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Memories made from a wintertime Smoky Mountain vacation are packed with family adventures that you can’t find anywhere else. From skiing to storytelling festivals to concerts and light shows, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Planning your vacation begins with deciding which attractions you want to visit this year.
Festivals and Other Attractions
The Smoky Mountains offer a wide range of special events during the winter months. The Storytelling Festival is usually held in February and includes weekend workshops where you can listen to the best storytellers in the region and work on your own stories. Exploring the wild is also popular in the Smoky Mountains. Weekend tours include searching for owls in their natural habitat, tracking animals on guided hikes, and learning about the native animals and plants are all possible during Wilderness Week. Wilderness Week is in early January and includes family activities such as biking and a hog calling contest in addition to other activities.
The Pigeon Forge Winter Fest is an event that includes one of the biggest light shows in the country. The light show is rated among the top ten in the U.S. Guided trolley and hay rides that showcase the light show are available until the end of December. In 2005, over 60,000 people visited the Smoky Mountains for the event. Don’t forget to watch the fireworks show on New Year’s Eve while visiting the Smokies. There are special events planned in Sevierville, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge.
For those seeking a low-key adventure the arts and crafts communities are an excellent way to enjoy the unique culture of the region. Accommodations range from hotels to cabins set in romantic locations in the mountains. Weddings are popular in the Smoky Mountains during the cooler months of the year. The background scenery of stunning mountains and forests makes this region right perfect spot for a winter wonderland wedding. Snow usually falls in the higher elevations, but only infrequently at lower altitudes.
A dusting of snow is common during the winter in the Smoky Mountains. If you are visiting the Smokies this winter, you can check the weather a few days before your trip to see what to expect.