Things to Do in Gatlinburg During Thanksgiving
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Things To Do in Gatlinburg During Thanksgiving

Feel like spending Thanksgiving in another neck of the woods?  If so, make plans to vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee during Thanksgiving.  There are several things to do in Gatlinburg during Thanksgiving.  From special events to unique shopping and holiday meals, you can spend your Smoky Mountain vacation relaxing and taking in the sights.


What to Do

For winter sports enthusiasts, Ober Gatlinburg is the prime Gatlinburg attraction to visit.  You can drive to the top of Mt. Harrison or take the aerial tramway to access Ober Gatlinburg Resort.  The tramway departs every twenty minutes from downtown Gatlinburg.  Along the way you’ll get gorgeous views of the Gatlinburg and the surrounding Smoky Mountains.  Once you arrive at the resort hit the slopes!  You can rent equipment there, in case you don’t have your own.  Then, nine ski trails and a snow tubing lane are open for your pleasure.  An ice skating rink, restaurant, snack bars, a food court, cafe, and lounge are also available. The slopes are groomed with the latest snow-making equipment, creating a smooth, consistent winter playground. 

Gatlinburg_Craftmens_Fair_BoothOnce you’ve had your fill of playing in the snow, do a little holiday shopping.  The Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show, scheduled for November 22 through November 27, 2015, is the perfect place to pick up a unique treasure for you loved ones.  All of the crafts for sale at the event, located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, are made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community

Hop aboard the Trolley Ride of Lights in Gatlinburg to see the twinkling light displays of Winter Magic.  The trolley tours leave from the city’s trolley center, located at traffic light #5, and go on a ride through downtown and adjacent Hwy. 321, showcasing all of the beautiful light displays that put everyone in a jolly mood.  Tours leave nightly at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30pm and are $5 per person. 

Where to Eat

rsz_the_old_mill_003For a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, you can’t beat The Old Mill Restaurant and Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant.  An old-fashioned family feast is served at The Old Mill Restaurant.  Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations but there’s plenty to see around Old Mill Square to keep you preoccupied while you wait. 

At Applewood Farmhouse you can dine on their famous apple fritters and apple butter, roast turkey and dressing, prime rib of beef au jus, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green beans and more.  This restaurant does take reservations, and you can also get a Thanksgiving meal to-go if you’d rather dine in your cabin.

As you can see, there are a lot of fun things to do in Gatlinburg during Thanksgiving.  Celebrate this traditional American holiday in the heart of the Smoky Mountains.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Gatlinburg to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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