Top things to do in November 2020 around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

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Guests ice skate at Wilderness at the Smokies (photo courtesy of Wilderness at the Smokies)

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If you are planning a trip to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in November 2020, check out this list of top things to do around Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. November is a great time to visit the Smokies. It is your last chance to catch a few fall colors before the town transforms into a winter festival of lights!

Cinnaholic in Pigeon Forge
Cinnaholic is now open in Pigeon Forge, Tenn (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

8. Try the new Cinnaholic restaurant in Pigeon Forge

Cinnaholic specializes in baked goods including brownies, cookies and of course their claim-to-fame, decadent cinnamon rolls. They will be opening at their brand-new Pigeon Forge location mid-November.

All of Cinnaholic’s products are fresh-baked and 100% vegan, dairy and lactose-free, egg-free and conveniently – cholesterol-free.

Cinnaholic is hosting its grand opening on Nov. 13, 2020. The grand opening hours will be from 11 am-9 pm. Cinnaholic is located at 2655 Teaster Lane, Ste 220 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Learn more on their website at

Billie Lafollette
Billie Lafollette performs at Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

7. Enjoy live music at Ole Red and Puckett’s

If you want to listen to some live country music, you’ve come to the right town.

Ole Red in Gatlinburg will be offering live music throughout the month of November. This month’s lineup includes Blake Esse, Sara Collins, Elijah Wise and more. Ole Red will also be featuring Battle of the Bands on select nights.

For the full schedule, visit their website.

Puckett’s in Pigeon Forge is another great way to enjoy some music. Enjoy some traditional Tennessee barbecue while listening to live music, available on most weekends. So far this month, Laura Lane, Stevie Woodward and Herrick are scheduled to perform.

To learn more about which artists will be visiting Puckett’s, visit their website.

Read More: November 2020: Upcoming events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville

Bryson City
The Polar Express departs from Bryson City, North Carolina, and will begin operating on Nov. 6, 2020 (photo by John Gullion/

6. Take a ride on the Polar Express

All aboard!

This round-trip passenger train excursion comes to life with a journey through the wilderness of North Carolina for a special visit to the “North Pole”.

Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. The train will arrive at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting to greet each child with a special gift from the story, their own silver sleigh bell.

The Polar Express ride will begin on Nov. 6, 2020 and run throughout the month. This train ride will be operating at a reduced capacity for the 2020 season. To learn more, visit

Lights Over Gatlinburg this year is set to offer even more lights (photo courtesy of Gatlinburg SkyLift Park)

5. Visit the Gatlinburg SkyBridge to see the lights (and discounts!)

From Nov. 2-8, 2020, locals in Sevier, Cocke, Knox, Jefferson, Blount and Hamblen Counties will get admission to SkyLift Park for just $5 per ticket.

Guests must present a valid ID or a current paystub showing proof of employment in Sevier County. The $5 rate for locals can only be purchased on-site at the SkyLift Park ticket window, not online.

Gatlinburg SkyLift Park is also beginning their Lights Over Gatlinburg event on Nov. 13, 2020. This year, SkyLift Park is bringing even more lights on the SkyBridge along with synchronized lights on the plaza areas and trees throughout the park.

Visit their website for more information.

Ice skating
Ice skating at Wilderness at the Smokies will kick off on Nov. 13, 2020 (stock photo)

4. Ice Skate at Wilderness at the Smokies

Back by popular demand, Wilderness at the Smokies is bringing back Ice Skating at the Wilderness starting Nov. 13, 2020. Guests can enjoy gliding across the custom ice rink, converted from the outdoor wave pool.

This event is free for hotel guests if they use code ICESKATE at the time of booking. Otherwise, at check-in, guests can purchase admission for $10 per person.

Ice skating at Wilderness at the Smokies is also available to the general public for $17.99 plus tax.

Enjoy discounts with special event days:

  • Heroes Week: Nov. 16- Nov. 20, 2020
  • Surrounding Counties Week: Nov. 30- Dec. 4, 2020

For more information about this event, visit their website.

Winterfest kicks off on Nov. 13, 2020 (photo by Morgan Overholt/

3. Enjoy Winterfest

Soon, the Smokies will be transforming into a winter wonderland during Winterfest.

Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and the rest of the Smoky Mountains will glow as five million Christmas lights brighten up the town in celebration of the season.

Winterfest is scheduled to kickoff on Nov. 13., 2020.

Anakeesta begins their Enchanted Winter event on Nov. 23, 2020 (photo by Morgan Overholt/

2. See the lights at Anakeesta

Anakeesta is one of the most beautiful places to visit in the Smokies. They will be open daily in November, including Thanksgiving Day.

Soon, Anakeesta will be twinkling in lights with their winter event, Enchanted Winter, which kicks off on Nov. 23, 2020.

Santa’s sleigh will be landing on select dates. It will be colder on the mountaintop, so dress accordingly. For more information, visit their website at

Glacier Ridge
Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood kicks off on Nov. 7, 2020 (photo submitted by Laura Akens)

1. Enjoy Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Dollywood will be closed during the first week of November as they prepare for their popular event, Smoky Mountain Christmas. Smoky Mountain Christmas kicks off on Nov. 7, 2020.

This festive tradition, presented by Humana, has been voted the best in America for over a decade, and is even better this season!

Experience the largest expansion ever featuring more lights, more shows and a brand-new themed area along with all the classics that have helped families from around the world make Dollywood their Christmas tradition year after year.

Dollywood will be closed on most Mondays and Tuesdays throughout November, with the exception of Tues., Nov. 24. Dollywood will also be closed on Thanksgiving.

Check Dollywood’s calendar for more information.

Thanksgiving in the Smokies

The Great Smoky Mountains can be crowded during the fall, especially during the week of Thanksgiving. If you plan to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner in the Smokies, be sure to plan ahead.

Read More: Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg 2020

What are your plans for this month? Let us know in the comments!

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