There’s plenty to do in the Smoky Mountains during the winter – although my favorite is to curl up by the fireplace with a good book! Check out these upcoming events and plan your Smoky Mountain getaway at Smokies Cabins (www.smokiescabins.com) today.
Thru 2/17: ENCHANTED WINTER AT ANAKEESTA
Gatlinburg. Anakeesta transforms into an Enchanted Winter Wonderland. Stroll under a 1,000-foot canopy of twinkling lights, view beautiful live Christmas trees with whimsical decorations, and take a picture in a giant snow globe! https://www.visitmysmokies.com/events/enchanted-winter-at-anakeesta/
Thru 2/17: WINTERFEST
Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville. Experience a true winter wonderland! Millions of small, twinkling lights come together on streets throughout the mountain towns to form elaborate displays that will leave you in awe. www.pigeonforgewinterfest.com
January 2020 Events
1/20: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY
Have a long weekend? Head to the Smoky Mountains to escape the winter blahs! Hideaway on the Creek is still available!
1/24-25: WINTER HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center’s Auditorium, Townsend. The Cades Cove Preservation Association and the Heritage Center present the 2020 Winter Heritage Festival. Check out this free series of presentations about Cades Cove. https://www.gsmheritagecenter.org/event/winter-heritage-festival/?instance_id=1527
1/25: GATLINBURG WINTER MAGIC TROLLEY RIDE OF LIGHTS
Gatlinburg. Visitors can soak up the spirit of the season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley when they take the exciting Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. The specially designated trolleys carry guests on a memorable journey through downtown and adjacent East Parkway. https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-winter-magic-trolley-ride-of-lights/
1/26-28: THE 2020 STATE SPECIAL OLYMPICS WINTER GAMES
Ober Gatlinburg and the Rocky Top Sports Complex, Gatlinburg. Competitions are held in speed skating, alpine skiing, snowboarding and basketball skills. http://www.specialolympicstn.org/events/winter-games
1/27-29: SMOKY MOUNTAIN WINTER EXPERIENCE
Pigeon Forge. This winter event features educational sessions covering Smoky Mountain winter topics ranging from fauna to heritage to photography. Winter hikes and field trips are also offered, making this the perfect winter event for outdoor enthusiasts. Free. https://www.tn.gov/twra/calendar/2020/1/27/smoky-mountain-winter-experience.html
February 2020 Events
2/2: HAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY!
Did you know that groundhogs are common in the Smokies?
2/14: HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY, SMOKIES LOVERS!
Book a romantic getaway at Hideaway on the Creek or give a gift certificate to your sweetie!
2/14-16: DOGWOOD ARTS HOUSE & GARDEN SHOW
Knoxville, TN. Shop hundreds of retailers and manufacturers exhibiting products, offering services and advice on interior design, home improvement, gardening, and more. Stroll through beautifully landscaped gardens and talk with the designers. https://www.dogwoodarts.com/house-garden-show/
2/15: TENNESSEE WINTER BEER FEST
Maryville, TN. The beer fest promotes the regional craft beer culture within East Tennessee through intimate events and gatherings. This benefits the New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center. http://tennesseewinterbeerfest.com/
2/15: LOCKED & LOADED CRAFT SHOW, CHILI & DESSERT COOK-OFF!
2/17: PRESIDENT’S DAY
Have a long weekend? Book a Smoky Mountain weekend for both Valentine’s and President’s Days!
2/22: ROSE GLEN LITERARY FESTIVAL
Smokies Cabins (www.smokiescabins.com) still has plenty of openings in January and February – at off-season rates! Mention this blog post to get 15% off the already discounted winter rates! Call Myra at 865-207-6071 to book your winter vacation!
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