2023 Christmas Events & Activities in The Smokies

Celebrate the holidays with fun Christmas events and activities in the Smokies! Whether you’re looking for photo opportunities, family-fun activities, or holiday memories in the making, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites to share with you.

Happy holidays from your friends at Smoky Mountain Navigator!

Pictures With Santa & Christmas Grouch at Toy Box Mini Golf

Christmas Events & Activities in The Smokies

Looking for a fun photo-op with both Santa and the Christmas Grouch this holiday season? Let your inner child run free at Toy Box Mini Golf, a unique, toy-themed mini golf experience that’s the perfect backdrop for holiday-themed outing. 

Santa Dates:

  • December 2, 2023 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • December 16, 2023 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Grouch Dates:

  • December 2, 2023 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • December 16, 2023 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Santa Hustle Smokies 5K

Christmas Events & Activities in The Smokies

If all you want for Christmas is a new PR, then buckle up! Thousands are preparing to hit the streets of Townsend for the annual Santa Hustle Smokies 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon on December 10th in Townsend. Both runners and walkers are invited to join this magical time together!

Along with promising a jolly good time, Santa Hustle also prides itself on giving back! This year’s charity that will benefit from the race is Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, whose mission is to provide accessible, affordable, and quality healthcare for the medically uninsured of Sevier County. 

Registration is still open for the event, so be sure to hurry and secure your spot! 

The Grinch Movie Night 


Have you ever wanted to watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) with the Grinch himself in attendance? The Ancient Lore Village in Knoxville is making it happen! The infamous Christmas grouch will be stopping by to say hello and have a quip or two at the ready to see everyone before the movie starts. 

A fun dinner is included followed by popcorn and a full candy bar sweet enough to soothe any Whoville-level sweet tooth there. 

Join the fun on December 21st at 6 PM!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of Christmas events & activities to do in the Smokies.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from your friends at Smoky Mountain Navigator!

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