The holidays offer so many memorable sights and sounds, and if you celebrate the holidays in Gatlinburg, some of the best sights are the delectable meals and treats our local restaurants create for the season. If you're looking for a great 'where to eat over the holidays' checklist, we've got it for you right here. Whether it's turkey, beef, seafood, pasta, vegetable dishes or more local and national favorites, you won't want to miss what Gatlinburg's restaurants have cooking for you this Christimas.
Here is a list of restaurants open on Christmas and we offer a few insights into what you can expect at several of the establishments in town:
Please note: You may wish to call ahead for reservations and to double check the restaurants' hours; upon calling a few of them ourselves we found a few differences in hours from what is included in the list.
Calhoun's Restaurant: Here's an interesting option; get Christmas dinner ready-made to take back to your hotel or cabin! Calhoun's offers its popular Holiday Packs. Feed 5 or 10 a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, including cheesecake for dessert! This may be a really attractive option for those who want to have a private Christmas dinner without all the work!
Smoky Mountain Brewery: (Open Christmas Day 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 pm, with bar closing at 1:00 a.m.) Extensive food and drink menus, including gluten free. Go with some wings, sandwiches, subs, pizza, calzones, or a terrific steak, such as their signature Brewery 'Ale' Steak, which is a tantalizing sirloin marinated in Cherokee Red Ale, olive oil, mustard and garlic. Get some of their awesome sides like baked macaroni and cheese and broccoli with beer cheese. The brewery's drink selection is known far and wide and includes small batch, microbrewed beers, fresh squeezed citrus cocktails, premium drinks, fine wines, sangria and much more.
Ober Gatlinburg: Their Seasons Restaurant (open 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Christmas Day) is a fun place to enjoy your holiday meal. Start with delicious appetizers such as spinach and artichoke dip, hot buttons (golden beer battered mushrooms with ranch dipping sauce), an artisan cheese plank and much more. Then move on to their renowned Ski Patrol Sirloin, a delicious Angus steak. Or try Pasta Primavera, char-broiled chicken breast or some tasty Pork Schnitzel. The desserts are definitely some of the best in the area, and include Armer Ritter, a German French Toast stuffed with chocolate and whipped cream!