There are endless opportunities to enjoy the Christmas season in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! With a variety of special events and activities, the Smokies are brimming with holiday cheer. Here are six of our favorite ways to celebrate the season when you stay at our Gatlinburg cabin rentals for Christmas:
1. Take in the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Lights
Each year, Gatlinburg and other communities in the Smoky Mountains are lit up with millions of colorful lights. This tradition, which began in 1989, has evolved into to a massive, environmentally friendly light show featuring beautiful, multicolored LED displays throughout the city. One of the best ways to appreciate the lights is to take a trolley ride through downtown Gatlinburg These holiday trolley rides are given every night throughout the holiday season. The Winter Magic celebration also includes special events, such as the very popular Gatlinburg Christmas Parade!
2. Relax and Celebrate the Holidays in Your Cabin
Our Gatlinburg cabin rentals for Christmas give you the chance to spend plenty of time relaxing and getting into the holiday spirit. Cabins provide the ideal mixture of rustic charm and modern luxuries. After a day of exploring Gatlinburg you can soak in the hot tub, prepare hot chocolate or eggnog, and watch your favorite holiday movies on TV or on your DVD player. The views from your cabin, which will probably include snow-capped trees and mountains, will also help you get into the Christmas spirit.
3. Find Unique Christmas Gifts in Gatlinburg
You can find lots of beautiful and unique gifts during your visit to the Smoky Mountains. At the Village Shops in Gatlinburg, you can purchase many locally made items, such as pottery, handmade candles, outdoor clothing, jewelry, gourmet foods, and much more. The Arts & Crafts Trail is an 8-mile loop of shops and galleries where you can find all kinds of exquisite items made by local artists. For more suggestions, check out our guide to 6 of the best Gatlinburg shopping spots to find Christmas gifts!
4. Attend Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival
Dollywood, one of the most popular destinations in the Gatlinburg area, has a Christmas festival that runs from early November through early January. In addition to spectacular holiday lights, you’ll find all kinds of holiday-themed entertainment and special events at the theme park. Kids will love meeting Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and all of Rudolph’s friends from the classic TV special. Dollywood also has many great restaurants where you can enjoy special holiday dishes.
5. Prepare Holiday Meals in Your Cabin
One of the advantages of staying in our Gatlinburg cabin rentals for Christmas is that you have a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare meals. This helps you save money and allows you to prepare the same kind of Christmas dinner you could make at home. You can buy all of your groceries nearby, as well as many local items that will give your holiday menu an extra special touch, such as premium smoked meats, jams, local wines, and delicious home baked pies and other desserts.
6. Enjoy Some of the Area’s Christmas Shows
The Gatlinburg area has many great Christmas shows that will help you get into the holiday spirit. Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry is a spectacular production that features Santa, elves, an amazing Nativity scene, acrobats, live animals, and ice skaters. Other Christmas shows in the area include Dixie Stampede Christmas, Biblical Times Christmas Feast, and the Lumberjack Feud Christmas Competition.
To start planning your holiday getaway, check out our complete selection of Gatlinburg cabin rentals for Christmas!