Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival

To fully embrace the fall season, the City of Gatlinburg is expanding Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival to 12 weeks beginning Friday, September 7 through Sunday, November 25, 2018. The extension of Harvest Festival offers visitors more time to plan a trip to the Smokies during the peak of the fall season.

“We could not live in a more picturesque area for viewing Fall color,” says Mark Adams, Gatlinburg CVB CEO/President. “We want to capitalize on the seasonal beauty by extending our Harvest Festival to the end of November thus giving visitors more opportunities to experience Autumn in the Smokies.”

Fall events will continue as in year’s past including the traditional Chili Cookoff on Wednesday, November 7. The Winter Fest lights will be turned on that night, but there will not be an “official” kickoff ceremony. The popular Trolley Ride of Lights will begin as scheduled on November 8 and run nightly through December 31, then continue only on weekends through the end of January.

As the temperatures drop, the festivities continue during Gatlinburg Winter Magic beginning November 30 running through the end of February. Traditional holiday events will run as scheduled including Festival of Trees on Thanksgiving weekend, Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Holiday Craft Shows, Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade, Winter Magic Tunes and Tales, Trolley Ride of Lights and New Year’s Eve Celebration.

Gatlinburg is rolling out all the stops with NEW seasonal decorations. Gatlinburg Harvest Festival will feature over the top fall decorations including new life-size, 3-dimensional Scarecrow people. Likewise, Gatlinburg Winter Magic will feature new decorations including very merry, life-sized Snow people that capture the magic of the season. For more information regarding Gatlinburg events visit

Looking for a special event or festival? Gatlinburg is the place to be. Whether you’re looking for arts and crafts shows, special concerts, food festivals, or holiday parades, Gatlinburg hosts a wide range of events in every season. Come join us for exciting celebrations throughout the year!S

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