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If you’re visiting Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or even the Smoky Mountains in general for Christmas you’re bound to have a wonderful time!  Whether you see the lights and attractions at Dollywood, drive the streets or take a trolley tour of the Winterfest lights, or even just enjoying some time unplugged in a gorgeous Smoky Mountain cabin for the holiday, there’s something for everyone!  While your cabin has a fully equipped kitchen ready for your family, cooking might not be your idea of a vacation.  Even though it’s a holiday, there are still places ready and open for business in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.  Check out our compiled list of restaurants open for Christmas!  Of course, always call ahead and double check before heading out for a meal.

A Thanksgiving Spread on a table


Bubba Gump Shrimp Company – 865-430-3034
900 Parkway Gatlinburg

Calhoun’s Restaurant – (865) 436-4100
1004 Parkway
Open 11 am – 9:30 pm

Cherokee Grill – (865) 436-4287
1002 Parkway
Open 11 am – 9:30 pm

Chesapeake’s – (865) 622-6999
437 Parkway
Open 11:30 am – 10 pm

No Way Jose’s Cantina – (865)430-5673
555 Parkway
Open 11 am-10 pm

Smith & Sons Corner Kitchen – (865) 436-8878
812 Parkway, #105
Open 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Smoky Mountain Brewery – (865) 436-4200
1004 Parkway
Open 12 pm – 12 pm

Pigeon Forge:

Calhoun’s Pigeon Forge – 865-868-1500
2532 Parkway Pigeon Forge
Open 11a – 9:30p

Casual Pint Pigeon Forge – 865-428-2526
2905 Parkway Pigeon Forge

Feaster’s on Teaster’s – (865) 286-5662
2391 Parkway, Suite A
Open 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe – 865-774-7707
2785 Parkway Pigeon Forge
Open 7a-1p

Gaucho Urbano – (865) 366-1002
111 Valley Drive
Open 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hard Rock Cafe – 865-430-7625
2050 Parkway Pigeon Forge
Open 11a – 11P

JT Hannah’s Kitchen – 865-428-4200
3214 Parkway Pigeon Forge
Open 2p – 10p

No Way Jose’s Cantina – 865-429-7779
104 Waldens Main St
Open 11:30a – 9p

Smoky Mountain Brewery – 865-868-1400
2530 Parkway Pigeon Forge
Open 11a – 10p

Sunliner Diner – 865-366-1263
2302 Parkway Pigeon Forge
Open 8a – 10p


Applewood Farmhouse Grill – 865-428-1222
240 Apple Valley Road
Hours: 10:30a – 7p (reservations required)
*Also offering Christmas Dinner to go: Pre order by 12/18/20; call 865-429-5700, ext 1113

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen – (865) 365-1008
1638 Parkway
Open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thirsty Miner (Wilderness in the Smokies) – 865-868-4473
1424 Old Knoxville Hwy, Sevierville
Buffet meal served 1-8 p.m.

Dinner Shows:

Dolly’s Stampede – 865-453-4400
3849 Parkway Pigeon Forge
Dinner shows at 6p and 8:30p by reservation

Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud – 865-908-7469
119 Music Road
Dinner shows at 5p and 8p by reservation

Of course, many  businesses will be open Christmas Eve with limited or changed hours as well.  Always call ahead to double check before heading out for a holiday meal when you’re on vacation.

Takeout Meals

Takeout ruled our dinner options in 2020!  Why not order out for Christmas in the Smokies?

The Old Mill and Pottery House Cafe

Christmas Brunch takeout is offered this year and makes a perfect lazy Christmas morning meal.  Choose from one of three types of quiche, with a strawberry salad, cinnamon raisin bread, and country ham biscuits.  The meal feeds between 4-6 people and is $59.99.

Call The Pottery House Cafe to pre order by December 21 and pick up on December 23 or 24.  865-453-6002.

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant once again offers holiday to-go meals for 2020.  Order meats, sides, and desserts ala carte to make sure your family gets all their favorites!  Check out their entire takeout menu and make your order by December 19.  Available for pickup December 21 between 8-10a or 4-6p.  They’re also offering Christmas Eve pickup from 8a-10a.

Past Favorites Closed for Christmas 2020

Unlike years past, Johnson Family Restaurants will be closed this year for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Here’s a list of their restaurants:

restaurants closed for christmas

Keeping Little Ones Occupied

Holidays mean long car rides or long waits at a restaurant.  If you need something to keep your little ones (or even not so little ones!) busy during the wait, check out this cute Winter word search with some coloring options as well courtesy of Artsy Fartsy Mama:

Want to cook instead?

While all our cabins come with fully equipped kitchens, you’ll definitely want to be prepared for a feast if you’re planning to eat in.  While cabin kitchens are fully equipped, these vacation homes are just that – rentals to make you and your family comfortable.  If you know there are specialty items you need to make your meal complete, we encourage you to bring them from home for a hassle-free holiday.  American Patriot Getaways always supplies a starter pack of paper goods, trash bags, and dish soap, but if you have a large group or plan to do a lot of cooking, it’s never a bad idea to bring your own, too! Some items you might want to bring from home include:

Our cabins do not come stocked with food, cooking spices, or oils.  Make sure you bring all your favorite spice blends, salt & pepper, coffee & filters, Keurig cups (if your cabin is equipped), cooking oils, and condiments to accompany your gourmet meal.  We also have a variety of grocery stores in the area in case you’ve forgotten your favorites.

Looking for some mealtime inspiration? Be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for easy vacation recipes and easy vacation desserts to enjoy on the other days during your stay.

A Memorable Holiday in the Smokies is Only a Click Away!

a mountain cabin in the snow


Get ready to make some holiday memories in a Smoky Mountain Christmas Cabin!  If you’re inspired to make some family memories to help close out 2020, take a look at our inventory over on our website.  No matter if you’re looking to book a cabin for 2 or 42, we have a cabin to fit your size and budget.

As always, be sure to check out all of our vacation guides for planning your Smoky Mountain getaway.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest area information!

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