I'm still trying to figure out some good dates in November for us to go to Gatlinburg. I was wondering what the crowds are like the weekend before and week of Thanksgiving. I'm thinking about the 21st - 25th. That would be arriving the Saturday before Thanksgiving and leaving the day before Thanksgiving. I really don't want to be there on the weekend, (we usually take our trips Sunday through Thursday) but I'm having a hard time with the dates because of Dollywood's schedule, Winterfest kickoff (don't want to be there for that, but want to be there afterwards so the lights will be on) and a few other issues that are limiting my dates.