A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for December
December is an incredible time to visit East Tennessee and the surrounding areas of Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. Below, we’ve put together a list of local events and attractions happening throughout the Smoky Mountains in December.
Our top suggestions for events and attractions include Lights Over Gatlinburg at SkyPark, Shadrack’s Christmas Lights Show, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration presented by Humana featuring live concerts, Anakeesta’s Enchanted Christmas and the annual Gatlinburg New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. And of course, no December trip to the Smokies is complete without a stop at The Christmas Place. It’s the south’s largest Christmas shopping village.
Also be sure to catch some live music at Ole Red’s, Hard Rock Cafe, Jason Aldean’s and Puckett’s on select nights. If you’re the outdoorsy type, you might want to pick a moderate-weather day and go for a hike on one of our popular trails. The Laurel Falls trail which is open year-round features beautiful waterfalls. If winter hiking isn’t your thing, you could instead take a scenic drive on the Cades Cove Loop Road. You can enjoy nature from the comfort of your heated car. And of course, there’s also skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing at Ober Mountain, Tennessee’s only ski destination. Be sure to click on the “details” buttons below for additional information about each event.
Note: While we do our best to keep this list updated, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Always call ahead or visit the event’s website before planning your trip.
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Are you planning an upcoming trip to the Smokies in December? Let us know in the comments below. If you’re a local attraction that would like to add to our calendar of events, please contact our editorial team.