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11 Nov 2023
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As autumn fades into winter, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, transforms into a picturesque wonderland nestled within the embrace of the Smoky Mountains. Beyond the snowy peaks, this charming town beckons with a myriad of winter activities that cater to both thrill-seekers and those searching for a cozy respite. Let's dive into the heart of Gatlinburg's winter charm, exploring specific details to make your visit truly unforgettable.

Slope-Lovers' Paradise at Ober Mountain

Ober Mountain offers a plethora of exciting winter activities. Whether you're a seasoned skier, an adventurous snowboarder, or someone captivated by the idea of tubing down snow-covered hills, Ober Mountain promises an exhilarating experience. Here are a few of the winter activities that await:

Alpine Skiing

Ober Mountain boasts well-groomed slopes suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to expert skiers. Take advantage of the ski school for personalized lessons, ensuring that even first-timers can confidently navigate the mountainside.

Snowboarding Adventures

For those who prefer a sideways approach to the slopes, Ober Mountain offers a snowboarding terrain park with features for riders of varying skill levels. Again, the resort boasts boasts slopes for snowboarders of all skill levels, and expert snowboarding instruction is available for beginners.

Snow Tubing Thrills

Experience the pure joy of Ober Mountain's snow tubing as you slide down specially-designed tubing lanes. With multiple lanes to choose from, you can engage in friendly races with family and friends, adding a touch of competition to your winter activity.

Scenic Aerial Tramway Ride

Take a break from the slopes and embark on the scenic Aerial Tramway ride. Marvel at the winter landscape unfolding below as you ascend from the starting point on Parkway (the station is located at Parkway and LeConte Street in downtown Gatlinburg) to Ober Mountain, enjoying breathtaking panoramic views of the Smoky Mountains.

Ice Skating on the Ober Rink

Lace up your skates and glide across the Ober Rink, an indoor ice-skating venue that provides year-round fun. Grab a cup of hot cocoa or cider, escape the cold outdoors, and enjoy this winter sport with the added comfort of a temperature-controlled environment.

Bumper Cars—With a Twist

If you're eager to experience the thrill of ice activities but consider yourself less athletically inclined, why not hop into one of Ober Mountain's brand new Ice Bumper Cars? These vibrant, circular tubes are equipped with wheels and their own motor, allowing you to effortlessly cruise across the ice.

Stroll Downtown Gatlinburg's Winter Wonderland

Gatlinburg's downtown transforms into a magical spectacle during the winter months. The charming streets, outfitted with an array of twinkling lights and festive decorations, invite you to take a leisurely stroll.

Winter Magic

Consider taking a self-guided tour of Gatlinburg's Winter Magic, a unique perspective on the town's holiday displays (open daily through Feb. 15). 


This mountaintop attraction boasts seasonal offerings that are sure to delight even the youngest of guests. Their Enchanted Christmas (open through January 1) brings Anakeesta mountain to life. Visitors can gather around the fire with family and friends for hot cocoa, then take a leisurely stroll through Anakeesta's magical villages. Enjoy delicious dining and immerse yourself in a mountain of light displays that will fill your heart with winter cheer.

Savoring the Season

Gatlinburg's intimate coffee shops and tea houses offer a welcoming respite from the winter chill. Specific recommendations include:

Coffee & Company

Nestled in The VillageCoffee & Company boasts a selection of locally roasted beans. Enjoy a rich espresso or a carefully crafted latte, and grab a bag (or several!) of beans to take home with you.

Maddi Mae's Cafe and Creamery

Also tucked within The Village shopping area, this charming cafe offers a delightful atmosphere and a menu featuring an assortment of hot beverages. Treat yourself to a specialty hot chocolate or indulge in a seasonal spiced tea. If you don't mind a few goosebumps, they also serve incredible malted milkshakes.

Smoky Mountain Coffee Company

Located in Calhoun's Village, this coffee house provides a warm ambiance and a variety of freshly roasted beans. SMCC is the highest-rated coffee shop in town and is a veteran/family owned and operated business. They offer some of the best coffee, espresso, frappes, and smoothies in town. 

Split Rail Eats

This guest-favorite restaurant, located in the heart of Gatlinburg's Arts and Crafts Community, not only serves incredible meals, but is also known for its speciality coffee shop. Grab a cappucino and a seat in front of the large fireplace; you will definitely want to stay awhile!

Fireside Rest In Your Favorite Chalet

Seek refuge from the winter chill in your favorite Mountain Laurel Chalets property. Many of our Gatlinburg vacation rental cabins are equipped with fireplaces and outdoor fire pits, providing a cozy place to connect and relax with your loved ones. Picture yourself surrounded by the crackling warmth of burning logs, creating the perfect atmosphere for sharing stories, engaging in board games, or simply soaking in the tranquility of a winter's night in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. From small one-bedroom properties to a twelve-bedroom lodge, we have Gatlinburg rentals of all shapes and sizes to suit your needs.

We are currently offering our Beat the Winter Blues special on all new bookings for January and February 2024. Book two nights, get the third night at 50% off (USE CODE WINTER3). Book three nights, get the fourth night free (USE CODE WINTER4). Take advantage of the savings and plan your winter getaway to Gatlinburg today!