Have a winter vacation getaway in Gatlinburg!
Ok, we promised “News You Can Use” in our new Ridgecrest Log Cabin Rental blog – so get ready to find out about the happenin’ things in the Smokies, making January a wonderful time for a winter getaway!
Wilderness Wildlife Week: This is an entire week of nature-related programming saluting the Great Smoky Mountains. But it’s not just about trees or bears! Wilderness Wildlife Week includes seminars, workshops, and outdoor events and field trips such as hikes and owl prowls. Over 150 experts in wildlife, mountain lore, flora, and photography, just to name a few, will be leading as many as 250 classes on subjects as varied as learning to read a compass to playing mountain musical instruments. Did we mention it’s all free? Event headquarters are in Pigeon Forge.
Ice Carving Competition: Professional and amateur ice carvers will be competing for cash prizes during this free family event in Pigeon Forge. Visit the Titanic Museum outdoor event center and watch 250-pound blocks of ice become spectacular works of art! Competition takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Be sure to bring your camera!
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration: Special day of honor featuring guest speakers and local choirs held at the First Baptist Church in downtown Sevierville. Times yet to be posted, but you may call (865) 428-2212 for complete event details.
TN Winter Special Olympics: The Special Olympics provide year-round sports training and competition for children, youth, and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Tennessee branch will be sponsoring a three-day Winter Games Sports Festival in Gatlinburg that is open to the public. Come watch and cheer the athletes as they compete for the gold in events such as snow skiing, ice skating, and snowboarding. Competitions will be taking place at Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort & Amusement Park.
Gatlinburg’s 23rd Annual Winterfest: The City of Gatlinburg continues their Winter Magic celebration through the end of February by continuing to light up winter nights with brilliant lighting displays throughout the town.
One of the best ways to see the Winter Magic is by riding Gatlinburg’s Trolley Ride of Lights! Soak up the spirit of the season on an enclosed, heated trolley complete with a personal tour guide! In January, trolley excursions are available only on Saturday nights. All trolleys depart from the City of Gatlinburg’s main trolley depot at traffic light #5 at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Tickets are $5.
Take advantage of our January cabin specials for an inexpensive wintertime vacation with us!