Christmas Attractions and Events in Gatlinburg

Looking for ways to enjoy the Christmas splendor for an upcoming trip to Gatlinburg? We’ve got you covered with holiday events right here as listed by Gatlinburg.com. Take a look and plan ahead!

SkyLift Park “Lights Over Gatlinburg”
November 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020

“The holidays are a special time in Gatlinburg, and this year there’s no better place to experience the magic than the SkyLift Park.

Join us as the SkyLift and SkyDeck become a celebration of the holidays with Christmas decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, and take in the best views in Gatlinburg as you gaze out over town and deep into the Smoky Mountains while warming up around the fire pit with a hot chocolate or cider.

Next, make your way up to the SkyBridge which will become even more incredible as it is transformed into a tunnel of vibrant lights stretching out across the mountain to create a holiday experience you’ll always remember.

Through Sunday, December 15, guests can save $4 on tickets purchased at the SkyLift Park by bringing a new toy to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.”

See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-skylift-park-lights-over-gatlinburg/.


Enchanted Winter Celebration at Anakeesta
November 26, 2019 – February 17, 2020

“Anakeesta transforms into a woodland winter wonderland! Make your winter vacation plans special this Season with twinkling lights, holiday sights, and warm cocoa around the fire – discover it all during Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter celebration!

– Immerse yourself in an enchanting 1000′ tunnel of twinkling arctic lights as you stroll from Firefly Village to Vista Garden
– Enjoy whimsically decorated live Christmas trees at Vista Gardens and on the Parkway
– Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the beautiful display of holiday lights throughout Anakeesta
– Santa will be handing out treats and available for family holiday photos at Firefly Village November 29-30 and December 20-21 from 11 AM – 3 PM creating special memories with families and children
– Discover the perfect selfie spot at our giant Anakeesta Snow Globe where the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park acts as a natural scenic backdrop
– Stroll along the Treetop Skywalk at night and immerse yourself in a – Forest of Firefly lights that every adult and child will want to experience
– Enjoy Winter food specials and hot drinks like our famous Wassail at Cliff Top Grill and Bar and Pearl’s Pie in the Sky
– Shop our quaint retail shops to find the perfect Holiday gifts you will want to share with friends and family
– Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the holiday lights
– And….when it snows in the mountains, Anakeesta is the very best spot to enjoy the views of fresh snowfall on the Mt. LeConte range.”

See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/enchanted-winter-celebration-at-anakeesta/.


Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
November 29, 2019 – December 22, 2019

“Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29-30 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on Dec 6-7, 13-14, 20-21. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights….making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!”

See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-smoky-mountain-tunes-and-tales/.


New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
December 31, 2019

“On Tuesday, December 31, Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for it’s 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Since 1987, this family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s end-of-the-year celebration will be a spectacular start of a new decade.

With live music, fabulous downtown celebrations and activities, the streets of Gatlinburg come alive to offer plenty of exciting ways to celebrate the last night of the year, all while leading up to a midnight firework show and ball drop at the base of the 400-foot Space Needle.

This year, the renowned Journey tribute band, Departure, joins the downtown celebration with an exciting live performance beginning at 10:30 pm. The party is adjacent to the Space Needle at 120 Historic Nature Trail.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses.”

See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-ball-drop-and-fireworks-show/.

Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving 2019

The following is a list of restaurants that will be open tomorrow on Thanksgiving Day for 2019.

 

Alamo Steakhouse
(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
705 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, 37738

3050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.alamosteakhouse.com/

 

Applebee’s
(Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
5:00PM – 10:00PM

Address:
207 Collier Dr., Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.applebees.com/en/restaurants-sevierville-tn/207-collier-drive-75073

 

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Farmhouse Grill
(Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:30AM – 9:00PM

Address:
240 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN, 37862; 220 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com/

 

Atrium Pancakes
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
7:30AM – 2:00PM

Address:
432 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/Atrium-Pancakes-253286864003/


Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

(Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 9:00PM

Address:
714 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

2910 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.bennetts-bbq.com/

 

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
714 River Rd., Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

1820 Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37862

3053 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.bigdaddyspizzeria.net/

 

Blaine’s Grill & Bar
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 9:00PM

Address:
812 Parkway #105, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://blainesgatlinburg.com/

 

Calhoun’s
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:30AM – 10:00PM

Address:
2532 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://calhouns.com/menus-and-locations/gatlinburg/


Captain Jim’s Seafood Buffet

(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
12:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
3985 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
http://www.captainjimsseafoodbuffet.com/

 

Chesapeake’s
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:30AM – 10:00PM

Address:
437 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:
https://chesapeakes.com/locations/gatlinburg/

 

Cracker Barrel
(Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
6:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
2285 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

690 Winfield Dunn Parkway, Sevierville, TN

Website:
https://locations.crackerbarrel.com/tn/pigeon-forge/

 

Gaucho Urbano
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
1:00PM – 8:00PM

Address:
111 Valley Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Website:
https://www.gauchourbano.com/


Golden Corral

(Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 7:30PM

Address:
3610 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

513 Winfield Dunn Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37876

Website:
https://www.goldencorral.com/locations/779/golden-corral-parkway/

 

Hard Rock Cafe
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 11:00PM

Address:
2050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/pigeon-forge/

 

Holston’s Kitchen
(Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 6:30PM

Address:
639 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://holstonskitchen.com/

Iron Boar Saloon
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
104 Waldens Main St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://ironboarsaloon.com/


J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe

(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
1244 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:
https://www.joeandpops.com/

 

Loco Burro
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
735 Parkway #1, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://kennedy-concepts.com/restaurants/loco-burro/

 

Mama’s Farmhouse
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
208 Pickel St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.mamasfarmhouse.com/

 

Mama’s Chicken Kitchen
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
1244 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:
https://www.mamaschickenkitchen.com/


Margaritaville

(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – Close

Address:
130 Island Dr., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.margaritavillepigeonforge.com/

 

Mel’s Diner
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
7:00AM to Midnight

Address:
119 Wears Valley Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Website:
https://www.margaritavillepigeonforge.com/

 

No Way Jose’s Cantina
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
12:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
104 Waldens Main St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://nowayjosescantina.com/

 

Old Mill Restaurant
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:30AM – 8:30PM

Address:
3341 Old Mill St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37836

Website:
https://old-mill.com/the-old-mill-restaurant/


Ole Red Gatlinburg

(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
2:00PM – 8:00PM

Address:
511 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:
https://olered.com/gatlinburg/

 

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
131 The Island Drive #8101, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://pauladeensfamilykitchen.com/location/paula-deens-family-kitchen-at-the-island-in-pigeon-forge/

 

Pottery House Cafe and Grill
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:30AM – 8:30PM

Address:
3341 Old Mill St., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Website:
https://old-mill.com/pottery-house-cafe-grill/

 

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 10:00PM

Address:
2480 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://puckettsgro.com/pigeonforge/


Reagan’s House of Pancakes

(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
7:00AM – 12:30PM

Address:
2820 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://reaganshouseofpancakes.com/

 

Seasons of Ober Loft & Lounge
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 6:00PM

Address:
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, 1339 Ski Mountain Rd., Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://obergatlinburg.com/restaurants/

 

Shoney’s
(Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
6:00AM – 11:00PM

Address:
3885 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

339 Forks of the River Pkwy, Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.shoneys.com/

 

Steak N’ Shake
(Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:00AM – Midnight

Address:
1536 Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/SteaknShakeSeviervilleTN/


Smoky Mountain Brewery

(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
12:00PM – 11:00PM

Address:
1004 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://smoky-mtn-brewery.com/locations-menus/pigeon-forge/

 

TGI Friday’s
(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
959 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

2794 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

1503 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Website:
https://locations.tgifridays.com/tn/sevierville/1503-parkway.html

 

The Melting Pot
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
959 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://www.meltingpot.com/gatlinburg-tn/restaurant-menu.aspx


The Park Grill

(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:30AM – 9:00PM

Address:
1110 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://parkgrillgatlinburg.com/

 

Three Jimmy’s
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 9:00PM

Address:
1359 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://threejimmys.com/

 

Featured Spotlight: Smoky Mountain General Store Carrier Services

Smoky Mountain General Store is now offering pick up and delivery carrier services in the Smoky Mountain region. For those who need to transport documents, items, gifts or something else within Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville, Knoxville, Wears Valley, Townsend and communities nearby and in-between locally without having to go through the Post Office or UPS, this is an excellent service that will work perfectly for your transportation needs!

Contact John Saunders at Smoky Mountain General Store for carrier services at 865-429-3129 or saundersproductions2002@yahoo.com.

The Legend of Hallow Mountain at Anakeesta for Halloween

Have you seen this new Halloween event being offered for the Halloween season by Anakeesta?

“Enter a world of whimsy and scares at Anakeesta’s Legend of Hallow Mountain. From kid-friendly Halloween fun to pulse-pounding scare zones, everyone will find their level of fun….or FEAR….at Anakeesta.

For all ages throughout the day, Autumn at Anakeesta will offer family-friendly crafts, games, activities, not-so-spooky character visits, and fall-inspired treats for all.

As the nightlife awakes, the Treetop Skywalk with 16 sky bridges transforms into the NEW Firefly Forest, Anakeesta Gem Mining treasures begin to glow, Halloween movies air at the overlook and the mountain coaster and zipline rides turn into haunted adventures and the Vista Gardens transform into Hallow Mountain Graveyard where the undead rise to seek their way off Hallow Mountain…..enter if you DARE!

Autumn at Anakeesta and Hallow Mountain are included in the cost of general admission. Zombie Ziplining and the Haunted Rail Runner Mountain Coaster require an additional ticket purchase.”

See the original article and event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/the-legend-of-hallow-mountain/. See also https://www.anakeesta.com/HallowMountain/.

Upcoming Tennessee Fall Festivals For 2019

Looking around at upcoming Fall Festivals going on in East Tennessee for this year, we have this short, but to the point, list to share with some great considerations for a wonderful Autumn in our part of the world!

More information on Autumn will come in later posts as the season develops. For now, take a look at this:

* Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Bristol, TN.
September 20-22, 2019
https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/festival/lineup/2019-festival-lineup/

* Dollywood’s Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights
Pigeon Forge, TN.
September 27-November 2, 2019
https://www.dollywood.com/themepark/Entertainment/GreatPumpkinLuminights

* Oktoberfest at Ober
Gatlinburg, TN.
September 27-November 3, 2019
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/

* Old Mill Heritage Day
Pigeon Forge, TN.
September 28, 2019
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/old-mill-heritage-day

* Fried Pickle Festival
Loudon, TN.
September 28, 2019
https://www.facebook.com/friedpicklefestival1/

* HoLa Festival
Knoxville, TN.
September 28-29, 2019
https://www.visitknoxville.com/event/hola-festival/6795/

* Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival Tunes and Tales
Gatlinburg, TN.
October 2-24, 2019
https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/smoky-mountain-harvest-festival-tunes-and-tales/

* Wears Valley Fall Fest
Wears Valley, TN.
October 18-20, 2019
https://www.wearsvalleyfallfest.com/

* October Sky Festival
Oliver Springs, TN.
October 19, 2019
http://www.octoberskyfestivaltn.org/

* Mountain Makins
Morristown, TN.
October 26-27, 2019
https://www.rosecenter.org/mountain-makins

* Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Fest
White Pine, TN.
October 26-27, 2019
https://www.tnvacation.com/events/white-pine-lakeside-smokies-balloon-fest

* Knoxville Fall Festival
Knoxville, TN.
October 27, 2019
http://knoxgarden.org/calendar/10th-annual-fall-festival/

* Gatlinburg Craftsmens Fair
Gatlinburg, TN.
October 10-27, 2019
https://craftsmenfair.com/

Winterfest Surprise Update

Some surprise news about Winterfest this year as reported by WVLT.com:

SEVIER COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) — Sevier County leaders announced they’ll delay the start of Smoky Mountain Winterfest this year.

The three cities have decided to hold off turning on the 15 million winter lights until later in November, not the first week as they’ve done for the past 29 years.

City leaders said this comes after many businesses wanted to enjoy fall a little longer. Many businesses argued that they spent a lot of money on fall decorations and wanted customers to enjoy them longer.

Pigeon Forge’s Director of Tourism said the change comes because fall lasts longer.

“Over the last two years, you’ve had fall decorations and winter decorations, sort of sends a confusing message. So the three cities got together and decided that we would be better off pushing the lights back,” said Leon Downey, City of Pigeon Forge tourism director.

Pigeon Forge said they will have a community celebration in December, and does not plan on a Winterfest kickoff event this year.

The holiday light display ends sooner as well, Winterfest will end just after Valentine’s Day in 2020.

Date changes

Winterfest lights: November 22-February 17

Pigeon Forge community celebration will be on Dec. 5 at the community center.”

Pigeon Forge Vacation Rentals

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Where are the Most Popular Places in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park?

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park is filled with wonderful locations your family can access to experience the Smokies. There are endless websites of information about many of the wonderful places to visit in the Smoky Mountains. We have selected these locations due to their proximity to Chalet Village and our area. When you stay with Chalet Village you will have close proximity to these most popular areas of the Smokies.

Chimney Tops
The chimneys top a sheer rise of almost 2,000 feet and were known to the Cherokee as “Dukiskwal-guni” (forked antlers). From the overlook on Newfound Gap Road, passersby can see the 30-foot deep “flue” in the right-hand peak which gives the outcropping its name. The Chimneys Picnic Area, located in a ravine on the mountain’s side, is an excellent place to stop for a leisurely lunch.

Mount LeConte
Mt. LeConte is the Park’s third highest peak at 6,593 feet. Despite runner-up ranking, LeConte serves as the focal point of the Park. The summit offers unforgettable views from two different overlooks, Myrtle Point and Cliff Top. Hikers can choose from five different trails to the top, ranging from 11 to 16 miles roundtrip.

Newfound Gap
In 1940 Franklin Delano Roosevelt officially dedicated the Park from this majestic site. The road, completed in 1932, straddles Tennessee and North Carolina here. Originally, Indian Gap, a point two miles west, was thought to be the lowest gap in the mountains, but Newfound Gap was discovered to be lower in elevation, thus the name.

Charlie’s Bunion
This 1,000-foot sheer drop-off can be found four miles east along the Appalachian Trail. The cliff is named after a bunion that prevented Charlie Conner, an Oconaluftee settler, from traveling through the Gap in 1928. Fellow travelers claimed the bare mountain resembled their friend’s bunion.

Clingman’s Dome
Clingman’s Dome is the Smokies’ highest peak and the third highest point east of the Mississippi. Named for a colorful Civil War general, Clingman’s Dome rears its head 6,642 feet. The observation tower , located 7 miles off Newfound Gap Road, looks out on an ever-changing view. Occasionally the peak is above cloud level, creating a surrealistic scene of mountaintops floating in an ocean of white.

Andrews Bald
A picture-perfect picnic spot, Andrews Bald offers glorious views of the towering mountain ranges of North Carolina and Georgia. It’s a 3.6 mile roundtrip hike from the Forney Ridge parking area at Clingmans Dome and is the most accessible bald in the Park.

Smokemont
This area was first a pioneer settlement called Bradleytown. During the 1920s logging boom, Smokemont became a busy village, sawmill and railroad terminal to haul lumber down from the forest. Today, it is a popular Park campground with a self-guiding nature trail through the reborn forest.

Select your vacation cabin at https://www.chaletvillage.com.