Gatlinburg in November

Average Temp - 61 Degrees

November in Gatlinburg means the end to fall, the start to winter, and a completely packed calendar of events. The temperature is starting to drop along with the leaves, but there is more to do than ever before. November is one of the busiest time of the year in Gatlinburg. While some fall activities are still available, the city is beginning to transition into its winter fun. As you plan your fall trip to the Smokies, consider these events:

Things to Do

Pumpkins and leaves in November

Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
Enjoy unlimited sampling of the best chili recipes from local businesses and restaurants for just $8 at the Winter Magic Kickoff and Chili Cookoff. There will be a hot chili eating contest along with competitions in different chili categories (Best Apron, Best Chili).

Gatlinburg Winter Magic
Over the years, lighted displays have charmed and amazed visitors to Gatlinburg. Today, the millions of all new LED lights brighten the city and provide an energy efficient way to celebrate the holidays. Dancing children, fountains, deer, sleighs, bears and snowmen are just a few of the festive displays.

Veterans Day Celebration
Gather with locals and visitors of Gatlinburg to celebrate and honor America's veterans at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies. America is blessed to have men and women who will sacrifice so much for our freedoms. Veteran's Day is just one day set aside to recognize those people. There will be beautiful music and inspirational words for those in attendance; veterans and their families will be recognized.

Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees is held in the W.L. Mills Conference Center at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. There will be dozens of Christmas trees decorated in different themes throughout the event and some of the proceeds will benefit the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries. Feel the spirit of the winter season as you enjoy sparkling lights and glittering ornaments.

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
Do your Christmas shopping early at the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Show hosted by the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. As the largest group of independent artisans in the country, this community offers unique, handcrafted goods and interesting demonstrations of their work.

Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl
Football is a staple in the South, and fall is the time for cheering and tailgating. The Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl is held at Mills Park in Gatlinburg. It brings in teams from Ohio, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. Stop by and cheer for your favorite team!

Nutcracker “Sweet”
Nothing says Christmas like the classic story of the Nutcracker. Join the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre for a wonderful night of music and dance. Call 865.680.7369 for more information.

Popular Attractions

Here are some attractions you may want to check out this month: