Festive Winter Activities to Explore in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Festive Winter Activities to Explore in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

Tennessee is a great vacation destination during the spring and summer seasons, but what about during the winter? Sundance Vacations has the inside scoop on the exciting activities that the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg areas have to offer during the snowy, chilly months.

Looking for a winter getaway? Sunrise Ridge Resort and Bent Creek Golf Village are the places to stay! Both resorts have spacious rooms and exceptional amenities. Sunrise Ridge Resort sits only five minutes away from the famous Dollywood Park! Whereas Bent Creek Golf Resort is located just 30 minutes from Ober Gatlinburg! Be sure to login to your Sundance Vacations account to check out both resorts!

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood—an amusement park packed with fast-paced fun—has no shortage of holiday festivities! From now until January 2nd, you can experience Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. With bright lights, merry music, and a myriad of shows, you’re not going to want to miss this yearly spectacular. Take the children for a stroll through Santa’s Village, cozy-up in the Palace Theater with family and friends to watch one of the many award-winning shows like “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and finish off your night by watching the Merry & Bright firework show. Your family isn’t going to want to miss this magical event!

Ober Gatlinburg

Located thirty minutes away from Bent Creek Golf Village is Ober Gatlinburg—an amusement park packed with icy activities. Skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, and ice skating are only some of the sports to experience here. Skiing season usually lasts throughout March at Ober, so you have plenty of time to perfect your skills! They even have special group nights such as, ladies’ night, college night, and church on the slopes, so be sure to check those dates if interested. There are things to do at Ober for adults and children alike! Experience the rides and wildlife while there, too, to make your day complete.


Another must-experience event in Pigeon Forge is Winterfest, which is held in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville TN from November 11th through February 15th and is filled to the brim with winter fun. There’s no such thing as too many light shows and Tennessee can prove it! For a calming night out, try Pigeon Forge’s Driving Tour of Lights. Drive through tunnels of twinkling bulbs and let the colors pass you by. More in the mood for a chuckle? The Redneck Comedy Bus Christmas Lights Tour may be more your speed. Be sure to wear your silliest Christmas sweater (as per Winterfest’s recommendation!) and be prepared to laugh the whole way through.

Old Sugarlands Trail

If you want to get right into the thick of it and fill your boots with snow, there are several hiking trails every outdoor enthusiast should try with the bonus of no bugs or sticky heat! One of the most popular trails is the Old Sugarlands Trail. This 7.5-mile-long trail can be quite the challenge for those newer to hiking and exciting for those that are more experienced. Take in the scenic snowy sights of the Smoky Mountains while diving deep into the rich history of the area.

Fun Indoor Activities

If you don’t like to be outside during the cold winter months, there are tons of indoor activities just for you. The surrounding area around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have arcades, movie theaters, museums, and dinner theaters—one of the most fantastical being Pirates Voyage—a swashbuckling adventure for the whole family! Be sure to read the Sundance Vacations post about dinner theaters to learn more!

Be sure to also check out more winter activities discussed on the blog!

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