The last few months of the year always bring a bustle of activity to the Smokies, which rewards visitors with beautiful colors all-around, from the bright reds and yellow of autumn to the atmospheric blues and silvers of winter. Events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville offer plenty to do, including light displays, arts and crafts, food, and music. Make your home away from home at one of our beautiful cabins in Gatlinburg and check out some of the events below.
Craft and Music Events in Gatlinburg
The Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community is fun to visit any time of year, but one of the highlights is the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts and Crafts Show at the Pigeon Forge Convention Center. This year, the show runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 1. Their Christmas show is the following week, running from Dec. 2-8.
November also features a number of gospel, country, and bluegrass concerts, like the 2019 Great Smokies Praisefest from Nov. 11-13. A great option to interact with musicians and storytellers is the Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales, an unusual take on the season. Christmas characters, carollers, and storytellers stroll the streets of Gatlinburg, bringing some laughs, great music, and a little history. The event runs on Friday and Saturday evenings from Nov. 29-Dec. 22.
Autumn and Christmas Events in Gatlinburg Bring Amazing Lights
Fall in the Smokies is also a great time to experience the attractions in Pigeon Forge, like Dollywood and Ober Gatlinburg, both of which celebrate all things autumn. Dollywood’s Harvest Festival includes plenty of autumn-themed decorations, food, and even glow-in-the-dark face painting. Great Pumpkin LumiNights is a great way to end a day at the park, with thousands of carved pumpkins lit up and arranged into spooky, silly, and artistic displays.
For those looking to enjoy a different side of Appalachian life, Dollywood also hosts the Southern Gospel Jubilee during the Harvest Festival, with multiple performances at the various theaters around the park. The park also hosts a large number of craftsmen, making it easy to buy your own fall-themed decorations. On Nov. 9, the focus shifts to Christmas, with the renowned light display and plenty of yuletide fun.
Meanwhile, OktOBERfest returns to Ober Gatlinburg for the tenth year in-a-row and, if you hurry, you can still enjoy it through Nov. 3. On Nov. 9, the Miss Winterfest Pageant turns the focus to the year’s colder months as ski season returns. On Nov. 22, over five million lights will be unveiled at the Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff, adding even more magic to the area. The weekend after Thanksgiving features the Festival of Trees, so you can admire the intricately dressed firs and be inspired for your own tree.
Autumn and Winter Are Better at Cabins in Gatlinburg
Save money on your autumn vacation when you hire a cabin as well, as many are much more affordable than you might imagine. Plus, each one has a full kitchen so you can cook a hearty breakfast or enjoy a meal together in the evening, saving you money from restaurant dining. Cabins in Gatlinburg also mean more space, cozy fireplaces, and bubbling hot tubs!