25 Things Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge Makes us Thankful For


While leaves are turning colors and nature prepares to go into hibernation before the winter months, Pigeon Forge really comes to life! From pumpkin-filled windows to delectable harvest-time feasts, the Smoky Mountains area has plenty to be thankful for while you spend this heartwarming time of year with your family. Among the kaleidoscope of red, yellow, and orange, count your blessings with the very people that inspire this list as you relax on the back porch of your mountain cabin.

Bring your Thanksgiving gathering to one of our large group cabins in Pigeon Forge (no family member will want to say no to that!). This is the time of year to go back to your roots and remember how you got to where you are now in your life, so take it all the way back to warm moments in front of the fire and natural, crisp mountain air where there is plenty to be thankful for! We know you’ll have many more, but here are just 25 ideas to get you started. When you spend Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge – especially in a cozy Pigeon Forge cabin – there is plenty to to be thankful for!

  1. Sweater Weather
    The Smoky Mountain region boasts some of the best seasonal temperatures of the country, with cool autumn nights and sunny, warm afternoons.
  2. Delectable Delights
    There are numerous candy shops in Pigeon Forge where you can pick up your favorite sweet-tooth cravings!
  3. Morning Mountain Dew
    Wake up to magical, relaxing mountain mornings as the birds sing and the bugs chirp in the cool mist floating through the forestry in one of our Pigeon Forge, TN cabins for the most relaxing moments in months.
  4. Fireside Chats
    Cuddle up in front of your Pigeon Forge cabin’s stone fireplace for hot chocolate and soothing evenings after days of hiking and exploring in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
  5. Harvest-Time Hoedowns
    Pigeon Forge is home to some of the biggest and best celebrations in the fall like the Titanic Museum’s Annual Thanksgiving Fireworks extravaganza. There is something here for every enthusiast, so come celebrate the holidays!
  6. Cool Muscadine Wine in the Afternoon Sun
    Pick up some sweet fall wine at the Smoky Mountain Winery and pop open a bottle as you kick back and relax on the porch of your Pigeon Forge cabin before preparing an eventful feast in the fully loaded kitchen. A quiet night on the deck is certainly something to be thankful for.
  7. Apple Everything!
    From candy apples and warm apple ciders to cold apple-cider beers, Pigeon Forge has everything for the apple enthusiast! Hit up Applewood Farm for some apple julep while lounging in the cool fall air in the surrounding apple orchards.
  8. Fun Family Events
    Get ready for some holiday fun while visiting Dollywood for Smoky Mountain Christmas, or take advantage of the perfect fall weather and spend a day playing outside at Foxfire Mountain!
  9. Jaw-Dropping Mountain Views
    There is really nothing more relaxing during the stressful times of the holiday season than slowly rocking back and forth on the back porch of the cabin with miles and miles of mountain views in sight.
  10. Family Time Around the Dinner Table
    Don’t fret about running out of room for a large family get together! Reserve one of our large group cabins for tons of amenities and plenty of space this Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge!
  11. Bird’s Eye Views of the Autumn Mountains
    Hitch a ride on a helicopter for incredible, breathtaking views of the multicolored Smoky Mountains during this magical time of year.
  12. Pumpkin-and-Mum-Filled Shops
    Window shopping has never been more fun than during the fall while perusing the shops of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg filled with seasonal decorations that make you even more thankful you’re spending Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge.
  13. Getting Back to Nature
    Snap pictures and sneak glimpses of the last look at wildlife in Cades Cove before bears go into hibernation and birds fly away for winter.
  14. Quiet, Serene Streams Alongside Mountain Trails
    The Smoky Mountain region is home to hundreds of hiking trails, many alongside bubbling streams and comforting natural sounds of running waters such as Laurel Falls and Abrams Falls.
  15. Knee-Slapping, Laugh-Filled Dinner Shows
    Share laughs and excitement while cracking up and eating hearty meals at award-winning dinner shows like Dolly Parton’s Stampede in downtown Pigeon Forge.
  16. Cool Nights in Warm Hot Tubs
    So many of our Pigeon Forge cabins offer luxuriously relaxing hot tubs situated on peaceful back decks for the best unwinding you can get during the hectic holiday season.
  17. Oversized Desserts at Dollywood
    Sink your teeth into flavorful sweets as big as Dolly Parton’s personality while visiting Dollywood!
  18. Thanksgiving Feasts In Smoky Mountain Cabins
    Peruse the dining rooms of our cabins and find the best fit for your Thanksgiving dinner in Pigeon Forge this year. Whether it’s a small, intimate dinner with friends or a big hoopla with the relatives, we have Smoky Mountain cabins for every family!
  19. Horseback Riding Through the Mountains
    Listen to the streams soothingly calm your back-home worries as you tour the Smoky Mountains on the back of a beautiful horse. Cades Cove Stables offer numerous trail options, and their experienced horses and staff are a pleasure to work with!
  20. Christmas Kick-Off Like Never Before
    Yes, it is still Thanksgiving prep time, technically, but I know I am not the only one dragging out the Christmas lights to decorate right after Thanksgiving dinner. If you have never experienced Winterfest Kick-Off, make it out this year to feed into that Santa Claus anticipation and excitement!
  21. Millions Upon Millions of Holiday Lights
    The lights begin going up in early November, and it is truly an incredible sight to behold. Parade after parade ushers in millions of lights on floats, businesses get in the spirit, and roadside light tours are plentiful.
  22. Expansive Tennessee Skies
    The holidays got you a little frazzled already? Let the serenity of starry night skies and deep blue backdrops to fluffy white clouds ease your mind and center your soul before entering this hectic time of year.
  23. Scary Good Times Past Halloween
    This is for the folks who think Halloween is just as important as the other year-end holidays! Get your scares on at some of the area’s scariest haunted houses open 365 days a year!
  24. One-of-a-Kind Attractions
    From the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum to the Hollywood Star Cars Museum, there is an attraction for every unique or curious visitor to the Smoky Mountain area. Spend some time exploring Pigeon Forge and its many attractions!
  25. Distractions from Everyday Life
    Sometimes it is really nice to drown out the everyday noise with the sounds of cicadas in the woods around your Pigeon Forge cabin. There are a lot of things to be thankful for this year, especially family and friends. Bring everyone to late-night laughter and much-needed reconnection in the warmth of your own cabin for Thanksgiving in Pigeon Forge this year!