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4 Amazing Winter Things to do in Gatlinburg Before the Season Ends

With so many winter things to do in Gatlinburg, we would hate for you to miss out on all of the fun. In this article, you’ll find 4 winter things to do in Gatlinburg before the season ends.

1. See the Winterfest Lights in Gatlinburg

Winterfest kicked off around mid-November 2014, and all the sparkling LED lights across Gatlinburg have been lit ever since. Winterfest continues through the end of February, so you can see the lights any night of the week. All you have to do is drive along the Gatlinburg Parkway and you’ll see all the sparkling lights through the city. If you wander the Gatlinburg Parkway at night, there’s a lot of great photo opportunities, too!

2. Winter Sports 
Aerial Tramway overlooking Ober Gatlinburg

Although Ober Gatlinburg is open daily, year round, there’s nothing better than enjoying the winter sports during the winter season. You can take a ride on the Aerial Tramway to see the view of the mountains as you ride up to the Ober Gatlinburg attraction.

While you’re at Ober Gatlinburg, there’s many things to do, like ice skating, skiing and snow tubing. There’s so many different activities at Ober Gatlinburg, so even if you don’t want to ski or snowboard, you can still enjoy the area. Here’s a few things to do at Ober Gatlinburg outside of the winter sports:

  • Alpine Slide
  • Scenic Chairlift
  • Wildlife Encounter
  • Seasons of Ober Restaurant
  • Eateries like The Snack Bar and the Sidewalk Cafe
  • Nearly a dozen shops to browse

If you need more reason to visit Ober, here’s 3 Reasons to Visit the Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort When You Stay in a Gatlinburg Cabin Rental.

To learn more about Ober Gatlinburg’s prices and operating hours, take a look here:

Are you a fan of winter activities, but you don’t want to head out to the ski resort? Right at your cabin in Gatlinburg, you can plan a snowball fight or build a snowman if you’re lucky enough to be ‘snowed in’ in your cabin!

View of road through the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg3. Take a Short Hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The winter season in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most beautiful. Since the weather has cooled down and winter is definitely here, now is a great time to start planning your trip to the mountains. Even when the lower elevations aren’t covered in snow, the treetops at the higher elevations are usually covered with at least a dusting of snow.

This makes for great pictures and a wonderful winter experience in the mountains. Just don’t forget to bundle up before you head out onto the trails–the weather is a lot cooler in the upper elevations and you don’t want to be too cold!

4. Winter Shopping in Gatlinburg

When you’re looking for winter things to do in Gatlinburg, why not do a little shopping? There’s hundreds of great places in Gatlinburg to do a little shopping. All you have to do is take a walk up and down the Parkway and you’ll run into shop after shop. Stop in for a cup of hot chocolate or hot coffee and browse through all of the souvenir shops and unique shopping areas throughout Gatlinburg.

When you’re planning out your trip with all of these fun winter things to do in Gatlinburg, don’t forget to stay in one of the beautiful Gatlinburg cabin rentals near all of the action-packed fun of Gatlinburg. If you have any questions about our rentals, give us a call any time. Our vacation rental experts are standing by to help you plan a wonderful winter vacation.