Enchanted Winter at Anakeesta: 2023 In-Depth Guide

‘Tis the season to bundle up! Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter Celebration is ready to fill your holidays with magic and winter cheer.

This festive season, enter a dreamy world brimming with charming decorations, delectable food, and day-through-night activities. Whether you want to spend your vacation taking in the glittering lights and the gorgeous views of the Smokies or devote your time to eating and shopping, there are endless ways to experience the holidays in Anakeesta.

Want to celebrate the happiest time of the year here? Then, follow along as we offer some budget-friendly tips and fantastic ways to enjoy an Enchanted Winter at Anakeesta.

Anakeesta Enchanted Christmas Discount Tickets

Enchanted Winter of Lights is included in your general admission ticket. Book now from Tripster and save $3 per pass.

Package Your Anakeesta Tickets

Journey through Gatlinburg without busting your savings by bundling your Anakeesta Enchanted Winter tickets with these other attractions:

Anakeesta Enchanted Christmas Attractions

Light Up the Night at Anakeesta

When it comes to light displays, Anakeesta truly goes above and beyond. The Firefly Village twinkles with tens of thousands of colorful lights, transforming the area into a real-life fairytale destination!

On the other hand, Black Bear Village offers relaxing vibes with its outdoor stage, taproom, and splash pad. It’s the best place to sit by the fire, read a book, or bask in the magnificent sunset.

Want to belt out Christmas carols? Make your way through the Arctic Alley, where the winter lights are synchronized to seasonal soundtracks. Then, head to the Vista Gardens and reward your eyes and ears with the beauty and sounds of the nature. Anakeesta Mountain in winter is downright dreamy!

People playing on the bridges and in the trees houses adorned with yellow lights at night at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
photo credit: Anakeesta via Facebook

A Mountain of Nighttime Fun

The fun continues even after dark. It’s just getting started at Anakeesta. Begin your nighttime adventure by wandering around the glowing villages and climbing or swinging your way in the treehouses at TreeVenture.

Then, trek to AnaVista Tower to enjoy the park’s gleaming decorations and easily point in downtown Gatlinburg 600 feet below you. Cap your night off with a twinkle-light lit walk in the forest, where you can gaze at the stars all night long.

Dining Options

Is it really a holiday vacation without tasty treats? Plan a special dinner with your loved ones during your visit. The park bursts with plenty of restaurants, so it’s easy to find something that will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Taste the famous slow-smoked meats at Cliff Top or dig in the Southern barbeque at The Smokehouse. For desserts, savor the hot chocolate and spiced apple cider. Plus, there are bars overlooking the stunning Smoky Mountain that serve winter cocktails!

group of friends with drinks seated around Fire Pit at Bear village in Anakeesta,Gatlinburg, Tennesee, USA
photo credit: Anakeesta via Facebook

Astra Lumina

Be spellbound by Anakeesta’s latest offering, Astra Lumina! Venture into the mystical observatory grounds, where a luminous trail of lights, celestial visions, and astral harmonies awaits your discovery. Astra Lumina at Anakeesta is the latest addition to the Lumina Enchanted Night Walk series and an American first.

Secure your spot as one of the pioneers to explore Astra Lumina at Anakeesta. Elevate your full-day admission with a special combo ticket, granting you early access to this mesmerizing experience. Secure your advance tickets online today and enjoy fantastic savings!

Asta Lumina Add Ons – $15.99

Click here to purchase.

Wide shot of the Cliff Top Grill and Bar at dusk at Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, USA
photo credit: Anakeesta via Facebook

New Years Eve

Celebrate an unforgettable New Year’s Eve as Anakeesta, the premier destination for viewing Gatlinburg’s fireworks, extends its hours for the winter season! Join the adventure theme park for a day of festive fun, with gates open from 9 AM to midnight on New Year’s Eve. Don’t miss the custom animation show on a magnificent 40-foot-tall Christmas tree and enjoy daily live entertainment featuring Kringle’s Karol’s and the charming Jolly the Juggling Elf.

See Gatlinburg’s fireworks from the exclusive deck of the Smokehouse restaurant, located in Anakeesta’s charming Firefly Village. This is the perfect place to witness the sky come alive with brilliant colors as the city’s fireworks begin at midnight. This event is free with your theme park admission.

Anakeesta Enchanted Christmas Date

Anakeesta Winter of Lights runs from November 14, 2023, through January 1, 2024.

Anakeesta Enchanted Christmas Venue

Located at 576 Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

Experience Enchanted Christmas at Anakeesta

The magic of winter is alive at Enchanted of Lights! Various festive decorations, interactive attractions, and culinary delights make Anakeesta an unmatched Christmas retreat.

Delight in delectable dishes from smores to savory steaks, wander amidst twinkling tunnels filled with thousands of winter lights, and soak up the captivating holiday spirit at Anakeesta. Plus, you can shop at the bouqties and find the perfect holiday gifts for your family and friends.

Score your tickets now. While at it, take in the beauty of the Smokies and explore Anakeesta’s attractions with a Anakeesta Gatlinburg Vacation Package.


Start Date:

November 14, 2023

End Date:

January 1, 2024




576 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

Anne is a Filipino writer who formerly managed and created marketing strategies and materials for numerous websites and eCommerce platforms. Now, her voice...

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