November 2021: Upcoming events in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville

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With so much to see and do in The Smokies – we thought it would be helpful to create this little round-up of upcoming local events throughout Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! For a complete events calendar, check out our events calendar page. Want to add your event to the list – contact us here.

Lights Over Gatlinburg at SkyLift Park

See the best views that Gatlinburg has to offer at SkyLift Park. This year, the park is wrapping the SkyBridge and SkyDeck with over 40,000 lights plus new decorations and features. If you’re visiting Gatlinburg anytime from November through January, don’t miss Lights Over Gatlinburg. For more information, visit the website.

Grains and Grits Spirits and Food Festival will be held at the Townsend Visitor Center (photo by

Grains and Grits Spirits and Food Festival

The Townsend Grains & Grits Festival is a festival of southern spirits and gourmet grub. It’s a unique opportunity to experience the local thriving craft spirits and gourmet food community while discovering some of the region’s legendary distillers and blenders. Enjoy live entertainment, savory bites and sweet treats from local restaurants. This event is rain or shine, age 21 and over event. No refunds. See the website for details.

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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Join Dollywood as they enter a season of thankfulness and observance. It’s a time to remember what is truly important and seek out the light that brings folks closer together. Bring the entire family to see the 5 million lights and holiday shows. Fireworks can be seen on select nights. Visit the website for more information.

Christmas Decor Titanic Museum Staircase

Titanic Christmas and Winter Celebration

This once-upon-a-time Edwardian Christmas will dazzle and amaze the entire family, from your arrival at the White Star Line boarding station to the moment you depart through the magical Holiday Gift Shoppe. During this special time of year, you can experience what it was like aboard the ship and how it might have looked on a Christmas voyage 109 years ago. Visit the website for more information.

Local Appreciation Days at Gatlinburg SkyLift Park

Residents of Sevier, Cocke, Knox, Jefferson, Blount and Hamblen Counties may bring an ID for a $5 ticket to the park. Sevier County employees may bring a paystub. This ticket can not be purchased online. For more information, visit the website.

Autumn at SkyLift Park

Come see the best autumn views that Gatlinburg has to offer at the SkyLift Park and SkyBridge. Grab those photo opportunities on the SkyDeck area. Warm up with a hot drink and enjoy the beautiful colors of the Smokies after conquering the SkyBridge. For more information, visit the website.

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Chili Cook-Off and Winterfest Kick-Off

Kick-off Winterfest in Gatlinburg and warm up with this yearly chili cook-off. Sponsored by Bush’s Beans, this event is fun and tasty for the entire family! Visit the Chamber website for details and updates.


Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and the rest of the Smoky Mountains will shine as five million lights glow in celebration of the season. Smoky Mountain Winterfest turns Pigeon Forge shows and theaters into special, seasonal experiences. Dates are subject to change.

  • Where: Sevier County, TN
  • Address: Sevier County
  • Date: Nov. 11, 2021 to mid-February 2022
  • When: Daily
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Polar Express Train Ride

The Polar Express™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is back in 2021. The 1¼ hour round-trip passenger excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests onboard enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Santa will board the ride and greet each child as he presents them with a special gift. For details, visit the website.

  • Where: Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
  • Address: 45 Mitchell St, Bryson City NC 28713
  • Date: Friday, Nov. 12, 2021-Friday, Dec. 31, 2021
  • When: Daily, check the website for prices, based on seating
Ice Skates
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Ice Skating at Wilderness at the Smokies

Wilderness at the Smokies will convert the 3,200 square foot portion of the outdoor wave pool into an ice skating rink. Music and holidays lights will add to the fun atmosphere. The admission fee is included with room rates if guests use the code ICESKATE at the time of booking. Guests may purchase admission for $12.99 per person if not purchased at the time their room reservation is made. The general public can purchase at the rink for $17.99, including skates. A DJ will be onsite Fridays and Saturdays beginning Nov. 12 from 7-10 pm. Visit the website for details and updates.

Log Bidgs, Wreath, Christmastime
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Holiday Handcrafters Fair

Come and celebrate the harvest, home and holidays with the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Snag that one-of-a-kind gift made from local crafters and get ready for the special season. Visit the website for more information.

WonderWorks Building Pigeon Forge
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WonderWorks Hosts Sensory Days 

WonderWorks is now hosting Sensory Days, in which WonderWorks’ exhibits are altered to provide limited stimulation for children with special needs. The facility’s music is lowered, any loud exhibit is not operational, and the inversion tunnel is stopped, creating a safe environment for kids to enjoy the facility without feeling overwhelmed. Visit the website for information.

Disclaimer: While we do our best to bring you the most up-to-date information, attractions or prices mentioned in this article may vary by season and are subject to change. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any mentioned business, and have not been reviewed or endorsed these entities. Contact us at for questions or comments.


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