If you are looking for a truly American place to spend Thanksgiving, look no further than Gatlinburg, Tennessee. This charming Smoky Mountain town is a major attraction for tourists and the people will make you feel like you are part of the family. There are several fun attractions to enjoy when you visit the town in Gatlinburg in the fall, including forays into theater, art and music.
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The Great Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
The day after Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg is a popular time to do some Christmas shopping. This five-day festival is the perfect place to find a gift for your friends and family back home. You will find everything from potholders and homemade sweaters to paintings by well-known local artists.
The Festival of Trees in Gatlinburg in the Fall
Some of the best tree decorators in the country live in Gatlinburg and you can see them work their magic at this fantastic festival. The proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of America.
Winter Magic Chili Cook Off
Nothing warms you up on a cold fall day like a nice hot bowl of chili. Just $10 gets you a wrist band and plenty of the spicy bean dish.
The famed amusement park is a popular place to be during the holidays. Starting in November, the streets of the park are festively decorated. You will be able to see a live performance of the film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Each night brings the Parade of Many Colors, which was inspired by Ms. Parton’s famous song. The dinner theater has a special holiday show which tells the story of the three wise men.
The Old Mill Restaurants
164 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily
Known for its homestyle cooking and fun family atmosphere, The Old Mill is a fabulous place to spend Thanksgiving. The restaurant’s huge portions are just one of the things that make this one of the most popular restaurants in town. They don’t take reservations, so you may have a bit of a long wait.
You won’t be able to miss the place because it features a distinctive red gristmill that sits on the banks of the Little Pigeon River that was built over 200 years ago. The grain from the mill is used in the corn fritters the kitchen here is so famous for. You will get plenty of food here and you won’t want to miss the pecan pie, it is one of the most popular desserts in town all year long.
Seasons of Ober
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
1339 Ski Mountain Rd, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Adults: $18.95 Children (5-11) $12.95
Kids 4 and under eat free.
Located at the top of Ober Gatlinburg this restaurant offers a Thanksgiving feast with one of the most beautiful views of the Smokies that you will ever see. You won’t be disappointed at the spread and you will never forget the ride to the top in the tram.
240 Apple Valley Rd, Sevierville, TN 37862
Reservations are required so call 865-428-1222
If you love apples, you will love this place. They serve homemade apple butter and apple fritters and as well as all of the traditional Thanksgiving foods. It is Sevierville’s Oldest restaurant. The holiday feast will sate the fussiest of tastebuds. They will have a selection of pies for dessert but be sure to try a slice of the delicious Coca-Cola Cake.
Thanksgiving in Our Comfortable Cabins
Many people are choosing to eat at home for Thanksgiving because of the pandemic. If you don’t want to go out, you can bring the fixings for dinner back to your own mountain cabin. Most of the restaurants in town offer a takeout version of their Thanksgiving meals.
Thanksgiving Day Feasting
Many of the restaurants in town offer Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg dinner and they have options for any diet to which you might adhere. If you don’t want to go out, you can bring the fixings for dinner back to your own mountain cabin.
The Cabin Rental Store offers some fabulous vacation rentals in the Smoky Mountains. Our homes have a rustic look and feel on the outside. However, don’t let appearances fool you; they have every modern convenience you could ask for on the inside. Our dining rooms are the perfect place to gather and celebrate a holiday. Imagine enjoying a delicious feast surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.
We offer free Wi-Fi and cable television in all of our homes. Many of our homes include washers and dryers and their own private garages. We have big bedrooms with comfortable beds and living rooms with plenty of seating.