Real outdoor ice skating rink returns at Wilderness in 2021

Ice Skating at Wilderness at the Smokies

Ice skating will return this year at Wilderness at the Smokies (photo courtesy of Wilderness at the Smokies)

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The holidays are all about traditions, which is why Wilderness at the Smokies is excited to announce it is bringing back its outdoor ice skating rink Nov. 12, 2021-Jan. 9, 2022.

“Being outside in the fresh air, ice skating together, is a wonderful family holiday tradition,” said Pete Tennis, general manager of Wilderness at the Smokies.

The ice rink, which occupies 3,200 square feet of the resort’s outdoor wave pool, will be open daily for resort guests and the public to enjoy.

The admission fee will be included with room rates if guests use code ICESKATE at the time of booking.

Do you have to be a resort guest to ice skate at Wilderness?

Anyone can come ice skate at Wilderness at the Smokies.

At the rink, admission for ice skating will be $12.99 plus tax for resort guests (if not already purchased) or $17.99 plus tax for the public. This price includes skates.

The rink will be open from 10 am-10:30 pm Saturday-Sunday, Thanksgiving and Christmas break, and 4 pm-10:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Tennis adds there are a number of fun things planned for the rink this year including an onsite DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.

For those who have never skated before, the resort is offering ice skating lessons every Saturday (except Dec. 4) between 9-10 am. The cost of a lesson is $15 for 25 minutes or $25 for 50 minutes.

Reservations need to be made in advance.

On Saturday, Dec. 4 from 7 am to noon, Cool Sports will host a youth hockey game featuring players from the Knoxville area.

Select players and Chilly Bear from the Knoxville Ice Bears team will also be onsite.

Read Also: Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland 2021: What you need to know

Ice skating at Wilderness at the Smokies
Capture all the holiday moments at the ice skating rink at Wilderness at the Smokies (photo courtesy of Wilderness at the Smokies)

Skate for a Cause

On Saturday, Nov. 20 from 10 am-10 pm, the resort will be hosting a special fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee.

At this event, 100 percent of the public ice skating admissions will directly benefit the agency.

Other holidays events at Wilderness at the Smokies

Wilderness at the Smokies will feature many holiday events throughout the season. These events will include …

Thanksgiving at Wilderness at the Smokies

The resort’s Thirsty Miner’s Thanksgiving buffet will be returning this year.

Enjoy a hearty buffet from 1-7 pm. The cost of the buffet will be $32.99 for adults (12 and up), $10.99 for children (7-11) and $8.99 for ages 3-6.

Reservations are required. Please call (865) 868-4473 to make your reservation.

The feast will offer a salad table, a carving station, an entree table, a children’s buffet and a dessert table. It’s a nice way to make the holidays a bit easier.

To learn more about the full menu, visit their website.

Christmas dinner at Wilderness

Similar to the Thanksgiving offer above, Wilderness will also feature a Christmas Dinner at Thirsty Miner.

Again, reservations are required.

Santa visits Wilderness at the Smokies

Santa’s workshop is returning in 2021 at Wilderness at the Smokies. At this interactive event, kids can participate in cookie decorating, crafts and more.

The workshop will be located in the River Lodge Conference Room and outside in Winter Wonderland, by the ice skating rink.

Santa’s workshop will be available on select dates. Click here to view the schedule.

Storytime and breakfast with Mrs. Claus

Resort guests are invited to join Mrs. Claus at the River Lodge.

On Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and Dec. 17, Mrs. Claus will host a 30-minute Christmas-themed story at the River Lodge lobby from 8-8:30 pm.

Mrs. Claus will also be visiting the Thirsty Miner to greet those having breakfast from 9-10 am on Nov. 28, Dec. 5, Dec. 12, Dec. 19 and Dec. 24.

Santa Hustle Smokies 5K & Half Marathon

Additionally, the Santa Hustle Smokies 5K and Half Marathon is also returning in 2021.

Thousands of Santas will race along the city streets during the annual Santa Hustle Smokies 5K and Half Maraton on Sunday, Dec. 12.

The race will begin and end at the River Lodge lobby.

This event benefits Keep Sevier Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

Register online here.

Discounts for Wilderness at the Smokies Resort

When making your plans, remember to check Groupon for discounts if you’re staying at the resort. Sometimes guests can find rates for up to 43% off or as little as $99 per night.

Fees may apply and availability may vary.

Click here to check the Groupon page.

Winterfest at the Island, Tree lighting
Above, The Island in Pigeon Forge lights up at night during the Winterfest celebration (photo by Scott Heaney/

Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville

Wilderness at the Smokies isn’t the only attraction getting dressed up for the holidays.

Many of the region’s entertainment and tourist attractions transform this time of year.

Smoky Mountain Winterfest offers a spectacular display of lights and events across these three mountain towns to celebrate the chilly season with light displays, unique shopping, award-winning shows and attractions, all while showcasing the winter beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Read Also: Winterfest Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg 2021: Top 11 things to do, ranked

Wilderness at the Smokies is located at 1424 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville, TN.

Have you spent the holidays with Wilderness at the Smokies? Let us know in the comments.

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