A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for January
January is a peaceful time to visit the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding areas of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville in Tennessee. After the New Year and Christmas, many of the crowds have dissipated. Yet visitors can still enjoy a winter wonderland since the Smoky Mountain Winterfest celebration officially continues until mid-February. The traffic is usually much better in January as well, at least on the weekdays. But be warned, since January is one of our slowest months of the year, some area attractions, theaters and restaurants may revert to a limited winter schedule or close entirely. For example, the Dollywood theme park and Shadrack’s light show close for the remainder of their season.
Below, you will find a list of local events happening throughout the area. Some of our favorite recommendations include sightseeing at Anakeesta, skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing on the slopes at Ober Mountain (formerly Ober Gatlinburg), ice skating at Wilderness at the Smokies (in early January) and visiting with the penguins at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.
A highly suggested activity inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is checking out historical sites and wildlife spotting along the drivable Cades Cove Loop (if weather permits). Take a winter hike to either Laurel Falls or Grotto Falls (by way of Trillium Gap Trail), both of which feature beautiful waterfalls. This time of year, they can sometimes freeze and form ice formations or icicles. Alum Cave Trail and Rainbow Falls are also popular hiking trails to explore.
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Are you planning an upcoming trip to the Smokies in January? Let us know in the comments below. If you’re a local attraction that would like to add an event to our calendar, please contact our editorial team.