Christmas is what Sevier County does best. With themed shopping villages, holiday plays, cozy cabins, and much more, they know how to get into the Christmas spirit. If you find yourself bringing in the holidays in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, rest assured that there is something to interest every member of your family. Use our guide composed of the best locations to explore in Sevier County during the holidays and start building your itinerary today.

Where to Stay

Get Cozy in a Log Cabin

Take a break from the winter chill by getting cozy in one of the area’s many rental cabins. It’s the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the main attractions in Sevier County. At many of these cabins, you can count on a warm fireplace to burrow down next to and a hot tub to unwind in. Rent one out with friends or family and spend time relaxing in one of the most peaceful attractions in the area- the great outdoors.

The Inn at Christmas Place

Stay at The Inn at Christmas Place for a unique holiday experience your family won’t soon forget. Visit Santa or one of his friends every morning between 8 am and 10 am or catch the Singing Santa Show 3 nights a week. Kids and adults alike can enjoy crafts such as gingerbread house building, bow tying, and cookie decorating. The year-round Christmas themed hotel is located just off of stoplight 2A in Pigeon Forge.

Where to Shop

Shop The Village

The shops of The Village in Gatlinburg exude Old World charm. Find the shopping area just off of stop light 6 on The Parkway. Explore the European style shopping district with a hot cup of locally roasted coffee from Coffee & Company. Snag a last minute gift at The Best Gift Idea Ever or find yourself a souvenir at one of the 27 shops and boutiques.

The Christmas Place

Looking for something a little more festive? Don’t miss shopping at The Incredible Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge for all of your holiday decorating needs. Whether you need more decorations or not, you don’t want to miss experiencing one of the largest year-round Christmas retailers in the United States. You may even find something you didn’t know you “needed.” This festive wonderland is sure to get you in the holiday spirit with its many holiday-themed displays. Pick up your favorite Christmas keepsake items from brands such as Hallmark, Lemax Village, Precious Moments, and more.

What to Do


This exciting theme park is on everyone’s Pigeon Forge itinerary, but this is the time of year that you don’t want to miss this staple attraction. Dollywood has exciting holiday shows and activities scheduled throughout the month of December. Enjoy classics such as It’s a Wonderful Life and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas alongside shows that you can catch only at Dollywood. After a day of holiday shows and adrenaline-pumping rides, walk down to Showstreet for The Parade of Many Colors. Don’t forget that if you arrive at the park after 3 pm, your tickets are free the next day!

Ober Gatlinburg

If you’re more interested in Winter Sports than shows, Ober Gatlinburg is the place to be. This ski area and amusement park has something for everyone. Ride the aerial tram from downtown Gatlinburg and take in a breathtaking view of the mountains on your way to the top. From there you can ski, snowboard, or tube at heart-pounding speeds. Others who prefer a more leisurely pace cana explore the shops and restaurants at Ober. Whatever you like to do, there is something for you to enjoy on your visit Ober Gatlinburg.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Sevier County, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Did we miss one of your favorite attractions? Tell us what we left out in the comments section! Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest events and attractions in the southeast.