Hippity hop into the Great Smoky Mountains where holiday events, wildflower walks, and cabin fun await your family and friends this Easter — Sunday, April 12, 2020! Easter is all about celebrating the reason for the season and spending quality time with loved ones. And what better place to do so than the Smokies that hosts an annual sunrise service atop a mountain, displays seasonal crafts, welcomes the Easter Bunny with open arms, harbors breathtaking hiking trails with spring blooms for 100s of miles, and offers cabins of all shapes and sizes with superb amenity options? Yeah…spending Easter in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN, means a memorable holiday experience for YOU.
Top reason to visit the Smokies for Easter in 2020? Special events! Each year Pigeon Forge and nearby Gatlinburg provide 4 unique Easter experiences for families and friends, from a stunning mountain sunrise service and a local crafts show to sitting down for a meal with the Bunny himself and hunting for eggs in a beautiful park!
1. Arts & Crafts Show | April 8-11
Expect to see a plethora of lovely arts and crafts made by a skilled group of local artisans from the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. This event showcases a wide range of handcrafted creations, including décor, jewelry, moccasins, cakes, stained glass, metal art, paintings, quilts, baskets, soaps, birdhouses, statues, and oh-so-much-more! Plus, there are craft demonstrations from the pros.
Open daily (April 8-11) from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., there’s plenty of time to wiggle this free event into your Easter weekend plans. In fact, you may walk away with heartwarming gifts for friends and family to last the rest of the year!
2. Brunch with the Easter Bunny | April 11
Grab a seat and something good to eat with the Easter Bunny at the Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille for breakfast or brunch in Pigeon Forge. In addition to munching with the sweet Easter Bunny, there are door prizes for the lucky ones plus fun activities the kiddos will love, including feeding adorable ducklings.
Feasting festivities start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11 a.m. on April 11. Tickets must be purchased prior to ensure your time with the popular rabbit; just call 865.406.6558 to snag a few for your crew.
3. Easter Egg Hunt | April 11
Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge plays host to the annual Easter Egg Hunt where kids can play and search for 1,000s of hidden eggs. Not to mention, there will be loads of prizes…and the Easter Bunny might hop by for a visit! This free event is for children up to 12 years of age and begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 11.
4. Easter Sunrise Service | April 12
Held at Ober Gatlinburg Amusement Park and Ski Area atop Mt. Harrison, the Easter Sunrise Service is one you’ll not soon forget. Harken to worship melodies led by local pastors as dazzling hues paint the morning sky across the mountaintops. And donate your Easter Sunday offering to local charities.
Free to all, this event offers complimentary tram rides to the tippy top beginning at 5:00 a.m. (service starts at 6:30 a.m.), and if you prefer to drive, complimentary parking is also provided. Should the weather turn for the worst, the service will move into the Ober Gatlinburg Upper Tramway Mall.
Pro tip: opt for the bountiful buffet breakfast at the Seasons of Ober Restaurant, which serves from 7:15 – 10:30 a.m. after the service. Children 5 and under eat free, kids 5-10 dine at $12.95, and adults may dig for $14.95.
Easter Hike in the National Park
What else is there to do on Easter weekend in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg? We recommend hiking for wildflowers in the neighboring Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sometimes referred to as the Wildflower National Park, the Smokies harbors 800+ miles of trails with breathtaking blooms dotting the mountain forests in spring, just in time for Easter. See vibrant blossoms, such as showy orchis, fire pinks, violets, bleeding hearts, and lady slipper orchids.
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for cute critters as animal offspring, such as black bear cubs and fox kits, will be emerging from their winter homes! So, bring your best camera to snap photos and film clips to keep precious memories close.
Easter Fun at the Cabin!
After your browse for local art, brunch with the Easter Bunny, egg hunting excursion, mountaintop worship service, or wondrous wildflower walk — relax and unwind at your Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg cabin! Featuring homey conveniences, like complimentary Wi-Fi and a fully equipped kitchen, plus top-notch amenities (including private pools, hot tubs, home theaters, king suites, rec rooms, and much more!) to keep everyone entertained, Cabins for YOU has the perfect pick for your Easter stay. Not to mention, you can enjoy mountain, river, city, or wooded views! And whether you’re bringing immediate family, extended members, or a large group of friends to enjoy Easter in the Smokies, our current range of 1-16 bedroom cabins have you covered. Easily book online or over the phone at 1.800.684.7865.
Hop into the Smokies this Easter and enjoy unforgettable events, wildflower hikes, and the good times at your cabin in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg, TN!