7 of the Best Things to Do in Gatlinburg TN in December

Admiring the snow covered mountains and downtown area is one of the best things to do in Gatlinburg TN in December.

Many people call the holiday season “the most wonderful time of the year”, and we’re inclined to agree with them! During the month of December, the city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee is transformed into a winter wonderland complete with festive decorations, special events, and (fingers crossed) snow-capped mountains. To help you make the most of your holiday vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to all of the best things to do in Gatlinburg TN in December. Continue reading

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A New Holiday Tradition: See Santa in Gatlinburg TN on The Strip

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If your kids are hoping to see Santa Claus this Christmas season, you won’t have to travel to the North Pole to snag a meet and greet with St. Nick! This December, the big man himself will be in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee to pose for photos with guests of all ages. Santa’s residency on The Strip is a brand new holiday tradition sponsored by the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce and Anakeesta, the city’s most-buzzed-about attraction. To help you plan your winter vacation, Visit My Smokies has put together a handy guide to seeing Santa in Gatlinburg TN. Continue reading

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Top 5 Things to Do in Pigeon Forge for Adults

The Ole Smoky Barn at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge, TN is well known as one of America’s very best family vacation hubs. However, our Smoky Mountain city is also a wonderful destination for adults! Whether you’re in town with a group of friends or you’re enjoying a couple’s escape, Pigeon Forge is jam-packed with fun attractions and activities that you’re sure to love. To help you make the most of your next getaway, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to five awesome things to do in Pigeon Forge for adults. Continue reading

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Business Insider Ranks Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights Among Best in Nation

If you think that your neighbors go all out with their Christmas lights, wait until you visit Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains! As part of the annual Winterfest celebration, the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville are decked out with millions of stunning LED light displays. Visitors come from all around the country to see these breathtaking holiday decorations. Continue reading

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Dollywood Christmas Festival Extends Dates into January

The Showstreet theater at Dollywood lit up with Christmas lights.

Update: Due to popular demand, Dollywood is extending the dates for its Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival! The theme park will now be open on January 2 and January 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Dollywood originally planned to close for the season on January 1, but many guests asked the theme park to stay open for a few additional days. Lots of schools remain closed for Christmas break in early January, which makes the start of the new year the perfect time for a trip to Pigeon Forge.

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Clingmans Dome Observation Tower Reopens for Winter

Photograph of the Clingmans Dome tower in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Update: The Clingmans Dome observation tower is now open for the winter. The iconic tower has been closed for repairs since August 23, 2017, but cold weather has ended restoration efforts for the season. Vacationers can drive to Clingmans Dome through the end of November, but Clingmans Dome Road will be inaccessible to cars from December 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. However, hikers can still visit the tower throughout the winter. Repair work on Clingmans Dome is expected to resume in the spring. Continue reading

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7 New Attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge

The Chondola station for Anakeesta in Gatlinburg.

It’s time to add a few more items to your Smoky Mountain bucket list! A number of incredible new businesses have opened in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN this year, and you definitely don’t want to miss any of them during your next vacation. To help you keep track of the latest developments in town, Visit My Smokies has put together a guide to seven new attractions in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Continue reading

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Finally Revealed: The Dollywood Cinnamon Bread Recipe

Dollywood Cinnamon Bread Recipe and the Dollywood Grist Mill.

While Dollywood is most famous for its thrilling rides and world-class entertainment, it is also a great place to enjoy some mouthwatering country cooking! Dollywood currently holds a Golden Ticket Award for having the best food of any theme park in the world. Running the gamut from barbeque to pizza, Dollywood’s restaurants truly have something for everyone. Continue reading

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Where to Buy Gatlinburg Souvenirs and Pigeon Forge Souvenirs

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Souvenir shopping is an essential part of any vacation! Long after your visit to the Smoky Mountains is over, you can look back at a special keepsake from Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge and enjoy a flood of happy memories from your getaway. Of course, your friends and family members back home will also love receiving a few gifts from the Smokies. To help you make the most of your next escape, we have put together a convenient guide to finding the best Gatlinburg souvenirs and Pigeon Forge souvenirs. Continue reading

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All the Details: Pigeon Forge Car Shows and Rod Runs for 2018

Vintage blue car at a car show in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge car shows and rod runs are some of the most popular things to do in the area. Visitors come from all over the country just to see and show their classic cars. In this article, you will find the schedule for all of the upcoming Pigeon Forge car shows and rod runs in 2018 as well as information like cost, how to avoid traffic and where to stay when you visit. Continue reading

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