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Escape to a Winter Wonderland in the Great Smoky Mountains

Surrounded on three sides by the Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg is the perfect basecamp for adventure. Don’t miss our annual Winter Magic Celebration! In addition to thousands of twinkling lights, the city is illuminated with rosy cheeks and glowing smiles enjoying Gatlinburg’s walkable Parkway. Experience over 50 unique attractions, eclectic dining options, a diverse holiday shopping scene, and more – all in the heart of the Smokies. 


Start your day on the sweet side by pairing your morning coffee with freshly baked donuts, and pastries at The Donut Friar. Looking for a heartier breakfast? Get yourself some eggs made to order, or maybe a mountain of pancakes at The Pancake Pantry. Then take a stroll through the village and peruse the 27 boutique style storefronts, where you can find everything from homemade soaps to hiking gear and more.


Head to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, where you can take in beautiful views of the city from 500 feet in the air on the longest pedestrian cable bridge in North America. And while you are taking things to new heights, try Anakeesta, an outdoor theme park featuring AnaVista Tower, the highest point in the city – the stuff of sunset dreams. Grab a bite to eat at Gatlinburg Brewing Company. Warm yourself up with a hot stone-fired pizza made fresh daily accompanied by a local brew – and don’t miss your chance for an Instagram-worthy moment around the city’s towering Christmas tree just a few feet away!


Don’t miss Gatlinburg after dark! Stroll downtown, illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights for the Winter Magic Celebration. Enjoy some live music and Southern inspired cuisine at Ole Red Gatlinburg. Then, get yourself a night cap, at the Ole Smoky Holler.

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