Gatlinburg, Tennessee is filled with country charm no matter the time of the year you explore the Smoky Mountains. Christmas in the Smoky Mountains will have you full of holiday cheer from the Christmas shows, shopping sprees, holiday parades and Christmas events that will warm the heart.
It doesn’t matter if you’re visiting with family or if you’re from the area, you won’t want to miss these festive holiday activities this winter.
Imagine waking up at Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort to the following scene:
After waking up for the day in a luxury tropical escape right in the middle of the Smoky Mountains creating a sense of paradise with a rustic feel.
Stroll down to Joe Merchant’s Coffee and Provisions in the lobby of Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort where you can grab a cup of coffee or a breakfast sandwich to get your day started.
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Wake up to Christmas in the Smoky Mountains
You can sit in the lobby and spend the morning relaxing in a rocking chair, sipping your coffee while the sun rises over the picturesque Smoky Mountains.
While you were reading the first paragraph, I’ve already made my reservations and packed my bags for Gatlinburg. Aside from the marvelous views and a warm holiday feeling, you simply cannot top Christmas in the Smoky Mountains.
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Still, need some convincing you need to spend Christmas in the Smoky Mountains and stay at Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort?
Here are 7 reasons why you need to spend Christmas in the Smoky Mountains.
1. The Pristine Weather
I was born and raised in Tennessee and those of us who have lived here our entire lives can sometimes take the scenery for granted. Each room at Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort comes equipped with a fireplace because when you’re up that far in the mountains, you’re pretty much guaranteed a chilly morning while you open presents or gather around for breakfast.
When you choose to celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains, you’re bound for perfect holiday weather – not too hot, but definitely crisp. And, if you’re lucky, you’ll experience a bit of snow but not to worry the staff at Margaritaville will ensure your every need is met.
To enjoy this perfect winter weather, head to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park for a hike with your family.
Here is the list of my top hikes to make your holiday at Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort a memorable holiday:
2. Outstanding Christmas Attractions in Gatlinburg
Everyone knows that Gatlinburg is packed with exciting attractions and Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort is within walking distance of all of the main attraction from Downtown Gatlinburg to the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
- Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies – Ripley’s Aquarium is located right next door to Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort and is one of the most popular Gatlinburg attractions.
- It was voted the number one aquarium in the United States.
- There is something for everyone to see with more than 350 different species of marine life to explore at the aquarium, including stingrays, giant sea turtles, and seahorses.
When celebrating Christmas in the Smoky Mountains, you have to go to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival. From November to early January each year, the park lights up with spectacular holiday shows, meet and greet opportunities with Santa and friends.
The kids will love the millions of lights strung throughout the park. Dollywood really knows how to celebrate the Christmas season which is just another reason to spend your Christmas in the Smoky Mountains at Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort.
Another magical Christmas attraction in the greater Smoky Mountain area is the Trolley Tour of Lights. The trolley ride takes you through the most notable areas of town – all glowing with holiday LED displays. If this trolley ride doesn’t put you in the Christmas spirit, nothing will! When spending Christmas in the Smoky Mountains, riding the trolley and seeing the light displays should be at the top of your list.
3. Play in the Snow
Christmas in the Smoky Mountains would not be complete without playing in the snow? Head to Ober Gatlinburg for extraordinary winter activities including:
- Snow Tubing
- A Kids Snow Zone
- Ski/Snowboard Lessons
Ober Gatlinburg is great for those who want to experience the thrill of skiing/snowboarding and those who would rather go snow tubing. There’s something for everyone at the winter park. Don’t forget to ride the Ober Gatlinburg Aerial Tramway for jaw-dropping views of the Smoky Mountains in winter!
4. Finish Your Last Minute Shopping in the Smoky Mountains
If you’re any like me, you’ve waited until the last possible minute to do your Christmas shopping. Between the shops in downtown Gatlinburg and the Tanger Outlets in Pigeon Forge, you’ll have plenty of places to quickly finish up your holiday shopping.
Remember the shops of downtown Gatlinburg is right across the street from Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort.
5. Christmas Pancakes Anyone?
Gatlinburg is the pancake capital of the South. Celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains with the festive holiday pancake specials from Gatlinburg’s top pancake houses including Pancake Pantry and Log Cabin Pancake house. I promise your stomach will thank you!
6. Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort – Where Luxury Meets the Smokies
We’ve all seen the rustic cabins with wood everywhere and if your taste is more refined and you prefer luxury with a slightly rustic but chic feel then Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort is a must.
Renting a room or suite is the key to a memorable Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort offers everything from magnificent suites designed to fit large families, to a cozy King room for the couple looking to get away for the holidays. There’s a room style for everyone.
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If you are tired of all of the shopping and eating holiday food and you just want to get back to your room and relax Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort offers two restaurants:
License to Chill Bar
Even though is Christmas in the Smoky Mountains head over to the License to Chill Bar and grab you a margarita, a cold Landshark or a frozen boat drink. A favorite hangout, License to Chill Bar is the perfect place to hang out with your family and friends after exploring the Smoky Mountains all day.
LandShark Bar & Grill
LandShark Bar & Grill is a great place to enjoy classic American Beach food with a fresh coastal twist and your favorite brews and drinks. If you are tired of the Christmas food and pancakes being served on every corner LandShark Bar & Grill serves Burgers and fish sandwiches to tacos, fresh salads, and seafood entrees.
#7 See Lights from the Gatlinburg Space Needle
The Gatlinburg Space Needle provides amazing panoramic views of Gatlinburg, with the Great Smoky Mountain National Park in the background. It’s a great place for you to see picture perfect views of the beautiful Christmas light displays. At 407’ tall, the Space Needle offers 360-degree views of all the Christmas action below.
Reserve Your Christmas in the Smoky Mountains Vacation Today at Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort.
Margaritaville Resort Gatlinburg is everything you will desire in a luxury mountain resort. The casual-luxe atmosphere and the Smoky Mountain as your backdrop will renew your mind and spirit.
Don’t forget to make a reservation for St. Somewhere Spa or hang out by the pool with your family. With so many relaxing and fun things to do in Gatlinburg, it will be hard to go home!
The holidays will be here before you know it. Do you have your room reserved at Margaritaville Gatlinburg Resort for your Ultimate Christmas in the Smokies?