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Forthcoming Fall Plans In The Smokies 2020

This last weekend was pretty interesting in Pigeon Forge as many hot rods and well-designed, custom-made cars drove into our side of the Smokies as we normally expect in mid-September. What makes it interesting, though, is that the official Pigeon Forge Rod Run 2020 is THIS weekend from September 17th to the 19th – there is only one September Rod Run scheduled for 2020 that hasn’t begun yet, but our Smoky Mountain visitors brought their cars, families and party materials anyway!

Now that’s the spirit of the Smoky Mountain guest, right there. That’s the appeal of our mountains and cities – we’re having a Rod Run come Houston or high water!

Additionally, there are more Fall time Smoky Mountain events that are still scheduled to go on and we’re going to showcase a few of the more immediately upcoming ones here:

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Dollywoods Harvest Festival
9/25/20 – 10/31/20

One of the most beautiful times of the year is autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains. With a colorful patchwork of orange, red, yellow and gold painted throughout the hills and valleys of East Tennessee, fall provides the perfect backdrop for festive family fun at Dollywood.

* Great Pumpkin LumiNights
The largest addition ever made to Dollywood’s fall festival, Great Pumpkin LumiNights features artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun. Numerous lighted pumpkin displays throughout the park will delight families looking for a new and unique tradition.

* Southern Gospel and Bluegrass Concerts
Dollywood park will be filled with the sounds of Southern Gospel and Bluegrass during the Harvest Festival. Over 800 concerts will be spread over ten stages, in addition to roaming concert-style performances throughout the park. Don’t miss the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ringing through the crisp air this fall at Dollywood.

* World-class Artisans
Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for your family to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!

See more information on these events at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/national-southern-gospel-harvest-celebration.

Chalkfest 2020 at The Island
9/26/20

Professional and aspiring chalk artists will gather at The Island in Pigeon Forge to adorn its concrete with colorful masterpieces made entirely with chalk during the annual Chalkfest. All artists, professional and aspiring, are invited to create a masterpiece. Registration is free and chalk and concrete are provided. If you prefer to just watch, come check out our four featured artists and be sure to vote for your favorite community piece!

See more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/chalkfest-at-the-island.

National Quartet Convention
9/27/20 – 10/3/20

Hear the finest in Southern gospel music when the National Quartet Convention returns to the LeConte Center at Pigeon Forge! Reserve your seats now for the National Quartet Convention.

See more information on this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/national-quartet-convention.

Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
10/3/20 – 10/4/20

Don’t miss out on the fun and excitement of the annual Fall Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament. This event is fun for adults, children, tourists, and locals. Over 5,000 trout will be stocked in over 20 miles of streams prior to this 2-day event and features $10,000 in cash & prizes!

See more information on this event at
https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/fall-smoky-mountain-trout-tournament.

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Oktoberfest at Ober Gatlinburg
9/25/20 – 11/1/20

OktOBERfest returns to its Gatlinburg-style roots with 38 days of merrymaking from September 25 through November 1, 2020 as the resort commemorates the 208th anniversary of the popular festival held in Munich, Germany. The Bavarian Fun Makers Band, in authentic costumes, will perform traditional Bavarian folk dances, schuhplattling, oompah music, sing-a-longs, yodels and more with daily shows and multiple performances every day during Oktoberfest. Special Oktoberfest Biers will be served along with traditional German wurst, schnitzel, sauerkraut, strudel, pretzels and more.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/oktoberfest-at-ober/12/.

Hands on Gatlinburg
10/2/20 – 10/4/20

The 2020 Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands. Take a look around your house and you’re likely to find a multitude of carefully orchestrated decorative pieces all telling the story of the personal character of your home. That beautiful, handmade vase you’ve been complimented on over 100 times. The intricately carved broom hanging on your mantlepiece constantly admired by visiting houseguests. What if those unique pieces weren’t just a compliment to your style, but a point of personal pride? Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host classes, providing guests with the chance to learn how to make their favorite crafts from the professionals themselves. An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the items they make and place them alongside their other coveted works of art.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/hands-on-gatlinburg/5/.

Ripley’s Fright Nights
10/2/20 – 11/1/20

Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Fright Nights happen every weekend in the month of October. This year the theme is Nostalgic Nightmare.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-fright-nights/18/.

Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair
10/8/20 – 10/25/20

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair hosts Artisans and Craftsmen from all over the nation. Two hundred booths with unique and one-of-a-kind handmade products, are beautifully displayed inside for your shopping pleasure. As these skilled craftspeople demonstrate their talents, you can witness works of art come to life. Each participant is subject to a rigorous jury process to ensure the uniqueness and quality of their respective products. All items represented are handmade and of utmost quality. Look for exceptional pottery pieces, painted artwork, molded leather, copper art, local candy makers, photography, and many more unique items.

The Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair October is the premier holiday shopping destination! We are your one-stop-shop for everyone on your list.

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-craftsmens-fair/52/.

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Tennessee Crafts Week & Hands On Gatlinburg

A surprise new event popped up in our info boxes over the weekend and we wanted to share it with you. From October 2nd to October 11th, 2020, Gatlinburg will be celebrating Tennessee Crafts Week and Hands On Gatlinburg back-to-back.

From their official event page:

“The 2020 Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend provides arts and crafts lovers the opportunity to own a beautifully crafted piece of artwork made with their very own hands.

Take a look around your house and you’re likely to find a multitude of carefully orchestrated decorative pieces all telling the story of the personal character of your home. That beautiful, handmade vase you’ve been complimented on over 100 times. The intricately carved broom hanging on your mantlepiece constantly admired by visiting houseguests. What if those unique pieces weren’t just a compliment to your style, but a point of personal pride?

Studios throughout the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community will host classes, providing guests with the chance to learn how to make their favorite crafts from the professionals themselves. An abundance of do-it-yourself style classwork will be offered, from knitting to pastels, painting, jewelry-making, watercolor, weaving, pottery, crochet, woodworking, soap-making and much more. Festivalgoers can keep the items they make and place them alongside their other coveted works of art. Hands-On Gatlinburg Arts & Crafts Weekend is October 2-4 and would make a great Christmas gift for the art lover in your life.”

See their official event page at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/hands-on-gatlinburg-20/.

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Halloween Events Coming Up in 2020

The main questions in the Smoky Mountain tourism industry this year have all revolved around what traditional special events will still be going on for 2020 and when. While indeed things will continue to be different this year for the next season with the iconic Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years event lined up one after another, those who come to the Smokies to celebrate those events specifically will still find we are indeed celebrating them!

For Halloween, as of September 1st, here are some events that locals and visitors can plan on enjoying.

* Great Pumpkin LumiNights *
Sep 25, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
Held at: Dollywood

“Great Pumpkin LumiNights is just one of the fun things to see and do at the annual Dollywood Harvest Festival presented by Humana. Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights features spectacular lighted pumpkin displays throughout the Dollywood park, which glow with the fire of fall. And this season’s event promises to be even more spectacular with artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and loads of fun for families to experience all throughout Timber Canyon.

Here is just a sampling of some of the fun family activities taking place at Dollywood’s Great Pumpkin LumiNights:

* Character Meet & Greet
* Master Carvers
* Glow Face Painting
* Specialty Foods”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/dollywood-great-pumpkin-luminights.

* Halloween Spooktacular Event *
Oct 29, 2020
Held at: Pigeon Forge Community Center

“Join the family-fun Spooktacular Halloween Event at the Pigeon Forge Community Center on the Thursday before Halloween. This free and non-scary event is a safe alternative for families to go Trick or Treating.”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/spooktacular-halloween-event.

* Ripley’s Fright Nights *
Oct 2, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020
Held at: Ripley’s Haunted Adventure

“Ripley’s Haunted Adventure Fright Nights happen every weekend in the month of October. This year the theme is Nostalgic Nightmare.

Reserve the Exclusive Package that includes the Fright Night VIP Couple Package PLUS a Meet & Greet, Photo with the Monsters and Front on the Line entry for Fright Nights! Limited Availability.”

See this event at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/ripleys-fright-nights/.

* Halloween Trick of Treat *
Oct 31, 2020
Held at: The Island in Pigeon Forge

“Step right up! Step right up! Join us for our annual Halloween Trick of Treat at The Island in Pigeon Forge.

Enjoy free Trick or Treating Halloween night at The Island In Pigeon Forge and unlimited rides for just $5 for those in costume. Watch live Bluegrass band, Midnight Run, from 5pm-11pm on the Ole Smoky Stage.”

See this event at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/event/halloween-trick-treat.

 

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Fudge Shops In The Smokies

Want to know what some of the most varied unsung heroes of Smoky Mountain tourism are? The fudge shoppes. From downtown Gatlinburg to midway through Sevierville, the main connected road has more than a few cocoa confectionery places with a variety of flavors to suit tastes, along with sugar-free fudge available at many of the stores. Most fudge that can be purchased come in candy stores that offer even more taste-tackular options for the sugar-craven.

Here are some fudge places to hop through listed here:

* Old Mill Candy Kitchen *
177 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(877)-653-6455
https://old-mill.com/

From their website:
“Appalachia has long been a haven for homemade candies. The Old Mill Candy Kitchen proudly carries on this regional tradition, with fudges, brittles, divinity, caramels, taffy, hand-dipped chocolates, and hard candies to satisfy every sweet tooth. From bubbling copper kettles cooking up brittle to our vintage taffy-wrapping machine, The Old Mill Candy Kitchen is filled with old-time candy-making fun. And we add a fresh twist with seasonal favorites and our own innovations like our famous Bear Paws. Stop by or shop online today!”

* Country Candy Kitchen *
3341 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-453-6006
http://countrycandykitchen.com/

From their website:
“See taffy being made daily in our stores (times vary somewhat). Choose your favorite flavors or grab a handful of assorted. The copper kettle fudge is our original recipe, and really is handmade in copper kettles. Choose assorted or your favorite flavor, a handy knife is included (Peanut Butters are not included in assortments). Marble slab homemade fudge is a new recipe and comes in 8 oz. slabs all the way up to 6 pound slabs. Great for parties and family get-togethers! Our hand-dipped chocolate candies come in an assortment of nut clusters, caramels, pecan turtles and jellies. A wonderful choice for gift giving or sampling.”

* Farmhouse Sweets *
3220 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 366-1283
https://farmhouse-sweets.business.site/

* Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen *
744 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
865-436-4886
https://www.olesmokycandykitchen.com/

* Fudge Shoppe Of The Smokies *
716 Parkway #114, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 430-5052
https://www.fudgeshoppeofthesmokies.com/

From their website:
“Fresh delicious fudge. Seasonal and year around programs. Low minimum orders. We combine sugar, pure cream, butter, corn syrup and the base flavoring to make each batch. For example, we use real imported Dutched Chocolate for the chocolate bases and pure natural vanilla extract for the vanilla bases. All the base ingredients are combined in a big copper pot and cooked until they reach the correct temperature. The base is then poured onto a marble slab and allowed to cool. After about 10 minutes of creaming air into the fudge it begins to get thick and its much harder to toss. That’s when we swap out the paddle for a small spatula and continue the creaming process. The final step is for you to come and enjoy some for yourself!”

* Kilwin’s Chocolates *
645 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(888) 454-5946
https://www.kilwins.com/

From their website:
“We at Kilwins always enjoy serving you the highest quality, best tasting products we possibly can. As we work through the recovery phase of the pandemic our caring store owners are doing their best to serve you. Each store is now open subject to that store’s specific needs, requirements and guidance from national, state, and local authorities. We continue our concern and support for those impacted by the pandemic with our number one concern being health and safety. Please call your local store or select the “Locations” link at the top of this page to find a Kilwins store near you for store hours or any questions you may have. Thank you very much for your patronage, which we really appreciate. We continue to do our very best.”

* Chocolate Monkey *
2631 Parkway #1, Pigeon Forge, TN 37862
(865) 366-3181
https://chocolate-monkey.business.site/

1001 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738
Located in Ober Gatlinburg
(865) 436-8244

* The Fudgery *
131 The Island Dr #3106, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
865-774-7800
http://www.fudgeryfudge.com/

* Big Rock Candy Kitchen *
131 The Island Dr, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865)-366-1701
https://islandinpigeonforge.com/poi/big-rocky-candy-kitchen/

From their website:
“Homemade sweets and treats made from scratch. Between salt water taffy, creamy fudge, crisp caramel apples, gourmet popcorn and gelato you are sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. Come on down, meet our friendly staff and taste the best candies in the Smokies! Free samples anyone?”

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All Pro Group’s Corporate Division

Welcome to All Pro Group! Since 1995, Jeff Schoenfield has worked in Sevier County, Tennessee real estate and has been committed to providing the most professional real estate service possible. From that time to today, All Pro Group has expanded its operations to include additional services and business branches that are designed to meet the same standard of quality and excellence that Jeff and his team of managers have been successful at exceeding since 1995.

All Pro Group includes:
* All Pro Realtors
* All Pro Property Management Services
* Wall Street Storage
* All Pro Storage

Dedicated to superb and professional service regardless of the business division, All Pro Group is proud to serve East Tennessee from our office in Sevierville, TN.

See more on All Pro Group’s Corporate Divisions at https://allprogroup.us/.

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Important Smoky Mountain Travel News – May 9th

As the state of Tennessee is beginning its first stages of re-opening tourism and general business, much is going in during this initial transition: some places have opened, some places are beginning to re-open and some places will not be opening for a bit. Additionally, some events have been rescheduled and some have been cancelled for this year entirely.

Due to the nature of slowly transitioning out of social distancing, information on what and when for re-opening is highly de-centralized at the moment, so we would like to help pass on current news for openings and other pertinent travel information coming up this month and further for travel preparation and consideration.

* Gatlinburg 4th of July Parade Has Been Cancelled *
From WBIR.com:

“Gatlinburg officials said the city’s Fourth of July parade is canceled for a second year in a row due to public health concerns. The city will plan new patriotic events for families who want to celebrate while following social distancing guidelines, officials said in a Tuesday press release.”

See full article by clicking here.

 

* Gatlinburg Release on Re-openings *
From gatlinburgtn.gov, dated April 29th, 2020:

“Safety precautions and sanitization procedures will be handled at all City facilities to help keep the community, residents, employees and visitors safe. All City facilities will be heavily sanitized during the phased reopening.

The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.”

The City has purchased foggers to help with sanitizing and disinfecting facilities and will regularly clean facilities to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19. Hand sanitizing stations will be placed in public lobby areas in City facilities as well.

Plans are also in place to install signage throughout the City in visible areas outlining CDC practices on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

On Friday, May 1, the McMahan/Parkway parking garage in downtown Gatlinburg will reopen, as will the public restrooms at the garage. The public restrooms located at the Gatlinburg Convention Center will also reopen.

Also on Friday, May 1, the Gatlinburg Golf Course clubhouse will reopen. The course has remained open for play during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Monday, May 4, the administrative offices located at Gatlinburg City Hall, including the City’s Finance Department, Building and Planning Department, Police Department and Fire Department, will reopen to the public. The administrative offices located at the Schilling Center, will also reopen on this date.

On Monday, May 18, all Gatlinburg City Parks – Mynatt Park, Mills Park and Herbert Holt Park – will open for public use. Upon initial opening, playgrounds and pavilions will remain closed at each park.

The Gatlinburg Community Center will also reopen to the public on May 18, with reduced operating hours and restrictions on the amount of patrons allowed in areas of the building. The Tone Zone portion of the building will be the only space open to the public, in accordance with the April 28 release of the Tennessee Pledge pertaining to gyms. Operating hours will be 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Anna Porter Public Library plans to reopen its facility in phases on Monday, May 18. The library will limit the number of patrons to 10 at a time through the end of May, and hold temporary operating hours of 10 a.m until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Staff will wear masks and gloves when interacting with the public and the public will be allowed to access computers for 30 minutes at a time, with social distancing practices applied. Desks will be sanitized after each use.

Rocky Top Sports World is actively following the guidelines and directions presented from the Governor’s office and CDC while coordinating with County and City offices. Because of the continued fluidity of the COVID19 situation, no opening date has been determined. Rocky Top Sports World is working diligently on events currently scheduled and continues to focus on venue cleanliness, safety and health.

The municipal parking garage located at Ripley’s Aquarium will be reopened at the same time as the Aquarium opens to the public. A resumption of Gatlinburg Trolley Services will be announced at a later date.”

* Pigeon Forge Local Business Opening Status *
The Mypigeonforge.com site hosts scheduled information in separate, downloadable files.

For Pigeon Forge attractions, click here:
For Pigeon Forge restaurants, click here:
For Pigeon Forge retail, click here:
For Pigeon Forge grocery store information, click here:

More information on Pigeon Forge’s re-openings, updated frequently, can be found at https://www.mypigeonforge.com/planning/travel-resources#business-closed.

 

* Sevierville Partial Re-opening of Parks and Recreations *
From https://www.seviervilletn.org:

“Sevierville city parks will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions, including:

* All playgrounds, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, and swimming pools remain closed indefinitely;

* Walking trails and tennis courts are open, social distancing of at least six feet will be enforced;

* Picnic shelters will be open, but groups must be less than ten persons;

* The PetSafe Dog Park is open, but each area (small dog and large dog) will be limited to less than ten persons and each person is limited to 45 minutes per visit; and

* Cemetery Park will be limited to less than ten people.

Some areas of the Sevierville Community Center will reopen on May 18, 2020 with certain restrictions. The gymnasium, swimming pool, locker rooms, and racquetball courts remain closed indefinitely. All children’s programs are suspended indefinitely.

The Bowling Center will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.”

See more details by clicking here.

 

As more significant information becomes available, we will post new information on our blog here. Thank you and stay safe!

Where To See Snow in the Smokies

Now that the Winter Holidays are done for another 10 months or so, we enter a quieter season of the other half of Winterfest in the Smokies. Don’t think that there isn’t anything worth coming to Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Wears Valley, though, with the special events no longer the big focus of the season, there are different things that these Winter months provide visitors and locals alike.

And the biggest one of them is snow.

Although we do often see some snowfall before January, and 2019 into 2020 showed us a little more snow than usual, our real season for snow doesn’t begin until after the near year begins. We see our biggest snowfalls in January, February and sometimes in March as well. We usually get at least one really good snowfall of several inches at once, good enough to close local schools for a week, but we don’t always know when we can expect that snowfall to come in. Therefore many people come to the Smokies wondering where they can see the snow, because it is possible for snow to come in with short notice while they are vacation, and there are major elevation differences where it is possible to see snow high in the mountains even when it’s reasonably mild on the parkway in Pigeon Forge.

Here are our recommendations of how to enjoy snow in the Smokies and where to find them:

Ober Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Snow
The first recommendations are sort of a cheat, but if you want to be as close to guaranteed snow-styled fun in the Smokies, Ober Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge Snow are the best places for them. The reason for this is they CREATE their own snow at their attraction establishments daily – Ober Gatlinburg from early-mid December to around the start of the March (give or take a week) and Pigeon Forge Snow all-year-round. Ober Gatlinburg creates snow so winter sports enthusiasts can get their snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing, ice skating and fill of more while Pigeon Forge Snow offers indoor snow tubing and a snow play area for the little’uns. And don’t forget the views you can see from the Ober Gatlinburg attraction and its gondola cars.

See Ober Gatlinburg at www.obergatlinburg.com and Pigeon Forge Snow at www.pigeonforgesnow.com.

Newfound Gap
Newfound Gap is also somewhat tricky as it comes with the caveat that, often, when there is snow, the National Park Service will close sections of the road for safety. That being said, because Newfound Gap is the road that goes straight into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, connecting Gatlinburg to Cherokee, even if the road is closed at the Sugarlands Visitors Center, you will still get quite a lot of gorgeous views of the snow covering the dense and lush surrounding forest – and the Visitors Center itself and the outdoor trails to it are usually open during snowfall as well. This author himself has hiked the nearby trail when 2 or more inches of snow had fallen and shut down much of the rest of the town. It was an extremely memorable experience.

See the Sugarlands Visitors Center at https://www.nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm.

Gatlinburg SkyLift and SkyBridge
The Gatlinburg SkyLift is one of the oldest attractions in town and has consistently provided decades of views and atmospheric wonder for Gatlinburg visitors. They have a much newer attraction and one that got national attention with the SkyBridge that was completed in 2019. The SkyBridge is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge on the continent and both the Lift and the Bridge will give you incredible views of snow-covered Smoky Mountains – some that were previously unable to obtain without a drone.

See more on the Gatlinburg SkyLift and SkyBridge at https://www.gatlinburgskylift.com.

Space Needle
Short of turning yourself into a bird, there is no better way to see the sights of Gatlinburg from the center of the city than the impossible-to-miss Space Needle. The Space Needle takes visitors over 400 feet above the ground of the downtown strip and allows for full 360 degree views of the city, the woods, the mountains and the peaks of the mountains as well as coin-operated super binocular stations that let you see incredibly close up on the city and those distant, white-covered peaks. Practically no visit to Gatlinburg is complete without going to the Gatlinburg Space Needle.

See more on the Gatlinburg Space Needle at https://www.gatlinburgspaceneedle.com/.

Christmas Attractions and Events in Gatlinburg

Looking for ways to enjoy the Christmas splendor for an upcoming trip to Gatlinburg? We’ve got you covered with holiday events right here as listed by Gatlinburg.com. Take a look and plan ahead!

SkyLift Park “Lights Over Gatlinburg”
November 26, 2019 – January 31, 2020

“The holidays are a special time in Gatlinburg, and this year there’s no better place to experience the magic than the SkyLift Park.

Join us as the SkyLift and SkyDeck become a celebration of the holidays with Christmas decorations and thousands of twinkling lights, and take in the best views in Gatlinburg as you gaze out over town and deep into the Smoky Mountains while warming up around the fire pit with a hot chocolate or cider.

Next, make your way up to the SkyBridge which will become even more incredible as it is transformed into a tunnel of vibrant lights stretching out across the mountain to create a holiday experience you’ll always remember.

Through Sunday, December 15, guests can save $4 on tickets purchased at the SkyLift Park by bringing a new toy to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains.”

See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/gatlinburg-skylift-park-lights-over-gatlinburg/.


Enchanted Winter Celebration at Anakeesta
November 26, 2019 – February 17, 2020

“Anakeesta transforms into a woodland winter wonderland! Make your winter vacation plans special this Season with twinkling lights, holiday sights, and warm cocoa around the fire – discover it all during Anakeesta’s Enchanted Winter celebration!

– Immerse yourself in an enchanting 1000′ tunnel of twinkling arctic lights as you stroll from Firefly Village to Vista Garden
– Enjoy whimsically decorated live Christmas trees at Vista Gardens and on the Parkway
– Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the beautiful display of holiday lights throughout Anakeesta
– Santa will be handing out treats and available for family holiday photos at Firefly Village November 29-30 and December 20-21 from 11 AM – 3 PM creating special memories with families and children
– Discover the perfect selfie spot at our giant Anakeesta Snow Globe where the beautiful Great Smoky Mountain National Park acts as a natural scenic backdrop
– Stroll along the Treetop Skywalk at night and immerse yourself in a – Forest of Firefly lights that every adult and child will want to experience
– Enjoy Winter food specials and hot drinks like our famous Wassail at Cliff Top Grill and Bar and Pearl’s Pie in the Sky
– Shop our quaint retail shops to find the perfect Holiday gifts you will want to share with friends and family
– Relax around the cozy fire pit at Firefly Village and enjoy the holiday lights
– And….when it snows in the mountains, Anakeesta is the very best spot to enjoy the views of fresh snowfall on the Mt. LeConte range.”

See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/enchanted-winter-celebration-at-anakeesta/.


Winter Smoky Mountain Tunes and Tales
November 29, 2019 – December 22, 2019

“Through the holiday season, visitors can meet characters and storytellers and enjoy caroling along the Parkway Friday and Saturday evenings during this annual event!

Winter Magic Tunes & Tales will once again present strolling Christmas entertainment on the streets of Gatlinburg, beginning the Friday/Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 29-30 from 5:00-9:30 pm, followed by performances again on Dec 6-7, 13-14, 20-21. Holiday music will fill the air with a sacred-secular mixture of Appalachia, Bluegrass, and Country. Visitors will also enjoy visiting with Santa’s Elves-Frosty-Rudolph, a little bit of history, humor and more! This interactive program is a Holiday favorite, staged against a backdrop of millions of lights….making it truly a Winter Magical experience in Gatlinburg!”

See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/winter-smoky-mountain-tunes-and-tales/.


New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show
December 31, 2019

“On Tuesday, December 31, Gatlinburg will ring in the new year under the cover of the iconic Gatlinburg Space Needle for it’s 33rd Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop and Fireworks Show. Since 1987, this family-friendly celebration has been one of the largest organized New Year’s Eve events in the nation, and this year’s end-of-the-year celebration will be a spectacular start of a new decade.

With live music, fabulous downtown celebrations and activities, the streets of Gatlinburg come alive to offer plenty of exciting ways to celebrate the last night of the year, all while leading up to a midnight firework show and ball drop at the base of the 400-foot Space Needle.

This year, the renowned Journey tribute band, Departure, joins the downtown celebration with an exciting live performance beginning at 10:30 pm. The party is adjacent to the Space Needle at 120 Historic Nature Trail.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to take advantage of the celebration specials offered by many Gatlinburg restaurants and businesses.”

See this article at https://www.gatlinburg.com/event/new-years-eve-ball-drop-and-fireworks-show/.

Restaurants Open For Thanksgiving 2019

The following is a list of restaurants that will be open tomorrow on Thanksgiving Day for 2019.

 

Alamo Steakhouse
(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
705 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, 37738

3050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.alamosteakhouse.com/

 

Applebee’s
(Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
5:00PM – 10:00PM

Address:
207 Collier Dr., Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.applebees.com/en/restaurants-sevierville-tn/207-collier-drive-75073

 

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant and Farmhouse Grill
(Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:30AM – 9:00PM

Address:
240 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN, 37862; 220 Apple Valley Road, Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.applewoodfarmhouserestaurant.com/

 

Atrium Pancakes
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
7:30AM – 2:00PM

Address:
432 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/Atrium-Pancakes-253286864003/


Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

(Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 9:00PM

Address:
714 River Road, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

2910 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.bennetts-bbq.com/

 

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria
(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
714 River Rd., Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

1820 Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37862

3053 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.bigdaddyspizzeria.net/

 

Blaine’s Grill & Bar
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 9:00PM

Address:
812 Parkway #105, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://blainesgatlinburg.com/

 

Calhoun’s
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:30AM – 10:00PM

Address:
2532 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://calhouns.com/menus-and-locations/gatlinburg/


Captain Jim’s Seafood Buffet

(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
12:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
3985 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
http://www.captainjimsseafoodbuffet.com/

 

Chesapeake’s
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:30AM – 10:00PM

Address:
437 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:
https://chesapeakes.com/locations/gatlinburg/

 

Cracker Barrel
(Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
6:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
2285 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

690 Winfield Dunn Parkway, Sevierville, TN

Website:
https://locations.crackerbarrel.com/tn/pigeon-forge/

 

Gaucho Urbano
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
1:00PM – 8:00PM

Address:
111 Valley Drive, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Website:
https://www.gauchourbano.com/


Golden Corral

(Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 7:30PM

Address:
3610 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

513 Winfield Dunn Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37876

Website:
https://www.goldencorral.com/locations/779/golden-corral-parkway/

 

Hard Rock Cafe
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 11:00PM

Address:
2050 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/pigeon-forge/

 

Holston’s Kitchen
(Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 6:30PM

Address:
639 Dolly Parton Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://holstonskitchen.com/

Iron Boar Saloon
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
104 Waldens Main St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://ironboarsaloon.com/


J.O.E. and Pop’s Sub Shoppe

(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
1244 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:
https://www.joeandpops.com/

 

Loco Burro
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
735 Parkway #1, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://kennedy-concepts.com/restaurants/loco-burro/

 

Mama’s Farmhouse
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
208 Pickel St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.mamasfarmhouse.com/

 

Mama’s Chicken Kitchen
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
1244 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:
https://www.mamaschickenkitchen.com/


Margaritaville

(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – Close

Address:
130 Island Dr., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://www.margaritavillepigeonforge.com/

 

Mel’s Diner
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
7:00AM to Midnight

Address:
119 Wears Valley Rd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Website:
https://www.margaritavillepigeonforge.com/

 

No Way Jose’s Cantina
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
12:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
104 Waldens Main St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://nowayjosescantina.com/

 

Old Mill Restaurant
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:30AM – 8:30PM

Address:
3341 Old Mill St., Pigeon Forge, TN, 37836

Website:
https://old-mill.com/the-old-mill-restaurant/


Ole Red Gatlinburg

(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
2:00PM – 8:00PM

Address:
511 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:
https://olered.com/gatlinburg/

 

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
131 The Island Drive #8101, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://pauladeensfamilykitchen.com/location/paula-deens-family-kitchen-at-the-island-in-pigeon-forge/

 

Pottery House Cafe and Grill
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:30AM – 8:30PM

Address:
3341 Old Mill St., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

Website:
https://old-mill.com/pottery-house-cafe-grill/

 

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant
(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 10:00PM

Address:
2480 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://puckettsgro.com/pigeonforge/


Reagan’s House of Pancakes

(Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
7:00AM – 12:30PM

Address:
2820 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://reaganshouseofpancakes.com/

 

Seasons of Ober Loft & Lounge
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 6:00PM

Address:
Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort, 1339 Ski Mountain Rd., Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://obergatlinburg.com/restaurants/

 

Shoney’s
(Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
6:00AM – 11:00PM

Address:
3885 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

339 Forks of the River Pkwy, Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.shoneys.com/

 

Steak N’ Shake
(Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
10:00AM – Midnight

Address:
1536 Parkway, Sevierville, TN, 37862

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/SteaknShakeSeviervilleTN/


Smoky Mountain Brewery

(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
12:00PM – 11:00PM

Address:
1004 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

Website:
https://smoky-mtn-brewery.com/locations-menus/pigeon-forge/

 

TGI Friday’s
(Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 10:00PM

Address:
959 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

2794 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN, 37863

1503 Parkway, Sevierville, TN 37862

Website:
https://locations.tgifridays.com/tn/sevierville/1503-parkway.html

 

The Melting Pot
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
4:00PM – 9:00PM

Address:
959 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://www.meltingpot.com/gatlinburg-tn/restaurant-menu.aspx


The Park Grill

(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:30AM – 9:00PM

Address:
1110 Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://parkgrillgatlinburg.com/

 

Three Jimmy’s
(Gatlinburg)

Hours of Holiday Operation:
11:00AM – 9:00PM

Address:
1359 East Parkway, Gatlinburg, TN, 37738

Website:
https://threejimmys.com/