A mouthwatering turkey dinner for Thanksgiving.

4 Family Friendly Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in the Smokies

If you’ve been thinking about switching up tradition and getting out of town for the upcoming holiday, consider spending Thanksgiving in the Smokies! Worried about Thanksgiving dinner? Don’t be! Our Smoky Mountain cabins have large, fully equipped kitchens that make cooking a breeze, and there are also lots of great restaurants in the area! Worried about leaving your extended family behind? Our cabins come in all sizes, so you can comfortably lodge whoever you feel like inviting! Read on to hear all about our family friendly ways to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Smokies!


1. Visit Local Attractions

One really fun way to enjoy this Thanksgiving in the Smokies is to spend a few days visiting all the family friendly Smoky Mountain attractions in the area. Instead of having the kids cooped up in a crowded house saying “i’m bored!” every 3 minutes, keep them entertained at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, WonderWorks or even the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show! Not only will the kids love these attractions, but you will love having an easy, hassle free holiday. And to make sure that you get to experience all the fun, we offer a variety of free Smoky Mountain attractions tickets to help you make the most of your budget!

2. Lounge in Your CabinThe Autumn Breeze cabin in the Smokies.

If you love the idea of a truly relaxing holiday in the mountains, spend this Thanksgiving in the Smokies just relaxing to the max in a Smoky Mountain cabin! Our cabins are nestled back in your own little corner of the mountains for a secluded, peaceful feel. Each room in your cabin, as well as the large, private deck, offers world-class views of the Smokies that will make you feel like you’re living in a postcard. While your kids stay entertained playing pool and air hockey in the game room or having a movie marathon in the theater room, you’ll enjoy curling up by the fireplace to catch up on some reading or soaking your stress away in the bubbling hot tub. And like we mentioned before, every cabin has a fully equipped kitchen perfect for preparing a traditional Thanksgiving feast! Plus, with cabins large enough to sleep more than 40 people, there’s plenty of room for all the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and anyone else you want to invite! You’ll have such a relaxing time during your weekend in the mountains that you’ll wonder why you waited so long to spend Thanksgiving in the Smokies!

3. Dinner on the Town

While our Smoky Mountain cabins do have great kitchens for preparing meals for your family, we suggest really breaking away from tradition and treating yourself and your loved ones to a Thanksgiving dinner on the town! From steakhouses to family friendly buffets, there are dozens of wonderful Smoky Mountain restaurants that are sure to please everyone in your group.

For a traditional Thanksgiving feast, book your reservations at Holston’s Kitchen. You’ll enjoy all the classics like roasted turkey, sugared ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread dressing, cranberry relish and your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie for dessert!

For a selection that you know the whole family will love, enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner at Cracker Barrel. This southern staple offers everything from traditional Thanksgiving dishes to kid friendly options and even breakfast all day!

A river and trees in the Smokies in late fall.4. Explore the Great Outdoors

There’s not a more beautiful time to enjoy the mountains than the cool, fall months, and Thanksgiving in the Smokies is a perfect time to explore the beauty of the great outdoors! You’ll be dazzled by the magnificent gold, burnt orange and deep red leaves that decorate the soaring trees, and you’ll feel refreshed and energized by the crisp, mountain air. Whether you hike the trails, fly through the sky on a zipline adventure or take in the sights from the privacy of your cabin’s deck, you are sure to be blown away by the beauty of the Smokies.

Now that you’re ready to change up tradition and spend Thanksgiving in the Smokies, book your family’s stay in our Smoky Mountain cabins and start planning your holiday getaway today!