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What to Do in Gatlinburg for Christmas

The holiday season is upon on us, bringing with it dazzling decorations, chilly temperatures, and a feeling of family, friendship, and excitement for people of all ages.

If you are planning to spend the holidays in Tennessee, there are plenty of things to do in Gatlinburg for Christmas.

Festival of Lights

Whatever you celebrate, sparkling lights are probably part of your festivities.

Gatlinburg offers visitors a variety of ways to illuminate their holiday experience.

Start with the Trolley Ride of Lights aboard the Gatlinburg Trolley.

The guided tour takes you through the Winter Magic Light displays throughout the area where you can gaze at some of the most awe-inspiring décor of the season.

There is also the Annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade in the downtown section of the city.

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The parade stars marching bands from Tennessee and neighboring states as well as floats, character balloons, and the big man himself—Santa Claus.


Christmas Shows

If you’re wondering what to do in Gatlinburg for Christmas… taking in the holiday shows is a must.

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Try family-friendly options like the Hatfield & McCoy Christmas or the Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, where you and your party will see a massive nativity, sugar plum fairies, and Santa and his team of dancing elves.

Head over to Dollywood for Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede or Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival.

The theme park’s holiday spectacular features millions of lights, entertainment, music, floats, and Christmas’ top celebrities like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.


Winter Fun

Winter sports are a top choice if you are pondering what to do in Gatlinburg for Christmas and the holidays.

Once the snow falls, head outside your cozy cabin to make your own Frosty the Snowman.

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There is also snow tubing and ice skating at Ober or visiting the Wilson Glyn Christmas Tree Farm to pick out your very own tree to decorate.

Head over to the Smoky Mountains National Park to view the frozen waterfalls.

Even though some of the parks may be closed during the winter, there are plenty of gorgeous landscapes to see with your family during the holidays.

Now that you know what to do during Christmas, consider the best places to stay in Gatlinburg.

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