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No Way Joe's Cantina
No Way Jose's combines delicious authentic Mexican cuisine with a lively atmosphere to create an experience your family will love.
Pigeon Forge Location
(865) 429-7779
104 Walden’s Main Street
Pigeon Forge, 37863
Gatlinburg Location
(865) 430-JOSE (5673)
555 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738 (at stoplight no. 5)
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5 Things to Do in the Smoky Mountains in the Winter

As the temperatures drop and snow begins to roll in, the Smoky Mountains transform into a magical place full of holiday spirit! No matter where you are in the Smokies, winter is full of fun activities to enjoy with family and friends! Folks of all ages find serenity and the Christmas spirit in the Smokies this time of year, particularly at Smoky Mountain Winterfest! Here are 5 things to do in the Smoky Mountains in the winter:

1. Dine With Us!

no way jose's in pigeon forge

You’ll find fresh, authentic Mexican food and a fun atmosphere when you dine with us at No Way Jose’s Cantina! Warm up in the Smoky Mountains in the winter with some savory, melty queso or a tasty margarita with plenty of sauce! Take a look at some of our most popular dishes, all full of bold flavors and authentic taste! With locations in both Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, No Way Jose’s is always ready to serve up the best Mexican food around.

2. Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail

Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail is a Pigeon Forge Winterfest attraction making its debut this season! The city’s newest light show is made up of 20 different nature-themed outdoor light displays on Pigeon Forge’s Riverwalk nature trail! A colorful 52-feet-long caterpillar, Old Man Winter, larger-than-life flowers and walk-thru arches are a few of the many unique light displays you’ll see.

3. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

dollywood lights

Dollywood, the popular Pigeon Forge award-winning theme park, is a fan-favorite activity for guests visiting the Smoky Mountains in the winter! Dollywood comes to life with more than 6 million individual lights spread over the park during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas! This awesome show has been voted America’s Best Christmas event for more than a decade! Spend your time enjoying rides, holiday music, fireworks and award-winning shows at this great attraction.

4. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

If you’re in Sevierville, you have to check out Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland! This attraction is a drive-thru light experience located at Smokies Stadium in Kodak! This always entertaining experience is its final season after 13 years of spreading Christmas joy! Shadrack’s is also debuting a new show this season, Shadrack’s Super-Sized Christmas Adventure, that takes place at Soaky Mountain Waterpark and throws guests into a magical world of super-sized toys, animals and imagination!

5. Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter Celebration

Anakeesta in winter

Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter Celebration takes place each winter at the Gatlinburg theme park! The sun begins to lower over Anakeesta mountain and the theme park comes alive with an amazing celebration of likes you don’t want to miss in the Smoky Mountains in the winter! Come by with the family or a group of friends and enjoy some hot chocolate or a hot toddy and warm up around a fire! Spend your time exploring the Anakeesta villages at this exciting attraction within walking distance of our Gatlinburg restaurant!

Now you know all the great reasons to visit the Smoky Mountains in the winter! But, guess what?! There are even more great things to do in the winter or any time of the year near our restaurant! Check out these Pigeon Forge attractions near No Way Jose’s!

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