Distinguished by its crisp climate, stunning fall foliage and variety of family-friendly attractions and activities, RiverStone Resort is surrounded by some of the top things to do in the Great Smoky Mountains this autumn. Immerse yourself in the beautiful surroundings of Pigeon Forge, a stunning vantage point from which to view the Smokies. This year, we’re thankful for our picturesque surroundings, a chance to discover the beauty of Pigeon Forge and for the opportunity to welcome each of you as you embark on a destination that offers a backdrop to be admired and endless opportunities for fun.
Whether you’re planning a romantic escape or are looking to spend some quality time with the entire family, RiverStone Resort promises that your trip, will be filled with charm. From the opportunity to get cozy near our crackling condo fireplaces to the chance to connect in our welcoming lobby, RiverStone Resort invites you to take advantage of a variety of comforts, both on-property and within easy reach. Go ahead: discover the great outdoors at your fingertips and take advantage of some of the most highly-acclaimed things to do in Pigeon Forge when you visit around Thanksgiving.
Top 10 Fall Attractions in Pigeon Forge Close to Thanksgiving:
- Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show
Looking for something special to bring back home? When you visit the Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center between November 24th and November 29th you’ll be able to browse from unique handcrafted gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community. As one of the country’s largest gatherings of independent artisans, Gatlinburg is home to an eight-mile arts and crafts loop, running along Route 321. Whether you’re in the market for intricate handmade quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms, hand-dipped candles, one-of-a-kind pottery or leather vests, you’ll find something to love at this Pigeon Forge craft show.
- Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees, Gatlinburg Convention Center W.L. Mills Conference Center
With Christmas just around the corner, there’s no better place than Pigeon Forge to get into the holiday spirit. Marked by endless cheer and surrounded by twinkling lights, pleasant scents and handmade craft items, Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees inspires holiday joy between November 25th and November 29th at WL Mills Conference Center. A hometown tradition spanning more than 30 years in the making, the Festival of Trees works to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, serving more than 1,600 local youth across Sevier Country. So now you can feel good and do good as you explore the craft area and take photos with Santa Claus!
- Sevierville’s Winterfest Kick Off: Music, Lights & Magic
Held from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on November 12th at the Sevierville Municipal Complex, this event draws nearly 8,000 locals and visitors alike to enjoy entertainment, food, games, fireworks and endless surprises. Immerse yourself in the season as you enjoy apple cider, cotton candy and other autumn-themed sweets provided by local businesses. Dance the day away with someone special to live music, be a spectator (or a participant) in a pie-eating contest with local celebrities, and let your children unleash their imagination in inflatable bounce attractions.
- Thanksgiving Fireworks at The Titanic
No, it’s not the 4th of July, it’s a Smoky Mountain tradition. Since its opening in 2010, the Titanic Museum attraction in Pigeon Forge has celebrated Thanksgiving with a spectacular display of fireworks for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The show kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving at the Titanic Museum. Not sure what to expect? The fireworks display is meant to honor the passengers and crew who sailed on the RMS Titanic, ushering in the Christmas season while spreading a message of hope and promise. But the holiday cheer doesn’t stop there! Another Titanic Museum tradition, falling snow, produced by a hidden machine will layer on a layer of fresh powdery snow for a kick-off to the holiday season you can’t find elsewhere.
- The Nutcracker “Sweet” Presented by the Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company
This holiday classic makes its home in Gatlinburg with performances on November 28th and 29th at 7:00 p.m. in the WL Mills Auditorium. The Smoky Mountain Dance Theater Company is a holiday experience everyone can enjoy: a two-act ballet noted for its stellar seasonal compositions, primarily during the Christmas and holiday season.
- Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival
Each and every year, thousands of locals and visitors alike visit the Smoky Mountain Convention Center to experience the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival, nestled in the heart of Pigeon Forge. In addition to an impressive musical line up, a family and kids show, and a variety of vendors for souvenirs for you to take back home, this is an event that you won’t want to miss. Explore a wonder that’s music to your ears while surrounded by the endless beauty of our surrounding area and stop by the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival from December 9th through December 12th.
- Veteran’s Day Celebration
On November 11th, join Gatlinburg in celebrating and saluting those who served in the Armed Forces. This celebration features a variety of musical numbers, words of tribute and much more near Ripley’s Aquarium Plaza. Pay homage to those who served bravely and give thanks for the sacrifices that they may have made on this very special day.
- Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas
Embark on a Christmas spectacular unlike any other as you gear up to get into the holiday season with a trip to Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas, a seven-time award winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, on display from November 7th through January 3rd. In addition to boasting nearly 4 million holiday lights, impeccable performances, and a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol and other holiday favorites, this event is also home to endless decorations, and more than 20 rides and attractions.