Can you just imagine? Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge has Christmas every single day of the year. It is literally Christmas year-round, so no need to wait until the holiday season to visit. According to the folks at The Inn at Christmas Place, they live and operate by these words, “Celebrating the Spirit of Christmas Every Day of the Year!” If you’re full of the holiday spirit and you like to listen to Christmas music earlier than what’s socially acceptable, then you HAVE to put this family-owned hotel on your list! We booked two family resorts in the Smoky Mountains during our stay: Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort (you can read about that here) and The Inn at Christmas Place. We want to share our Christmas in the Smokies experience with you, what to expect during your stay, and our favorite parts of this Christmas-themed hotel.
Seems like this would be a given, right? It’s a Christmas hotel, so of course there would be Christmas spirit. But it’s so much more than that. They put so much incredible detail into all aspects of the hotel. The moment you walk up to the doors, uniformed bellmen greet you. I’ve never stayed at a hotel with a bellman, so when I saw not only one, but two, I was floored! They were so welcoming and offered to help with our bags. Talk about making a great first impression.
Now, this is when Christmas is really going to hit you. The lobby is what Hallmark Christmas movies are made from. The first thing I noticed was the massive and inviting fireplace, and directly to the left is the first of many decorated Christmas trees, and it’s huge! They have a total of two lobbies, and both have fireplaces and massive trees. They’re both perfect places to hang out and let it all soak in. The friendly folks behind the counter are quick to get you checked-in and to your room. Every time we walked in the hotel, they greeted us. We were even given a Christmas ornament when we arrived.
My favorite little spot of the hotel that I feel has the most Christmas spirit, is the section they created for the kids. They have a cute desk supplied with paper and pens for the kids to write letters to Santa. Right next to the desk is the mailbox for the kids to mail off their letters. You’ll have to check with the hotel on how they respond to the letters, because I didn’t see where they mentioned that. To be a kid staying at this hotel. That’s a dream come true!
Rooms and Decor
In every room of the hotel, there’s a Christmas tree. When we walked into our double queen room, the little tree was the first thing to catch my eye. We loved this tree so much, that we slept with the lights of the tree on. Depending on which room you choose, depends on the size tree you get. Some rooms will have full-sized fully decorated trees. The Inn at Christmas Place invested in great mattresses. As matter of fact, the “Sleep In Heavenly Peace” mattresses are so comfortable that they even sell them! Overall, the room was very clean and comfortable.
On each floor of the hotel, there are different themed Christmas decorations. There’s something for everyone. Our favorite? The classic ‘A Christmas Story’ themed corner. We enjoyed walking around all the floors looking at the Christmas decorations. As you’re walking around taking in the amazing decorations, know that there are three women who decorate the entire place! So, I didn’t fact-check this, but I heard that the entire hotel has about 200 Christmas trees in total.
The most breathtaking was the giant Glockenspiel, a beautiful handmade clock, in the second lobby. Every hour on the hour the clock rings it’s famous bells by playing Christmas music and the animated characters come out. Every time we went out to watch and record a performance, others were there waiting with their cameras too. Get there a few minutes early to get a good spot to watch. Every night at 9:00pm is the Grand Finale.
When you turn down Christmas Tree Lane, you’ll see the Christmas hotel that looks like a little.The timber framed building will have you believing that you’re in Germany during the Christmas season, but that’s just the start of your Smoky Mountain Christmas vacation. You’ll park right in front of the hotel, where there is plenty of parking. The landscaping is stunning and they have a little pond running through the property. There’s a fire pit surrounded by chairs, and benches strategically place to take in the views. In the evening, Christmas lights light up the trees, bushes, and building. I’m telling ya…no matter what time of year it is, it’s always Christmas here.
If you’re lucky, you might even have a view from your room. Our view had the best view. It looked over to the Incredible Christmas Place, the South’s largest Christmas Shopping Village. It was covered in lights too, so at night, it offered a winter wonderland view. Although it was slightly chilly when we visited, I wish I had one of the rooms with the balcony. I imagine the balconies would be especially nice in the spring and fall.
On the premises, there was a small gym and business center. The business center even had Christmas trees! The Inn at Christmas Place also has both an indoor and outdoor pool. The indoor pool is in a room wrapped in windows and of course, decorated for Christmas. In the corner of the room is a nice sized hot tub. The outdoor pool area was closed when we visited, but I was able to sneak a photo. They have an almost 100 ft. twisting slide! Again, to be a kid staying here…
Smoky Mountain Christmas – SANTA
Is it even Christmas if Santa isn’t around? Almost any given day of the week, there will be a Santa event planned. I think he’s off to the North Pole on Wednesdays and Sundays, but the other days you might catch a Christmas show/concert, storytelling, or possibly have breakfast with the jolly ole guy. During our visit, we caught one of Santa’s Christmas shows, and it was such a sweet experience.It also helps that he can actually sing. I mean, for real. He even sells a CD or two at the front desk. I was impressed by his performance. Everyone gathered around the fireplace and he sang Christmas carols sitting by the tree. In that moment, the rest of the world was going on with its normal daily activities, while we were celebrating Christmas at Pigeon Forge. At the end of the show, Santa stayed around for photos, and you better believe that we had our picture taken with him!
I have to say this, Santa was so very genuine. He invited the kids to come up and sing with him. You can tell that he wholeheartedly cared for them.
This is going to be short and sweet, but this was THE best breakfast I’ve ever had at a hotel. Ever. The fact that this comes with the cost of your room is huge. You are given a wristband that you have to present before going into the breakfast room. I guess they’ve had people try to sneak in there before, and now that I’ve had their breakfast, I can totally see why. My daughter and I counted eight stations: the make your own omelette station, fruit and cheese station, the hot plate station, the beverage station, cereal station, yogurt station, the pastry/dessert station, and the make your own waffle station. Everything we had was good, but I’ll end with this…they serve THE best cheesecake we’ve ever had. When I asked about the cheesecake, pecan pie, and blueberry cobbler for breakfast, the employee said to me, “Well, don’t you have all these on Christmas Day?!” Well played, Mr. Omelette maker, well played.
Cookies, Coffee, and Apple Cider
Another perk of staying at The Inn at Christmas Place is the unlimited coffee they offer throughout the day. If you think that’s a good deal, every evening they wrap up the day with cookies and apple cider. They offer these treats in the lobby near the front desk. If you enjoy the coffee, they sell it at the front desk for purchase, along with other Inn at Christmas Place souvenirs.
Christmas in the Smoky Mountains
Overall, this hotel is not just a regular hotel. It’s an experience that will certainly provide everlasting memories for you and your family. While we were there, we ran into multiple families who had visited numerous times, and they continue to return. I noticed that some of the employees recognized those families as well. The Inn at Christmas Place is a great Smoky Mountain hotel for honeymooners, families, and younger and older folks alike. My only recommendation, bring your Christmas spirit. If you forget to pack it, no worries, it’ll be reignited the moment those bellmen open those doors for you. To read my entire Smoky Mountain getaway post, click here!