewelry to housewares, is unique and sold straight from the hands that created them.
- Million+ Lights Christmas Parade
Dollywood hosts its own Smoky Mountain Christmas extravaganza inside the park from late November through January with millions of lights, exuberant musical shows, and decorations among all the usual exciting rides! At the end of each evening, line up along the streets of Dollywood to experience the magical Parade of Many Colors, a march of all the family’s favorite Christmas characters and impressive floats touting an additional 4 million lights!
- Snow Tubing in Shorts
No need to bundle up for snow tubing at Pigeon Forge Snow! This exciting attraction is the first of its kind in the country, boasting real snow in a climate-controlled facility of 65-70 degrees where the whole family can make snow angels and snowmen in the Snow Play Area after racing down the snow tubing lanes!
- Cozy Cabin Movie Nights
Book a cabin with a large flatscreen TV in the living room to host Christmas movie screenings complete with sweet treats from the Country Candy Kitchen in Pigeon Forge, fresh stove-top buttery popcorn, and cushy couches to sink into. Want an authentic theater experience without the pricey tickets? Check out our cabins with private home theaters!
- Visit the Christmas Place
This epic Christmas store is jam-packed with anything and everything Christmas from specialty ornaments to elaborate model villages; they even offer designer assistance to decorate the interior or exterior of your home!
- Shopping Spree at Tanger Outlets in Sevierville
All your favorite brands in one place, but with those awesome outlet discounts – it’s the perfect place to go gift shopping or pick up that perfect outfit for an office holiday party or Christmas church service.
- Skiing and Indoor Ice Skating at Ober
Great for seasoned skiers or newbies to the slopes, Ober Gatlinburg boasts 10 slopes, classes, and rental gear for skiers and snowboarders. Hit the tubing lanes to race down the snowy hill or head inside the Ober Mall to enjoy warming up while the kids glide around the indoor ice rink on skates or in the ice bumper cars.
- Crafting in the Cabin
After some inspiration along the 8-mile loop of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, pick up some supplies from the local craft stores and make your annual family ornaments with some new ideas from the artisans!
- Coffee and Convo
Hit up Pigeon Forge’s hidden gem, Espresso Yourself in the Old Mill District, to sit back in one of their log rocking chairs with a smooth cup of hot coffee or a delicious signature latte to reconnect with friends during your tour of the city’s Christmas lights. Pick up a bag of their flavorful grinds to brew back at the cabin for morning coffee on the deck while enjoying your time spent in the mountains with friends and family, a better gift than anything store bought.
- Work Up a Fun Sweat
After being cooped in the house during the cool wintry weather, it’s time for the kids to work off some of that pent-up energy. At Top Jump Pigeon Forge, this impressive facility houses trampolines, 21 climbing lanes, a ninja course, dodgeball, and more!
- Gatlinburg’s Fantasy of Lights Parade
At 7:30 on December 7, 2018, grab a warm cup of hot chocolate and head to the streets of Gatlinburg for another magical Christmas Parade along the Parkway featuring over 100 parade floats, marching bands, performers, and musical productions covered in lights!
- See An Icy Waterfall
Laurel Falls is a gorgeous 80-foot cascading waterfall that’s popular among Smoky Mountain visitors year-round, but throw on some extra layers and take the 2.3 mile (roundtrip) paved trail to see the falls partially frozen over in certain areas creating a picturesque wintry scene.
- Halloween on Christmas
For those whose favorite holiday movie is Nightmare Before Christmas, this little excursion is just for you: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. Boasting over 10,000 square feet of Halloween horrors, take a break from all the Christmas craziness and divulge your darker side for a bit!
- Fly Down the Mountainside
Take a ride on one of a few mountain coasters while you are in the Smoky Mountain area for an intense roller coaster ride! These single-car coasters allow solo rides or parents and a child to race through the forestry, low to the ground for a one-of-a-kind tour down the mountain.
- Taste Seasonal Wines
Get a taste for Smoky Mountain wine country along the Rocky Top Wine Trail where each location boasts their own award-winning tastes, and after visiting 3 locations with your “passport,” receive a free gift in addition to the tastings!
- Splash into an Indoor Pool
Tell the kids to pack their swimsuits for some Christmastime splashes into one of our cabins’ indoor pools for a real treat during the cold wintry weather.
- Cheer on the Lumberjacks
While you may not need to chop any wood to use many of our cabins’ convenient electric fireplaces, watch the athletes at Paula Deen’s Lumberjack Feud go head-to-head while wood-cutting, throwing axes, and more inside the all new awesome arena!
- Enjoy Mountain Views in Firefly Village
High atop Anakeesta Mountain lies a magical Smoky Mountain attraction the whole family will love! After a day of touring the treetops along rope bridges, delicious treats, and breathtakingly beautiful mountain views, gather around the giant fire to enjoy a gorgeous sunset.
- Pick up Some Awesome Christmas Socks
Whether you choose to shop in the Old Mill District or at The Village in Gatlinburg, pick up the perfect pair of Christmas socks for the whole family to wear while playing board games around the dining room table or opening gifts by the fire.
- Christmas Zorbing
Want to do something truly unique while spending Christmas in the Smoky Mountains? Bounce down a 1,000-foot hill in a giant inflated ball! Zorbing is incredibly popular in New Zealand, and now you can experience it in the Smokies as a Christmas treat for the family!
- See a Christmas Show
There are numerous dinner shows and theaters to fit your taste along the Parkway, from the hilarious Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Disaster to the dazzling Christmas at Smoky Mountain Opry holiday show to the jaw-dropping acrobatics and equestrian teams during Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede!
- Visit the Titanic
While the Titanic Museum is always a must-see in Pigeon Forge, during November and December, the entire ship is filled with awe-inspiring, magical lights and displays!
- A Bluegrass Christmas
From December 5 – 8, the country’s most talented bluegrass bands and musicians are all packed into one event in the Smoky Mountain Convention Center for a holiday music festival that will woo your heart during this magical time of year!