With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are starting to get in the Christmas spirit here at the Gatlinburg Space Needle. In the spirit of Christmas, we are giving you some tips for things to do in Gatlinburg and the Smokies through the holidays. Gatlinburg and the surrounding area offers plenty of Christmas-time entertainment. We hope you will check some of these out and report back to us.
Gatlinburg Christmas Lights
Every year Gatlinburg lights up the town with Christmas lights starting in November (see: Gatlinburg Winter Magic). There are multiple ways to see these lights. One way to take in all the beautiful Gatlinburg Christmas lights is to just hop in your car and drive around. Of course, doing this has its downsides: the driver does not get a good look and then there’s the always-hated traffic. We recommend
either taking the Gatlinburg Trolley–they offer the Trolley Ride of Lights–or take a ride up to our observation deck at night and take in aerial view of the beautiful display of lights (you can buy your tickets in advance through the Space Needle online store).
The Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood is almost a must see if you are going to be in town for the holidays. Rather than talk you to death about it, we will just direct you to a previous post we did on this very thing: Christmas at Dollywood.
Go See Santa!
Okay, some of our readers may not be very interested in sitting on Santa’s lap, but it is not Christmas unless the kids get to see the jolly fellow. And what better place to take the children to see Santa than the Smoky Mountains? To our knowledge, there are two places in the area where Santa is now seeing the boys and girls: at Bass Pro Shop in Sevierville and at Christmas Wonderland at Smokies Stadium in Sevierville.
What is your favorite thing to do in Gatlinburg during Christmas? Let us know in the comments.