Nothing beats visiting the Smoky Mountains during Christmas, and lucky for you Christmas lasts all December long here! Spending Christmas in the Smokies is just what you need to get in the holiday spirit and spread the holiday cheer. Here are 6 signs you should spend your Christmas in the Smoky Mountains:
1. You want to watch an incredible Christmas show.
If you’ve been searching for the perfect family fun to get you in the Christmas spirit, then a Christmas show in the Smoky Mountains is just what you need. From comedy to holiday classics, you can see it all. The Hatfield & McCoy Christmas Dinner Disaster is one of the most popular shows and is something that will get the whole family laughing. Watch as the Hatfield and McCoy families try to set aside their differences in the spirit of the season and enjoy singing and dancing, surprising stunts, and comedy. For a feel-good show, head to Country Tonite. Their talented cast covers all the holiday classics and your favorite characters like Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus!
2. You love looking at Christmas lights.
If you just can’t get enough of sparkling Christmas light displays, there is no better place to be than the Smoky Mountains. During the Christmas season, the area is decked out in more than 15 million lights, and there are plenty of opportunities to see them all. Simply drive down the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg Parkways to see the towns illuminated in dazzling Christmas colors. You’ll see fairytale characters, Smoky Mountain wildlife, ornaments, Christmas trees, and so much more. For a special way of seeing the lights, go to Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville. This holiday event has dozens of visual light displays that are synced to music you can hear in your car!
3. You want to do more holiday shopping.
Having trouble finding the perfect gifts for your loved ones? Come to the Smoky Mountains! There are dozens of holiday shops that make finding a gift easy. One of the best places to go is The Village in Gatlinburg. Not only are there 27 boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothing stores, but everything is beautifully decorated for Christmas! All the shops have Christmas trees, lights, and garland to create a picture-perfect Christmas scene.
4. You want to attend an award-winning Christmas festival.
Have you always wanted to attend an award-winning Christmas festival? That’s a sign you need to come to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. This festival has been named the best in America for over a decade, and it’s not hard to see why! With 5 million sparkling lights and tons of Christmas fun, you’ll be amazed with everything the festival has to offer. There are award-winning shows, holiday meals, a visit with Santa Claus, a parade, and more!
5. Your kids (or you!) want to meet Santa Claus.
If the kids have been begging you to take them to meet Santa, bring them to the Smoky Mountains! There are plenty of opportunities to meet Jolly Ol’ St. Nick. If you want to do some shopping, visit Santa’s Claus-et in Gatlinburg! Not only are there plenty of Christmas ornaments and decorations for you to browse through, Santa Claus spends a lot of time in the shop and is available for photos. You can also meet Santa at Dollywood and Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. For more places you can meet Santa, read our blog, “Where to Find Santa Claus in the Smoky Mountains at Christmas.”
6. You’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas.
There’s always a chance of snow in the Smokies during Christmastime! If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, there’s no better place to be. One way to guarantee you see snow is to go to Ober Gatlinburg! Hit the slopes for a few hours for a skiing, snowboarding, or tubing adventure. You can also go to Pigeon Forge Snow to go indoor snow tubing! Their snow is made from 100 percent real water. If you stay in a cabin, you’ll have gorgeous views of snow-covered mountains and winter scenery!
These are the sure signs you should spend Christmas in the Smoky Mountains! Start by searching for the perfect Smoky Mountain cabin, then book your stay.