November 2017 Things to Do in Sevier County TN
Mornings and nights are getting colder, but the month of November still offers perfect weather for a fall getaway in East Tennessee. While the last of the fall colors welcome you to the area early in the month, by mid-month we’re kicking off the holidays with Winterfest celebrations that will usher in Thanksgiving and beg for Christmas shortly thereafter. While October may gain its ‘fame’ for changing of the leaves, November proudly plays both autumn and winter with a bounty of seasonal events!
Pigeon Forge Christmas Shows: Most shows and dinner theaters begin their Christmas productions on November 1 and continue through New Year’s Eve. Confirm operating schedules and show times with your chosen theatre. Christmas shows are offered by Country Tonite, Smoky Mountain Opry, Comedy Barn, and Sweet Fanny Adams. Christmas Dinner Shows include Hatfields & McCoys, Dixie Stampede and Biblical Times.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland: Every night rain or shine – including holidays – it’s a Christmas Lights spectacular at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium in Kodak. From dusk to 10 p.m., take a driving tour of synchronous Christmas lights set to Christmas music. Santa’s Village with inflatables, Santa, and snack bar. Weekends are extremely busy, so a visit Monday-Thursday will help you avoid long lines. See Shadrack’s online for specific dates, offerings and pricing.
4-January 1, 2018
Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration: Dolly’s entire theme park will be filled with Christmas lights, music and holiday themed entertainment through New Years Day. Again this year, you’ll get to enjoy Dolly’s Parade of Many Colors on Showstreet at 8 p.m. each evening and the “It’s a Wonderful Life” production. Santa Land is open through December 23. Experience a winter wonderland and holiday celebration like no other at Dollywood. (800) 365-5996
Sevierville Smoky Mountain Winterfest Kickoff: This event kicks off the countywide Winterfest Celebration that brings fun and festivities to the Sevierville City Center on Dolly Parton Parkway from 3-10 p.m. You don’t want to miss this! (888) 766-5948
6-Febrary 28, 2018
Smoky Mountain Winterfest: The Winter Festival is the start of the holiday season and lasts through the end of February with special Christmas show productions, Christmas light displays from Sevierville all the way through Gatlinburg, trolley light tours, and some of the best shopping around!
28th Annual Pigeon Forge Winterfest Kickoff: A celebration of winter in the Smokies begins at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge at 5 p.m. with live musical entertainment and Christmas light displays. Winterfest lights will stay up until February 28, 2108. (800) 251-9100
7-February 28, 2018
Self-Guided Winterfest Lights Tour: The Pigeon Forge Trolley office at Patriot Park will provide maps with light display locations so that you can enjoy all the Christmas lights at your leisure.
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff: The 28th annual party takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on the downtown Parkway with a Chili Cookoff and sampling, live entertainment and millions of Christmas lights. (800) 568-4748
8-January 31, 2018
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights: The guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic Christmas light displays at kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and offers tours through January 31 every evening at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m., departing from Ripley’s Plaza. Tickets are $5. Confirm tour dates and hours, and purchase tickets online.
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Old Mill Square Holiday Open House: Visit Old Mill Square from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for a just start on Thanksgiving and Christmas gift items and decorations, and to sample foods that will likely find a special place on your holiday dinner menus. (865) 428-0771
Veterans Day Weekend Cruise In: Visit The Diner in Sevierville for a patriotic event with a focus on honoring the commitment and sacrifices of Veterans. Music by Gary’s Sound Machine. $10 puts you in drawings for $25 (2) & $50 (2), free beverage with meal purchase, merchandise discounts, Trophies for Best of Show, The Diner Pick, The Diner Rats Big Cheese, and Most Patriotic. Event takes place 4-9 p.m. The Diner is a locally owned, one of a kind American diner located on Winnfield Dunn Parkway nears Lowe’s Home Improvement.
Veterans Day Celebration: The City of Gatlinburg, join by locals and visitors, salutes and celebrates the women and men of America who have served in our Armed Forces during this special Veterans Day ceremony on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This 17th annual program begins at 11 a.m. and is free to attend. This event is designated an official Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day by the Veterans Day National Committee, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
The Bellamy Brothers in Concert: First Class Concerts presents Howard and David Bellamy – celebrating 40 years! – at Country Tonite Theatre for a 8 p.m. show For advance ticket purchase and seating, call (865) 453-2003.
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving & Christmas Craft Shows: Two of the year’s most celebrated winter holidays bring back-to-back craft shows to downtown Gatlinburg at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Meet members of the Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Community as they gather together to demonstrate their skills and showcase their creations, offering you a unique holiday shopping experience.
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Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees – Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at the downtown Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. Presented by Gatlinburg Hilton Garden Inn to benefit Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains. (800) 568-4748. http://www.gatlinburgfestivaloftrees.com/events.html
Happy Thanksgiving! May your family be blessed and find Joy in abundance this holiday season.
Free Fireworks at the Titanic: Head to the Titanic Museum and find a spot their parking lot for their 5th Annual Thanksgiving Fireworks Event beginning at 7 p.m.
Tree Lighting at The Island: Festivities take place at The Island from 7-9 p.m. and include live entertainment, lots of shopping, a tree lighting ceremony and special appearances by Paula Deen and Santa.
Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales: Enjoy Christmas entertainment along the Parkway of downtown Gatlinburg with strolling performers, holiday music, and visits with Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, and Santa’s Elves. Performances are from 5-9:30 p.m. December performance dates include December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
Upcoming December Events:
Gatlinburg Fantasy of Lights Parade
Sevierville Christmas Parade
The Island’s New Years Eve