November is one of the best times to visit Gatlinburg. As the holiday season rapidly approaches, the Smoky Mountains are known for a range of fantastic special events that are certain to get everyone in the holiday spirit. If you are looking to take a trip to the Smokies this holiday season, here is a list of some great events going on in November.
This month Gatlinburg is officially kicking off it’s annual Winterfest. The event gets to a great start with it’s old-fashioned chili cookoff. Come downtown to see the holiday lights turn on for the holiday season on November 8th and sample some of the area’s best chili recipes. The event also hosts live music from local groups. The event is free, but if you want to participate in the chili tasting, there is a fee of $10 for a tasting ticket.
Do you love Christmas lights? If so, you have to check out how we do it in Gatlinburg. Gatlinburg is literally transformed into a magical winter wonderland with over 3 million LED lights throughout the city. Want to see the lights in comfort? Enjoy a Trolley Ride for only $5 and you will be able to see all the displays in a wonderful guided tour format. The Trolley Ride of Lights is one of the most popular events taking place this month so it is a good idea to reserve your tickets for this excursion in advance.
From November 22nd through 27th, the Gatlinburg Convention Center is transformed into a whimsical festival of trees of all shapes and sizes. The event is for a good cause, raising money for the Boys & Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains and is guaranteed to get anyone into the holiday spirit. In addition to the beautiful trees, there are also a lot of great activities, including the opportunity to take a photo with the big guy in the red suit himself!