Winter is magic. It’s a time of conserving energy and life so it can burst into flower in spring. Snow is one of the magic things about winter everyone loves. It’s especially magic in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, where Gatlinburg awaits the adventurous. Go skiing in Tennessee’s only ski resort, go tubing or ice skating, check out the winter festivals and Christmas lights and decorations in Gatlinburg. Or just take a walk through the magic and breathe that rare winter air so special in the mountains. Be sure to take your Pugs gear because it will protect you during winter sports from the freezing part of winter in the Great Smoky Mountains.
Skiing, Tubing and Skating
Can't get to Aspen? Is Little Round Top out of your reach? No worries, hop on over to Ober Gatlinburg, one of the highest peaks of the Smokies. Pull on your Pugs cool beanies, your microfleece gloves and of course your polarized wrap-around sunglasses to battle the glare from the snow as you’re skiing or tubing. You can even ski at night, but we don’t advise wearing your sunglasses then, despite what the song says. Skiing is available from December to March, but the skating rink is located in a huge mall and is open year round!
When the first leaf hits the ground, Gatlinburg comes alive with winter activities and festivals. Nearby Dollywood and Pigeon Forge partner with Gatlinburg to present the adventurous with a show they won’t see anywhere else.
- Celebrate winter magic with a chili cookoff, light show and a whole street full of winter wonder in Gatlinburg. November 12.
- Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights features a (heated) trolley ride through the towns of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, where adventurers will see million dollar light displays. Begins November 11 through January 29.
- Never seen fireworks on Thanksgiving? Come and see the magic as fireworks are lit over the Titanic, one of the attractions in Gatlinburg, to honor the victims of the tragedy. November 27.
- The Nutcracker Sweet is another winter festival promising an interesting take on a classic. November 28 and 29.
- Great Smoky Mountain Arts and Crafts Show will impress the adventurous wearing their Pugs gear with the variety of work from all over the country, the music, the food and the magic. December 1 through 7.
- Don’t forget the fireworks and the ball coming down from the Space Needle on New Year’s Eve!
You can’t go to a magic winter wonderland like the Smoky Mountains and not bring back something for friends and family at home. The shops and mall in the town feature everything from hand-blown glass to homemade candies, teas, toys, clothing and other cool stuff. Don’t forget to wrap some Pugs as gifts, too! There is just something about art galleries, pottery shops and specialty shops that is magic. They seem exotic somehow and we must have at least one of what they make. The mountains are home to a long line of folk history and it shows up in their crafts.
Check out the Pugs site before you head off to Gatlinburg with its mountain magic! You will find all you need in affordable sunglasses, hats, gloves and cool accessories for your winter wonderland experience.
Image By Bryant Thomas (Jensen Imaging) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons