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Fall Colors in the Smokies

October - Early November

The best time to see Smoky Mountain fall foliage is anywhere from mid-October to early November in the mid- and lower elevations. The landscape here is populated with sugar maples, hickories, sweetgum, scarlet oaks, red maples and nearly 100 other species of native trees.  We even have a nice view from the areas only private men's guest house.

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Townsend Grains & Grits Festival

November 7, 2020

6:00PM - 9:00PM

A festival to celebrate southern spirits and gourmet grub.  Experience some of the region's legendary distillers and blenders, taking place in the Smokies.  Enjoy savory bites and treats from local restaurants and food purveyors.


Gatlinburg Winter Chili Cookoff

November 12,2020

 Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Chili Cookoff presented by Bush’s Chili Beans on Thursday, November 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown. Festival-goers will enjoy free, live entertainment offered throughout the event.

The entertainment this year is Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute!

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Gatlinburg Winterfest Trolley Tour of Lights 

November 22 - January 25, 2020

 Visitors can soak up the spirit of Gatlinburg's Winter Magic season from the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley and the Winterfest Tour of Lights.  These whimsical tours take guests on a winter wonderland tour of the city to see the beauty of the holiday season throughout the Smoky Mountains.

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Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

11/7/20 - 01/02/21

Visit the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival at Dollywood to experience mountain music, holiday shows, 4 million dazzling lights, decorated trees, yummy goodies, parades & more!  

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Ober Gatlinburg Snow Tubing Season Begins

November 12, 2020

Due to the high demand for tubing and the large number of guests on Weekends & Holiday Periods, you may encounter a wait time of 2 or more hours via the Tramway or parking on the mountain. Please schedule your time to allow for delays to prevent missing your scheduled tubing session.

Tickets can be purchased Downtown at the Tramway Mall “Will Call” booth or at the Snow Tubing ticket office on the mountain, as well as online.

Sessions are 90 minutes each.

The “Magic Carpet” (outdoor escalator) takes you back to the top of the hill following each run … no hill climbing involved.

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Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

November 24 - 29, 2020

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.

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.


Christmas at Dolly Parton's Stampede

November 3, 2020 - January 2, 2021

Snow falls softly as the breathtaking scenes fill you with tidings of good cheer. The Stampede arena is magically transformed into a true fantasy land complete with twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, old-fashioned holiday costumes and familiar holiday music.

The live nativity scene is both dramatic and spectacular. The true meaning of Christmas comes alive right before your very eyes as three kings ride atop camels on their way to Bethlehem. The stunning beauty of angels ascending from above will amaze you as the songs inspire audience members of all ages.

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