November Events in the Smoky Mountains (2024)

Smoky Mountains in November

A list of upcoming events in the Smoky Mountains for November

November is an amazing time to visit the Smoky Mountains and the surrounding area. It’s the best time to visit if you want a front-row seat to the fall-winter transformation. Fall leaves tend to reach peak color during the first week of the month. A comfortable chill sets in around week two or three with a few sunny days sprinkled in throughout. And the local attractions follow suit as the entire town transitions into Winterfest. During Winterfest, the fall decor comes down, the winter lights go up, and local shows switch to holiday-themed performances.

Below, you will find a list of local events and attractions happening throughout the area. Our suggestions include Gatlinburg SkyLift Park’s Lights Over Gatlinburg celebration and Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. If you want to catch some live music, check out Ole Red’s, Ole Smoky’s at the Island and downtown Gatlinburg, Anakeesta, Hard Rock Cafe, and Puckett’s on select nights.

And hikers will enjoy our many popular trails like Laurel Falls which is open year-round and features beautiful waterfalls. If hiking isn’t your thing, you could instead take a scenic drive on the Cades Cove Loop Road and enjoy nature from the comfort of your car. Be sure to click on the “details” buttons below for additional information about each event.

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Maggie Valley are on the "other" side of the Smokies in North Carolina (photo by SeanPavonePhoto/
For “peak” fall color in the Smokies, visit in late October or early November (photo by SeanPavonePhoto/

If you’re a local attraction that would like to add an event to our calendar, please contact our editorial team.


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9 thoughts on “November Events in the Smoky Mountains (2024)”

  1. What day is the Christmas parade this year? Hopefully it won’t be rained out like last year.

  2. Planning on being in Gatlinburg Nov.9-13th. Have one attraction scheduled but what else is a must do that time of year?

  3. Our family will be staying in a cabin in Sevierville for the week of Thanksgiving November19 to November 26 and planning on visiting a few of the local attractions


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