Fun Winter Activities in Gatlinburg

winterfest gatlinburgThere is something magical about spending the winter in an iconic white wonderland like Gatlinburg, Tennessee. With so much to do during the cold months of the year, it’s no wonder that so many people are choosing quaint Gatlinburg to spend their winter vacations.

If you are looking for that special winter moment, look no further. There are adventures around every corner.

One of the first winter activities that crosses everyone’s minds would be hitting the slopes to get in some amazing skiing and snowboarding time on the mountainside. With Ober Gatlinburg just around the corner, you can fill your day with a healthy dose of snow sports. Don’t know how to ski or snowboard? Would you like to learn? Lessons are available if you’re looking to pick up a new hobby. The day can also be filled with a fun and adrenaline-inducing tubing session or a leisurely skate around the ice rink.

ober gatlinburg skiingIf you’re looking for something a little more low key, the Smoky Mountain Winterfest may be for you. This festival runs from the beginning of November into February and boasts a number of varied activities. From fine arts and crafts to fantastic displays of lights (2 million of them!) and shows, you will always find something to keep you entertained.

New Year’s Eve is a special night for many people and it deserves to be celebrated with flair. Join the locals around the Space Needle for the Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Many people come home during this time just to celebrate with their friends and family. Join in on the festivities with the champagne toast. If you’re looking for an authentic experience in Gatlinburg this winter, this would be it.

special olympics tennesseeAnd if you’re looking for something exciting, competition can be found at the annual Tennessee Winter Special Olympics at Ober Gatlinburg in January. Cheer on the athletes during the three day trial as they compete in snowboarding, skiing, and ice skating!

With so much to do and see this winter, Gatlinburg is the place to be to truly appreciate the winter festivities. What more could you ask than a bit of snow, beautiful lights, friendly locals, and endless snow activities?

Erica Kuschel is half of the team at Over Yonderlust. When they aren’t out looking for new adventures across the world, they spend their time in their hometown- Austin, Texas.