10 Creative Christmas Day Ideas In the Smoky Mountains


Merry Christmas from all of us at Pigeon Forge, TN Cabins! Whether your children woke you up at the crack of dawn or you have spent the morning slowly climbing out of bed and sipping coffee by the fire, Christmas Day in a Pigeon Forge cabin provides plenty of ways to play.

Amidst all the new toys, electronics, and holiday hoopla, sometimes it’s hard to remember what it’s all really about: being together during this special day with those that mean the most. The young and the young-at-heart will love these 10 Christmas Day activities during your holiday cabin vacation in Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains.

  1. Christmas-themed Scavenger Hunt in the Cabin
    There are a ton of ways to put together a scavenger hunt, but make the kids’ last “big” gift the hidden treasure at the end! In the cabin, your clever little ones won’t be so familiar all the usual hiding places. Use classic Christmas characters to hide amongst the different spaces in the cabin with little clues nearby. Even if the prize isn’t a huge gift, the scavenger hunt will be a huge hit. Vacationing with another family or in a large group cabin? Make it a “girls against boys competition” or choose teams to implement into the next Christmas Day idea.
  2. Christmas Olympics
    Continue the competitive fun with an entire Christmas Olympic event! Use your cabin’s rec room with air hockey, arcade games, and foosball to carry-out a numerous “events.” Take it even further with a swim competition if your Pigeon Forge, Tennessee cabin has an indoor pool! Make this an elaborate Olympics and let the kids design their own national flags, host an opening ceremony, and make creative awards.
  3. Halloween On Christmas
    Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is open 365 days a year, which means you can test your nerves and the courage of all your friends with a fun changeup! You may have spent the days leading up to Christmas doing everything that is holiday oriented. Well, it’s still holiday oriented, but this one is all scares and Halloween.
  4. Hilarious Mishaps and Delicious Dinner
    Another Smoky Mountain attraction that is open Christmas Day is the Hatfield and McCoy’s Feudin’ Family Dinner Show, where the laughs go on as long as the big multi-course Southern cuisine.
  5. The Most Incredible Christmas Lights on Christmas Day
    Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Sevierville is open for tours on Christmas Day, a truly magical experience with millions of lights and high-tech displays to make for an incredibly memorable 25 of December.
  6. Snowy-White Christmas Fun
    Ober Gatlinburg offers tons of wintry fun on Christmas Day: skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and ice bumper cars! Even if it doesn’t snow in the Smokies on Christmas, you and your family can have all the experience of a white Christmas at Ober Gatlinburg.
  7. An Elegant Christmas Cabin Dinner
    When you have everyone together in a large group cabin, take advantage of the fantastic distractions for the kids, in-cabin theater, rec room, and more, free (or negotiated) babysitting from the older teens, and fully loaded kitchens and beautiful dining rooms.
  8. A Mermaid’s Christmas
    With fewer crowds, it’s the perfect time to pay a visit to the award-winning Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies! Thousands of beautiful sea creatures will mesmerize, and the kids even have an opportunity to meet a North Pole native in the additional experiences like Painting with Penguins.
  9. Bill Nye’s Kind of Christmas
    Wander through the interactive exhibits of WonderWorks where kids and adults can learn new things about earth, physics, outer space, and more. Tour the 35,000 square feet along 4 exhibits to experience the “edu-tainment” in addition to an awesome indoor rope course and laser tag arena.
  10. Multicultural Take-Out Dinner
    With plenty of open restaurants, create a cuisine of the nations! It’s a fun dinner with egg rolls, hot wings, barbeque, queso dip, and whatever else the group wants to include in their takeout feast. Place takeout orders along a route and pick up on the way back to the cabin. After weeks of the usual cuisines, this is unique dinner everyone can enjoy, no matter the preferences!

Christmas in the cabin is not only a source of tons of fun, but an incredibly relaxing escape. Not included in this list are the quiet evenings spent sipping apple cider by the fire, dreamy bubble baths in the large indoor jetted tub, peaceful mornings in the outdoor hot tub overlooking breathtaking mountain views, and countless other serenely therapeutic moments to be had in your Pigeon Forge Tennessee Cabin; a Christmas gift for everyone to enjoy, together.