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.
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!
Titanic's Thanksgiving Fireworks
The Titanic Thanksgiving fireworks display is a holiday tradition here in the Smoky Mountains. The 2018 event will start on Thanksgiving evening (November 22) and kick off the season with and explosion of lights and color, the perfect way to end the day of Thanksgiving festivities, or get the night started before Black Friday shopping!
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!
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.
Gatlinburg Trolley Ride Of Lights
A Smoky Mountain Winterfest experience you don't want to miss, Gatlinburg's Trolley Ride Of Lights will be happening this year from November 7 through January 26, 2019. For just $5 visitors can soak up the spirit of the season on a relaxing ride through downtown Gatlinburg while taking in some of the most fantastic light displays around.
Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
If you're planning on staying in the Smokies through the weekend after Thanksgiving, stop by Gatlinburg and catch Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales. This annual holiday event kicks off on Friday November 23, 2018 and lasts through late December. You will meet Appalachian characters & storytellers as you enjoy caroling along the Gatlinburg parkway.
Santa Saturdays at Red Roof
Continue your weekend in Pigeon Forge and get excited for the holiday season with Santa's first visit to Red Roof Inn & Suites this year. This award winning Santa Claus will be available for photos from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. You call (866) 708-8610 and dial option 0 for reservations.
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!