Easter in Gatlinburg 2013

Easter is a time for egg hunts, bunnies, Peeps, woven baskets, pastel outfits, colorful jelly beans and chocolate. It is also a time for family, and Gatlinburg’s Easter calendar is full of family-friendly events this year. From art and music to food and celebrations of faith, there is something for everyone.

Featuring the unique work of members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community, the Great Smoky Easter Arts and Crafts Show will be held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center March 28th through March 30th. The Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community is the largest group of independent artisans in North America. The artisans work along an 8-mile loop road that has been designated a Tennessee Heritage Arts & Crafts Trail. Several times a year, the members of this community host a holiday show in order to sell, demonstrate and showcase their work. This Easter, stop by the show to browse and buy leather goods, jewelry, baskets, quilts, jams and jellies, dolls, ceramics, candles, stained glass, watercolors and more. Admission is free, and it’s the perfect time to check out local art or pick up the perfect souvenir.

Gather up the kids and head to Mynatt Park on Airport Road this Easter weekend for a fun day of food, prizes and Easter egg hunting. Hosted by the Gatlinburg Community Police Programs, the Gatlinburg Easter Egg Hunt activities start at noon on Saturday, March 30th. Children ages 1 through 12 are welcome to participate, and the hunt will begin at 1:00 pm. Enjoy hot dogs and refreshments while the kids play and enjoy prizes!

Held atop Mt. Harrison at Ober Gatlinburg, the Easter Sunrise at Ober service is a beautiful way to celebrate and worship on Easter. Pastors of the Gatlinburg Ministerial Association will lead the 30 to 40 minute service at 6:30 am. Free tram rides will be available beginning at 5:45 am and continuing at 15 minute intervals until the service begins. There will also be free parking for those who wish to drive up the mountain. The collection taken up during the service will be used to help county needs, and the service will certainly be a memorable one. After the service, from 7:15 am to 10:30 am, enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet at the Ober Gatlinburg Restaurant.

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