Festival of Christmas Past and Holiday Homecoming in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Festival of Christmas Past at Sugarlands Visitor Center in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Look out! Granny Franny has found the mistletoe! (Photo: NPS)

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosts two old-fashioned holiday events in December! The Festival of Christmas Past will be held Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, Tennessee. The Holiday Homecoming will be held Saturday, December 19, 2015 at Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, North Carolina.

Festival of Christmas Past @ Sugarlands Visitor Center
Saturday, December 12, 2015
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
There’s nothing like an old-fashioned Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration with traditional harp singing and holidays stories from long ago. In addition to live mountain music, your family will enjoy fun games and activities like apple cider pressing and make-your-own Christmas ornaments and wreaths. There will also be craft demonstrations of quilting, basket making, weaving and spinning. Don’t miss one of the short guided walks in the forest!

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#OptOutside in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Black Friday with 3 Ranger-led Hikes!

#OptOutside in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Black Friday with 3 Ranger-led Hikes! Explore some of the Smokies 800 miles of trails over the Thanksgiving Weekend with special guided hikes allowing you to learn more about the park’s cultural and natural resources in a fun way in the fresh air!


Adorable little backpackers at Clingmans Dome getting ready to hike the Appalachian Trail with their father.

Friday, November 27 @ 9:00 am
Cucumber Gap Trail in Elkmont – 4.8 miles roundtrip
Meet your Park Ranger guide at the Little River Trailhead in Elkmont at 9:00 a.m. for this easy hike through a magnificent cove hardwood forest along the river. Learn the interesting history of the Little River Logging Company during this 3-4 hour guided hike. For more information, call Suguarlands Visitor Center at 865-436-1291.

Friday, November 27 @ 10:00 am
Abrams Fall Trail in Cades Cove – 5 miles roundtrip
Meet your Park Ranger guide at the Abrams Falls Trailhead, halfway around the Cades Cove Loop Road at 10:00 a.m. This moderate-rated hike takes you to one of the National Park’s largest waterfalls. Join Park Rangers to learn about the 2,900 miles of streams in the park and their importance of making the National Park one of most biologically diverse places in the world. Program will last about 4 hours. For more information, call Cades Cove Visitor Center at 865-448-4104.

Friday, November 27 @ 10:00 am
Little Cataloochee Trail near Cataloochee – 5 miles roundtrip
This trail is rated moderate because of a few steep sections but mostly it follows an old roadbed to several old, historic homesites and the Little Cataloochee Church. Participants will meet at the parking area on the left just after entering Cataloochee Valley and follow your Park Ranger in your vehicle for five miles to the Little Cataloochee Trailhead. For more information, call the Oconaluftee Visitor Center at 828-497-1904.

Rangers, volunteers and Friends of the Smokies staff will be available the Park’s Visitor Centers throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend to provide information on how you and your family can enjoy all the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has to offer!

Don’t Miss Taste of the Holidays in Pigeon Forge Tuesday, December 8th

Not only does this fun event feature great food from Pigeon Forge’s best restaurants, it features some of the town’s most notable males in the Men’s Fashion Show where you get to vote on your favorite! Also enjoy the Annual Dignitary Auction with Mayor David Wear and friends at the Holiday Inn Convention Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 8, 2015.

Tickets are only $15 per person at can be purchased at Pigeon Forge City Hall, Library, and Special Events Office. Proceeds to benefit United  Way of Sevier County. The event is hosted by FORging Ahead in Pigeon FORge/Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association.

Wears Valley’s Give Thanks Dinner & Community Tree Lighting on November 24th!

Join the Wears Valley Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Cove Creek RV Resort for the very special Wears Valley’s Give Thanks Dinner. It’s only $10 for a traditional Thanksgiving Meal or to provide for a needy family in the community served by Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic.

  • There will be great music provided by DJ Jeff with Side-by-Side Entertainment and a Silent Auction with great items for the holidays.
  • And then at 7:15 gather around for the Community Tree Lighting which is the official kick-off for Christmas in beautiful Wears Valley.

For more information, visit online  at Wears Valley Chamber of Commerce or call 865-296-4779.


Thanksgiving Fireworks, Fantasy Princess & More at Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge!

Celebrate the holiday with Thanksgiving Fireworks, A Fantasy Princess & More at Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge on Thursday, November 26, 2015!


It’s a fun-filled day of all kinds of excitement at the Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge on Thanksgiving! The 4th Annual Fireworks Spectacular begins at 7:00 p.m. but come early because this year you’ll get to meet Titanic’s Fantasy Princess, the ethereal guardian of Titanic memories. She’ll be joined by Titanic’s Fabled Captain for rare photo opportunities on the ship’s bridge and in the Princess Room.

But that’s not all, kids of all ages will love the Action Heroes of Today parade event featuring some of our favorite super heroes from past and present.

Titanic’s Fantasy Princess will also be making special appearances throughout the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend! Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

For more information and tickets, visit Titanic Museum Attraction or call 800-381-7670.