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Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge: Things To Do

Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge marks the start of many visitors' favorite time of year. There are plenty of events and things to do around the Smoky Mountain area at the beginning of the winter season, and we've compiled a list of our favorites to get you started. For more helpful guides, check out our favorite Thanksgiving recipes to get started on your holiday cooking, or take a look at the restaurants open on Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, and Sevierville. Also be sure to check out our fall and winter guides for more fun things to do.

See The Winterfest Lights

This is the perfect time of year to cruise down the parkway on a crisp fall evening and see the amazing Winterfest light displays in Pigeon Forge. From visitor favorites like the 12 Days Of Christmas to Smoky Mountain classics like the Old Mill display, these displays are amazing to see year after year. Check out our map on the Smoky Mountain Winter Guide.

Winterfest Lights

Rent A Big Cabin

What could be better than celebrating the Thanksgiving holidays surrounded by family & friends in a huge cabin nestled in the Smoky Mountains? These big cabins offer perfect accomodations for family trips: spacious kitchens, many bedrooms and bathrooms, game rooms, and even some indoor pools. Find and book your holiday getaway fast before everything is booked!

Big Cabins

Gatlinburg's Festival Of Trees

Surrounded by a Smoky Mountain winter wonderland, Gatlinburg's Festival of Trees is the perfect centerpiece to admire the twinkling lights and get in the holiday spirit. Take a walk through the beautifully decorated Christmas trees and enjoy the entertainment throughout the week. Don't forget to get your photo with Santa Claus!

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Thanksgiving Craft Show

Grab the family and head on out to the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show and experience unique handcrafted gifts made by members of Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. The show is hosted every year around Thanksgiving at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and proves to be a great resource for Christmas shopping.

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Play An Escape Room

Put your family's skills to the test with a Pigeon Forge escape room. Physical adventure games where players solve puzzles using clues, escape rooms are a great activity for any group. If you're planning on spending Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge, it's a great time to try one out. Be sure to book ahead as spots fill up quickly!

Escape Rooms