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Nov 01
Through
Nov 18
Autumn Color in the Smokies

Gatlinburg

The notion that peak color season in Great Smoky Mountains National Park happens in mid-October is a misconception. The marvelous colors of autumn actually light up the Smokies for seven weeks or more as the peak elevations move down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills.

Fall colors schedule by month in Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains

Autumn in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special time when a glorious leaf season of several weeks is enjoyed by visitors as fall colors travel down the mountainsides from the highest elevations to the foothills. The kaleidoscope of fall colors in the Smoky Mountains is magnificent and varied because of the amazing diversity of trees. Some 100 species of native trees live in the Smokies, the vast majority of which are deciduous. The timing of fall color change depends upon so many variables that the exact dates of “peak” season are impossible to predict in advance.

In the Smoky Mountains, autumn color displays above 4,000 feet start as early as mid-September with the turning of yellow birch, American beech, mountain maple, hobblebush, and pin cherry, clearly visible from such vantage points as Clingmans Dome Road.

The fall color display usually reaches peak at middle and lower elevations between mid-October and early November. This is the park’s most spectacular display as it includes such colorful trees as sugar maple, scarlet oak, sweetgum, red maple, and the hickories.

September

By the later stages of September, the right ingredients are beginning to emerge, the time when cooler temperatures and sunny days mix with some rainfall to bring on a spectacular autumn color display in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The timing of color change and leaf fall is primarily sparked by the calendar; that is, the increasing length of night. As days grow shorter and nights grow longer and cooler, chemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape with Nature’s autumn palette in the Smoky Mountains.

While the typical peak of fall leaf color is at the middle to lower elevations where the greatest diversity of trees live, emerging changes above 4,000 feet begin the parade of fall colors, which then moves down the mountainsides into the valleys of the Smoky Mountains. The high country is still predominantly green, but fall is coming.

Sourwood, dogwood, maple, sassafras and birch trees are the first to make the change, turning red, orange and yellow. At this point, there is just a hint of fall color change among those early autumn starters. Perhaps more notable now are the autumn wildflowers in the Smoky Mountains, including cardinal flower, black-eyed Susan, coreopsis, great blue lobelia, skunk goldenrod, southern harebell, ironweed, and a variety of asters, as well as the bright fruits on trees and shrubs such as hearts-a-bustin. September suggested scenic drives for seeing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains include: Parsons Branch Road, Newfound Gap Road and Clingmans Dome Road.

September’s suggested hikes for seeing the Smoky Mountains in autumn: Albright Grove and Sugarland Mountain Trail as well as high elevation hikes to Andrews Bald or Mt. LeConte would be time well spent.

Another colorful fall foliage opportunity includes a motor tour of the recently reopened Parson Branch Road, an eight-mile one-way narrow, low speed byway. The road provides motorists an opportunity to drive through a large area of mature second growth forest and experience the quiet and solitude a back-in-the-woods journey has to offer.

Early October

By the beginning of October, trees in the Smoky Mountains high country that are now showing bright fall colors are the yellows of American beech and yellow birch and different shades of reds on mountain ash, pin cherry and mountain maple. In the lower elevations, a few early color changing species such as sourwood and sumac are showing bright reds now, but are scattered. Some dogwoods and maples are beginning to turn different colors in some areas as well. Fall wildflowers such as goldenrod and asters are colorful throughout the park and some blueberry and blackberry shrubs are also changing color, as well as the Virginia creeper plant.

Bright golds and yellows of American beech, yellow birch, and yellow buckeye and different shades of reds on mountain ash, pin and black cherry and mountain maple are painting the landscape. The big rounded leaves of witch-hobble are showing fine displays of color ranging from yellow to red.

The majority of the deciduous forest at 4,000 feet elevation and below is still predominantly green, but now with splashes of color dotting the slopes. Sourwood and sumac are showing bright reds; some dogwoods and maples are turning different colors in some areas as well. Fall wildflowers such as mountain gentian, black cohosh, and goldenrod are colorful throughout the park and some blueberry and blackberry shrubs are also in color, as well as the Virginia creeper plant.

Because the Great Smoky Mountains provide a range of elevations between 875 and 6,643 feet in the Park with differing moisture conditions and habitats, many trees will still produce significant color as the Park moves into its peak autumn season. Recommendations: High elevation trails such as Sugarland Mountain Trail and Appalachian Trail, accessed at Clingmans Dome or Newfound Gap, would be good hikes for this time of year. Also, roads leading into the high country, including Newfound Gap Road, Heintooga Ridge Road, Foothills Parkway West and East, and Rich Mountain Road out of Cades Cove, are the best options for seeing fall colors in the Smoky Mountains.

Middle October

By mid-October at the lower elevations, fall color is nudging along. It is the sunny days and cooler nights that instigate the biochemical processes in the leaf to begin. The Park continues to experience very dry and warmer-than-normal conditions. These conditions will affect the timing, duration, and intensity of fall leaf season. The peak of color at the lower elevations is over a week away. In the valleys, black gum, dogwood, sumac, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are coming along on tulip tree, black walnut, birch, beech, and hickories. A few scattered maples and oaks are showing the first signs of fall colors in lower regions of the Smoky Mountains.

A succession of warm, sunny days and cool crisp, but not freezing nights will bring about the most spectacular color display. At this part of the autumn season, some areas of the Smoky Mountains are showing more reds throughout the landscape than in other years. This may be due to the fact that the pigment anthocyanin, which gives color to such familiar things as cranberries, red apples, and blueberries, is in high production because of drought conditions. Anthocyanin is produced in response to lots of light and excess plant sugars within leaf cells. The carotenoids which produce yellow, orange, and brown colors are present in the green leaf but begin showing after the chlorophyll breaks down.

As the leaf color increases, so does the number of autumn leaf peekers. While scenic drives are a good way to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains, taking to the trails is a wonderful way to enjoy the splendors of autumn.

Recommendations: Suggested easy to moderate rated hikes through hardwood forests include Lower Mount Cammerer, Baskins Creek Falls, Little River, Old Settlers and Porters Creeks Trails. For the more hardy outdoor enthusiasts hikes that provide scenic overlooks include Sugarlands Mountain, Low Gap, Appalachian, Mt. Sterling, and Goshen Prong Trails. Roads providing views of good displays of fall color are the Foothills Parkway segments on the east and west side of the Park; Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441) with its many scenic overlooks; Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail; Balsam Mountain Road; and Cove Creek Road.

Late October

As October begins to fade away up top, autumn colors at mid elevations, from 3,000-5,000 feet, are at or slightly past peak and are very impressive. Reds are more pronounced now than in recent years, especially on the North Carolina side of the park. Colors at the very highest elevations (above 5,500) are now past peak.

At the lower elevations of the Smoky Mountains, fall colors are quickly developing. The first frost of the season occurred this week in the low elevations, so the remaining leaves should begin to change color within a few days. Black gum, dogwood, sumacs, and sourwood trees continue to show vivid reds. Golds are present on tuliptree, black walnut, birch, beech, spicebush, and hickories. The peak of color at the lower elevations is still a few days away and will probably spill over into November.

It is not unusual for some autumn color to last through certainly the first week of November in the Smoky Mountains, but if weather cooperates autumn displays could last through mid-November as well.

While fall colors are past peak in the Smoky Mountains high country and many trees have already shed their leaves, a number of species of trees in the middle elevations are still showing color. Oak trees are just beginning to change color, although their hues are somewhat muted compared to maple, hickory, and other trees. Some pockets of green can still be seen at middle to lower elevations so there is still some new color to appear in these isolated areas if mild weather continues.

Recommendations: Good places to see fall colors in the Smoky Mountains include Newfound Gap Road from Alum Cave Trailhead to Kephart Prong Trailhead, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Foothills Parkway East & West, and Heintooga Ridge Road to Balsam Mountain Campground. Suggested hikes include Rich Mountain Loop, Chestnut Top Trail, Smokemont Loop, Kanati Fork, and Sutton Ridge Overlook (Lower Mt. Cammerer Trail).

Nov 01
Through
Dec 31
World’s Largest Lego Titanic

Pigeon Forge

A 10 year old boy from ICELAND had a dream to build the World’s Largest Titanic Model out of LEGO® BRICKS. It was a daunting, 11 month undertaking that resulted in the final product measuring 26ft x 5ft. His inspiring story has generated wide media where he shared his story in his own words. Now, following international acclaim, the Titanic Museum Attraction has this Titanic masterpiece built with LEGO® BRICKS on display for its USA debut, as an exclusive, featured attraction!

Check out the Titanic Museum’s Q&A session with Brynjar here.

Nov 01
Through
Nov 25
Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

The Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival is a 12 week celebration of the fall season. This year, it will begin on September 7th and extend through November 25th. Fall events will include a Chili Cookoff on Wednesday November 7th. The Winterfest lights will also be turned on that night, but there will not be a kickoff ceremony. Catch the Trolley Ride of Lights beginning on November 8th, running nightly through December 31st. Also, enjoy new seasonal decorations, including life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people.

We could not live in a more picturesque area for viewing Fall color. We want to capitalize on the seasonal beauty by extending our Harvest Festival to the end of November thus giving visitors more opportunities to experience Autumn in the Smokies.Mark Adams, Gatlinburg CVB CEO/President

Nov 01
Through
Nov 30
Titanic Honors All Military

Pigeon Forge

Entire Month of November – Complimentary Entrance.

Suggest Reservations as many days are sold out.

800-381-7670.

Nov 01
Through
Dec 31
Christmas At Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Pigeon Forge

Bring the family to experience Christmas at Dolly’s Stampede! Enjoy the spectacular Christmas performances that bring the spirit of the holiday season to life. The arena at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is magically transformed into a fantastic fantasy land filled with twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes and familiar holiday music. This amazing tribute will warm your heart and fill you with tidings of good cheer!

Watch as Elves from the North Pole and the South Pole take part in a friendly competition while a festive four-course feast is served. Christmas at Dolly’s Stampede also features a live nativity scene, where the true meaning of Christmas comes alive right before your eyes.

Make plans now to enjoy all the holiday fun and festivities taking place this year during Christmas at Dolly’s Stampede!

Nov 01
Through
Dec 31
Hatfield And Mccoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show

Pigeon Forge

Sometimes the holidays stir up family squabbles that even Santa Claus can’t prevent. And few Christmas shows deliver comedy, fun, and excitement that can compare to the Hatfield& McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Show. Watch as these two famously feuding families come together for an evening of holiday food, fun, and entertainment.

In this heartwarming and side-splitting performance, Ma McCoy and Pa Hatfield organize a truce in the spirit of the holiday season. Instead of shooting, there’s singing, dancing, joking and amazing stunts that will make your own family disputes seem a little less serious this Christmas season.

The whole family will get a kick out of the action-packed Christmas Disaster Show at the Hatfield & McCoy’s Dinner Theater, all while enjoying a full Southern-style Christmas feast.

Nov 01
Through
Dec 31
Christmas At The Smoky Mountain Opry

Pigeon Forge

Few holiday shows are as spectacular as Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater. Not only does this multi-million dollar production boast the largest living nativity scene in the area, there’s also beautiful choreography and aerial effects. Watch as angels and sugar plum fairies fly across the stage while elves dance around the reindeer and Santa Claus.

The whole family will delight in this first class Christmas show featuring an amazing cast of dancers, singers and comedians. It’s easy to see why this is one of the must-see holiday events in Pigeon Forge. After just one performance, it will become a Christmas family tradition you’ll enjoy year after year.

Nov 02
Through
Jan 06
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland

Sevierville

Enjoy a drive-through Christmas light show this winter at Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland. The lights will take place from dusk to 10 pm nightly at Smokies Stadium.

Additional attractions are available, including photos and visits with Santa, a petting zoo, pony rides and food vendors. Admission into Santa’s Workshop is free with admission to the light show.

Nov 06
Through
Feb 28
Smoky Mountain Winterfest

Pigeon Forge

29th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest CelebrationDraped in more than 5 million holiday lights, Pigeon Forge creates a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the city’s annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the end of February.From winter light displays to captivating holiday shows and so much more, here are just a few of the fun ways you can experience the delightful Smoky Mountain Winterfest Celebration.

Visit Dollywood to see more than 4 million lights shine during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, when the park is filled with holiday music, plenty of rides, a nightly Parade of Lights and much more to celebrate the season. Dollywood recently announced the addition of Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors, featuring new floats, specialty characters and songs. The park also adds a new show to its entertainment lineup with the stage production It’s a Wonderful Life.Old Mill Square features a light display depicting its own version of a covered bridge, one made of thousands of twinkling lights that lead to one of the most historic areas of Pigeon Forge. The Smoky Mountain Opry is decked out for the holiday season with giant trees, wreaths and more, all covered with sparkling lights. You might even catch Old Saint Nick making a rooftop delivery.There will be magic in the air Thanksgiving evening at 7pm when the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN, ignites the night in a glorious, live, outdoor special Thanksgiving Fireworks display to  kick-off the 2017 holiday season.  So, bring your cameras and get ready for some breathtaking photo opportunities with our Titanic “Fantasy” Princess, distinguished crew, holiday lights and the largest fireworks display of the year on the Smoky Mountain Parkway. To make the evening even more memorable, young ladies are encouraged to wear their princess costumes for a personal photo with our Fantasy Princess.

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede pulls out all the stops when it comes to decorating for the holidays. One of the highlights is their 60-foot-tall tree, adorned with colorful lights, ribbons and sparkling ornaments from the very bottom to the twinkling star on top. Another must-see is The Island in Pigeon Forge with all new decorations including approximately 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. Guests are treated to three new Christmas trees, including one that stands 40 feet tall and allows guests to walk through. Santa and Mrs. Claus greet guests at their new workshop while roving carolers fill the air with Christmas music.Christmas at Celebration! A Spectacular Dinner Show puts a new spin on the holidays with an all-new Christmas dinner and show. This year, it is Christmas in Timber Ridge and the competition is on to see which lumber camp family is the best at growing and supplying the best Christmas trees in all the land.And the best way to take in the beauty and splendor of all the light displays throughout Pigeon Forge is on the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights, which begins at the north end of the Parkway.Whether this is your first time to visit Pigeon Forge, or you’re making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.

Nov 07
Through
Jan 26
Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights

Gatlinburg

Trolly Tours will showcase beautiful Winterfest displays and Gatlinburg History from the comfort of an enclosed and heated trolly. Trolley times are at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30. Admission is $5.00 per person.

Nov 07
Through
Feb 28
Winterfest Driving Tour Of Lights

Pigeon Forge

Winterfest lights in Pigeon Forge shine from early November through the end of February. See more than 5 million shining Pigeon Forge holiday lights when you take the Winterfest Driving Tour of Lights!

Nov 10
Through
Jan 05
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana has been honored for ten consecutive years as the Best Christmas Event at any theme park worldwide. Wander through the park’s more than four million holiday lights, spectacular holiday performances and warm Christmas atmosphere, and it is easy to understand why.

From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors, to traditional holiday favorite performances like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas helps your family create memories to share for a lifetime. Guests can experience the fun enchantment of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends straight from the children’s holiday classic.

More than 20 of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions operate in a festive environment sure to get everyone into the spirit of the season. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of Christmas.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Show Schedule

 

Christmas in the SmokiesLocation: Celebrity Theater at Dollywood

Dollywood’s musical Christmas tradition features a 14-member cast performing hometown holiday favorites that celebrate the joy of the season.

It’s a Wonderful LifeLocation: Showstreet Palace Theater at Dollywood

Dollywood brings a Christmas classic to life. Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, audiences will love the newest addition to our Christmas season.

Appalachian ChristmasLocation: Back Porch Theater at Dollywood

Celebrate an acoustic Christmas at the Back Porch Theater with Appalachian Christmas.

‘Twas the Night Before ChristmasLocation: Pines Theater at Dollywood

A family finds its own Christmas miracle with the help of a mysterious, white-bearded stranger. Dancing mice, singing sailors and a young girl’s belief in Santa highlight this endearing tale.

O’Holy NightLocation: Valley Theater at Dollywood

A little girl looks for an angel, while three shepherds follow a star. In the end, they all find their way to the heart of the Christmas story.

 

More fun Dollywood Christmas events you won’t want to miss include:

Parade of Many ColorsTime: 8 p.m. nightly on operating daysLocation: Showstreet at Dollywood

Gather the family for the Parade of Many Colors at Dollywood. This exciting Dollywood parade features vibrant floats, interactive characters and even more surprises.

Meet Rudolph and His FriendsLocation: Craftsman’s Valley at DollywoodRudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the beloved Christmas tale, comes to life like never before during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Rudolph and his friends Clarice, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius, will be at Dollywood for some new and exciting games and experiences.

 

*Performance dates and information are subject to change without notice.

Nov 10
Through
Dec 31
Christmas At The Titanic

Pigeon Forge

Christmas at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge. Decorated in Edwardian period. Come see the grand staircase.

Christmas comes early to the Titanic Museum Attraction. Book your 2018 tickets now!

Nov 16
Light the Way 5k

Dollywood hosts the 5th Annual Light the way 5K through 4 million christmas lights inside Dollywood. Both runners and walkers are welcome to help benefit two amazing charities- Share It Forward and Keep Sevier Beautiful. Pre-Registration is required.

Nov 16
Through
Nov 17
Hearts on Fire

Pigeon Forge

The Hearts on Fire Youth Conference is a special event that attracts young people who want to celebrate their faith through music. The fun-filled weekend is full of energy that’s sure to deepen each attendees connection to the scripture.

This year’s lineup of musicians includes the HOF Praise Band and Roger Williams & the All Mixed-Up Quartet. Space for the event is limited. Attendees must register before the deadline to secure a ticket. Sizable church and bible study groups are encouraged to register early.

Event Contact Information

Hearts on Fire Ministries

865-776-2629

www.heartsonfireministries.org

Nov 16
Gene Watson Live

Pigeon Forge

This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. Gene Watson’s tally of 75 charted titles, 23 top-10 hits and 6 number-one records has led to membership in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Radio listeners are still transfixed whenever classics like “Farewell Party”, “Fourteen Carat Mind”, or “Love in the Hot Afternoon” are played. The depth of emotion in his singing, his brilliant phrasing, his jaw-dropping range and the power in the lyrics he chooses are all factors in the awe he inspires in both fans and his musical peers.

Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation Watson offers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business. His stunning voice captivates audiences and keeps his fans coming back again and again.

Nov 17
Titanic Painting With A Twist

Pigeon Forge

Painting with a Twist offers a unique experience for visitors. Bring friends or meet new people and enjoy appetizers, socializing, fun, wine (Bring your own) and painting! The class will be led by an instructor and reservations are required. Call 800-381-7670.

Nov 17
The Island Tree Lighting

Pigeon Forge

Get into the Christmas spirit at the Island on Saturday, November 17th. Enjoy visits with Santa Claus, a DJ with games and giveaways and performances from singers and dancers starting at 6 pm. At 7:30 pm, watch Paula Deen help to light the Christmas tree for the season.

Nov 19
Through
Dec 30
Comedy Barn Christmas Show

Pigeon Forge

If you like your Christmas holiday to be filled with fun and laughter, then the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge has just what you need! The Comedy Barn Christmas Show features the classic songs and characters everyone knows and loves, along with unique skits that will make you as jolly as Old Saint Nick!

This delightful Christmas performance combines popular acts from the past as well as new, never before seen performances that are sure to put you in the holiday spirit. There will also be a little bit of magic, live animals and crazy costumes, you’ll only see at the Comedy Barn. The Comedy Barn Christmas Show is a Smoky Mountain holiday tradition that your entire family will enjoy.

Nov 19
Through
Nov 20
Virtual Enterprises Southern Region Conference And Exhibition

Pigeon Forge

Virtual Enterprises International presents the 2018 Southern Region Conference and Exhibition and you don’t want to miss it! Over 1,500 people attended last year to see this competition amongst students over business plans and live competition. Join us this year to see who wins! Find more info at: https://veinternational.org/

Nov 20
Through
Nov 25
Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

Gatlinburg

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.

Craft show hours: Weekdays – 10am – 5pm, Friday and Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth.

Nov 20
Through
Nov 25
Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees

Gatlinburg

The 2018 Gatlinburg Festival of Trees will kick off on November 20th, with the Candy Canes and Cocktails Reception in the evening. Beginning Wednesday, November 21st, the festival will be open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM each day and additional activities will take place. There will be opportunities to eat breakfast and take photos with Santa Claus.

The festival will also feature a children’s craft area, play area, entertainment throughout the week, photos with Santa and beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths.

Proceeds from the Gatlinburg Festival of Trees 2018 will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and the Gatlinburg Chamber Foundation.

Nov 21
Through
Nov 24
Thanksgiving Bowl

Gatlinburg

Spend your 2018 Thanksgiving holiday amid the splendor of the Great Smoky Mountains, while participating in our 47th Annual Thanksgiving Bowl. In the last five years, our tournament hosted over 250 teams from twelve states competing in our three-day tournament.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to STAY and PLAY in Gatlinburg this Thanksgiving! Give us a call at 865-325-0044, email us at info@rockytopsportsworld.com, or visit our website RockyTopSportsWorld.com for more information on registration, lodging discounts, and family fun during your visit!

Nov 22
Titanic’s Thanksgiving Fireworks Celebration

Pigeon Forge

Shooting Stars, Superheroes on Parade

LIVE – Thursday, November 22 at 7:00 pm 

Comic book pop culture superheroes will be the superstars in this year’s live, annual Thanksgiving Fireworks Parade and explosive lightshow at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. This free, family outdoor event heralds the start of an exciting,  holiday season at the museum attraction, announces President, COO and co-owner, Mary Kellogg.

 UP, UP and AWAY!

“This year, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Captain Marvel, Nightwing, Spider Swen – Marvel  and DC Comic  Superhero favorites (with more to come) – will lead a spectacular Thanksgiving Night Parade outside our Pigeon Forge ship.  They’ll be here to delight and entertain fans – AND to light the fuse that will sets-off this year’s dazzling fireworks display,” exclaims Kellogg.

GREAT CYPTON!

It’s a little Comic-Con and a lot of ‘MARVELous’ originality all together for one glorious night.  Everybody is encouraged to come in costume, bring cameras, take selfies  with the Superheroes and be part of the show.

Inside and out, Titanic will sparkle with Edwardian Christmas decorations, a welcoming ship’s crew and an enchanting yuletide spirit of thanksgiving.

“While superheroes are purely fictional characters, I remind our young visitors that there were real, live heroes on Titanic – women and men who saved lives at the risk of their own.  I share with them – I believe there’s a superhero in all of us, ready to save the day when the time comes.” says Kellogg.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOU COME:

Titanic Thanksgiving Day Tours open from 9 am to 10pm/reservations suggested.

Free Outdoor Superheroes’ Parade kicks-off at 7 pm

Free fireworks display blasts-off following parade

Come in Superhero costume and be part of the celebration

Photo with Superheroes permitted and encouraged

Free parking

Visitors can purchase tickets to continue the yuletide celebration inside the Museum

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN opens daily at 9 a.m.  Advance reservations are strongly suggested for ship tour before or following the Thanksgiving fireworks display.

 

Nov 22
Thanksgiving Fireworks Parade

Pigeon Forge

There will be magic in the air Thanksgiving evening, November 22 when the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN, ignites the night in a glorious, live, outdoor special fireworks display to kick-off the 2018 holiday season.

Comic book pop culture superheroes will be the superstars in this year’s live, annual Thanksgiving Fireworks Parade and explosive fireworks display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. This free, family outdoor event heralds the start of an exciting holiday season at the museum attraction, announces President, COO and co-owner, Mary Kellogg.

Thanksgiving Day tours at the museum will be open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Free Outdoor Superheroes’ Parade kicks-off at 7 pm

Free fireworks display blasts-off following parade

Come in Superhero costume and be part of the celebration

Photo with Superheroes permitted and encouraged

Free parking

Nov 23
Through
Dec 22
Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales

Gatlinburg

Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 23-24 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on November 30 and December 1, 7-8, 14-15 and 21-22. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights….making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!

Nov 23
Townsend Grains & Grits Festival

The Townsend Grains and Grits Festival is a celebration of southern spirits and gourmet grub. We have created a unique opportunity for you to experience our thriving craft spirits and gourmet food community, while discovering some of the region’s legendary distillers and blenders, taking place in the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.

The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival provides an intimate sampling event, offering something for consumers, foodies, bartenders and spirit professionals alike.

Distillers that will be in attendance: Jeff Arnett with Jack Daniels Distillery, Nicole Austin of Cascade Hollow Distilling home of George Dickel Distillery, Keener Shanton with Old Forge Distillery, Greg Eidam with Sugarlands Distillery, Alex Castle with Old Dominick Distillery, Jason Franklin with Thunder Road Distillery, Jeff Pennington with Pennington’s Distilling Company, Heath Clark with H Clark Distillery, Andy Nelson with Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery, Billy Kaufman with Short Mountain Distillery, Lee Kennedy with Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Heath Frazier with Jug Creek Distillery, Bruce Boeko with Nashville Craft, Matt Cunningham with Old Glory Distilling Co., Randy Trentham with Southern Pride Distillery, Justin Cutler with Tenn South Distillery, Darrell Miller with Bootleggers Distillery, Tim Piersant with Chattanooga Whiskey, Eric Vance with Ole Smoky Distillery, Justin Holeman with Tennessee Legend Distillery, Jordan Ward with Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery, Stanton Webster with Post Modern Distillery, Tyler Crowell with Corsair Distillery, Phil Prichard with Prichard’s Distillery and Knox Whiskey Works.

Restaurants to Include: Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro, Old Mill Pottery House, RT Lodge, Miss Lily’s Catering, Flats and Taps Knoxville, Mama/Cru/Shucks, J.Q. Dickerson Salt Works, The Walnut Kitchen, Zambra Tapas & Rickard Ridge BBQ

Breweries to Include: Blount County Home Brewers & Sevier County Home Brewers

21 and over event… Rain or Shine…NO REFUNDS

Nov 25
Community Chorus Holiday Concert
Nov 26
Through
Dec 02
Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Gatlinburg

Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual Thanksgiving and Christmas show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Visit www.gatlinburgcrafts.com

The Gatlinburg Arts and Crafts Community is the nation’s largest organization of independent artisans makes its home in Gatlinburg and the 8-mile Arts and Crafts Loop along Route 321, Buckhorn Road and Glades Road. The Tennessee artists and craftspeople here create beautiful and useful things with techniques handed down for centuries. Find gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms with hand carved handles, exquisitely woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, Victorian ceramic pitchers, pottery, dulcimers, stuffed bears and leather vests. There is handmade jewelry unlike anything you’ll find in the malls back home. Painters capture scenes of landscapes and mountain life, while potters and weavers work magic with clay and cloth.

Nov 30
Through
Dec 02
Yama Con

Pigeon Forge

Yama-Con is an annual convention with an emphasis on Anime and the Japanese culture.

Dec 01
Breakfast or Brunch with Santa

A true fantasy for children, parents, grandparents and many others is to enjoy breakfast or brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus! This dream is possible and the place for this adventure to happen is at The Old Mill Square in Pigeon Forge. Make a lasting memory for your children and the whole family by enjoying a delicious brunch with Santa Claus himself!

Enjoy Breakfast or Brunch with Santa at Pottery House Café & Grille. Breakfast will be served from 8:15 to 9:30 and brunch from 10:00 to 11:15. Also, enjoy a fun filled Kid’s Craft Tent from 10 am to 2 pm. Call 865-406-6558 for reservations beginning November 2. Reservations required.

Dec 02
Townsend Christmas Parade

Enjoy the fun and festivities of the Christmas season at the Townsend Christmas Parade. The Parade will start at IGA and end at Nawger Nob Village.

Dec 03
Through
Dec 04
A Triumphant Christmas

Pigeon Forge

Join the award winning Triumphant Quartet at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Pigeon Forge on December 3 and 4 for A Triumphant Christmas. On Monday night, Tuesday morning and Tuesday night, enjoy a meal, concert and a bible study. This is a great way to kick off the Christmas season.

Dec 05
Through
Dec 08
Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival

Pigeon Forge

Jordan Entertainment presents the annual bluegrass festival at the Ramada Inn and Smoky Mountain Convention center, held during the second weekend in December in beautiful Pigeon Forge, TN. This Festival features the best in traditional bluegrass music, craft vendors, and holiday cheer! Hosted by Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, attendees will enjoy 4 days of traditional Bluegrass music and classic country.

Great Music acts return each year for this special event. Major bands include: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Goldwing Express, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Paul Williams & Victory Trio and more.

Bluegrass for holidays! Come join artists old and new for this one of a kind celebration of bluegrass during the holiday season.

Dec 07
Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade

Gatlinburg

43rd annual Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade on the Gatlinburg Parkway will be held on Friday, December 7th. Starting at 7:30pm at traffic light 1A on Hwy 321 (East Parkway) and travels to Hwy 441 (Main Parkway) and continues from light 3 to traffic light 10. The parade featured lighted floats, marching bands, equestrian units, giant balloons and Santa Claus!

Dec 08
Festival of Christmas Past

Join us to celebrate Christmas in the mountains with old-time music, harp singing, storytelling and reminiscing, craft demonstrations such as weaving, spinning, quilting, basket making, historic toys and games, and children’s activities.

Dec 09
Santa Hustle Smokies 5k & Half Marathon

Sevierville

It’s not just a race. It’s a magical experience. Come join the Santa Hustle magic on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at The Wilderness Resort.

The 5K run/walk will begin and end at The Wilderness at the Smokies Resort and Waterpark at 7:30 am. Participants will receive a Santa hat and beard, a performance hoodie and a 5K or Half Finisher medal. The top 3 male and female finishers in each age group for each race will receive a customized Santa Hustle medal. The top 3 overall males and females will receive a personalized award. An awards ceremony will take place after each race. There will be a post race party at the Wilderness outside in a heated tent. Runners will enjoy free milk and cookies, as well as holiday music.

Dec 14
The Nutcracker “Sweet” Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company

Pigeon Forge

Enjoy this classic holiday performance at Country Tonite Theatre. The performance will take place on December 14th.

Dec 28
Through
Dec 30
Strength To Stand Student Bible Conference

Pigeon Forge

The Strength to Stand Student Bible Conferences are designed to offer a well-balanced, intense conference that will challenge your students to go beyond the surface of casual Christianity.

Dec 31
Through
Jan 01
Gatlinburg - New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show

Gatlinburg

31st Annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show from the Space Needle on the Gatlinburg Parkway.

Dec 31
Kids “Noon Years Eve” at the Titanic Museum

Pigeon Forge

Calling all kids: The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge invites you ring in the new year at our Kids’ “Noon Year’s Eve” Celebration! Wear your pajamas on December 31 and meet us at noon on the Grand Staircase!

When: December 31st, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Recommended Age Group: 12 and younger

This year, kids can ring-in the New Year ahead of time at their very own “NOON”NEW YEAR’S EVE” celebration at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN on Sunday, December 31st, announces the Museum Attraction’s co-owner, Mary Kellogg.

“This rockin’ New Years Noon event will be a kid’s version of a grown-up’s midnight bash, complete with a Titanic Museum Tour, a visit with our own Mad Hatter character & other Story Book Characters, PLUS a countdown to an exciting Noon Balloon Drop,” explains Kellogg.

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN opens daily at 9 a.m. Reservations required for our Kids’ Noon Year Eve celebration. Tickets are available online or by phone at 800-381-7670.

Dec 31
The Island’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Pigeon Forge

Ring in the New Year with us on The Island! After our widely successful event last year we are back BIGGER and BETTER with a night packed full of fun! Live music & plenty of family fun, plus attractions!!

And what’s a New Year’s Celebration without a midnight countdown and fireworks? Its all brought to you FREE by The Island! The event kicks off at 10 pm so get there early to enjoy a full night of fun!

Where can you find more event information?

Visit The Island in Pigeon Forge New Years Event page.

Dec 31
Titanic Kids Noon New Years Eve Celebration

Pigeon Forge

The Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN invites you to Ring in the New Year at our First Ever Kids’ “Noon Year’s Eve” Celebration! Don’t forget the PJ’s!

This year, kids can ring-in the New Year ahead of time at their very own “Noon Year’s Eve” celebration at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN on Sunday, December 31st, announces the Museum Attraction’s co-owner, Mary Kellogg-Joslyn.

“This rockin’ New Years Noon event will be a kid’s version of a grown-up’s midnight bash, complete with a Titanic Museum Tour, a visit with our own Alice in Wonderland and Mad Hatter character, PLUS a countdown to an exciting Noon Year Balloon Drop,” explains Kellogg Joslyn.

More information about this event:

When: Sunday, December 31st 

Cost: $10 per child, age 12 and younger; $28.50 per adult

Dec 31
New Year’s Eve At The Smoky Mountain Opry

Pigeon Forge

Why not start the new year off seeing an award winning variety show, watching the ball drop from NYC Times Square and dancing to Chris Blue and a live band at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.?

The 2018 New Year’s Eve party at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater will start with the show “Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry”™ at 9 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. The holiday show features singers, dancers, ice skaters, aerialists, magicians and comedians. It has many special effects including laser lights and pyrotechnics and a live show band.

The theater will feature big screens inside the theater broadcasting the live feed ball drop in NYC Times Square. Also the party will include the area’s biggest midnight balloon drop and an after party in the theater. After the ball drop there will be a chance for guests to meet and greet the cast of the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry”™ show and dance with the live show band on the Opry stage.

Dec 31
New Year’s Eve Celebration At The Island

Pigeon Forge

Ring in the New Year with us on The Island! After our widely successful event last year we are back BIGGER and BETTER with a night packed full of fun, live music, plus attractions.And what’s a New Year’s Celebration without a midnight countdown and fireworks? Its all brought to you FREE by The Island.The event kicks off at 10 pm so get there early to enjoy a full night of fun. 

Jan 04
Through
Jan 06
Knoxville RV Show

Featuring the very latest makes and models of recreational vehicles from all the nation’s top manufacturers. The show will feature a huge parts and accessories exhibit, along with campgrounds, tow vehicles, and everything you may need for your next RV vacation.

Friday 10am - 7pm

Saturday 10am to 7pm

Sunday 10 am - 4pm

Adults $8.00

Kids Under 12 Free

Free Parking

Jan 25
Through
Jan 27
Resurrection Youth Conference

Pigeon Forge

Resurrection is an awesome annual event of worship and spiritual growth for youth and youth mentors. Each year over 12,000 come together in Pigeon Forge, TN, to celebrate the God of The Resurrection. Through inspirational words and music led by nationally-known speakers and musicians, young people encounter the Lord in new and deeper ways.Venue:

LeConte Center

Pigeon Forge, TNTheme:

Voices UnitedPrice:

$40 per person

Feb 16
Through
Feb 18
Make It Count Gymnastics Spectacular

Pigeon Forge

Join us for the 2018 MAKE IT COUNT GYMNASTICS SPECTACULAR! A spectacular event open to all JO Levels 1 – 10, JO and AAU Xcel Divisions Bronze – Diamond, AAU levels 1-5 and HUGS.Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Counts Spectacular will be an event you won’t soon forget partnered with the Dixie Stampede show. There will be live shows, great gymnastics and a family event like no other! The competition will be held at the LeConte Convention Center.  This is a meet, venue and event that will provide families, coaches and teams a great kick off to your Spring Competition season, but also an opportunity for some team bonding, relationship & friendship building and creating memories to last a lifetime.The 2018 MAKE IT COUNT SPECTACULAR will be a great event to bring your entire team and families to! Make a “weekend” out of this meet… you are sure to LOVE it!

Admission Prices

Adults: $15

Children 7-12yrs: $10

Children 6 & under: FREEWeekend pass:

​Adults: $25

Children 7-12yrs: $15

Children 6 & under: FREE

Feb 22
Through
Feb 24
Challenge Youth Conference

Pigeon Forge

The mission of CYC is to present a program utilizing solid and sound scriptural emphasis. In doing so we will neither go to the left nor to the right, but we will seek the middle path, striving to do as God has commanded. If this speaks to your needs and interests, we hope you will come and be a part of it and help us to accomplish this mission.

Mar 01
Through
Mar 03
Shabbach Youth Conference

Pigeon Forge

Shabbach Youth Conferences is where young people come together from all over the country for a high impact, spiritual weekend of worship, ministry, and fun. Shabbach is much more than games, worship, and speakers…It is a call to a generation to press forward to the amazing plan God has for their lives. It is a call to change the Nations. It is a call to Awakening. It is a call for Reformation and Revival. It is a Generation crying out for God’s presence, power, and purpose as we come together to say here we are Lord use me.

Mar 02
Chuck Wagon Cookoff Competition

Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge invites Western lifestyle enthusiasts, foodies and those in search of a hearty meal to the new Chuck Wagon Cook Off competition.

Chuck wagons will gather at Clabough’s Campground (405 Wears Valley Road) for this one-of-a-kind outdoor cooking event. Long before today’s food truck craze treated foodies to impromptu kitchens on wheels, early American chuck wagons fed hungry cowboys on the open prairies during cattle drives. Chuck wagon cooks, or cookies, as they are known, rely on simple ingredients to guide their menus and fire to power their ovens.

“Great food and the chance to observe and interact with our chuck wagon cooks makes our Pigeon Forge Chuck Wagon Cookoff not only unique but educational. Whether you’re in search of a delicious meal or want to learn more about the American West, the cookoff lets you get up-close and experience something extraordinary.”Leon Downey, Pigeon Forge Executive Director of Tourism

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Chuck wagon cook-offs aid in the preservation of cattle drive trail days as well as ensuring the authentic reproduction of the mobile kitchens. The competition includes cash prizes for most authentic wagon and awards in various food categories, including meat, potatoes, bread, beans and dessert. All food items must be prepared onsite and using ingredients provided to the cooking teams. Condiments may be used at the cook’s discretion. Prohibited ingredients are announced prior to the competition.

Mar 07
Through
Mar 09
Winter Carnival of Magic

Pigeon Forge

The Winter Carnival of Magic is hosted by IBM Ring 58. It is held early in March at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Each year the three day convention features several lectures, a dealer's room, a close up competition, a stage competition and two evening shows.

Mar 11
Through
Mar 17
North American Country Music Association International (nacmai)

Pigeon Forge

Fans of all ages that enjoy country, gospel, and bluegrass won’t want to miss the North America Country Music Association, Annual Country Music Week at the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge. This year’s Hall Of Fame show is sure to be an event you won’t want to miss!

Mar 15
Through
Mar 16
Spring Corvette Expo 2019

Pigeon Forge

The Corvette Expo in Pigeon Forge, TN is March 15-16, 2019. The expo will feature events including a Corvette Cruise, Swap Meet, Horsepower and Hotrods, Sales Corral, Park N’ Show, a Judged Competition Show and more. The event will be held at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge.

Mar 20
Through
Mar 23
A Mountain Quiltfest™

Pigeon Forge

25TH ANNUAL A MOUNTAIN QUILTFEST™

Celebrate the art and heritage of quilting at the 25th Annual A Mountain Quiltfest™. Quilters from all around will come together in Pigeon Forge for this ultimate quilting event. A Mountain Quiltfest 2019 is a five-day long event spanning from March 20th through the 23rd.  Quilters have the opportunity to attend classes that are based on skill level and technique. There will also be a quilt show that displays a variety of quilts for your viewing pleasure.

Quilters can choose between different categories from which they can enter their quilts to compete. The winners will go home with some great prizes!

Be sure to check out the vendors’ booths for a variety of quilting necessities and unique accessories.

Click here for entry guidelines.

Click here for 2019 Mountain Heritage Challenge information.

Click here for 2019 Themed Quilt Category Information.

Mar 20
Through
Mar 23
Ponies In The Smokies 2019

Sevierville

Join us for the Ponies in the Smokies 2019 car show with 108,000 square feet of indoor vendors and special displays. Come and enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains and kick off the car show season right.

We have several options available for registering your Pony for our event!

If you only wish to participate in the Friday car show & Saturday cruise in, you just need to purchase option number 1, the “outdoor show field ticket”. This is $30 dollars and gets you access to the car show on Friday and the cruise in on Saturday as well as three extra general admission tickets will be provided for guests. Show field spots will be limited to around 600, so don’t hesitate, register now! Once they are gone, they are gone!

If you also wish to participate in the Shine run on Wednesday & Thursday, you will need to purchase a “shine run ticket”. This is $20 dollars and gets you your “shine run” card so you can participate. If you choose not to buy a ticket for the car show or the car show is sold out, you may still purchase a shine run ticket. This ticket will also come with general admission tickets and will gain you free access into Saturday’s cruise in.

If you wish to only participate in the cruise in on Saturday there will be a $10 entry fee due at the gate. This will include entry for car and driver. All extra passengers will be $5 each. Kids 12 and under are free.

Please Note: All show field & shine run tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Mar 23
Jimbo Whaley & Friends Annual Concert

Pigeon Forge

14TH ANNUAL JIMBO WHALEY AND FRIENDS

Saturday, March 23, 2019Time:

Concert starts at 7 pm

Doors open at 6 pmVenue:

Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN

Apr 04
Through
Apr 05
Pentecostal Fire Youth Conference

Pigeon Forge

The Pentecostal Fire Youth Conference is a two day annual gathering of young people meant to provide fellowship & promote holy, victorious Christian living and Holy Ghost empowerment to today’s youth. There is no registration so everyone is welcome to just show up and join in.

Apr 10
Through
Apr 13
Bronco Super Celebration

We hope you can join us in the Great Smoky Mountains this April for the annual Bronco Super Celebration! Our events are designed to be more than just a show! We have organized family-friendly events, both at the showgrounds and in the area, throughout the weekend. There will be games and contests for the kids, organized sightseeing drives, and much more. There is no better way to have fun with your Bronco or Ford Truck!

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Apr 11
Through
Apr 13
Spring Rod Run 2019

Pigeon Forge

A spectacular 3 day event for any car enthusiast! $10,00.00 cash giveaway, Top 25 Awards, Ultimate 5 Awards and King of the Hill. Huge swap meet with hundreds of showcars and car corral.

Join the many automotive enthusiasts and come on out to the Pigeon Forge Rod Run, the area’s largest automotive event! The Rod Show will be returning to its original location at The LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge. The newly renovated location will allow for even more show cars, vendors and entertainment. Don’t miss this incredible event!