Now that we've officially crossed over into December, things are starting to get more serious when it comes to shopping for the holidays. Christmas is only weeks away. But it's not time to panic just yet. There are still lots of opportunities to get out and hit the stores and start crossing more names of your shopping list.
If you're like most of us, you probably haven't put a very big dent in your holiday shopping list this year. But Christmas will be here before you know it, which is why we've put together a handy list of businesses in the Great Smoky Mountains where you will enjoy the visit in its own right and also get some Christmas shopping done. Why not kill two birds with one stone?
Lots of folks will be heading to Gatlinburg, TN, during these next few weeks before Christmas. Some will be visiting the national park, some will be coming to see the Winterfest lights, and others will be taking advantage of special seasonal events and activities. If you plan to be among those headed to the Smokies soon, you might also consider getting some Christmas shopping done while you're in town. One of the great things about shopping in downtown Gatlinburg is that you can cover a lot of bases within a fairly small footprint, and you don't even have to drive from store to store.
We're smack dab in the middle of summer, which means this is peak season for folks coming to the Great Smoky Mountains and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle this area has to offer. Between the neighboring national park, a nearby national forest, whitewater-filled rivers and TVA reservoirs that occupy so much of our region, opportunities abound for families to get outside and play this summer.
Many of us promise ourselves each year that THIS will be the year we get an early start on Christmas shopping. And it seems that a lot of us still wind up putting off all that gift buying until the last minute. After all, who wants to drive to 50 different stores trying to find so many different kinds of gifts to please so many different people?
Who doesn't like a mall? Malls pack a whole lot of good things into one convenient location, so if you're looking to cover the most retail ground while doing the least amount of footwork, they're always a good bet. And if you're visiting downtown Gatlinburg, there's only one place you can go that will let you do all that in year-round climate-controlled comfort.