Celebrate Thanksgiving in East Tennessee
The Thanksgiving holiday has been celebrated for centuries as a day for public thanksgiving and prayer, and time honored traditions of gathering with family and friends around a Turkey feast continue. If you’ve never spent a Thanksgiving in the Smokies, we invite you to start your own tradition and spend it in a warm and wonderful Pigeon Forge cabin with your family.
A cabin in the Smoky Mountains offers your family an opportunity for the quality time this holiday celebrates. Prepare your traditional family meal, congregate at the dinner table and share your blessings, and then gather around a cozy fireplace with dessert or a big screen TV for Thanksgiving football. However your family celebrates Thanksgiving or whatever your traditional activities are, doing it in the Smokies only enhances your fun. Cooking in?
Time to thaw the Turkey!
Safe methods for Thawing Turkey:
Thaw breast side up, in an unopened wrapper on a tray in the fridge.
Allow at least 1 day of thawing for every 4 lbs.
Cold Water Bath
Thaw breast side down, in an unopened wrapper, with enough cold water to completely cover your turkey. Change water every 30 minutes and allow a minimum thawing time of 30 minutes per lb.
If you prefer to leave the cooking and cleaning up to a restaurant in Pigeon Forge on Thanksgiving Day, you’ll have plenty to choose from. All day long, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is being served at restaurants in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, and most also serve from their regular menu if you want to get out for breakfast or a late night bite.
View or download schedules for Gatlinburg restaurants open Thanksgiving Day, Pigeon Forge restaurants open Thanksgiving Day or the menu for the holiday meal at the Vista Grill:
* Note that Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge only provide listings for paid chamber members. If you don’t see your favorite restaurant listed, call them directly! To be sure there are no surprises, call any restaurant ahead of time to confirm service hours and menus available.