The holiday season brings beautiful decorations, festive music, and lots of shopping! If you have a seemingly endless Christmas list, Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the perfect place for a shopping spree. Our Smoky Mountain city has an impressive variety of unique shops that are sure to have something for all of your friends and family.
Whether you’re looking for bargains at one of the top outlet malls in Tennessee or you want a unique gift from a local artisan, the Gatlinburg shopping scene has it all.
Make sure to check these out:
1. Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community
The nation’s largest organization of independent artisans makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries.
Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth.
2. The Island
The Island in Pigeon Forge has 42 different retail and specialty shops! Featuring products from big names like Paula Deen and Jimmy Buffett, along with lesser known brands, The Island really has something for everyone.
3. The Village
The Village Shops of Gatlinburg is reminiscent of a quaint, European village with winding brick walkways, beautiful landscaping, and plenty of benches for sitting a spell and making new friends. Home to 27 shops and restaurants with Old World architectural design, it offers a truly unique Christmas shopping experience.
4. The Old Mill Square
The Old Mill District offers visitors an eclectic choice of shopping, be it local souvenirs, handmade arts and crafts, antiques & collectibles or just freshly made taffy, sweets and other edible treats. Hanging out in the Old Mill District is not just for shoppers- it’s an entire event in itself!
5. Yukon Heath’s Popcorn Emporium
Popcorn is a great Christmas gift, and you’ll find plenty of varieties at Yukon Heath’s Popcorn Emporium. This gourmet popcorn shop is known for its variety of flavors, including Aged Wisconsin Cheddar, Buckeye Caramel Corn, Cajun Spice, Garlic Parmesan, Kettle Korn, and S’mores Caramel Corn. All of Yukon Heath’s popcorn is made fresh in store and popped in coconut oil, which produces a healthier and better tasting product.
6. Nantahala Outdoor Center
If there is a nature lover on your holiday list, the Nantahala Outdoor Center is a superb place to go Christmas shopping in Gatlinburg TN. This 18,000 square-foot store features everything you need for exploring the great outdoors and carries trusted brands like Columbia, Patagonia, and The North Face. The employees at NOC are very knowledgeable, so you don’t have to be an expert to find the perfect gift.
7. Gatlinburg Mountain Mall
The Mountain Mall in Gatlinburg is one of the first shopping places you’ll come across in downtown, if you’re driving from Pigeon Forge toward Gatlinburg. The Gatlinburg Mountain Mall is located across from the Gatlinburg Aquarium. The entire mall is log-cabin themed, so you can’t miss it when you drive by!
The mall has multiple levels, so be sure you don’t miss any of the shops. There’s a little bit of everything at the Mountain Mall, too. You’ll find caricature artists, books, quilts, magic shops, sports shops, art and jewelry shops, and more.