A Smoky Mountain Winter

 

Winterfest is in full effect here in the winterfest lights.jpgGreat Smoky Mountains. Everywhere you turn you are filled with the joy of the holidays, lights throughout the city and holiday decor on every corner will definitely put you in the mood!

Take the Trolley Ride of Lights to sit back, relax and enjoy all the lights in the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley. The journey takes you all around town to view the one of a kind displays put out by the city. The new LED lighting provides a bright blast of new and old scenes that portray what Winter means to us, showing off native wildlife to the Great Smoky Mountains as well as holiday themed scenes and some classics from the last 23 years.

 

dollywood-chapelDollywood has all the classic shows going on through their own celebration, Smoky Mountain Christmas. Featuring shows including It’s A Wonderful Life, O’ Holy Night, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and more, you’re sure to get in the spirit of Christmas! Stop by Santa Land with the kids for crafts, huge toys and of course a visit with Santa and meet Rudolph and his Friends too! The Parade Of Many Colors closes the night with a spectacular show of lights, floats, characters and more.
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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a Christmas light show unlike one you’ve ever seen before. It is the largest drive-through, fully computerized, LED light and music show of its kind! You just pull up and tune your radio station to the one provided and start your drive through a magical wonderland of moving lights that are synced to the music. After your tour, stop by Santa’s Workshop for several attractions including a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, crafts, Christmas movies and of course pictures with Santa! They are located at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium.

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For over thirty years The Christmas Place has give us the opportunity to enjoy Christmas all year long and is now the South’s largest Christmas shopping village. With over 60 themed Christmas Trees, there is definitely something for everyone! They have everything you may need for Christmas, including decorations, presents, collection items and many others! You can even personalize an ornament for each member of the family. Now that would be a Christmas tradition you wouldn’t forget!

 

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This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Smoky Mountain areas.

Tax-FREE Weekend in Tennessee!

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Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, August 2, 2013 and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 4, 2013, Tennessee will allow a tax-free holiday for going back to school. However, any one can make a purchase tax-free; you do not have to prove you are a student or buying for a student. The only items that will be tax-free are clothing, school supplies and computers.

Clothing ($100 or less per item) examples of tax-free clothing items include:

  • Belts
  • Capsclothes
  • Coats
  • Dresses
  • Gloves
  • Hats
  • Hosiery
  • Jacketssneakers
  • Jeans
  • Neckties
  • Pants
  • Scarves
  • School Uniforms
  • Shirts
  • Shoes
  • Socksschool-uniform
  • Sneakers
  • Underwear

Tax exempt clothing items do NOT include accessories such as jewelry, bags or sports or recreational equipment like baseball gloves. When customers put clothing items on layaway during the tax-free holiday period, they will also be tax exempt when final payment and delivery is made after the exemption period.

School Supplies ($100 or less per item) examples:

  • Bindersbackpack
  • Bookbags/backpacks
  • Calculators
  • Chalk
  • Crayons
  • Eraserscalculator
  • Folders
  • Glue
  • Lunch boxes
  • Notebooks
  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Pencilspaintbrushes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Clay and Glazes
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sketch and drawing pads
  • Watercolors

Specifically excluded items include instructional material, including reference books and school computer supplies (compact discs, printers and printer ink).

Computers ($1,500 or less)

Computers with a purchase price of $1,500 or less, not for use of trade or business, are exempt from tax. Additionally, there is no requirement that purchases be made only for students.computer

The following items are NOT exempt from tax:

  • Computer parts, such as monitors, keyboards, speakers and scanners when not sold in conjunction with a computer set
  • Individually purchased software or other software not part of a preloaded software package on the initial purchase of a computer
  • Storage media, such as compact discs and USB flash drives
  • Handheld electronic devices
  • Personal digital assistants (PDAs) and electronic readers (i.e. Kindle, Nook, etc.)
  • Video game consoles
  • Computer printers and supplies for printers, such as paper and ink

Places to shop during the tax-free weekend in Gatlinburg include the Mountain Mall, the Village shops and the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC). The great things about shopping in Gatlinburg is that all the shops are within walking distance from one another or you can catch the Gatlinburg Free Parkway trolley.noc

Great places to shop in Pigeon Forge include the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, the Pigeon Forge Belz Outlet Mall, the Tanger Outlet Mall and the Pigeon Forge Factory Outlets- The Red Roof Mall.

Some places to shop during the tax-exempt weekend in Sevierville are the Five Oaks Mall with well known clothing stores, TJ Maxx, Belk, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Staples, and Lee and Levi stores.tanger-five-oaks

There are multiple places to shop for back to school in Gatlinburg and surrounding areas near luxury cabin rentals, such as ERA In The Smokies cabin rentals, so make a last minute vacation and save on back-to-school items!

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair- Summer 2013

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Gatlinburg’s 38th annual Craftsmen’s Fair is currently being held in the Gatlinburg Convention Center and will continue until Sunday July 28, 2013. The fair is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sundays. Admission for adults is $6.00 and children 12 and under are free. The Gatlinburg Convention Center is located at traffic light #8 on the parkway in downtown Gatlinburg.

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“Rarely does an event come along that features the wonderful variety of juried artists as the Gatlinburg’s Craftsmen’sFair. It is a show that should not be missed!”- Southeast Tourism Society

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There will also be Country and Bluegrass Music Shows daily at the Craftsmen’s Fair. The shows will be held at 12, 2 and 4 pm daily and at 12 and 2 pm on Sundays. The Summer Fair will feature Tim Watson The “Fiddle Man” and Dennis Lee and Band.

With over 200 booths of talented artisans, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the only places that artisans from around the country can gather to demonstrate their talent and beautifully display their one of a kind crafts in the same place. The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair is a truly magical event where such talent can be seen.

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Some participants in this year’s Summer fair include: Larry Burton, an award winning artist from Townsend, TN who uses watercolors on canvas; Sandy Hensley, a jewelry designer from Shelbyville, KY who is inspired by the spirituality of nature for her designs; and Charles Adams, a stained glass artist from Troy, Ala who has been participating in the Craftsmen’s Fair for nearly 30 years and is always a favorite.

There will be a new feature this Summer at the fair:

“We’re partnering with Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries to present our new children’s area. It’s free and available for children ages 2 and up. There will be lots of art projects for them, everything from making necklaces to painting birdhouses. It;s going to be adorable.” -Tracey Large

Holiday Shopping in the Smokies

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I know some of you dread to hear these words, but it is time start our Christmas shopping! But it doesn’t have to be a stressful time! Come stay in Gatlinburg for a few days and do your shopping against the backdrop of these gorgeous mountains! Enjoy the sights while you’re here, and come back each evening to a cosy log cabin with a fireplace! Believe me, you can get your shopping done all in one trip! There are more places to shop here than I could possibly put on one blog, but here are a few of our favorites!

The Village ShopsThe Village Shops– “For Gatlinburg Shopping at its best, The Village is the place to shop, eat, relax and enjoy! Just past stop light #6 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, adjacent to the Pancake Pantry, lays one of the Smokies most unique destination shopping experiences in Gatlinburg near Pigeon Forge, TN. Here you will find a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothiers set in a quaint European village atmosphere right near the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Baskins Square MallBaskins Square Mall Gatlinburg– Baskins Square Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 14 shops from Claire’s, to Mountain Woodcarvers, to the Mountain Edge Grill! Come on down!

Mountain MallMountain Mall– “The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, Gatlinburg’s premier indoor shopping experience, is unlike any other shopping mall. Nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, TN at Traffic Light #6 across from Ripley’s Aquarium, the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall features a vast variety of shops each with a unique theme.”

Reagan Terrace MallReagan Terrace Mall– Reagan Terrace Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 13 shops from Medieval Blades, to Old Timey Photos by Renee, to Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies! Don’t miss out!

Tanger Outlet MallTanger Outlet– The Tanger Outlet offers over 100 band name stores just off 441! Tanger is probably the favorite shopping destination in the Smokies of most of the people I talk to! It includes every type of store you can imagine, as well as a few delicious places to eat, and right next door is the Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, where you can drop off the members of your family who don’t enjoy shopping while you hit the stores!

Incredible Christmas PlaceIncredible Christmas Place– “[They] are the South’s largest Christmas village, surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The Christmas spirit comes to life [there] daily with over 50 designer-themed Christmas trees, novelty Christmas Lights, Department 56 Villages, Personalized Ornaments, and custom floral arrangements designed exclusively at The Incredible Christmas Place.”

Belz Factory Outlet WorldBelz Factory Outlet World– “Belz Outlets Pigeon Forge are the largest, most convenient and only climate-controlled outlet shopping highlight in the area. We feature more than 65 outlet stores offering everything from apparel and footwear to homes goods and fragrance.”

The Old Mill SquareThe Old Mill Square– “The Old Mill Square complex of restaurants, bakery, pottery and craft shops is more of a total destination than a single stop among an abundance of area tourist attractions, certainly as much so as the Tanger Factory Outlet Malls, or Dollywood, or Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Visitors can still watch meal and flour being ground the same way by the huge water powered granite French Buhrs in the mill, or pottery being thrown, or bread and candy being made. It’s a day’s worth or more of delight and wonder.”

Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet MallPigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall– “Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, also known as the “Red Roof Mall,” is a wonderful opportunity for exceptional outlet shopping when you are in the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, or Sevierville areas. Our stores offer a variety of products and factory outlet experiences. From perfumes to snacking and from clothing to books and tools, we have it all for low prices you can’t beat.”

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

GATLINBURG: Spring Break

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Kick off your shoes and Stay a While!It’s still winter time, but Spring Break will be here before you know it. I know that many of you think of the beach for Spring Break, but I want to challenge you to consider a mountain trip this year.

Although you won’t get a sandy beach in the Gatlinburg area, you can easily find boardwalk style attractions and shopping. The traffic isn’t nearly as bad, and the weather is divine. You know you want to try something different…be brave and just do it. Here are a few of our favorite ways to spend Spring Break in the Smokies:

Spend your Spring Break in a Smoky Mountain Cabin!1. The Strip. We know that wandering “the Strip,” wherever it may be, is one of the biggest attractions to heading to the beach during Spring Break. The Gatlinburg area offers “The Strip” in more than one location! You can wander the Strip in Downtown Gatlinburg to take in cool attractions like the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum or stop for a corn dog at Fanny Farkles Arcade. Or, you can head to Pigeon Forge and find the perfect Smoky Mountain T-shirt, stuffed bear or souvenir for the friend or family member that couldn’t make the trip. If neither of those options suit you, give the Smoky Mountain Arts & Crafts District a try.

Pick a Cabin large enough for the whole family!2. Go Karts. There are plenty of go kart tracks to choose from in Pigeon Forge, but we are particularly fond of The Track. Race the Wild Woody track–their three-story spiraling wooden track, or take a spin on the classic track with overpasses. With single and double-seated karts, everyone in the family can get in and go! The Kiddie and Rookie Karts are great for youngsters starting out. You only have to be 4 years old to drive!Take the plunge!

3. Bungee Jumping. Are you or your kids looking for an unforgettable thrill on this year’s Spring Break?

While you are at The Track enjoying a ride on the Wild Woody go kart track, make sure you put on your brave face and take the 65-foot bungee jump plunge!

They guarantee it is the fastest ride in town!

Check out all the great things to do in Gatlinburg!4. Lazer Tag. Here’s a fun idea for the whole family. At Lazerport Fun Center, they offer the largest laser tag arena in the Great Smoky Mountains area. There are two arenas at over 7,000 square feet that offer the best, most exhilarating and heart pounding fun and excitement that Pigeon Forge has to offer! Each game lasts for a period of 15 minutes, and they run back to back games starting every 20 minutes! Whether you choose to play one, two, three or unlimited games, take the challenge today – test your skills against your friends and family alike!

Check out all the cabin discounts!5. Flyaway Indoor Skydiving. This vertical wind tunnel that allows you to experience the freedom of human flight is located at traffic light #5 in Pigeon Forge. As a flyer, participants attend a 20-minute training class, receive a suit, helmet & other safety equipment. Following a short review of the basics, a group of 5 flyers enters the wind tunnel with their instructor. Almost anyone can fly as long as you weigh at least 40 lbs. Watch this video for a preview of kids in flight. Link to pricing & coupons.

Check out the latest cabin coupons!6. Roller Skating. When is the last time you went roller skating? If the idea conjures awkward images of retro fashions and braces, maybe it is time to try again. Spin City USA, the newest indoor Pigeon Forge attraction for family fun, is a state-of-the-art roller skating rink located in downtown Pigeon Forge. Spin City USA offers theme nights including retro skate and live entertainment by their own DJ for affordable fun, with holiday special events held throughout the year. When looking for fun things to do inside on a rainy day, try Spin City Roller Rink.

Golf Vista is close to Shopping!7. Shopping. Interested in Outlet Malls? Try Tanger Outlets of Pigeon Forge for “Brands You Know. Choices You Want. Prices You’ll Love.”

I have a soft spot for a few of the Tanger Stores like Calvin Klein and Jones New York, but there is a little something for everyone from the kids (OshKosh B’gosh) to the teens (Aeropostale and Rue 21) to the man of the family (Brooks Brothers and Nautica). There is even a great selection of lunch and dinner options.

Do you need a Pet-Friendly cabin?  Try Here!8. Mini Golf. Hillbilly Golf is one of dozens of miniature golf options in the Gatlinburg area. Hillbilly Golf is the world’s most unusual miniature golf course. Ride the Incline 300 feet straight up to the mountain top above the city. Two challenging 18-hole courses await you. Both are riddled with mountaineer hazards from outhouses to stills, rocky walls and lush native plants. It’s great fun and excitement for the whole family. A truly unique adventure you won’t forget.

Here are some other great dining options!9. Pancake Houses. Pancake houses are to the Smoky Mountains what seafood shacks are to the the beach. You can find pancake houses everywhere, and the choices are endless. My favorite…the Pancake Pantry.

Since 1960 when the Pancake Pantry became Tennessee’s first pancake house, visitors to Gatlinburg have made dining with them a tradition. What keeps them coming back? It’s the real butter, the honest-to-goodness fresh whipped cream and everything made from scratch. Maybe you’ll select the Austrian Apple-Walnut Pancakes covered with a rich apple cider compote made with melted butter, black walnuts, apples and sweet spices and then topped with powdered sugar and real whipped cream. Want a sandwich instead? Try a Polish Aristocrat, Polynesian Delight or British Dipper among other distinctive choices.

Take a look the At Trail's End cabin!10. Rent a Cabin. What could be better than the room to stretch out, a gameroom, indoor whirlpool tub, outdoor hot tub and the cool breeze of the Great Smoky Mountians?

How about getting it all in one place. Rent a family vacation cabin like At Trail’s End and enjoy the convenience of a home away from home while relaxing in comfort and style. The kids will love the gameroom–you’ll love having them hidden away IN the gameroom. Give it a try, but beware, you’ll never want to go back to staying in a hotel room again.ERA In The Smokies

This blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

Holiday Shopping In The Smokies!

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I know some of you dread to hear these words, but it is time start our Christmas shopping! But it doesn’t have to be a stressful time! Come stay in Gatlinburg for a few days and do your shopping against the backdrop of these gorgeous mountains! Enjoy the sights while you’re here, and come back each evening to a cosy log cabin with a fireplace! Believe me, you can get your shopping done all in one trip! There are more places to shop here than I could possibly put on one blog, but here are a few of our favorites!

The Village ShopsThe Village Shops– “For Gatlinburg Shopping at its best, The Village is the place to shop, eat, relax and enjoy! Just past stop light #6 on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, adjacent to the Pancake Pantry, lays one of the Smokies most unique destination shopping experiences in Gatlinburg near Pigeon Forge, TN. Here you will find a collection of 27 unique boutiques, eateries, galleries and clothiers set in a quaint European village atmosphere right near the entrance to The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”

Baskins Square MallBaskins Square Mall Gatlinburg– Baskins Square Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 14 shops from Claire’s, to Mountain Woodcarvers, to the Mountain Edge Grill! Come on down!

Mountain MallMountain Mall– “The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall, Gatlinburg’s premier indoor shopping experience, is unlike any other shopping mall. Nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg, TN at Traffic Light #6 across from Ripley’s Aquarium, the Gatlinburg Mountain Mall features a vast variety of shops each with a unique theme.”

Reagan Terrace MallReagan Terrace Mall– Reagan Terrace Mall is located conveniently between traffic lights #6 and #7 in downtown Gatlinburg! This mall includes about 13 shops from Medieval Blades, to Old Timey Photos by Renee, to Fudge Shoppe of the Smokies! Don’t miss out!

Tanger Outlet MallTanger Outlet– The Tanger Outlet offers over 100 band name stores just off 441! Tanger is probably the favorite shopping destination in the Smokies of most of the people I talk to! It includes every type of store you can imagine, as well as a few delicious places to eat, and right next door is the Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini-Golf, where you can drop off the members of your family who don’t enjoy shopping while you hit the stores!

Incredible Christmas PlaceIncredible Christmas Place– “[They] are the South’s largest Christmas village, surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains. The Christmas spirit comes to life [there] daily with over 50 designer-themed Christmas trees, novelty Christmas Lights, Department 56 Villages, Personalized Ornaments, and custom floral arrangements designed exclusively at The Incredible Christmas Place.”

Belz Factory Outlet WorldBelz Factory Outlet World– “Belz Outlets Pigeon Forge are the largest, most convenient and only climate-controlled outlet shopping highlight in the area. We feature more than 65 outlet stores offering everything from apparel and footwear to homes goods and fragrance.”

The Old Mill SquareThe Old Mill Square– “The Old Mill Square complex of restaurants, bakery, pottery and craft shops is more of a total destination than a single stop among an abundance of area tourist attractions, certainly as much so as the Tanger Factory Outlet Malls, or Dollywood, or Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede. Visitors can still watch meal and flour being ground the same way by the huge water powered granite French Buhrs in the mill, or pottery being thrown, or bread and candy being made. It’s a day’s worth or more of delight and wonder.”

Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet MallPigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall– “Pigeon Forge Factory Outlet Mall, also known as the “Red Roof Mall,” is a wonderful opportunity for exceptional outlet shopping when you are in the Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, or Sevierville areas. Our stores offer a variety of products and factory outlet experiences. From perfumes to snacking and from clothing to books and tools, we have it all for low prices you can’t beat.”

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg. For more info. on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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Family Winter Traditions In The Smokies

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Gatlinburg Cabin Easy Livin' features a Big Screen TV.Traditional family holiday time doesn’t just mean football on the TV and a turkey in your home oven anymore. Gatlinburg is a popular destination for families to spend holidays year ’round. You don’t have to worry about finding something to do or somewhere to eat; Gatlinburg has something to offer families of every size from 2 to 32 and larger. Here are just a few ideas for the upcoming winter holidays:

Order your holiday meal today!1. Food, glorious food. Let’s face it…most of us equate holidays with a chance to eat all the traditional family favorites from turkey and ham to sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Don’t be afraid to try it away from home. The local Food City offers holiday packages that only require that you place the order and pick out the fixings. Click to Learn more about Shopping in the Smokies!You can leave the rest to the professionals. However, if you just can’t imagine not cooking this holiday season, renting a cabin could be your solution. Cabins usually come with fully-equipped kitchens, but make sure you bring specialty pans and cooking utensils with you. And for those of you that just want to show up to the meal, there are plenty of restaurants open every holiday.

2. Shopping. Are you afraid to miss out on the post holiday sales and specials? Never fear. Gatlinburg offers the ultimate shopping experience with everything from local artisan crafts to brand-name outlet stores. The deals abound and many stores are clustered for your shopping convenience. Read more about Shopping in the Smokies.

Almost Heaven is always decorated for the holidays!3. Decorating. Don’t think that having a destination holiday experience means you have to forgo the holiday decorations. Many rental cabins come fully-decorated for the holidays, and if you are looking to bring your own decorations…just ask. Gatlinburg is known for customer service and hospitality. ERA In The Smokies thinks of visitors as their guests and always try to accommodate requests.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!4. A White Christmas. Do you live somewhere that never sees snow? Come on over to the Great Smoky Mountains. The Smokies get a small amount of snow each year. Even though it rarely snows at Christmas, the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg are often open by mid-December even if it requires man-made snow. Ober Gatlinburg now offers snow tubing, too!

5. Holidays on Ice. For many people, winter holidays conjure images of ice skating, woolen mittens and hot chocolate. Ice skating is a popular year ’round activity at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort. Don’t worry about driving up the mountain in icy weather; the aerial tram offers a breath-taking view and eliminates the need to drive.

Make Winter Adventure your new Family Tradition!6. Winter Adventure. There are lots of activities that shut down in the Mountains during the winter due to the temperature or precipitation; however, there are just as many that are great fun regardless of the weather. Take a wild and wacky and snowy roll inside an inflatable Zorb ball or take an off-road Hummer tour with the whole family! And Walden Creek Stables offers horseback riding even in December!

See the lights at Dollywood this holiday season!7. Twinkling Lights. Does your home town offer a beautiful lights display? So does ours. Gatlinburg loves holiday lights so much that they are up from the first week in November to mid-February each year. From Dollywood to Downtown, whimsical LED light displays are a beautiful reminder of the holiday season and a great reminder of Gatlinburg’s vow to go green. Read more about Holiday Lights locations.

See Yuletide Madness at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre!8. Fa La La La La. Most of the Smoky Mountain musical shows that your family loves have special holiday editions. From the always-funny Sweet Fanny Adams and to the brand new Smoky Mountain Opry Christmas Spectacular, holiday music abounds. You won’t miss caroling either. Each year the City of Gatlinburg sponsors roving minstrels, carolers and story tellers. The Village even has photo opportunities with old Kris Kringle himself!

Start your ornament collection in Gatlinburg!9. Buy an Ornament. Did you buy an tree ornament for your baby’s first Christmas? First year in school? Why stop there? Gatlinburg offers a varied assortment of shops dedicated to just holiday decorations. The Christmas Tree offers a quaint shopping experience in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg where you can buy your Department 54 favorites or a hand-painted one-of-a-kind. Christmas Eve Gift is a world of Christmas all year long and is located in the heart of the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community. In addition, many of the Downtown Parkway’s shops carry souvenir Christmas ornaments as well as other ornaments and souvenirs for each and every holiday. Make collecting ornaments part of your family’s tradition.12 Drummers Drumming

10. 12 Days of Christmas. This is one of my family traditions. Pigeon Forge puts up a light display featuring the 12 Days of Christmas from the Partridge in a Pear Tree at the Sevierville end to the 12 Drummers Drumming on the Gatlinburg end. Each year, my family piles in the car and sings the song as we pass the individual displays for each day. Of course, traffic lights and placement mean we end up singing v – e – r – ys – l – o – w – l – y or sometimes very very fast to keep up, but it always ends in laughter. I’ll photograph the 12 Days of Christmas light display this year and feature it in a separate blog post. Don’t miss this light display.

ERA In The SmokiesThis blog is sponsored in part by ERA In The Smokies Realty and Rentals located at 207 Parkway in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information on a Gatlinburg Cabin for your Smoky Mountain Vacation or all the reasons to move to the Smokies, call 1-800-309-0277. ERA In The Smokies is a leader in chalet and Log Cabin Rentals and Real Estate Sales in the Gatlinburg area.

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