10 of the Best Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in January
Are you heading to the Smoky Mountains for a winter getaway in January? If so, here are 10 things that you’ll want to add to your itinerary!
1. Ring in the New Year
Since 1987 visitors from all over the world have rang in the new year with a spectacular celebration in downtown Gatlinburg. This year, join in for the annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show!
2. Experience an Enchanted Winter at Anakeesta
Anakeesta is one of the most loved attractions in the Smokies and will be having their Enchanted Winter Celebration until February 17th. Take a trip up to the top, join in with the winter fun and take in the incredible views of the Great Smoky Mountains.
3. Wander Through the Lights of Winterfest
Another event that will be going on throughout the entire month of January is the annual Winterfest. Bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and head out after sunset to take in the beautiful displays of lights that can be found in Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg!
4. Take in Some Trolley Time Among the Lights
Guests that enjoy seeing the lights will also have a wonderful time on the Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights that will run every Saturday during the month of January. The ride admission is $10 but includes a costumed storyteller as a guide, hot chocolate and a special token to commemorate the occasion.
5. Hit the Snowy Slopes of Ober Gatlinburg
Are you hoping to play in some snow while you’re in town? If so, you’ll definitely want to make plans to head up to Tennessee’s only ski resort, Ober Gatlinburg. You’ll find winter fun in all forms! Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, ice skating and many other activities can be enjoyed at Ober!
6. Shop Til You Drop
The winter months are an excellent time to browse the shopping districts of the Smokies! With less visitors and plenty of deals around every corner, you’re sure to find a few wonderful items to return home with! Bonus: Our hotel is located directly across from the Tanger Outlets in Sevierville!
7. Take a Hike
After a couple months of holiday hustle and being inside, head into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for a hike! The fresh air and beauty of the Smokies is an excellent way to recharge before returning home to life on the go.
8. Take in a Show
Winter is an excellent time to take in a few of the areas many shows! The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner show, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and the Comedy Barn Theatre are just a few of the countless opportunities for family and date night fun that you’ll find in the Smokies!
9. Enjoy a Guided Tour of the Smokies
Take a ride on the Pink Jeep Tours, hike a trail with A Walk in the Woods or hop in the streams to chase trout with the crew at Smoky Mountain Angler. Whatever type of adventure you’re seeking, there’s a guide that can help make the most of your time in the park!
10. Explore the Museums
Explore the facts and story of the Titanic, roam the halls of Alcatraz, snap selfies at the Hollywood Wax Museum or even wander among the Hollywood Star Cars. The areas museums are perfect places to check out year-round and especially during the colder months.
The ideas we’ve listed are just 10 of countless fun things to do when you’re visiting the Smoky Mountains during the month of January! You’ll find that your time here in the winter months can be just as fun as many of the warmer months. The foundation for a perfect vacation is a place to stay that is filled with the warmth of home but also provides amenities and luxury that will be a treat to you as you take a break from everyday life. Here at The Lodge at Five Oaks we provide our guests with a daily delicious breakfast, free wifi and parking, fire pits to relax by and Our Guest Rooms are some of the top rated accommodations in the area. We can help you purchase tickets for area attractions or with information that you need to help your trip go as smoothly as possible. We hope that the next time you’re in the Smokies you’ll call Our Hotel your home away from home!