Calendar of Events

Ongoing Events in the Tennessee Smokies

Calendar: All dates and times are subject to change; please call ahead or go online before attending.

Many events listed on our website have been canceled or postponed due to the Covid-19 emergency. It is best to call ahead or check with organizer’s websites to verify the status of any local event.

Gatlinburg Chili Cookoff

Thursday, November 12 • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pmDowntown Gatlinburg

Offering mouth-watering recipes of homemade chili ranging from mild and delightful to wild and adventurous, the City of Gatlinburg hosts its annual Chili Cookoff on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Gatlinburg.

Participants in the Chili Cookoff will be competing for the coveted People’s Choice Award, Best Booth Presentation. While the street event is free, tickets for chili sampling are $10.

Winterfest Lights In Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg 2020

November 13 - February 15Pigeon Forge

Draped in more than 5 million lights, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg create a winter wonderland for locals and guests alike to enjoy during the annual Winterfest celebration. The lights of Winterfest shine from early November through the end of February.

The Winterfest lights are turned on November 13, 2020. Whether this is your first time to visit the Smoky Mountains, or you’re making a return trip, Winterfest is the perfect occasion to share special memories with family and friends.

Redneck Comedy Bus Christmas Lights Tour

Nov 13, Nov 14, Nov 19, Nov 20, Nov 21, Nov 26, Nov 27, Nov 28, Dec 3, Dec 4, Dec 5, Dec 10, Dec 11, Dec 12, Dec 17, Dec 18, Dec 19, Dec 26, Jan 2, Jan 9, Jan 16, Jan 23, Jan 30Pigeon Forge Parkway

Join the Redneck Comedy Bus Tour on their Smoky Mountain Christmas Lights Tour this holiday season in Pigeon Forge. Beware of merry rednecks and drunken’ reindeer aboard this fun-filled festive adventure. Dig out those tacky holiday sweaters, join in some rowdy Christmas carolin’ (Redneck style) & jingle all the way through Winterfest with newfound friends! This Tour Boards at Cooter’s Place Pigeon Forge 177 E Wears Valley Rd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 on select dates in November, December and January.

Great Smoky Mountain Food Truck Festival

November 14 - 15Little Arrow Outdoor Resort

This event has been rescheduled to 11/13-11/14. The Great Smoky Mountain Food Truck Festival brings together food, fun and the mountains for a weekend of fun. The festival will bring nearly 40 food trucks to the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort in Townsend. You’ll park at Smoky Mountain River Rat and be shuttled over to the Resort for a day by the river, complete with food, campfires, drinks and more.

November 13: VIP Night with food, drinks, entertainment by the Drift Boat Cowboys, a silent auction and more.November 14: 11 am- 7 pm: A day of fun by the river with 40 food trucks, swag packs included with each ticket, covered areas and campfires.

11th Annual Holiday Homecoming

Saturday, November 21Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Center

Sponsored by the Tennessee Art Commission and the Arts and Cultural Alliance and designed especially for families, this annual event includes self-guided tours, historic demonstrations, a special appearance by Santa Claus, musical performances throughout the day and the opportunity to make and take home holiday crafts

The Island Tree Lighting

Saturday, November 21The Island

Light up your holiday season with the Tree Lighting at The Island in Pigeon Forge during Winterfest. Bask in the glow of 40,000 ornaments, half a million lights and more than 5,000 feet of garland. On select dates you can also catch Santa Claus in his workshop at The Island. Check the breezeway behind the fountains!

Great Smoky Thanksgiving Arts & Crafts Show

November 24 - 29Gatlinburg Convention Center

Get a head start on your holiday shopping and enjoy dozens of booths featuring unique handcrafted gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Mountains Arts & Crafts Community. This annual event runs weekdays from 10 am-5 pm and Saturday & Sunday from 10 am-4 pm.

Gatlinburg, Winterfest

Fantasy Of Lights Christmas ParadeFriday, December 4 • 7:30 pmDowntown Gatlinburg

On December 4, 2020, the 45th Fantasy of Lights Parade will roll through Downtown Gatlinburg in celebration of the holiday season and the arrival of the man in the red suit himself, Santa Claus. The excitement begins at 7:30 p.m. where the parade will step-off from Baskins Creek Bypass on East Parkway, before spanning through Gatlinburg and ending at traffic light #10.

An award-winning celebration, the Fantasy of Lights Parade has delighted over 20,000,000 people from around the world and is poised to enchant once more with a parade lineup that includes marching bands from all over the east, large balloons, dancers, musicians, and much more.

Parade-goers are encouraged to arrive early to find a spot on the Parkway to watch the parade and to spread the festive cheer by wearing Santa hats.

Sevierville Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 5 • 11:00 am - 1:00 pmSevierville

Sevierville’s 58th annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 11-1 on December 5th. For more winter parades in the Smoky Mountains, check out Pigeon Forge Winterfest.

New Years Celebration At The Island

Thursday, December 31The Island

Ring in the New Year with us on The Island! After our widely successful event last year we are back BIGGER and BETTER with a night packed full of fun! Live music & plenty of family fun, plus attractions!! And what’s a New Year’s Celebration without a midnight countdown and fireworks? Its all brought to you FREE by The Island! The event kicks off at 10 pm so get there early to enjoy a full night of fun!