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Wilderness at the Smokies celebrates holidays -- Santa Hustle 5k, Half Marathon, special events

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Celebrate the season with a getaway to the Smoky Mountains and Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville, Tenn. Throughout the Holiday season, guests can enjoy a myriad of festivities including visits with Santa, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, crafts, games and holiday shopping in unique Northwoods gift shops, all while creating family memories and splashing the day away inside Tennessee’s largest, and always 84-degrees, indoor waterpark.

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Wilderness at the Smokies celebrates the holidays. Image courtesy of Wilderness at the Smokies.

Wilderness at the Smokies Schedule of Holiday Happenings:

Santa’s Workshop – Santa’s Workshop will open Thanksgiving Day upon the 11am arrival of Santa Claus at the River Lodge entrance. Guests can visit with him and his elves during weekends and select dates throughout the Holiday season, make crafts, decorate cookies, and write letters to the Jolly Old Elf himself. Santa will also visit guests in Wild WaterDome Indoor Waterpark, and who knows, maybe even ride a waterslide or two.

Storytelling with Mrs. Claus – Enjoy holiday classics, including “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as read by Mrs. Claus. Located at Santa’s workshop in the Adventure Forest Kids Klub, Mrs. Claus will delight pajama-clad children and parents alike as she reads your favorite Christmas tales.

Santa Hustle Smokies 5k & Half Marathon - See Sevierville unlike ever before as thousands of Santas race along the city streets during the annual Santa Hustle Smokies 5k and Half Marathon on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. The race begins and ends at Wilderness at the Smokies, and will benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful, the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. For more information or to register visit

Toys for Tots - Wilderness at the Smokies is also serving as a collection site for Toys for Tots and encourages guests, employees, and the general public to donate new, unwrapped toys and help make the Holiday a little brighter for area children in need.

Christmas Buffet – Resort guests and the general public can leave the cooking to Wilderness at the Smokies’ top chefs and enjoy a wonderful Christmas buffet on Christmas Day in the Thirsty Miner restaurant. A special holiday menu includes carved turkey, roast beef, and an array of salads and desserts.

New Years Celebration – New Year’s Eve packages offer the ultimate family-friendly party. Guests can enjoy live music, beach ball drop, champagne toast and a dinner buffet featuring chef carving stations, salads, an array of desserts and more.

Winterfest in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville - Many of the region’s entertainment and tourist attractions transform for the holidays. Smoky Mountain Winterfest offers a spectacular display of lights and events across these three mountain towns to celebrate the chilly season with light displays, unique shopping, award-winning shows and attractions — all while showcasing the winter beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

For a complete schedule of Holiday Happenings at Wilderness at the Smokies or to make an overnight reservation, visit or call 1.877.325.WILD (9453)

Wilderness at the Smokies, Tennessee’s Largest Waterpark Resort & Family Adventure Center, is situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the #1 most visited national park, in Sevierville, Tenn. Featuring rooms, suites and villas, Wilderness at the Smokies offers guests an 84-degree, year-round indoor waterpark, two seasonal outdoor waterparks, an indoor family adventure center, dining, shopping, a 36-hole championship golf course, and more than 200,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. Owned and operated by Stand Rock Hospitality, a Wisconsin Dells, Wis.-based hotel and hospitality development and management company, Wilderness at the Smokies has created hundreds of jobs in the greater Sevierville community, attracting year-round tourism, and having a major impact on sales tax and room tax generated for the City of Sevierville since opening it’s doors in 2008.

Published November 22, 2017

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