Best Winter Attractions in the Smokies

Top Locations on Our List This Christmas

Discover new holiday traditions in the Smokies by checking out the best winter attractions. From a scuba diving Santa Clause to year-round snow, you never know what you’ll find when you look hard enough for that special, Christmas magic that only the Smokies can bring. Continue reading to find out what our top recommendations are for you this holiday season!

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokiesscuba santa

Word around the tank is that Ripley’s Aquarium has enlisted the help of a very special someone to assist with the fish this month—that’s right, Santa himself is making waves at Ripley’s! For the month of December, you and your little ones can see the big man himself as he dives leagues below the surface and feeds some very special friends! Give your kids the photo-op of a lifetime and infinite bragging rights when their friends and families see the photo-proof of snorkelin’ Santa giving them a big thumbs up behind the glass!



pigeon forge snowPigeon Forge Snow

Give the family the gift of a white Christmas this year. Come to Pigeon Forge Snow for an indoor tubing experience that helps create the illusion of a perfect, snow-filled Christmas regardless of the weather outside. They keep the facility a toasty window of 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit, so there’s no need to worry about all the bulky layers.




Moonshine Mountain Coaster moonshine mountain coaster

Hop on the ‘one-horse open sleigh’ this year by catching a ride on Moonshine Mountain Coaster. Bring the whole family and zip through the mountains at 30mph. If you happen to catch the ride after dark, you’ll be able to ride with Christmas lights as your guide. Come on down and experience this one-of-a-kind coaster ride.





Winterfest Lights

Create new holiday traditions this year by visiting Winterfest! Round up the whole family for this one because this is a spectacle you won’t want to miss. During Winterfest, Pigeon Forge is draped in more than 6 million holiday lights, creating a winter wonderland for both locals and guests alike! Your little ones will remember the lights for years to come, and what better way to light the way for new traditions?

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