A Smoky Mountain Thanksgiving

Oct 13, 2014

Traditional Thanksgiving Holiday in the Smokies

If you’re like most people, there are four things that you readily associate with Thanksgiving:  family, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, food and football.  When you can have all of those things in the Smokies… well, the holiday just doesn't get much better. 

tom-turkey.jpgStart your 2014 Thanksgiving in Gatlinburg by selecting a mountain cabin that will welcome your entire family.  Our lodges have plenty of space for cooking a traditional meal, gathering at the table, and relaxing afterwards in a comfortable space with fireplace, cozy furnishings, and perhaps a big screen TV.  Heartland Rentals has cabins in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that will perfectly accommodate you and your family with amenities to suit all your plans for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

Does your Thanksgiving traditions include watching the Annual Macy’s Parade?  The parade is broadcast live on TV and kicks off the holiday season at 9 a.m. in New York City.  Your family will enjoy a full hour and a half of giant balloons, unique floats, and special star performances along with the 3.5 million people in attendance and another 50 million watching from home.

thanksgiving-2014-football.jpgWhether you’re cooking a traditional meal in your cabin or having Thanksgiving dinner in town, you’ll want to reserve plenty of time for napping and catching the afternoon football games.  The lineup for Thanksgiving Day Football is Bears vs. Lions, Seahawks vs. 49ers, and Eagles vs. Cowboys, all beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Is the holiday over once football is done and all the leftovers are gone?  Of course not!  You need to get to bed early so that you can head out and start your Christmas shopping during the morning (and sometimes midnight) madness of Black Friday.  Shopping in the Smokies is a tradition in and of itself; don’t let a full belly keep you from big savings!

Last but not least, the beautiful colors of autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday and all the things you’re thankful for.  Come to the Smoky Mountains this year to celebrate your gratitude in a very special way.

Doug Shanks


By Doug Shanks a 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.

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