20 Restaurants Open on Christmas in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg (2023)

Paula deens and her biscuits

Guests often line up to eat at Paula Deen's Family Kitchen at The Island in Pigeon Forge on Christmas Eve (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

If you’re spending Christmas in the Smoky Mountains, you’re in luck! In my very biased opinion, it’s one of the best places to be during the holidays. And if you’re looking for places to eat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, look no further. Several local restaurants are serving up delicious meals and Southern hospitality this holiday season. And so, we’ve compiled this handy-dandy list of restaurants open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville, Tenn., just for you.

Editor’s Note: Even though these locations are open, holiday hours may be in effect. Many of the following restaurants will be closing early during the holidays. We do our best to keep this article up to date. However, restaurants and attractions may change their plans at the last minute due to demand. Always call ahead to confirm and make reservations whenever possible.

applewood farmhouse grill
Applewood Farmhouse Grill will be open on Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas Day. Their sister restaurant, The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant will be closed on Christmas Eve and open on Christmas Day (photos by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

1. Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Applewood Farmhouse Grill (Sevierville)

The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Grill both serve traditional Southern American comfort food. They are located at The Apple Barn. At these locations, your delicious Southern meals come with a basket of apple fritters, apple butter and an apple julep. Applewood Farmhouse will be closed on Christmas Eve but open on Christmas Day. Their sister restaurant, The Applewood Farmhouse Grill, will be open on Christmas Eve but closed on Christmas Day. The Farmhouse is now accepting reservations by phone for Christmas. Call 865-428-1222 to reserve your spot soon as this location tends to fill up quickly around the holidays. The Apple Barn is located at 230 Apple Valley Rd, Sevierville, TN 37862. Free on-site parking is available.

Burg Steakhouse Gatlinburg Exterior and Sign
Burg Steakhouse is located on the strip in downtown Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

2. Burg Steakhouse (Gatlinburg)

The family-owned and operated Burg Steakhouse offers seafood, steaks, chicken, sides and more. There will be something to please anyone in your group. At the time of this writing, Burg Steakhouse plans to be open on Christmas Day from 11 am to 11 pm. You can make your reservation online now or by calling 1-865-277-7582. Burg Steakhouse is located at 738 Parkway Suite 5, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. There is a small parking lot available for patrons behind the restaurant.

Bubba Gump Entrance Gatlinburg
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is located in downtown Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

3. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. (Gatlinburg)

Calling all seafood lovers – Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is a chain restaurant located in downtown Gatlinburg. They serve Southern-style seafood and Cajun creole dishes. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company will be open on Christmas Eve from 11-9 pm and plan to be open until 7 pm on Christmas Day. To reserve your spot, call 865-430-3034 or join the waitlist online. Bubba Gump Shrimp Company is located at 900 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Note: You will likely need to pay for parking in one of the nearby lots unless you’re already staying in downtown Gatlinburg to dine at Bubba Gump.

steak at calhouns
Calhoun’s not only has a solid “Ale steak”, but it also claims to have the best ribs in America (photo by Alaina O’Neal/TheSmokies.com)

4. Calhoun’s (multiple locations)

Both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg locations for this popular rib, steak and BBQ restaurant plan to be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours vary slightly between the locations. You can reserve a table at either location by calling the restaurant by phone or booking online. Free on-site parking is available for the Pigeon Forge location. Parking at the Gatlinburg location may be more difficult. Contact details for each can be found below:

cherokee grill next to steak and potato
The Cherokee Grill knows how to prepare a good steak entree (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

5. Cherokee Grill (Gatlinburg)

Lovers of steaks, burgers and seafood rejoice – area favorite Cherokee Grill will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Smokies. Hours may be limited and are subject to change. Reserve your spot online or by calling 865-436-4287. Cherokee Grill is located at 1002 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Limited free parking is available on site.

Chesapeake's is, without a doubt, the best seafood restaurant in the Smokies (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)
Chesapeake’s is, without a doubt, the best seafood restaurant in the Smokies (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

6. Chesapeake’s Seafood (Gatlinburg)

This higher-end seafood restaurant is one of Gatlinburg’s finest downtown eateries. Chesapeake’s will have normal hours on Christmas Eve and be open 4 to 9 pm on Christmas Day. We recommend making reservations early online or by calling 865-622-6999. Chesapeake’s is located at 437 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. You will likely need to pay for parking at one of the nearby lots unless you’re staying downtown to dine at this location.

Crawdaddy's Gatlinburg Signage
Enjoy some Cajun classics on Christmas Day at Crawdaddy’s Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

7. Crawdaddy’s (Gatlinburg)

Try some Cajun classics or stay with steak or pasta at Crawdaddy’s in Gatlinburg. At the time of this writing, they plan to observe mostly normal hours but close one hour early on Christmas Eve and open one hour later on Christmas Day. Reserve your spot online or by calling 865-430-3755. Crawdaddy’s is located at 762 Parkway #5, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Note: You will likely need to pay for parking in one of the nearby lots unless you’re already staying in downtown Gatlinburg to dine at Crawdaddy’s.

dennys sign
Denny’s might not be the most exciting holiday meal but its a trusty standby (photo by Steve Cukrov/shutterstock.com)

8. Denny’s (Pigeon Forge)

A traditional American diner, Denny’s serves breakfast, burgers and other classic staples all day, every day. Denny’s will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Denny’s is located at 3716 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. There is ample free parking available on site.

fannie farkle's famous corn dog
Fannie Farkle’s is a Gatlinburg institution. They are famous for their Ogle Dogs (pictured) (photos by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

9. Fannie Farkle’s (Gatlinburg)

This downtown Gatlinburg gem is a local favorite. Fannie Farkle’s is one of the original area attractions and eateries having opened in 1981. They are famous for their carnival-style atmosphere and “Ogle Dog Corndogs”. Fannie’s is not a table service restaurant. It’s more of a “grab and go”. But it’s still a solid option for a quick bite to eat during the holidays. Fannie Farkle plans to observe normal hours on Christmas Eve and open at 11 am Christmas Day. Fanie Farkle’s is located at 656 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Plan to pay for parking unless you’re within walking distance of your hotel.

Gaucho Urbano steak
Gaucho Urbano offers a continuous tableside service of freshly prepared meats (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

10. Gaucho Urbano (Pigeon Forge)

While Gaucho Urbano is known for its distinct meat cuts – from tender beef to lamb, they also have one of the best salads and sides in the area. It’s all-you-can-eat Brazillian-style dining at its best, and the only one of its kind in the Smoky Mountains. They will be open on Christmas Day from 4 – 10 pm. Reserve your spot online or by calling 865-366-1002. Gaucho Urbano is located at 111 Valley Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. Free parking is available on-site.

ihop restaurant exterior
IHOP will be open with limited hours through Christmas (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

11. IHOP (Pigeon Forge)

The International House of Pancakes (IHOP) is another popular breakfast chain with multiple locations across the country and in the Smokies. Most of IHOP’s locations will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The Pigeon Forge location plans to close at 2 pm both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. IHOP Pigeon Forge is located at 3636 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

joe's crab shack
Joe’s is a great choice for holiday dining in Sevierville (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

12. Joe’s Crab Shack (Sevierville)

This is another good one for seafood lovers. Joe’s Crab Shack is a seafood restaurant chain located in Sevierville. Joe’s Crab Shack is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For reservations, call 865-774-3023. Joe’s Crab Shack is located at 1605 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862.

a burger at jt hannahs
J.T. Hannah’s will have limited hours on Christmas (photo by James Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

13. J.T. Hannah’s (Pigeon Forge)

Serving traditional American food like burgers and steaks, J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen is located on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge. J.T. Hannah’s plans to be open on both Christmas Eve (’til 9 pm and Christmas Day from 2 – 10 pm with free parking available on site. J.T. Hannah’s is located at 3214 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. You can join their waitlist online or call 865-428-4200 to reserve your spot.

loco burro exterior and a combo plate
The Loco Burro is located in the middle of downtown Gatlinburg and features a rooftop patio for dining and ‘margs’ (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

14. Loco Burro (Gatlinburg)

This Tex-Mex-style restaurant is popular for its prime location and rooftop patio in downtown Gatlinburg. But be warned, on colder days, the patio may be closed. Loco Burro is open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Do note, that crowds and parking could be an issue, so plan according and grab a reservation by phone at 865-430-5624. You will likely have to pay for parking nearby unless you’re staying within walking distance. Loco Burro is located at 735 Parkway #1, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

no way jose exterior and a combo plate
No Way Jose’s is located in downtown Gatlinburg (across from Anakeesta and Ripley’s Aquarium) and is within walking distance of most major attractions (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

15. No Way Jose’s (multiple locations)

No Way Jose’s is a chain restaurant with locations in both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg that services Tex-Mex-style cuisine. This year, both locations plan to be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Free on-site parking is available for the Pigeon Forge location. Parking at the Gatlinburg location may be more difficult. Contact details for each can be found below:

paula deens biscuits
Paula Deen’s is a popular choice for holiday dining. We are particularly fond of the biscuits (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

16. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen (Pigeon Forge)

This restaurant is arguably one of, if not the, most popular holiday spots for a late lunch or dinner. They serve Southern, farmhouse family-style meals and sharable plates. They are conveniently located at The Island in Pigeon Forge. On Christmas Eve, the location will be open from 8 am to 8 pm. On Christmas Day, the restaurant plans to be open from 2-8 pm. Dining at Paula Deen’s is usually first-come first-served. Paula Deen’s is located at 131 The Island Dr #8101, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

smith and son in gatlinburg
Smith & Son’s is located in downtown Gatlinburg (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

17. Smith & Son Corner Kitchen (Gatlinburg)

Smith & Son Corner Kitchen is known for its chicken wings, pulled pork, meatloaf and sandwiches. At the time of this writing, Smith & Son plans to be open on Christmas Eve and from 2 – 9 pm Christmas Day. Join their waitlist online or call 865-430-1978 to save your spot. Plan to pay for parking if you’re not staying in downtown Gatlinburg. Smith and Son is located at 812 Parkway Ste 105 at Stoplight No, 8, Gatlinburg, TN 37738.

smoky mountain brewery nachos
Smoky Mountain Brewery is a great spot to see live musicians on select nights. We are also fans of their craft brews and sharable plates, like nachos (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

18. Smoky Mountain Brewery (multiple locations)

The Smoky Mountain Brewery has multiple locations in the Smokies. They offer American-style cuisine including burgers and pizza with a side of local craft brews and live music. At the time of this writing, both their Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg locations plan to be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. But neither location takes reservations. The Pigeon Forge location can be found at 2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863. The Gatlinburg location is at 1004 Parkway #501, Gatlinburg, TN 37738. Parking is usually easier at the Pigeon Forge location.

waffle house
Waffle House is a favorite, even though it’s pretty ubiquitous in the South (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

19. Waffle House (Pigeon Forge)

And finally, we have the tried and true staple – Waffle House. When all else fails, Waffle House is open 365 days per year. And of course, they will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Waffle House Pigeon Forge is located at 3949 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

the pirates voyage christmas cast
Even the pirates get a little festive at Pirate’s Voyage in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. (photo courtesy of Pirates Voyage)

20. See a dinner show

Did you know you can also see a dinner show at one of the local theaters on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in the Smokies? Dolly Parton’s Stampede, Pirates Voyage and the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud offer shows on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It’s one of the most fun things to do in the area and your kids are sure to enjoy the Christmas shows this time of year.

Do you know of a local restaurant that should be added to this list? Please contact us or comment below.

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