Easter in the Beautiful Smoky Mountains
Feb 17, 2015
Celebrate Easter in the Beautiful Smoky Mountains
Take heart, blog readers: Even though we’re in the middle of cold and icy weather now, bright and sunny spring days are just around the corner.
Easter falls on Sunday, April 5th this year – why not spend the holiday weekend with us in the beautiful Smoky Mountains? You’ll be in good company; the one and only Easter Bunny will be making a few stops around Pigeon Forge on Saturday, April 4th.
Saturday April 4th Events
Brunch - The Old Mill Pottery House Café and Grille will host Brunch with the Easter Bunny from 9:30-11:30 a.m. After brunch, guests will enjoy door prizes and activities for kids. Tickets for this event sell out quickly, so call (865) 453-6002 today.
Egg Hunt - A free Easter Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. at Patriot Park for kids up to 12 years of age. For more information, call (865) 429-7373.
Easter Bunny - The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance at the Incredible Christmas Place, located at 2740 Parkway in Pigeon Forge (call 1-800-445-3396 for details). The shop is the largest year-round Christmas store in the South. Shoppers will find Christmas ornaments, nativity scenes, designer trees, dollhouses, fudge and more.
Collectors will be delighted with items from Boyds Bears, Christopher Radko, Cows on Parade, Department 56, Fitz and Floyd, Precious Moments and Snowbuddies.
According to Wikipedia.com, the Easter Bunny originated among the German Lutherans; the “Easter Hare” originally played the role of judge, evaluating whether children were good or bad in their behavior at the start of the season of Eastertide (the period of 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday). Sometimes depicted in clothes, the lovable creature carries colored eggs, candy and sometimes even toys in his basket.
The tradition was first mentioned in Georg Franck von Franckenau’s “De ovis pashalibus” (“About Easter Eggs”) in 1682.
From a Christian perspective, Easter eggs are said to represent Jesus’ emergence from the tomb and resurrection. According to History.com, the largest Easter egg ever made was one over 25 feet high and weighed over 8,000 pounds. It was made out of chocolate and marshmallow and supported by an internal steel frame.
Sunday April 5th Events
Sunrise Service - Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort will host an Easter Sunday Sunrise Service from the top of Mt. Harrison. The 30-40 minute service is celebrating its 18th year and is sponsored by the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association. The offering collected during the service will be used by the association to assist Sevier County’s needy.
The Ober Gatlinburg staff will provide worshipers with free tram rides to the mountain top beginning at 5:45 a.m. and continuing at 15 minute intervals until the service begins at 6:30 a.m.
Complimentary parking will be provided for those who prefer to drive up the mountain. A breakfast buffet will be available at Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant from 7:15-10:30 a.m. For more information, call (865) 436-5423.
Where to Stay
Heartland Cabin Rentals looks forward to greeting you on this special weekend with a warm welcome. Call us at 1-888-711-0087 or book online to reserve your cabin today!
By Doug Shanks a Google Local Guide Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.