gatlinburg in december

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2011

Mmm I love Gatlinburg in the winter. You can still go into the Smokies in December/January. If the weather is really bad (lots of snow or ice) you may see some closures for safety only. But in general, the trails and the scenic drives are usually open.

I’ve stayed in Gatlinburg not in a chalet before, and it’s still great! If you’re downtown, you’ll be extra close to things like the aquarium. And you can get into town easily without worrying about the hassle of parking. You can walk to all of the shops and restaurants and places like Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. And you can always head up to Ober Gatlinburg for ice skating or skiing if you family enjoys that.

Plus, the town is just so quaint and beautiful around the holidays. I really enjoy being there at that time of year!!!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would visit Asheville, NC before Gatlinburg would even cross my mind.  Have you considered that?  Gatlinburg isn’t too terrible but Pigeon Forge is awful to even drive through to get to G-burg.  Too much traffic and too many outlet malls.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2002

I love Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.  We honeymooned in a chalet up in the mountains.  I’ve never been in December, but I can imagine it would be awesome.  

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I’ve been to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg a few times. We always stayed in a cabin. That was a lot of the appeal for me. We went in winter and were still able to go into the parks, but the roads did get icy and nervewracking. There were a few closures but most things were still open.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Not sure if this is helpful, but I always recommend staying in the Townsend side of the Smokies, especially for a honeymoon- but since you are travelling with kids it would probably make more sense to be closer to all the amenities 🙂 

The weather could be hit or miss- we’ve never been in December but we were there in March, one day they had closed most of the park due to a snowstorm but the next day was sunny and beautiful. Go figure! It’s a gorgeous place no matter what.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The roads in town and around the cabin were fine; it was the roads leading to certain areas in the state park that were closed.

ETA: You will have a lovely time no matter what. I remember that Pigeon Forge had all kinds of Christmas decorations in December; I imagine Gatlinburg does as well.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@misslineman:  My FI and I are planning to go to Gatlinbury for our honeymoon as well. I have been there once and I love it. Here is a site that we used to find our little cabin but they have all sorts of stuff along with all its attraction and everything. The ripleys attractions there are a lot of fun too and they have the deals for going to several of the things for a good cost. Hopes this helps 🙂

http://www.gatlinburg.com/

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@OctBride-2012:  I’m with you on choosing Asheville over Gatlinburg.  While Gatlinburg has it’s charms, it’s definitely a kitchy tourist trap with t-shirt shops and strip malls of junk.  I much prefer Asheville and the elegance of the Biltmore decorated for Christmas.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@misslineman:  Bear in mind that a lot of outdoor activities in general are closed during the winter throughout NC and TN due to the weather.  I love Chimney Rock Park and the Biltmore Estate.  

http://bestkidfriendlytravel.com/2009/05/19/kid-friendly-asheville-north-carolina/ 

http://blog.trekaroo.com/why-asheville-is-our-familys-favorite-small-town/

http://www.theqfamilyadventures.com/13-things-to-do-in-asheville-with-kids/

http://www.exploreasheville.com/things-to-do/family-fun/

I would personally ditch the kids and have a honeymoon just the two of you that time of year.  But if you’re dead set on doing your honeymoon as a kid trip in December why not take the kids to Disney instead?  The weather here in Orlando in December is gorgeous; it’s not ridiculously hot and there is hardly any rain.  I even like Atlanta that time of year and they offer a great City Pass so you can see the Ggeorgia Aquarium, the World of Coke, and the dinosaurs at the Fernbank Museum.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

To each their own.  I made kid friendly recommendations for you.

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