Looking for Holiday Meals in the Smokies? The Great Smoky Mountains Offer an Abundance of Holiday Eating Options – Pick up or Eat In

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When you plan your holiday visit to the Great Smoky Mountains, you’ll need to find holiday meals in the Smokies. While your cabin has a fully equipped kitchen ready for your family, cooking might not be your idea of a vacation.  There are lots of places ready and open for business in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and Sevierville.  Check out our compiled list of restaurants open for Christmas or for pick up for Christmas!  Of course, always call ahead and double check before heading out for a meal.

According to the Pigeon Forge Chamber of Commerce, here is a list of restaurants open on Christmas Eve:

Christmas Eve Restaurants

  • Alamo Steakhouse: 11 am- 8 pm
  • Bennett’s Bar- B- Q: 11 am- 8 pm
  • Big Daddy’s Pizzeria: 11 am- 8 pm
  • J.O.E and POP’s Sub Shoppe: 11 am- 8 pm
  • Mad Dog’s Creamery: 12 pm- 8 pm
  • Mama’s Chicken Kitchen: 11 am- 8 pm
  • Mama’s Farmhouse: 8 am- 8pm
  • The Old Mill Restaurant: 8 am- 7 pm
  • Pottery House Cafe: 11 am- 7 pm
  • IHOP: 6 am- 2 pm
  • Brick and Spoon: 7 am- 2 pm

Brick & Spoon

Rise & Dine is the motto at Brick & Spoon – a growing franchise based in Lafayette, LA, where lunch, breakfast and brunch are served until 2 p.m. everyday. Brick & Spoon describes itself as a destination breakfast place – and that couldn’t be more true. The food is all Instagram ready – so make sure your phone is charged when you go.

“The Brick & Spoon concept is built upon the success story of New Orleans style casual breakfast/brunch dining and coffee house venues.

The Menu

Check out the fun menu  here! From biscuits, French toast, baked brie   bruschetta with caramelized apples, golden raisins, pecans and a balsamic reduction to the Killer Creole Omelet and a variety of benedicts -including crab cake and oyster, this upscale southern brunch at its best. Ready for an eye-opening cocktail too? Brick & Spoon has you covered with a build-your-own Bloody Mary menu with more than 50 choices, along with interesting drinks including Momma’s Mojito and the Cock Fight – Skyy Vodka, spiced rum, orange juice and white cranberry juice.

  • Hard Rock Cafe: 11 am- 11 pm
  • Cheddars: 11 am- 8 pm
  • Marco’s Pizza: 11 am- 7 pm
  • Curl De La Creme: 1 pm- 10 pm

Curl de le Crème

a variety of curled ice cream at Curl de la Creme

Customize your own creation at this Pigeon Forge eatery and the curlers will make it beautiful and almost too pretty to eat – almost.

Visitors choose an ice cream flavor – vanilla, chocolate, mint, and also vegan vanilla, vegan chocolate and sugar-free vanilla or chocolate. Each order is turned from liquid cream to ice cream as you watch. Choose from a selection of cookies, fruits, cereal, and nut-based pastes to mix in. Fruity Pebbles, peanut butter, Nutella, pecan pie, cherries, coffee and many more to mix in and add on top of the final creation.

The ice cream curls are placed beautifully in a cup, waffle bowl, waffle taco or between 2 Krispy Kreme doughnuts!

The sister owned and founded business, Curl de la Crème shares its seasonal creations on Facebook and Instagram.

Restaurants Open On Christmas Day

Desserts

  • Hard Rock Cafe: 12 pm- 11 pm
  • Park Vista: 5 pm- 10 pm
  • Joe’s Crab Shack: 2pm- 10pm
  • Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: 12pm- 8pm
  • Curl De La Creme: 1 pm- 10 pm
  • Dolce Nitrogen Ice Cream & Bubble Tea: 1 pm – 10 pm

Holiday Meals on Other Days

This weekend, The Old Mill and Pottery House Café in Pigeon Forge offers Breakfast or Brunch with Santa

Call for information and reservations. 865-406-6558

The Old Mill Restaurant is noted for its southern cooking. Specialties include signature corn chowder, pot roast and gravy, homemade chicken and dumplings, southern fried chicken, and pecan pie. Biscuits made from scratch, homemade banana nut muffins, and stone ground grits are just a few items featuring products ground at the mill next door. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Dollywood

The theme park is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day but before and after, you can join the lights, the music, the fun and the food.

The Front Porch Café

The Front Porch Café is a home base of sorts for new offerings during Smoky Mountain Christmas. “A three-course holiday meal is offered here every day the park is open. Get out of the winter chill and warm up inside this sit-down restaurant with a bowl of Lobster Bisque. With its rich broth and freshly-chopped lobster, this appetizer sets the stage for what’s to come. Follow it up with one of our three seasonal entrees: Creole Roasted Turkey Breast, Pork Loin with Smoked Collards and Roasted Sweet Potatoes or Braised Beef Short Ribs. A tough choice no doubt, but there is no wrong answer really. Be sure to leave room for dessert as this menu features two Christmas-inspired sweets to end the meal. Both the Eggnog Cheesecake and Molten Chocolate Lava Cake are decadent finishes to lunch/dinner.”

Cheese Cake

If you just want to snack, Dollywood has that covered too. Everything from a Fresh Cranberry Spritzer and Peppermint Milkshake

to Lobster Bisque, Chorizo Flatbread Pizza and Molten Chocolate Lava Cake. Check out all the Dollywood holiday dining options here.

Rather eat in your cabin but not cook? Along with The Old Mill’s takeout options, The Old Mill, a national historic treasure established in 1830, also has a catalog of options for cooking yourself or sharing with friends.

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant

Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant once again offers holiday to-go meals for 2021.  Order meats, sides, and desserts ala carte to make sure your family gets all their favorites!  Check out the entire takeout menu and make your order by December 18.  Pickup will be available during the following times: Monday, Dec. 20 – Thursday, Dec. 23 from 8 a.m. – 11a.m. or 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Place your order by calling Puckett’s or stopping by to order in-person.

family style meat and three

Meats including a large, small turkey, bone-in-breast  – cooked your way roasted, smoked or fried; a smoked spiral ham; pulled pork; baby-back ribs. Add southern sides including cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, corn pudding, sweet potato casserole, gravy and yeast rolls. And desserts – pumpkin or maple pecan pies; and cobblers of peach or apple!

More info at puckettsgro.com/holidaytogo.

PLEASE NOTE: all items come chilled. Items are fully cooked but must be heated up in your home oven.

Instructions will be included with your order/

Find Puckett’s at 2480 Parkway, Pigeon Forge. (865) 285-0155

Christmas In A Cabin

Mountain Wonderland Christmas Tree

Whether you plan to cook, get takeout, or do a little of both, we want you to be prepared and happy. While our cabins come with fully equipped kitchens, 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!

What You May Want To Bring

  • An electric pressure cooker or slow cooker
  • Hand mixer
  • Sharp kitchen knives and cutting board
  • A set of serving utensils
  • Disposable or compostable utensils
  • Disposable or compostable plates and cups
  • Paper napkins and paper towels
  • Extra trash bags
  • Extra dish sponges
  • Dish washing detergent
  • Dishwasher tablets (if your cabin is equipped with a dishwasher)

A lovers Secret Christmas
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.

Book Your Holiday Cabin:

We have the perfect cabin for you – with cozy fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens,  indoor and outdoor spaces, hot tubs, big-screen televisions, game rooms and more.

But just wait to you see the view! Then you’ll see why they are called the Smoky Mountains – and when it snows – heaven!

A snowy scene at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park – photo courtesy and copyright of National Park Service

Let American Patriot Getaways  be your destination all the holidays in this year. Find a cabin in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg with an incredible mountain view and cabins decorated for Christmas. Check out our Pinterest board on Cabins near Dollywood and Christmas decorations.

With cabins for every group size and budget – and many that are decorated for Christmas – you’re sure to find the perfect home away from home for your celebration.  Book online or give our friendly Reservation Department staff a call at 800-204-5169 today.

Plan Your Vacation

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!

Spending the winter holidays in an American Patriot Getaways cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains can be dreamy and definitely memory making. Here you’ll find log cabins that look like something from the movies, with cozy fireplaces, beautiful kitchens, hot tubs to stay warm, toasty and relaxed while looking up at the stars or out at the snow-capped mountains.

Bring your own decorations or, for Christmas, choose a cabin that is decorated for the season! American Patriot Getaways’ Summer Payne decorates these cabins each year. She also has a couple of extra trees that she will put in a cabin that havn’t been decorated – for a fee. Ask for this service when you call APG at  (800) 204-5169.

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