Celebrating Thanksgiving in the Great Smoky Mountains is on your calendar and we’re here to make it even greater with lots of events and activities to fill up your fall days in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
A hint of the upcoming holiday season is in the crisp air in the Smokies and you’ll want to take your family to some of these spectacular happenings, shows, displays and shopping stops over Thanksgiving weekend to kickstart the most wonderful time of the year!
Don’t feel like cooking at your cabin? These unique area restaurants are known to serve a spread that will make your family holiday extra special:
- The Seasons of Ober Loft & Lounge: In this winter wonderland, they’re known to host a Thanksgiving buffet. Located at 1001 Parkway Suite.
- The Park Grill: Make reservations for their special Thanksgiving menu at this venue located close to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Location: 1110 Parkway.
- Smoky Mountain Brewery: For the grownups looking to dress down and go non-traditional, hit this brewery for brews and chews in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge located at 1004 Parkway and 2530 Parkway.
- Calhoun’s: If you’re hankering for some true Tennessee barbecue over some tried-and-true turkey, try this local favorite located at 1004 Parkway.
- Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen: The Southern sweetheart is open for down-home Southern cooking on Thanksgiving Day, but reservations are filled fast. Located at 131 The Island Drive.
- The Old Mill Restaurant: Another Southern food staple, ready to serve you and save you some time and cleanup. Located at 164 Old Mill Ave.
- Mama’s Farmhouse: Take a seat at mama’s table for a hearty meal and their award-winning biscuits and banana pudding. Located at 208 Pickel St.
- Alamo Steakhouse: If you’d rather spare the turkey, slice into a juicy steak at this landmark steakhouse. Located at 705 East Parkway.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving! And to complete your Thanksgiving out-and-abouts, you’ll need to find the perfect place to check in. Condo-World offers just that, in all sizes for your Thanksgiving crew, in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.
Black Friday Shopping in the Smokies
For the die hard Christmas bargain shopper, there’s no need to give up your Black Friday shopping plans during stay in the Smokies; try these popular spots:
- The Island in Pigeon Forge: Shop more than 40 specialty stores outdoors, plus dining and entertainment stops located at 131 The Island Drive.
- Tanger Outlets: Countless stores await for you to check off your family’s wish list at this outlet center located in nearby Sevierville.
- The Mountain Mall: You will absolutely find that unique gift found nowhere else here within the 36 shops located at 611 Parkway Suite.
Events Over Thanksgiving Weekend
Titanic’s Spectacular Fireworks Display
November 26th at 7PM
2134 Parkway, Pigeon Forge
Thanksgiving night is the one and only day out of the year that you can catch the outdoors fireworks display at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge at 7 p.m. It’s the perfect way to start off the holidays with a bang!
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights
November 12 through December 30
Explore downtown Gatlinburg aboard a cozy trolley as you “Ooo!” and “Ahhh!” past allof the spectacular LED light displays that represent holiday scenes, plus Smoky Mountain landmarks and wildlife. Returning from 2019, the Ride of Lights now features a costumed storyteller as your guide, a complimentary cup of hot cocoa, and a special gift to thank all for celebrating the season.
Pigeon Forge Driving Tour of Lights
November 7 through January 2
More than 5 million lights are shining down on Pigeon Forge this time of year, making for a pretty sight to see when you’re driving along the Pigeon Forge Parkway. You’ll definitely get into the holiday spirit.
Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
November 24 through November 29
It’s time to start your Christmas shopping (and decorating) by picking up one of the unique handcrafted gifts at this annual show held at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Choose from quilts, baskets, jewelry, hand-dipped candles, pottery, paintings and more.
Gatlinburg Festival of Trees
November 25 through November 29
W.L. Mills Conference Center
This 46th annual favorite benefits the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and will bring the warmth of the holiday season into your heart. Not only are there countless Christmas trees donned in the season’s finest, of course, but also wreaths, a gingerbread house competition, a children’s craft and play area, ongoing live entertainment, and photos with Santa Claus.
Snow Tubing at Ober Gatlinburg
If you’re ready have a go in the snow, take the family to this snow sports headquarters starting in mid-November for snow tubing, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating and more. The ski area and amusement park is located at 1001 Parkway Suite. Learn more about Ober Gatlinburg.
Dollywood’s “Smoky Mountain Christmas”
November 7 through January 2
2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
This heartwarming Christmas tradition at Dollywood is guaranteed to become your family’s as well. Take in the millions of lights on display, shows and a winter wonderland with Dolly’s centerpiece 50-foot-tall Christmas tree.
Where to Stay
Pigeon Forge Cabins & Condo Rentals
Our one- through five-plus-bedroom cabins in Pigeon Forge are the ideal setting for a backdrop of the majestic Smoky Mountains. Choose from such luxury amenity options as hot tubs, pools, game rooms and theatres.
Gatlinburg Cabins & Condo Rentals
With beautiful views of the sky-high Smokies and the charm and appeal of the Great Outdoors, you can only add to the splendor with any of our luxury Gatlinburg cabins that offer spacious layouts, the comforts of home, and perks like pools, hot tubs, game rooms and theatre rooms.