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Wintertime in the Smokies is filled with fun things to do, both indoors and out. Whether you prefer bundling up and enjoying the winter weather or snuggling up in front of the fireplace, there are countless ways to enjoy a cold weather day in Pigeon Forge.

With so many fun things to do during the winter in Pigeon Forge, you’re going to need a sure-fire way to keep everyone warm and toasty. And there’s nothing that will warm you up on a cold winter day quite like a piping hot, delicious cup of hot cocoa. Here are a few of our favorite places to get the best hot chocolate in Pigeon Forge.

Margaritaville Coffee Shop at The Island

Margaritaville Coffee Shop at The Island - Best Hot Chocolate

The holiday lights of Winterfest shine bright until mid-February, so there’s still time to stroll the Winterfest Wonders of Light Walking Trail to see the all-new light displays. Afterward, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate from the Margaritaville Coffee Shop at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Sip on your cup of hot cocoa while watching the mesmerizing Island Fountain Show.

Mama’s Farmhouse

Mama’s Farmhouse - Best Hot Chocolate

The menu at Mama’s Farmhouse is filled with delicious dishes. Make sure to bring your appetite for this all-you-can-eat family-style dining experience. Enjoy freshly baked pastries, steamy hot beverages and the best home-cooked meals.

Coffee Armory

Coffee Armory - Best Hot Chocolate

Stop by Coffee Armory, located at The Tower Shops in Mountain Mile, for a delicious cup of hot chocolate. This coffee shop sells Black Rifle Coffee Company brew, and a portion of the proceeds go to help veterans in need. In addition to hot chocolate, you’ll find all your favorite coffee flavors and espresso drinks, hot or iced. If you like your drink, you can purchase a bag of beans or mix to take home with you!

Old Mill Creamery

Old Mill - Best Hot Chocolate

The shops throughout Old Mill Square are a must-visit while in Pigeon Forge. While Old Mill Creamery is a favorite spot to stop for ice cream, it’s also a great place to grab a cup of hot chocolate. They also have espressos, coffees and iced coffees, and a variety of other savory drinks on the menu.

The Old Mill General Store

The Old Mill General Store

Before heading back to your hotel or cabin, make a stop at The Old Mill General Store and pick up a bag of hot cocoa mix to take home with you. Their traditional hot cocoa is a sweet, creamy and silky-smooth cup of chocolate goodness, sure to please all ages. In addition to traditional hot cocoa, Old Mill offers other flavors like cocoa chai spiced, double chocolate, red velvet and more.

Espresso Yourself

Espresso Yourself - Best Hot Chocolate

Another great place to grab a cup of hot chocolate while browsing the shops in Old Mill Square is at Espresso Yourself. This local coffee shop offers a wide selection of coffees, lattes and cappuccinos, in addition to frappés, tea and hot chocolate. Sit in one of the log rocking chairs while sipping your warm drink and listening to the kids talk about their favorite parts of the day. Make sure to try one of their freshly baked pastries with your drink!

Sweet Shoppe of the South

Sweet Shoppe of the South - Best Hot Chocolate

Plan on venturing into the Smokies for a winter hike to take in the majestic views of the snow-covered mountains? In addition to checking weather conditions and bundling up, make a stop at the Sweet Shoppe of the South for a to-go cup of hot chocolate. It’s a sure-fire way to keep warm during your outdoor adventures.

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin

Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin - Best Hot Chocolate

One of the best ways to get going on a cold winter day, is with a stack of pancakes piled high from Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin. Eat your pancakes with warm maple syrup or order a special stack of chocolate chip, famous pecan or fruit topped pancakes. Feast on your savory pancakes while enjoying a hot, delicious cup of hot cocoa, topped with whipped cream and chocolate and caramel topping.


Buzzed Bull Creamery

Buzzed Bull Creamery - Best Hot Chocolate

Buzzed Bull Creamery offers a one-of-a-kind experience using liquid nitrogen for their ice cream and milkshakes. However, their hot beverages can’t be missed either. On a cold day in Pigeon Forge, drop by for a classic hot chocolate or try one of their specialty drinks such as “Death by Chocolate.” This will easily satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth!

From the dazzling holiday lights to the beautiful snow-capped mountains to an array of fun indoor attractions, winter is a great time to visit Pigeon Forge. Keep the family warm and toasty with a steaming hot, delicious, cup of hot chocolate during your winter stay!