A few weeks ago, Pigeon Forge was named one of the top Christmassy Towns in the USA by Time Magazine, largely due to The Incredible Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge.
So what is The Christmas Place?
Well, it’s just one of my favorite spots in the Smokies. It consists of several shops, a gorgeous inn, and a themed restaurant. It’s not just Christmassy right now. It’s all about Christmas year round. I love it.
The Incredible Christmas Place
First, there is the shop – The Incredible Christmas Place. Its claim-to-fame is that it is the South’s largest Christmas Store. It sure does have all kinds of fun stuff! Plus, there are always fun things going on. This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the store has a “singing Santa” who will entertain visitors. He’ll be on location from 10 a.m. until about 6 p.m. (depending on the day).
The website has a spot for kids, too. They can download a letter to Santa, with a mailing address, print coloring pages, read jokes (example: What does Frosty the Snowman eat for lunch? Iceberg-ers), or play other Christmas-themed games. It’s fun and creative.
The Inn at Christmas Place
The Inn at Christmas Place is really pretty fabulous. Though we haven’t ever actually stayed there (what can we say? we love cabins!), we’ve toured it. Pretty amazing. The themeing is super impressive. There’s a great pool with a water slide (just outside, I think, though there is a nice indoor pool, too), a continental breakfast, and an Elves’ Retreat Game Room (think Foosball, air hockey, arcade, and billiards). To call and make reservations, you call 1-888-HOLY-NIGHT. Hilarious. Prices are steep during the holiday season, not surprisingly — close to $200 per night. But during a non-peak time, prices aren’t bad. A room with two queens in January will set you back just $89.
Not bad, huh?
The Partridge and the Pear
The restaurant at the Christmas Place is called (what else?) The Partridge and the Pear. It’s fairly new. It’s on my list to visit, but we haven’t been there yet. It sure looks fun, though. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner, and features fun-sounding dishes like Turkey Pot Pie, Christmas Eve Lasagna, Maple Glazed Pork Loin, and Pear and Blue Burger. Prices range from $10-$20. Kids’ Meals are available — and cutely named, too (Mrs. Claus’ Turkey Dinner, Rudolph’s Noodles, Tiny Tim’s Chicken Tenders, Frosty the Pancake, etc.). They cost around $5 and come with a drink and a Snowball Sundae! The desserts are what really get me excited, though. They look AMAZING! They include Cake From Christmas Past, Incredible Five-Layer Cake, Cheesecake with Caramel & Pear Topping, and many more!
The Partridge and the Pear is open for Christmas Day (of course…). Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s family style, and it includes a chosen meat entree, soup, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green beans, cranberry relish, fresh baked bread, a beverage, and a dessert. Prices start at $24.99 for adults and $11.99 for kids.
The Christmas Place Blog
My last favorite thing about The Christmas Place — the blog! It’s fun and whimsical (it snows all the time on the blog!). Right now, Janet, the blog author, is printing Christmas letters the kids have mailed at The Christmas Place. It’s so fun!
Here are some of my favorites (this first one will bring a tear to your eye…):
Our names are James, David, Allen, & Kaleb (names changed). We are brothers in foster care & we are so excited to have a visit from Santa for the first time! I hope to see your reindeer and feed them carrots! My mom says you will know where we live now and won’t forget us. You can bring us anything you want to! We just love toys because we never had any new ones!
How are you. I have been sick. I just go from one thing to another different (thing). People have been praying for me. Do you think you can find me where I live? I live near Bardstown, the next little town over.
I will be good if I can get a singing doll and a doll house. I will do what Mom says.
I have been really good this year. This is my first Christmas. I spent the first 102 days in the hospital. I arrived 8 weeks early. This year I would like Einstein movies & a big wagon & lots of love to continue to get healthy.
Thank you, Santa.
Love, Garrett (8 months old)
I want a new Corvette. You can bring my wife a nice sweater.