Welcome to fun after dark in Gatlinburg, TN, night owls! If your buzz kicks in when the sun goes down, give Gatlinburg nightlife a try. Whether you’re looking for a rush down the mountain, a place to belt out your best Bon Jovi, or spectacular city views with dazzling lights, you’ll find it here…and more. From showtimes and ghosts to dancing and cabin fun, check out our top things to do in Gatlinburg at night!
Ride a Mountain Coaster
Zoom down the mountain or coast through the forest as you travel at your own speed on a mountain coaster. And when the sun goes down, fairy lights guide your way on a nighttime adventure of twists, turns, and drops in the Smokies. Board the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster for a soft light experience or opt for the flashy coaster at Rowdy Bear Mountain with a colorful array of lights to spark the senses.
Enjoy a Show
Nighttime is the perfect time to see a show in Gatlinburg. If it’s been too long since your last gut busting belly laugh, then head to the Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. As Gatlinburg’s only musical comedy entertainment attraction, this theatre offers hysterical productions sure to keep you in stitches. And if you’re itching to have your mind blown, visit the Iris Theater for Impossibilities. This show combines Magic, Mindreading & Mayhem that will leave your jaw dropped!
Dance, Dance, Dance!
Bust a move, shake your tail feathers, and groove to the beats in Gatlinburg! Every weekend after 10:00 p.m., Blaine’s Grill & Bar transforms from a family-friendly restaurant to Club 812. Only those who are 21+ are allowed inside this nightclub, where a DJ cranks up the jams for a dance party. Is live music more your style? Pop into Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Gatlinburg that features stage performances, cocktails, and good eats.
Make Ghost Friends
Up for a little ghoulish galivanting? Take a stroll on a Ghost & Haunt Tour of Gatlinburg, where ghost hunters use professional equipment to guide you across town while recounting reported paranormal encounters along the way. If that’s a little too real for you, check out Ripley’s Haunted Adventure. This haunted house attraction will have your spine tingling and knees knocking before you even step through the door…
Sing into the Night
Paint the town red with karaoke in Gatlinburg! If you find yourself humming throughout the day, singing in the shower, and jamming in the car, a great way to spend your evening is karaoke with friends. Crawdaddy’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar offers Cajun style dishes to fuel your vocals, while the Smoky Mountain Brewery will give even the shyest of singers the courage to perform with their signature brews!
View the City
One of the best parts about Gatlinburg nightlife is the sensational view. With lights adorning the city, checking out the nighttime scenery is a must. Take the glass elevators up the 407-foot Gatlinburg Space Needle and step onto the 360-degree observation deck to take it all in. Or venture to the Gatlinburg Scenic Overlook, found on the Gatlinburg Bypass that follows between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Gatlinburg Spur, and park in lots 2 or 3 for the best evening views.
Play at YOUR Cabin
Perhaps at the tippy top of our list of things to do in Gatlinburg at night is playing at your Gatlinburg cabin (shocker)! Soaking in a steamy hot tub under the stars, splashing in a private indoor pool with color changing lights, watching movies with surround sound in the home theater, hosting a game tournament in the rec room, enjoying spa baths in the indoor jetted tub with scented candles, and whipping up midnight munchies from the fully equipped kitchen sure sounds like a blast to us.
Our top things to do in Gatlinburg at night? Mountain coasters, awesome shows, dance parties, city ghosts, karaoke, lit views, and cabin fun pretty much covers it. Join the exciting Gatlinburg nightlife on your next trip to the Smokies!