Easter is right around the corner, and some of you may be wondering if its possible for you to enjoy your traditional Easter here in the Smokies. When you get done reading, you’ll see that your Easter in the Smokies will be the best one ever!
Easter Celebration Services
Ober Gatlinburg Easter Sunrise Service
Wake up dark and early on Easter morning, and join the line of people waiting to board the Ober Gatlinburg tram, free this one morning. Enjoy the cool, serene ride up into the mountains, viewing the peaks and valleys all around. When you reach the top, join the throng of worshippers in the age-old celebration of the resurrection of Christ. What better way to stay connected to the faith of these hills? The rising sun adds a riot of glorious color and light to the scene as it ascends the sky over the course of the service. At the conclusion, you will find a sumptuous breakfast feast laid out for your enjoyment! The tram-ride and worship service are free. The breakfast buffet is available for an affordable price. This year, Easter is March 31,2013. Visit the Ober Gatlinburg website for current information.
First Baptist Church of Sevierville
If you just can’t bear to wake up before dawn, but still wish to enjoy a celebration of the Risen Lord, join First Baptist Church of Sevierville. From Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, travel back toward the interstate. When you get to Sevierville, just follow the steeple rising over the horizon to the church. Friendly parking lot attendants are waiting to ferry you to the door of the church in golf carts! Inside, locals and honored guests alike join in the celebration with superb music, an inspiring sermon, and friendly fellowship. There are services at 8:15 and at 10:45. Visit the church website or call the office for more information.
Easter Sunday Feast
You’re on vacation. You don’t want to do ANY work right? So enjoy your Easter Dinner at a local restaurant. Many people worry that they will have a difficult time finding a restaurant that will be open on Easter. After calling several restaurants to check on this, and finding out that all of them will be remaining open, we feel fairly comfortable in assuring you that your favorite restaurants are very likely to be open Easter Sunday. We also wondered (and maybe you do too) if any of them have special Easter menus like the special Thanksgiving and Christmas menus offered during those holidays. None of the restaurants we called are planning to have any special Easter menu items, so you can count on their usual offerings. Here are some of our favorites (the restaurants we called to check on).
Applewood Farmhouse Grill
The Park Grill
The Chop House
Maybe you have comfortable and spacious lodging with enough space to enjoy a meal in. You still don’t have to do a lot of work or dirty a lot of dishes to have a delicious home-cooked Easter feast. The folks at our local Food Cities can prepare a feast for you to take and enjoy in the comfort of your own Smoky Mountain cabin! Maybe it will even be a beautiful, warm day, and you can take your feast to have a picnic in the park! Just call ahead to the Gatlinburg (865-430-3116), Pigeon Forge (865-453-4977), or Sevierville (865-908-3710) Food City and find out how they can make your Easter feast a dream come true!
Egg Hunts & Bunnies, Crafts & Shopping
Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show
Thursday, March 28 – Saturday, March 30, 2013 :: Gatlinburg Convention Center
Bring back the perfect Smoky Mtn souveneirs from the Great Smoky Easter Arts & Crafts Show. Nothing says “Smoky Mountains” like handcrafted items from our very own Smoky Mtn artists. Don’t just get a mug that says “Gatlinburg,” get some hand-crafted pottery! Don’t get a postcard, get a painting. Don’t get a plastic bear figurine, get a bear that’s been hand-carved out of a log! If you’re honest with yourself, those cheap souvenirs will be in the trash in a year or two, but hand-crafted items from local artisans will be centerpieces in your home for years to come! This year’s Easter Arts & Crafts Show will take place March 28 – 30, 2013 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit the Arts & Crafts Community website for more information.
Easter Sidewalk Sale
Friday, March 29 – Sunday, March 31, 2013 :: Pigeon River Crossings, Pigeon Forge
Get ready for some great sales at Pigeon River Crossings (formerly Belz Outlet). We’ve seen some amazing prices at this mall when there’s not a big sale going on! Just imagine how great it will be on Easter weekend!
Gatlinburg Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Noon :: Mynatt Park, Gatlinburg
“Easter Egg Hunt for children between the ages of 1 and 12 sponsored by the Gatlinburg Community Police Programs. Saturday March 30, 2013 at Mynatt Park on Airport Road at noon. The easter egg hunt will begin at 1:00pm. There will be prizes for the children. Hotdogs and refreshments to be served. Be sure to bring your easter basket.”
Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 30, 2013 :: Pigeon Forge Community Center
“Starting at 10 am children ages 0-12 can come and join the Easter bunny on an Easter Egg Hunt for FREE. There are four age groups in the hunt to make it fun for everyone and the start times are staggered slightly for fairness. The age groups are: 3 and under, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. This has been a huge success in the past, which is no surprise considering how much kids love to hunt for Easter eggs. More information on this event can be found by inquiring at the Community Center Front Desk or by calling (865) 429-7373.”
Brunch With the Easter Bunny
Saturday, March 30, 2013 from 9:30 to 11:30 am :: Old Mill Square Pottery House Cafe & Grille
Parents & Children can enjoy a delightful Easter Brunch as well as other activities, to include Easter egg decorating, kids’ music, and old-fashioned games. Prices for the brunch are $13 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. Visit the Pottery House Cafe & Grille website for more information.
Easter at Bass Pro Shop in Kodak
Saturday, March 30 & Sunday, March 31, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Come to Bass Pro Shop in Kodak, right off exit 407 on I-40 (the exit most of you take to get to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg) for an Easter Egg Hunt, a free photo of your child with the Easter Bunny, and a free Easter craft (while supplies last). Registration for the egg hunt begins at 12:30 and the hunt begins promptly at 1pm, so be sure to arrive early. Visit their website for more information.