November Events in Gatlinburg
November is filled to the brim with Gatlinburg attractions, some of which are slated to last until the following year. The most awaited is the Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ event which includes two well-loved Gatlinburg activities – the Kickoff and Chili Cook-off scheduled on the 7th and the Trolley Ride of Lights, lasting from the 7th of November until January 26th. During the Gatlinburg Winter Magic™ event, which will last from November 7 to February 28, the city of Gatlinburg will be lit up each and every night.
Other Gatlinburg events to look forward to in November are the Veterans Day Celebration (November 11), the Festival of Trees (November 20-24), the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community Holiday Show (November 20-30), the Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl (November 22-24), the Nutcracker “Sweet” (November 23-24), the Winter Magic Tunes & Tales (November 23-December 15), and the Great Smoky Christmas Arts & Crafts Show (November 26-December 2).
Gatlinburg November Event Listings
Autumn Colors in the Smokies
Autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a special time of year in Gatlinburg. The diversity of trees in the Smoky Mountains is just breathtaking. There are over 100 species of native trees that live in the Smokies, with the vast majority being deciduous. There are many beautiful spots including the Blue Ridge Parkway and Foothills Parkway East & West from which to enjoy the scenery.
Date(s): September 14 – November 7, 2012
Location: Various areas in Gatlinburg including state parks.
Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
Gatlinburg is celebrating October with an excellent festival featuring great Bavarian-style food, drink, and music. Ober Gatlinburg is known for its outdoor attractions including an Aerial Tramway, indoor ice skating rink, and Alpine Slide. Ober Gatlinburg’s newest attraction is the 4,600 square-foot Amaze‘n Maze that is perfect for all ages. This fall, enjoy great skiing, food and music at Oktoberfest.
Date: September 28 – November 4, 2012
Address:1001 Parkway, Suite 2, Gatlinburg TN 37738
Phone: (865) 436-5423
Winter Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff
Gatlinburg has a lot to offer in winter with its annual Magic Kickoff & Chili Cookoff. The cookoff will feature more than 20 restaurants, attractions, civic groups, retailers, banks, and public service agencies that will compete for a variety of awards including People’s Choice, Best Presentation, and Best Chili. Admission is free, but if you want a taste of what Gatlinburg chili has to offer, then you must purchase an $8 wristband.
Date(s): November 7, 2012
Location: Downtown Gatlinburg
Contact: (800) 568-4748
Veterans Day Celebration
Gatlinburg will extend a special thank you to the men and women who put service before themselves at the Gatlinburg Veterans Day Celebration. The popular admission-free event on Sunday, November 11 will be held at Ripley’s Aquarium. Activities will include acknowledgement of veterans, patriotic music, a military flyover, an American Bald Eagle presentation, and many more.
Date(s): November 11, 2012
Location: (Ripley’s Aquarium) 88 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Contact: (865) 430-8808
Festival of Trees
The Festival of Trees will take place at Gatlinburg’s W.L. Mills Conference center. Surrounded by twinkling lights and sounds, decorated trees, and handmade centerpieces and crafts, return to the joys of Celebrating Christmas in Gatlinburg. Benefits will support the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries.
Date(s): November 20 – November 24, 2012
Location: W.L. Mills Conference Center
Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl
Youth football teams will celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday by converging onto Mills Park for the 40th Annual Gatlinburg Thanksgiving Bowl. Teams will compete in nine age divisions (U6 through U12 and two U13 classes) during the three-day tournament. Registration fee is $500 per team, but that fee is waived if the team stays at one the event’s three host hotels in Gatlinburg. No gate fee will be charged to spectators for the weekend.
Location: (Mills Park) 1230 East Parkway Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Contact: (865) 654-4830
Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Show
Enjoy handcrafted arts and crafts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts and Crafts Community. The annual holiday show will take place at the Gatlinburg Convention Center, and admission is free. Everything featured in this craft show will be hand made with creativity and skill right here in the United States.
Date(s): November 22 – December 3, 2012
Contact: (800) 568-4748
Nutcracker “Sweet” Ballet
Enjoy the timeless Christmas-time ballet presented by the Great Smoky Mountain Dance Theatre. They are a non-profit organization that helps students get professional experience in dancing to prepare them to enter the dance workforce in forthcoming years. Shows begin at 7 pm and will be one that you don’t want to miss.
Date(s): November 23 – 24, 2012
Location: W.L. Mills Auditorium
Contact: (865) 680-7369