6 Benefits of Celebrating Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg

Delicious turkey dinner on a table for vacationers celebrating Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg.
November 5, 2015

Gatlinburg Cabin Rentals has everything you need to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving getaway with your family and friends! Whether you want a 1 bedroom cabin in Gatlinburg for an intimate Thanksgiving for two, or a 5 + bedroom cabin in Gatlinburg for a large family gathering, we would be delighted to host you this November. Here are just six benefits of celebrating Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg:

1. Excellent Dining Options

Of course, one of the highlights of Thanksgiving is the meal itself, and Gatlinburg has many options for your Thanksgiving dinner! Several local restaurants offer delicious Thanksgiving menus, such as the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and the Old Mill Restaurant. However, if you prefer to prepare a meal in the comfort of your own cabin, our properties feature full kitchens with every modern amenity imaginable to roast your turkey and prepare all the fixin's.

2. The Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show

While staying with us for Thanksgiving, you have the unique opportunity to attend the Great Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show! This impressive craft show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center is the perfect place to pick up that special holiday gift. All of the craft items on sale at the event have been handmade by members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community.

3. Trolley Ride of Lights

Photo of a Christmas lights display in Gatlinburg with happy snowmen.

Another benefit of celebrating Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg is that you and your family can take the Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride Of Lights! This is an excellent opportunity to view the incredible Christmas lights along Gatlinburg’s downtown Parkway from the comfort of a trolley. The unique displays include animals native to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, such as bears, deer, foxes, and rabbits. The trolleys depart from the Gatlinburg Welcome Center every evening at 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m., and tickets are just $5.00 per person.

4. Ober Gatlinburg

Thanksgiving just happens to mark the start of many of Ober Gatlinburg’s winter activities, including exciting snow tubing runs that begin on November 21st! Take the family over to Ober Gatlinburg to work off that turkey dinner and enjoy snow tubing, ice skating, and the thrilling Ski Mountain Coaster. This popular Gatlinburg landmark also offers the Aerial Tramway, a breathtaking cable car ride that transports guests for a 2.1 mile journey from downtown Gatlinburg to the ski resort.

5. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

If the Thanksgiving weather in Gatlinburg happens to get a bit chilly, there are still plenty of great local indoor activities to enjoy! One of the most popular local attractions is Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, home to more than 100,000 exotic sea creatures. Visitors can enjoy a variety of exhibits in the aquarium, including a tropical rainforest, shark lagoon, coral reef, stingray bay, penguin playhouse, and much more. In addition, a full schedule of live shows and programs are presented daily.

6. Amazing Cabin Amenities

A multi-generational family enjoying Thanksgiving dinner together.

One of the best benefits of celebrating Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg is the opportunity to experience our incredible cabins! Everyone in the family will enjoy our amazing cabin amenities, including private decks with hot tubs, fireplaces, game rooms, televisions, and everything else you need to make your Thanksgiving getaway as perfect as possible. Enjoy the comfortable accommodations and beautiful scenery surrounding your cabin as you celebrate the holiday with your family and friends. Browse our selection of properties to pick out the Gatlinburg cabin rental that would be perfect for your group. We look forward to seeing you this Thanksgiving!