• Christmas Attractions and Events in Gatlinburg

    Looking for ways to enjoy the Christmas splendor for an upcoming trip to Gatlinburg? We’ve got you covered with holiday events right here as listed by Gatlinburg.com. Take a look and plan ahead!


    SkyLift Park “Lights Over Gatlinburg”

    November 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020

    “The holidays are a special time in Gatlinburg, and this year there’s no better place to experience the magic than the SkyLift Park.

    Join us as the SkyLift and SkyDeck become a celebration of the holidays with Christmas decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, and take in the best views in Gatlinburg as you gaze out over town and deep into the Smoky Mountains while warming up around the fire pit with a hot chocolate or cider.

    Next, make your way up to the SkyBridge which will become even more incredible as it is transformed into a tunnel of vibrant lights stretching out across the mountain to create a holiday experience you’ll always remember.

    Through Sunday, December 15, guests can save $4 on tickets purchased at the SkyLift Park by bringing a new toy to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.”

    See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-skylift-park-lights-over-gatlinburg/.


    Enchanted Winter Celebration at Anakeesta
    November 26, 2019 – February 17, 2020

    “Anakeesta transforms into a woodland winter wonderland! Make your winter vacation plans special this Season with twinkling lights, holiday sights, and warm cocoa around the fire – discover it all during Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter celebration!

    – Immerse yourself in an enchanting 1000′ tunnel of twinkling arctic lights as you stroll from Firefly Village to Vista Garden
    – Enjoy whimsically decorated live Christmas trees at Vista Gardens and on the Parkway
    – Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the beautiful display of holiday lights throughout Anakeesta
    – Santa will be handing out treats and available for family holiday photos at Firefly Village November 29-30 and December 20-21 from 11 AM – 3 PM creating special memories with families and children
    – Discover the perfect selfie spot at our giant Anakeesta Snow Globe where the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park acts as a natural scenic backdrop
    – Stroll along the Treetop Skywalk at night and immerse yourself in a – Forest of Firefly lights that every adult and child will want to experience
    – Enjoy Winter food specials and hot drinks like our famous Wassail at Cliff Top Grill and Bar and Pearl’s Pie in the Sky
    – Shop our quaint retail shops to find the perfect Holiday gifts you will want to share with friends and family
    – Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the holiday lights
    – And….when it snows in the mountains, Anakeesta is the very best spot to enjoy the views of fresh snowfall on the Mt. LeConte range.”

    See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/enchanted-winter-celebration-at-anakeesta/.


    Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
    November 29, 2019 – December 22, 2019

    “Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!

    Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29-30 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on Dec 6-7, 13-14, 20-21. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights….making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!”

    See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-smoky-mountain-tunes-and-tales/.


    New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
    December 31, 2019

    “On Tuesday, December 31, Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for it’s 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Since 1987, this family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s end-of-the-year celebration will be a spectacular start of a new decade.

    With live music, fabulous downtown celebrations and activities, the streets of Gatlinburg come alive to offer plenty of exciting ways to celebrate the last night of the year, all while leading up to a midnight firework show and ball drop at the base of the 400-foot Space Needle.

    This year, the renowned Journey tribute band, Departure, joins the downtown celebration with an exciting live performance beginning at 10:30 pm. The party is adjacent to the Space Needle at 120 Historic Nature Trail.

    Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses.”

    See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-ball-drop-and-fireworks-show/.

  • Newer Developments in Gatlinburg

    While we still have quite a few weeks away before Spring officially begins, or even Spring Break for that matter, we still would like to encourage anyone interested in visiting the Smokies in the near future to consider building some plans for Spring already – and not just for what we already have and the traditional special events you can expect, but some new things in the city you may or may not know about!

    Here’s some new things in Gatlinburg we wanted to highlight here; some of it not yet here, and some of it already ready to enjoy. Take a look:

     

    Ole Red
    511 Parkway #209, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    www.olered.com/gatlinburg

    STATUS: Opening March 2019.

    “Country fans already know this place gets its name from superstar Blake Shelton’s breakout hit, “Ol’ Red.” Being here is a lot like hanging out with the guy himself: laid-back and genuine, up for anything, a bit irreverent (but always fun)—and set to great music. Ole Red has a little something for everyone in the heart of the Smokies!

    We cordially invite you to settle in with a Blake-approved cocktail, order a plate of Redneck Nachos, or try the super-stacked Ober Gatlin-Burger. And you feel like sharing, snap a selfie with our famous Champagne of Fried Chicken, brined in Miller High Life, fried to perfection, and served in a champagne bucket. You can’t go wrong here; every one of our made-from-scratch menu items and special desserts is a crowd pleaser.” – website

    Gatlinburg Pinball Museum
    205 Historic Nature Trail, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    http://gatlinburgpinballmuseum.com
    (865) 430-1811

    STATUS: Open.

    “The best kind of museum is one where you can play with the exhibits. Our goal is to give our guests a fun, informative experience by sharing our love and passion for pinball. Our collection includes mostly Limited Editions from both modern times and dating back to the 1960’s!

    Some of our pinballs include: Medieval Madness, Attack From Mars, Lord of the Rings, Metallica, Dialed In, The Addams Family Gold Edition, The Walking Dead, the 1965 classic Gottlieb Sky-Line, and many more! Located off the Parkway on Historic Nature Trail, just past the Space Needle.” – website

     

    The Celtic Shop, Gatlinburg
    651 Parkway #103 Behind LIDS, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    http://thecelticshopgatlinburg.com
    (865) 773-5711

    STATUS: Open.

    “Amid the busy tourist town of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, you can find The Celtic Shop, a little place where you’ll discover a huge selection of Celtic goods and be greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable staff. Featuring genuine pieces that our staff hand selects during visits to Ireland and Scotland. The Celtic Shop allows you to bring a piece of your Irish, Scottish, and Scots-Irish heritage home from your Great Smoky Mountains visit. Visit us and see why the locals shop here and why the tourists we love come back year after year.” – website

    Cliff Top Grill & Bar
    576 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    http://anakeesta.com
    (865) 325-2400

    STATUS: Open.

    “Anakeesta’s newest addition, Cliff Top, located in Firefly Village at the top of Anakeesta Mountain, offers delicious dining with an even better view. The menu includes ½ pound char-grilled burgers, entrée salads, house specialties like our Smokehouse Stacker, our famous bucket -o- chips and so much more!” – website

     

    Rampant Lion
    734 Powdermill Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
    (865) 567-5217

    STATUS: Open.

    “The menu celebrates the Celtic nations, including fish & chips, bangers & mash, and more! Also, full wine selection and bar menu.” – gatlinburg.com

    Amazing Gatlinburg Race
    Downtown Gatlinburg, TN, 37738
    (865) 436-1630
    https://amazinggatlinburgrace.com/

    STATUS: Opening Spring 2019.

    “If you’ve ever found yourself laying on the couch binge-watching The Amazing Race and showering the contestants with insults about their lack of physical prowess, here’s your chance to step up and play, but without the cameras in your face. Get your team together for the race that you won’t forget. The blood pumping, adrenaline flowing Amazing Gatlinburg Race is here.

    When you play the Amazing Gatlinburg Race, you will experience a part of your family vacation that cannot be compared. You will experience Cherokee and Appalachian mysteries the average tourist will never crack. Will your team be the first to unveil all of the secret clues and mysteries awaiting your discovery?” – website

    Stay tuned for more developments in Gatlinburg as we get to move into Spring!