4 Tips for a Magical Christmas in Gatlinburg

Holiday light display celebrating Christmas in Gatlinburg.
November 29, 2016

The holidays are right around the corner, so now's the time to start planning your family's Christmas in Gatlinburg. There's no better place to experience the spirit of the season while spending time with your loved ones, so follow these 4 tips for the most magical Christmas imaginable!

1. Plan a Day of Holiday Shopping

One of the most popular ways to celebrate Christmas in Gatlinburg is to explore all the amazing and unique shops in the area. Whether you’re finishing up your Christmas shopping list or treating yourself to some fun souvenirs, there are hundreds of fun souvenir stores, local artisan shops and incredible outlet stores that will have everything you’re looking for and so much more.

For a shopping trip unlike anything you’ve ever experienced, we recommend checking out the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. This 8-mile loop is the most diverse, incredible collection of artists and crafters in the southeast. Here you’ll find beautiful paintings, pottery, photographs, quilts and baskets and tasty homemade candies and treats, to name just a few!

2. Enjoy the Outdoors

The city of Gatlinburg and the mountains covered in snow.

Christmas in Gatlinburg is a wonderful time of year to explore the great outdoors. The mountains are snowy, the trees stand tall and bare like statues and you can see for miles and miles. Whether you take a drive, hike a trail or simply enjoy the views from your Gatlinburg cabin, you’ll be blown away by the beauty that surrounds you.

One of the best ways to take in the sights is driving the 11-mile Cades Cove loop. This relaxing drive will allow you to see all the beautiful mountain views, most likely including some up close animal sightings, while relaxing in your comfortable, heated vehicle. Make sure to dedicate half a day to touring Cades Cove because there’s a lot to see!

3. Rent a Smoky Mountain Cabin

For a relaxing and fun Christmas in Gatlinburg, you’ll want to book a few days at a Gatlinburg cabin. Because you want your vacation to be easy and stress-free, it is important to stay somewhere affordable, conveniently located and well equipped, and our cabins meet all these expectations and more!

Our cabins have all the most fun amenities in a spa-like setting. Your kids will have a blast competing in air hockey and foosball tournaments or having afternoon movie marathons, and the adults in the group will enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether you spend the day soaking in the hot tub, reading in front of the fireplace or napping in your comfortable king bed is up to you! Just be sure to spend plenty of time unwinding and recharging your batteries before heading back to the real world!

4. See the Holiday Lights

Christmas lights beside the river in downtown Gatlinburg.

Taking time to enjoy the amazing holiday light displays and decorations is the most festive way to celebrate Christmas in Gatlinburg! There’s no where in the world to see more impressive holiday decor, and there are many great ways to experience the lights!

For amazing 360 degree views of the twinkling lights, take a trip 400 feet in the sky to the Gatlinburg Space Needle! You’ll be blown away by the sparkly, festive Smoky Mountain scene below!

Book your stay at a Gatlinburg cabin today to make sure your family will have a magical Christmas in Gatlinburg that they will remember for years to come!