Monthly Archives: December 2012

Get in on the Winter Fun at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park

Ober Gatlinburg Winter SportsGatlinburg hasn’t always been perceived as a winter destination. In the past, the City of Gatlinburg shut down for the winter, and all the business owners went south. In 1962, Ober arrived in Gatlinburg and changed all of that. The resort worked tirelessly to establish their reputation as a place that people of all ages can enjoy during the winter. After years of dedication to providing the best experience possible, Ober resort has helped transform Gatlinburg into a four seasons destination.

Enjoy Breathtaking Views from the Aerial Tramway

For ten long years, visitors trekked up the mountain in their vehicles through the snow.  In 1972, the Ober team set out to provide a safer, more comfortable mode of transportation for visitors.  Gatlinburg’s Aerial Tram was built later that year.

The tram is one of the best ways to see the mountains surrounding our quaint little town. The tram ride ascends 2.1 miles through Gatlinburg and up to the top of Mount Harrison. After 34 years of reliable service, the original tramcars were retired, and the installation of new modernized cars began.  These revolutionary new cars are capable of carrying 60 passengers each and have the same dimensions as their predecessors. The best thing about these new cars is that they provide 15% more viewing area for riders to enjoy.

Have Some Fun Ice Skating

While this isn’t technically a winter sport at Ober because you can partake year round, enthusiasts typically fill the rink when the weather starts to turn a little colder.  Ober has the largest rink in the area at 140′ X 75′.  With that kind of space, you can enjoy it alone (working on those maneuvers), bring your significant other or you could bring the whole family to skate until your heart is content.  When you’re not gliding around the ice, you can shop in the mall surrounding the ice skating rink.  Ober Gatlinburg Winter Sports

Go Snow Tubing with the Family

Snow tubing. Who doesn’t love that? Fortunately, Ober has designed a pretty cool place to do it safely.  It’s almost an effortless experience.  You show up, get your pass, get your tube, and then ride a conveyor belt to the top before you race back down!  Ober has made tubing a very enjoyable experience for everyone over the age of 3.  At any point, there could be up to 9 lanes open. In any case, the intensity of flying down the ice in a tube with your friends and family will give you memories that will last a lifetime.

Skiing and Snowboarding on Ober Gatlinburg’s World-Famous Slopes

Ober Gatlinburg Winter SportsAh. Almost the reason for the season, well for some it is.  Ober has a strong local following that fill the slopes and carve out their niches early.  Then on the other hand, Ober has long since established itself as a place that people from all over can come and enjoy the slopes!  So visitors file in line with the locals to experience all that the mountains have to offer.  Ober has slopes to suit everyone from beginner to expert — with two quads servicing nine trails, one double lift, and one service lift.

If you’re a winter sports enthusiast, don’t miss out on all that Ober Gatlinburg has to offer this year!

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Experience Gatlinburg’s Iconic New Year’s Eve Celebration this Year

Gatlinburg's New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show Gatlinburg’s 25th annual New Year’s Eve celebration will bring a touch of the big city to a picturesque small town. The ball drop and fireworks displays will give Gatlinburg a chance to ring in the New Year in stunning style. The dazzling 15 minute fireworks show will follow the iconic New Year’s Eve ball drop hosted in the middle of downtown Gatlinburg (at the intersection of the main Parkway and Historic Nature Trail at Traffic Light #8).


Watch the Ball Drop in the Beautiful Smoky Mountains Gatlinburg's New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Display

On December 31st, 2013, Gatlinburg will commemorate 2012 and welcome 2013 with an amazing display of lights and grandeur. You don’t have to travel to Times Square to watch the ball drop when you can enjoy a New Year’s celebration unlike any other in the heart of Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains. As the clock inches towards midnight, the ball will begin to descend as the crowd erupts into cheers to welcome the New Year. The electrifying atmosphere will make this New Year’s Eve party one to remember! The Space Needle will be adorned with red lights and accompanied by great tunes to keep the crowd brimming with anticipation.

Toast to a Breathtaking Fireworks Display

After visitors watch the ball drop and ring in the New Year, a 15 minute fireworks display will continue the celebration. The fantastic fireworks display will be hosted by the expert pyro-technicians from Pyro-Shows. One of Gatlinburg’s most spectacular fireworks shows of the year, visitors will be able to enjoy a beautiful show as they celebrate the promise the New Year holds.

Gatlinburg's New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show Ring in the New Year with Gatlinburg in 2013

Gatlinburg is preparing to host the greatest New Year’s celebration of the year, and we hope you’ll join us for this amazing event! There’s no better place on earth to send off 2012 and bring in 2013 than in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This event will be the perfect place for adults and small children to celebrate the New Year together as a family. Whether you’re bringing a loved one, just yourself, or the whole family, celebrate the New Year in Gatlinburg this year!

Are you planning on spending New Year’s Eve in Gatlinburg? Let us know on Facebook, tweet us @travelgburg with the hashtag #Ringin2013withGatlinburg or leave us a comment!

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Christmas in Gatlinburg: Experience the Joy of the Holidays in the Most Beautiful Little Town on Earth

WM LED DeerChristmas time is a cheerful one, especially in the Smoky Mountains.  When you arrive, you can sense joy in the air.  Your heart is bound to flutter, and your soul will surely fill with Christmas cheer when you spend it with Gatlinburg this time of the year!

Enjoy the Holidays with Friends and Family in the Smoky Mountains

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the shopping frenzy and forget the most important part of the holidays! Family and friends are what make the holidays special every year, and Gatlinburg is built on family traditions. Those family traditions shine through during the holiday season. So when you’re thinking of a place to spend the holidays to take a break from the norm, to reconnect with family you haven’t seen in a while or both, Gatlinburg will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

The Perfect Place for a Cozy Retreat during the Cold Winter Months

It’s wintertime, so find a warm fire, soft blanket and a piping hot beverage to enjoy the season.  In Gatlinburg, you can get your fill of those simple pleasures wherever you go! Cabins come standard with classic stone fireplaces and views that will make you look twice every time.  It’s not uncommon to have a white Christmas here.  So stock those fridges and snuggle up with the family in the Smoky Mountains.

Things To Do on Christmas Day in Gatlinburg

Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy a nice hot cup of cider or you want to explore the sights, there’s always something to do in Gatlinburg! Christmas is one day when things slow down a bit. While many of the shops and attractions will be closed, the restaurants are still open and ready to serve you.  You can also explore the beautiful mountains.

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…in Gatlinburg!

Enjoy the holiday on Christmas with a walk through town. You can take a walk down Main Street or up River Road. If you’re in the mood to enjoy nature, the Gatlinburg Trail is located at the park entrance, and it will take you along the river to the Sugarlands Headquarters and Visitor Center.

Ober Gatlinburg Christmas in Gatlinburg will be operating on all cylinders on Christmas too!  The base should be solid and the slopes ready to test your skills.  Ober has something for everyone whether you want to sightsee, skate around the ice rink, enjoy a nice dinner, Christmas shop or hit the slopes.

The Christmas season is just one of the many reasons it’s called Winter Magic around here. Are you planning to visit us on Christmas Day? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter (@travelgburg), or in the comments section! Hope to see you soon!

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Gatlinburg’s Newest Holiday Tradition: Winter Magic Tunes & Tales

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Tunes and TalesGatlinburg is brimming with holiday cheer this year, and one of the best ways to experience all that Gatlinburg has to offer is by taking a stroll through downtown to enjoy Winter Magic Tunes & Tales! With Winter Magic, the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, the Festival of Trees, and many other holiday events, how could Gatlinburg get any better? Well, Gatlinburg’s newest addition to the holiday lineup gives visitors another dose of holiday cheer by showcasing wonderful characters, timeless tales, and classic Christmas carols.

You can find Tunes & Tales downtown on the Parkway every Friday and Saturday night leading up until Christmas Day. The entertainment is free for everyone, and the entertainers will be performing live from 5 pm – 9 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings.

If you’re a fan of Zeno the Bear, make sure to stop by for Tunes & Tales because he will be making some appearances! He’s decided to postpone hibernation so that he can celebrate the holidays in Gatlinburg.

Experience the Storytelling, Caroling, and Holiday Characters in Gatlinburg

Talented local entertainers compose the lineup of carolers and storytellers that will be performing in Tunes & Tales around the holidays. A barbershop quartet and full choir will alight the city with wonderful holiday tunes. The characters will be dressed in Victorian attire reminiscent of Charles Dickens’ novel “A Christmas Carol.” Enjoy the caroling or bundle up for a holiday-inspired story told by one of the delightful entertainers.

Inspire the Imagination with a Getaway to Gatlinburg

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to plan a getaway to Gatlinburg. With the events, the festive atmosphere, and holiday cheer, you can enjoy the best of the winter season. Gatlinburg draws visitors in from all across the country to celebrate the holidays in unique fashion. Winter Magic Tunes & Tales is another way to celebrate the season of giving and enjoy a dose of holiday cheer in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Take a Stroll through Downtown and Enjoy the MagicGatlinburg Winter Magic Tunes and Tales

As you walk down the parkway in Gatlinburg, stop and enjoy the carolers, storytellers, and characters of Tunes & Tales. This event is completely free and is the perfect place to celebrate the holidays with your family, your significant other, or just yourself. The fabulous costumes, charming characters, and beautiful Christmas carols will give you the chance to enjoy the classics that the holiday is known for across the globe.

Gatlinburg will celebrate the season of lights and Christmas cheer in a whole new way. Cozy up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and a stunning mountain landscape in the background. Make this Christmas truly one to remember by celebrating the magic in Gatlinburg this year!

Stop by from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm on any Friday or Saturday night leading up to Christmas Day to enjoy the magical atmosphere in Gatlinburg. To learn more about the city’s holiday events, visit Gatlinburg’s events page.

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips: Find the Best Holiday Gifts & Deals in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg shopping Are you searching for time to buy those last minute holiday gifts? Have no fear! This guide will help you finish your Christmas shopping in no time flat so that you can enjoy the holiday season and find gifts that your family and friends will love!

It’s Crunch Time Christmas Shoppers!

With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time to get together those last minute holiday gifts. If you have some people on your list that are difficult to buy for or you just haven’t been able to set aside enough time to finish all of your shopping, you can still get everything done before the big day. First, you have to get into the right mindset. Since you don’t have a lot of time, you’ll have to make some quick decisions, but that’s okay. While it can be stressful to find the right gift for everyone on your list, it’s the thought that counts so try to have some fun with your holiday shopping.

He’s Making a List and Checkin’ it Twice…

And so should you! Before you start your last minute shopping trips, make a list of all of the people and pets that you need to buy gifts for. Get out a piece of paper and jot down the name of everyone that you’ll be buying for, then write down the first gift that comes to mind for each person. Remember, you don’t have much time left so go with your first instinct! Once you have your list, look over it to make sure you didn’t forget anyone, and then proceed directly to the next step.

Gatlinburg shopping

Make a Plan & Find the Right Stores

Now that you have your list, you need

to find the stores that carry all of your gift items. Make sure to leave some space on your li
If you want to find great gifts for everyone in the family, don’t forget to come by the shops in Gatlinburg before your holiday shopping is finished. From one-of-a-kind arts & crafts to custom t-shirts, delicious fudge, and authentic souvenirs, you can find something for everyone in Gatlinburg!st to jot down the store that carries that gift. Don’t meander from store to store looking for deals. You can price shop online in a fraction of the time. Only visit stores that have at least one of the items on your list, and if you can find a store that carries more than one, that’s all the better. Go there first

Get All Your Last Minute Items on the Same Day

Now that you have a list of everything that you need and you know which stores carry them, devote a day or two to getting all of your gifts so that you can finish your shopping and enjoy the holidays. If you can’t find one of the gifts on your list at a store near you, you can always order it online. Most stores offer express or overnight shipping, so if you have a little bit of extra money to put towards your gifts, you can order everything that you need without leaving home. Now that’s convenience!

Looking for great holiday gifts in Gatlinburg? Check out our deals page to find the best discounts on great gifts from one of our shops!

Do you have any last minute shopping tips? Share them with us on Facebook, tweet us @travelgburg, or leave a comment on our blog! 

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Gatlinburg’s Trolley Ride of Lights Offers a Unique Way to Enjoy the Holiday Festivities


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Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic Festival begins on November 7th, 2012 and runs through February 28th, 2013 in Gatlinburg. During Winter Magic, visitors will be able to enjoy the timeless light displays that are now an iconic part of Gatlinburg’s holiday festivities in a new and exciting way. The Trolley Ride of Lights is a guided excursion through the area that gives visitors a great view of the beautiful lights in Gatlinburg. Now you can get into the holiday spirit with a relaxing ride through the Smokies on a Gatlinburg trolley.

Holiday Lights and Magical Moments on the Trolley Ride of Lights

The Trolley Ride of Lights designates certain trolleys to carry their guests on an unforgettable journey through the downtown area and Highway 321 to experience the best of Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic. During the Winter Magic Festival, you can catch a trolley and enjoy an excursion through beautiful downtown Gatlinburg so that you can see the brilliant lights and one-of-a-kind lighting displays.

When and Where can You Catch the Trolley Ride of Lights?

Gatlinburg’s Trolley Ride of Lights runs at 6:30 pm, 7:30 pm, and 8:30 pm every night while the lights are up. The only exceptions are on December 7th (the day of the Gatlinburg Christmas Parade), Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. You can catch one of the specially designated trolleys at traffic light #5 in downtown Gatlinburg (the trolley stop adjacent to Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.)

See the Trolley Ride of LightsDazzling Lights from the Comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley

Gatlinburg’s Winter Magic features scintillating light displays of animals, snowmen, reindeer, landscapes, dancing fountains, and other festive decorations. All of Gatlinburg’s lights have been converted from incandescent to LED bulbs, making this light display even more brilliant and environmentally friendly. Gatlinburg is committed to keeping the area beautiful and conserving the environment, and the new LED lights save the City 95% in energy consumption. Gatlinburg has also undertaken many other green initiatives. You can read more about them at

Are you ready to experience Winter Magic through a narrated tour on a Gatlinburg trolley? Now you can soak up the holiday spirit with a fun filled tour through downtown. As the trolley winds its way through Gatlinburg, your tour guide will give you insight into the inspiration behind all of the timeless light displays in Gatlinburg.

Tickets for the Trolley Ride of Lights are $5 per person. You can reserve your seat here, call (865) 277-8222, or visit for more information.

Have you taken a ride on the Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights? What did you think? Tell us in the comments section, on Facebook, or Tweet it to us!

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