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Easter is the true start of spring activities here in the Smoky Mountains.  If you’re looking for Easter events to attend during your spring break visit to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, we have a list of great things your family can do together to celebrate this special day.

Things to Do on Easter in Gatlinburg

Virtual Sunrise Easter Service – Ober Mountain

Start your Easter Sunday with a sunrise service.  Typically taking place on the slopes of Ober Mountain, this year’s event is live streamed to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

Find information on this year’s service on the Ober Mountain’s website.  Service begins at 6:30a and runs until 7.

Blooms & Tunes at Anakeesta

Anakeesta Blooms and Tunes 2021

The Inaugural Blooms & Tunes event begins in 2021 at Anakeesta!  Colorful spring art installation, seasonal cocktails, living topiary sculptures, and of course – live music – grace this favorite destination in downtown Gatlinburg.  Best of all – the music and displays are included in your admission price!

Chef-inspired seasonal offerings enhance the menus of all Anakeesta’s favorite dining spots as well.

The fun doesn’t stop as the sun starts to set.  The famous Treetop Sky Walk transforms into Firefly Forest.  Lights above and below the guests give you the sensation of “being surrounded by thousands of shimmering fireflies!”  Sounds pretty magical to us!

Learn more about this great new festival on Anakeesta’s Website or call 865-325-2400.  Hours vary throughout the spring.

Easter Craft Show – Gatlinburg Convention Center

a potter at a wheel

The talented craftsmen of Gatlinburg are at it again.  Find the perfect hand-crafted gift or souvenir from the displays.  Local artisans from our community, as well as guests craftspeople from all over the United States, are on site.  Watch them create and ask questions about their trade.

Read more about the incredible shops you can find in The Glades by checking out our blog post.

Visit the Gatlinburg Convention Center downtown April 1 – April 3, 2021 for the Annual Easter Crafts Show.  The show runs from 10a to 5p and is free to the public.

Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament

An annual event for all ages coincides with Easter in 2021.  The 22nd annual Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament offers up more than $10,000 in cash and prices for adults, kids, tourists, and locals alike.

Prizes include: $500 for the largest trout, $500 for the smallest trout, trophies, fishing equipment, amusement passes, and more.

Find information about the 2021 event, including the rules and regulations, on Rocky Top Outfitter’s website.  You can call 865-661-3474 for more information and to register for the 2-day event.

Easter Egg Hunt – Wear Farm City Park


It’s just not Easter without an egg hunt!  This year, Pigeon Forge holds their annual egg hunt on the baseball fields at Wear Farm City Park.  Each of the four fields will be separated by age groups.

A new location for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt, typically held in Patriot Park.  This year, visit the gorgeous Wear Farm City Park just off highway 321 in Pigeon Forge.  The egg hunt is a free event for children aged 0-12 and starts at 11 a.m.  The start times for age groups are staggered to give the little ones a head start.

Bring a picnic lunch and make an afternoon of it!  Wear Farm City Park has plenty to do after the egg hunt, too!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny –  Pottery House Cafe & Grill

Pottery House Cafe & Grill

The yearly tradition of breakfast or brunch with the Easter Bunny returns in 2021.   Pottery House Cafe & Grill focuses on “fresh and creative meals with an Appalachian Spirit”.

No special menu has been posted yet for 2021. Typical brunch offerings include Country Ham Eggs Benedict, a classic Steak and Eggs, Chicken and Waffles, and a Sweet Potato and Sausage skillet.   For mom and dad, Mimosas & Bellini’s round out the menu.

Pottery House Cafe And Grill, sister restaurant of The Old Mill, hosts brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11a to 2p.  For Easter, this year on April 3 reservations begin at 9:30a and run until 11a.  Prices are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under.  You must call 865-406-6558 for a reservation and calls will be returned in the order they were received.

Bunny Hopper Express – Great Smoky Mountains Railroad


If you are visiting the North Carolina side of the Smokies there’s a great Easter event for your family.  The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City offers Bunny Hopper Express in 2021.  This new experience is a 4.5 hour special event.  Starting at 10:30 a.m. on April 2 and 3, the train travels from downtown Bryson City through the scenic Nantahala Gorge.

Passengers should be on the lookout for hopping bunnies sneaking aboard for a free ride!  Easter themed activities & an egg hunt are also part of the activities.  Have a tasty Easter treat during the ride before heading back to town.

Here’s a great video of a typical excursion:

Tickets are available now through the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s website.  For more information, call their Reservation Office at 800-872-4681.

Book an Easter Stay in the Smokies!

Ready to celebrate Easter in the Great Smoky Mountains?  You’ll need a place to stay.  American Patriot Getaways has the perfect cabin, chalet, or condo for your family.  From small families of three to extended families of 20 or more, we have a property for you.  Give our talented and friendly Reservationists a call at 800-204-5169 or visit our website and start the search for your perfect property today.

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