Enchanted Winter of Lights at Anakeesta

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November 19, 2021 @ 8:00 am - February 14, 2022 @ 10:00 pm EST

close up of family walking through Anakeesta lights in Gatlinburg Tennessee USA

The magic and wonder of winter is alive at Anakeesta this season at the Enchanted Winter of Lights!

Visitors to the theme park will be immersed in the brilliant lights of Arctic Alley as you tour the grounds with family and friends before warming up around the firepit in Black Bear Village or Firefly Village.

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Take in the views of the Smokies as you enjoy a new drink on the Hot Chocolate Trail (like the Peanut Butter Surrender) before enjoying a delicious meal of winter-themed chef specials at the Cliff Top restaurant.

Light Up The Night At Anakeesta

Tens of thousands of twinkling lights are scattered throughout the beautiful mountain top park of Anakeesta!

Bask in the glow of Firefly Village as you check off your shopping list while mesmerized by the beautiful lights.

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Relax by firepits and take in the live music performances at Black Bear Village. Be sure to arrive early enough to take in a sunset view and watch Anakeesta transform into a holiday wonderland.

Arctic Alley has expanded and will showcase tens of thousands of winter lights choreographed to festive seasonal soundtracks.

Don't miss out on the brand new sensory walk on the Vista Gardens’ boardwalk. Here you can relax while taking in the gorgeous sights and sounds of nature that is the Smoky Mountains.

Fun After Sunset - Enchanted Winter of Lights

Where do the sparkling lights of Anakeesta end and the twinkling lights of the Smoky Mountain sky begin? It'll be hard to tell when you experience these mountain top park after sunset.

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Top your night off with a nighttime adventure and climb to the top of AnaVista Tower where you can look down on the sparkling lights of Anakeesta. Be sure to take in the beautiful lights of Gatlinburg that are over 600 feet below you.

Dining Option Recommendations

  • Elevated or Romantic dinner: Cliff Top in Black Bear Village
  • Slow-smoked Meats and BBQ: The Smokehouse in Firefly Village
  • Hot Chocolate/Spiced Apple Cider: Pearl's Pie in the Sky

Breakfast with Santa

On December 4 and December 11, Anakeesta is welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Clause to the breakfast table.

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Early bird gets the pancakes! Breakfast with Santa event includes EARLY access to Anakeesta before other guests arrive, all-day access to the park, a delicious breakfast served at Cliff Top, holiday crafts, a sing-a-long, and a professional photo with Santa himself!


November 19, 2021 @ 8:00 am EST
February 14, 2022 @ 10:00 pm EST
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576 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 United States
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(865) 325-2400
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