Plan your winter getaway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  The quaint mountain village has plenty to offer, with numerous attractions, shopping, dining and, of course, the great outdoors available to visitors.  Winterfest is also currently being hosted, offering wintertime activities, dazzling light displays and special events.  Need help with things to do on your winter vacation in Gatlinburg?  Read on.

Go to Ober Gatlinburg:  This ski resort makes its own snow and is fun place to tube, ski or snowboard down the Smoky Mountains.  Ice Skating is available too.
Visit the Ripley’s Aquarium:  One of my favorite downtown Gatlinburg attractions is the Ripley’s Aquarium.  Diving into life under the sea is not only interesting, but educational.  Kids love the aquarium, and during the holidays they have a Musical Christmas Tree standing 5-stories tall which entertains guests with a musical light show. 
Eat at the Smoky Mountain Brewery: A casual restaurant modeled after an Alpine Lodge, the Smoky Mountain Brewery offers fantastic beers, delicious pizza and calzones, as well as hearty dinners of steak and pasta.  I recommend the pretzels and beer cheese an appetizer accompanied by the Mountain Light brew. 
Stay at White Oak Lodge:  Bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, White Oak Lodge offers affordable yet well-appointed cabins that provide a rustic mountain experience while still being conveniently close to all there is to do in Gatlinburg.
Go on a Trolley Tour of Lights: Through January 25, 2014, you can hop aboard a Gatlinburg Trolley to see the Winter Magic Light displays.  The guided, enclosed excursions leave from traffic light #5 and go through downtown and Highway 321. Multiple tours leave nightly.

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