November 2015 Holidays and Events

  This Ober Gatlinburg festival features Bavarian-style food, bier garten, music and live entertainment through early November, with daily shows and multiple shows each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. (865) 436-5423

Gene Watson & Jeannie Seely in Concert:
  Presented by First Class Concerts and held at Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge.  8 p.m. show.  For advance ticket purchase and seating and accessibility information, call (865) 453-2003.  Visit for a full schedule of 2015 celebrity concerts in Pigeon Forge.

7-January 3, 2016
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas:
  A Christmas Festival like no other!  Christmas lights, the sounds of the season and park parade create a winter wonderland not to be missed.  Head to Pigeon Forge for traditional Christmas shows, a nightly Parade of Lights, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, a Carol of Trees and more to fill you with holiday spirit and celebrate the reason for the season.

Chimney Tops & Elkmont Classic Hike of the Smokies:
  Friends of the Smokies guided hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee.  Led by author and hiking expert Danny Bernstein, this full-day hike will feature the Trails Forever project, views and history, and highlight the Trails Forever Program.  The moderate hike is 4 miles with a 1,300 ft. ascent.  To support the Smokies Trails Forever program, a donation of $10 for members and $35 for non-members is requested. Non-members receive a complimentary 1-year membership to Friends of the Smokies on their first hike and members who bring a friend may hike for free.  Contact Anna Lee Zanetti at or call (828) 452-0720 to register.

Veterans Day Celebration:
  Join the City of Gatlinburg in saluting the men and women of America who have served in our Armed Forces in this special ceremony on Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. This 11th annual program begins at 11 a.m. and includes stirring musical tributes, ceremonial words and recognition of Veterans in attendance. 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.  (800) 568-4748

Gatlinburg Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff:  The City of Gatlinburg kicks off Gatlinburg Winter Magic from 5 to 8 p.m. on the downtown Parkway with live entertainment and over three million lights. Purchase a spoon to sample chili recipes from local restaurants and businesses and vote for your favorite.  (800) 568-4748

11-February 28, 2016
Gatlinburg Winter Magic:
  The City of Gatlinburg magically lights up the winter nights with dozens of spectacular light displays, featuring all LED bulbs.

11-December 30
Gatlinburg Winter Magic Trolley Ride of Lights:
  Enjoy a guided trolley tour of Gatlinburg Winter Magic lighting displays. Departure is from the Ripley’s Aquarium Trolley Station. Trolley leaves at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.  Group reservations are available. Visit  to book your seats in advance.

24-December 6
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Thanksgiving and Holiday Craft Show:
  Unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community are offered as they host their annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center.  Visit to see some of the local arts you just might find at the show!

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you and yours have a blessed day filled with lots of love.

The Nutcracker “Sweet”:
  Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company, enjoy this holiday classic presented in Gatlinburg, with performances at 7 p.m. in the W.L. Mills Auditorium.  Call (865) 680- 7369 for ticket information.