5 Reasons To Visit The Smoky Mountains In January


1. Smoky Mountain Winterfest
Although your town may have stopped celebrating Christmas on December 26th, the holiday is still going strong here in the Smoky Mountains. The towns of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg along with many businesses have decorated the entire area with millions of twinkling lights. The amazing LED light displays can be viewed from the comfort of a cozy trolley. Both the Gatlinburg Trolley Ride of Lights and the Pigeon Forge Winterfest Trolley Tour operate throughout the month of January.

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2. No Crowds
With the exception of Martin Luther King day weekend, January is the slowest month of the entire  year. Now is the perfect time to enjoy the area! Visit the Smokies in January and there is no need to get stuck in traffic, wait at restaurants, or fight the crowds at local attractions.


3. Skiing at Ober Gatlinburg
Ober Gatlinburg, which features the only ski resort in Tennessee, is the perfect way to spend a winter day. This popular winter attraction has a total of ten trails with varying difficulties suited for all skill levels. Regardless of your skill level, Ober Gatlinburg has a trail for you. The ten ski runs appeal to those who are first learning to ski, experts looking for a challenge, and everyone in between! Don’t want to ski during your visit? No problem. Ober Gatlinburg also features snow tubing, ice skating, and much more!


4. Low Prices
Whether you are looking for a condo, cabin, or hotel, one thing is certain – your dollar is going to go further in January. In fact, the price of lodging is less than half of what the exact properties were charging a few weeks ago during peak December visit times. Check out our Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge rentals here.


5. Restaurant Deals
With the long lines of December a distant memory, many of the area restaurants are now competing for your business. For example, Bennett’s BBQ, which is one of the best BBQ restaurants in the region, offers an unbeatable buy one lunch get one lunch free during the month of January. This special, which is available Monday through Friday from 11 am to 3 pm at both locations, makes an excellent meal quite affordable. Are you in the mood for a terrific steak dinner without the pricetag? Both Alamo steakhouse locations offer visitors a buy one get one free special Monday through Friday from 11-3 and 11-8 (dinner too!) on Wednesdays. Visit in January to take advantage of these amazing specials!

With great weather (average temperature 48 degrees), incredible deals, no crowds, and more, January is the perfect month to visit the Smoky Mountains!