I know it’s strange but we recently took our Elf on the Shelf on our Tennessee Smoky Mountain Vacation. My children are getting older and since they are fully aware of the true meaning of Christmas (and about Santa) I thought this would be a fun way to keep the spirit alive. Having older children (1 teen & 1 tween) I know how hard it is to keep the kids entertained while on vacation. What better way to travel than with our family’s Elf on the Shelf. Read along and enjoy the Smoky Mountain fun! More pictures will be available but this is a quick overview of our Elf’s Winter Vacation.
Tip: Snow pics with Elf included!!
Our Elf on the Shelf is named Honey. This might sound strange (especially for a boy elf) but our Elf’s mother always called him “Honey”. Name of endearment? Not really! Honey has family in the Honey Island Swamp area which is where we reside. What a great way to celebrate honey’s Bayou side of the family! Are you a Dolly Parton Fan? We know one special elf that is a HUGE elf size fan. What’s your favorite Dolly Parton song?
Honey and the Honey Island Swamp kids pose at the Tennessee rest area. Just a few more hours and they will arrive to the Smoky Mountains.
Before we checked into our Pigeon Forge hotel, we took the family to Ober Gatlingburg. Honey was one of the first guest (and Elf) at the attraction! Here he is waiting to ski with our attraction guests.
Do you enjoy ice skating? Honey watched as his Honey Island Swamp family enjoyed the ice rink. Ice skating is hard especially when you have no feet!
Here honey tikes a pose at the Guinness Record Museum in Gatlinburg. He misses Santa but he is enjoying his Smoky Mountain vacation. It is very cold and feels like the North Pole this week! Brrrr
Honey Island Swamp Family taking a picture in front of the Pigeon Forge Smoky Mountain sign. That mischievous elf photo bombed our picture!!
Have you ever been to the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge? Hollywood comes to life at this museum! Here Honey is posing with “Steven Spielberg”. This Elf on the Shelf is ready for ACTION!
Where is the Elf on the Shelf? Goofing around with Optimus Prime at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium. Very cool museum!! This interactive museums is 3 floors of nonstop interesting information and hand on children’s activities. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium felt like Santa’s play land to our Elf on the Shelf.
Here our Elf on the Shelf is sitting over 3500ft above elevation! He is enjoying the view from one of our most remarkable National Parks. Amazing view, isn’t it?
Honey, our Elf on the Shelf, found a snowbuddy today. Today the Smoky Mountain area feels like a winter wonderland compared the Honey Island Swamp. Ice Skating, Dolly Parton, even the spectacular views of the Smoky Mountain can’t compare to the family time he enjoyed with his Honey Island Swamp family. He may miss Santa but spending the holidays with his Bayou Family means more than all the hot chocolate and cookies in the world!
What are you looking forward to this Holiday Season?