Tennessee Winter Bucket List – From Chattanooga, Nashville, to Pigeon Forge

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If you are looking for some great Tennessee winter bucket list activities to put on your radar, look no further than these great suggestions!

Whether you’re packing up the kiddos and heading to take in the sights of Chattanooga or the sounds of Nashville, Tennessee has a lot to offer all winter long! This Tennessee Winter Bucket List will help to inspire you to do your own research on fun winter activities that you want to add to your very own winter bucket list!

If you are looking for some great Tennessee Winter Bucket List activities to put on your radar, look no further than these great suggestions! #TennesseeTravel #WinterinTennessee #TennesseeTravelGuide #VisitTennessee

Life’s to short to waste time missing all the amazing opportunities and activities that Tennessee holds!

Winter in Nashville

We know it’s cold, but don’t stay inside and hibernate! You’ll miss so much if you do. There are so much beauty and nature that comes alive during winter that exploring winter in Nashville needs to be on your winter bucket list!

Budget-friendly winter bucket list activities in Nashville

On a budget? That’s no excuse to hide inside, either! There are many activities that are free in Nashville, so we always like to check those out first. Free can be a lot of fun when you take the time to explore the options!

Related Article: Top 7 Must See Nashville Attractions When Traveling With Kids

Head downtown to visit the historic arcade, several amazing art galleries, and even take an architecture tour during the First Saturday Art Crawl. Spanning across all of downtown, the Art Crawl takes place every first Saturday of the month. As long as you can brave the cold you’ll have plenty to keep you busy all night! (Once you’re used to the cold, it really isn’t all that cold at all!)

What’s winter without ice skating? Ages 13 and up are $7, Military $6. There are many places to go ice skating across Tennessee so look up your town’s website and see what’s near you. Don’t stop at just one, either. Each ice skating rink in Nashville is different so make certain that you take your time trying out each and every one.

ice skating in tennessee

Escape Games are becoming more and more popular as year-round attractions rather than just Halloween-time ones, which makes me happy! Solve million dollar heists all while escaping the cold at Nashville Escape Game. Escape Games are family-friendly fun but mostly designed for older kids, teens, and adults. We always call ahead if our kids are at that maybe but maybe not age. You want to make sure it’s not spooky or scary if you have sensitive ones, and obviously, you want to make sure everyone is going to have age-appropriate fun. Checking photos out on any Escape Game’s Facebook page is a good idea too as that can give you a better idea of who it’s suited for.

Winter in Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge

island of pigeon forge



Download the free Gatlinburg App to figure out how to get around, and also to see what’s going on locally while you’re visiting. This app is super useful in helping you maximize your time and efforts to not take time away from any of your winter bucket list activities that you are wanting to do.

Open year-round with tons of indoor fun for the entire family, Fort Fun opens at 10 AM each day and closes between 9 PM and midnight. Indoor golf, laser tag, bumper cars, escape rooms, gem mining, and an arcade make it easy for kids and grown-ups alike to have a blast!

Another family-fun attraction, the Island Mirror Maze is not just any ol’ maze. Check out the Atomic Rush, Bumper Cars, and Laser Maze to see why this place is so much fun. Tickets are less than $15 each but can add up quickly for a large family, so get your money’s worth by making it a day trip!

Ober Gatlinburg is a ski resort with something for everyone, beginner and expert alike. Even if you’re not into skiing or snow tubing, it’s fun to take a ride up the ski lift and experience a second-to-none view of the Great Smoky Mountains.

From November 8th through January 3rd, you can experience Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, with over four million lights and a special guest: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer! Meet Rudolph and his friends in the truly magical Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Junction.

dollywood at christmas


Christmas Light Displays in Tennessee

If you’re looking for the best Christmas light display, look no further than Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights. Celebrating 22 years of joy, wonder, and magic, Rock City’s Famous Christmas Light Extravaganza is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

Did you know Christmas was one of Elvis’ favorite times of the year? Experience the stunning Christmas at Graceland with your family and create magical memories everyone will cherish for decades to come. See the lights, a life-size Nativity scene, and Santa and his sleigh at Graceland. Even Santa knows to stop at Graceland, so this is a winter bucket list must!

Looking for displays in your neck of the woods? Google “Christmas light displays + your town” or “holiday lights + your town” for best results.

There are always great winter activities to add to your winter bucket list if you are willing to do a bit of research! Who knows, you and your family may just stumble upon a new family activity in Tennessee that you all love and adore!

What’s your favorite winter activity in Tennessee?

About Winona Rogers

Winona Rogers is the author of Life Family & Fun a national blog focusing on parenting, easy recipes, Home & DIY, Lifestyle, Family Fun and Travel. Her site was nominated as the Top 10 Parenting Blogs in Atlanta, Top Disney Blog, Family Travel Expert and has been featured in media on 11Alive Atlanta & Company. In her spare time, she loves to travel with her family and cook. Winona and her husband have four children and five grandchildren living in Atlanta, Georgia.


  1. Paula Adams says


    Years ago I visited Nashville and Memphis and had a really wonderful time. So many things we got to do, but so many more that we didn’t have time for. Hope to get back there again in the next couple of years!

  2. Amber Ludwig says


    We vacationed in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg this May and wow is it amazing out there!! Maybe next year we’ll try a cabin in the winter! I was so sad to see the fires this fall and would love to support the tourism there again!

  3. Colleen Maul says


    I live in Southern Cali and this week for Christmas vacation it has gotten so cold. This is a great article to read for us NON cold dwellers.

  4. Justine says


    The Opryland Hotel in Nashville is a wonderful place to visit for Christmas lights and displays. It’s also free to walk around the hotel.

  5. Sarah L says


    I’ve never been there. We have great light displays here in Denver at the Zoo and at the Botanic Gardens.

  6. Julie Wood says


    I have never been to Tennessee! But I would love to go see Dollywood at Christmas. I bet it is magical and Tennessee sure has a lot of fun things to do.

  7. beth minton says


    I love Tennessee.. can’t wait to go back for hubbies big 50th birthday January 21st!

  8. Christina A. says


    I just love Tennessee! Such a beautiful state with lots to do! We are going to Nashville this year and I can’t wait!

  9. Dana Rodriguez says


    Tennessee has so many great places to visit. One of my favorite places is The Smoky Mountains!

  10. Diana Bierer says


    Gotta go to Gatlinburg and Dollywood!!

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