Have a Down-Home Country Christmas in the Great Smoky Mountains
By Jon Hoffman © 2012, All Rights Reserved

The scent of fresh-cut pine fills the air, firelight casts a warm glow around the room, and outside, snow-capped mountain peaks surround your cozy cabin in the woods. Sound like a dreamy way to spend the holiday? That's just what Christmas in the Great Smoky Mountains is like.

Invite the Entire Family

Mountain-top cabins provide plenty of space for your extended family to join you, a kitchen for preparing a home-cooked Christmas dinner, and lots of activities to keep everyone happy. And of course, the views are spectacular. Enjoy your Christmas-morning coffee on the porch of your private cabin, while you watch the sun rise over the snow-topped mountains all around. Brightly wrapped presents are piled high under the tree, and the scent of roasting turkey is just beginning to fill the air as the family gathers together on this very special day.

Cabin rentals make your family get-together even easier. With their ability to sleep up to 18 people, you won't have to worry about everyone's comfort. There's lots of room to stretch out as well, with some cabins offering game rooms, large family rooms, and even hot tubs. So gather the family and plan to spend Christmas in a luxurious cabin surrounded by the grandeur of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Wintertime Fun for Everyone

World-class skiing is just outside your door when you spend Christmas in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge, TN. Seasoned skiers and novices alike will find just the right level of challenge at Ober Gatlinburg, the area's premier ski resort. Beginner-level courses ensure the inexperienced have a great time, while the anything-goes Freestyle Terrain Park will keep adventure-loving snowboarders happy for hours.

For indoor fun, check out the many holiday shows in the area. Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede, a favorite stop for fans of dinner theater, boasts a spectacular Christmas show throughout the month of December. You'll enjoy classic Christmas tunes performed by talented singers and dancers decked out in traditional holiday costumes, a heart-warming live nativity scene, and of course, you can expect a visitor from the North Pole as well. This is one event that will truly entertain your entire family.

If you just can't get enough of snow, be sure to check out Titanic Pigeon Forge. Every Saturday in December it's guaranteed to snow as you stand aboard the bow of this historic ship. Inside, Titanic is dressed up for the season with thousands of twinkling lights, beautifully decorated Christmas trees, and miles of garland strung from every banister and mantelpiece.

Spending Christmas in the Smokies offers a beautiful and entertaining change from the ordinary. Stunning scenery greets you at every turn, there's plenty to see and do for every member of the family, and you can still enjoy a home-cooked meal in the comfort of your own cabin. Plus, there's plenty of room to invite far flung family and friends to join you for an unforgettable holiday celebration.

Jon Hoffman is Reservations Manager of Volunteer Cabin Rentals specializing in Wears Valley cabins. Visit us today at www.volunteercabinrentals.com to book cabins for weddings, vacations, reunions and other special events.