Last time we introduced you to shopping and terrific sweet treats you’ll find in Gatlinburg for Christmas. Our Christmas celebration guide wouldn’t be complete without a few more intriguing and fun activities. Let’s take a look at some great ways to spend the holidays here in Gatlinburg. We’ll start with a well-loved holiday trolley tour and then wind up with some awesome Christmas dining recommendations.
Get in the Spirit with a Fun Holiday Trolley Ride
While you are here in Gatlinburg there's another annual holiday event you'll surely enjoy, and it is accessible by trolley, too. We're talking about The Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights. We recently blogged about this fun tour which features a 45 minute ride through Gatlinburg's new LED lighted holiday displays. You'll see many depictions of native animals and traditional Christmas and holiday scenes. The Trolley Ride of Lights departs from the mass transit center at Traffic Light #5, near the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 pm.
Dine on Traditional and Local Favorites for Christmas
Some local restaurants will cook you an entire holiday meal that includes turkey, dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, peas, bread and more. Imagine how much fun it would be to eat in the privacy of your cabin or hotel without lifting a finger to cook! You can do it by checking our Dine page and our Deals page to get the names of local restaurants. A few phone calls or clicks of a mouse will identify restaurants that cook pre-made dinners and those that will be serving Christmas dinners in their dining rooms. If you choose to dine out, here are a few of the mouth-watering specialties you can expect to sample in Gatlinburg restaurants on Christmas Day:
- Vegetarian specialties
and many more traditional and local favorites!
Many restaurants serve for several hours on Christmas day. Some are buffet all-you-can-eat style meals and others are traditional sit-down dinners. You'll even find delicious breakfast choices including amazing breakfast bars and a restaurant that serves 24 kinds of pancakes! You can also start Christmas morning off right with sizzling bacon, country ham, waffles with syrup and whipped cream and more! For Christmas Day dining we recommend calling ahead to see if reservations are required or necessary.
--> Quick Tip: Before you come to Gatlinburg you can follow some of the restaurants listed on our Dine page on Twitter or Facebook to keep track of their latest menu offerings.