Voted America’s best Christmas Event for more than a decade, you will want to jingle all the way to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, a multi-event extravaganza all aglow with more than 6 million (yep, you heard right – six million) lights along with holiday-themed rides, attractions, and shows including Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, Dollywood’s special interpretation of the Dickens classic. It’s the perfect centerpiece of a holiday visit to the Smoky Mountains.
From November 7 to January 1, Dollywood is hosting festive holiday events that include Christmas superstars ranging from Santa to Rudolph to Ebenezer Scrooge. Here’s a sampling of what’s going on at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas:
See the Lights at the New Express Light Experience
If your family has a tradition of taking a Christmas Eve stroll around the neighborhood to see the Christmas lights, you can continue that tradition here – times a thousand. Each night of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, you can take a seat and enjoy the wonder of the season this classic train ride through the park.
Visit Glacier Ridge
Step into Wilderness Pass and Timber Canyon to hear the heartwarming story of a Christmas miracle: Icey weather has moved into the Smokies so that Polar bear can visit his cousin Black bear for the holidays. This cool blue lights create an icy winter wonderland.
See the Holiday Light! Fireworks
Every Friday and Saturday night this Christmas season you can enjoy a celebration of the season in the sky full of Christmas cheer! Fireworks ignite the sky with holiday classics your family can sing along to as they enjoy the show.
We guarantee you’ll feel like a kid again as you watch toys come to life, drop your Christmas wish list in the mailbox, or meet the big guy himself, all at Santa’s Workshop. Bring the camera and get ready to snap the perfect shot of your little one whispering his or her Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear.
Try the Holiday Sweet and Treats
Besides the amazing holiday decorations and lights, Dollywood proudly introduces holiday dishes and sweet treats during their Smoky Mountain Christmas celebrations that are sure to please! Don’t miss the Gingerbread Funnel Cake and the Pork Belly Skillet this year.
In Christmas in the Smokies a 14-member cast takes the stage to perform holiday favorites you will certainly want to sing along to. Other shows include Applachian Christmas, Candlelight Carolers, and Heart of the Holidays where Dolly’s family showcases songs from Dolly’s new Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas and shares stories of family and the warmth of the season.
After watching Dollywood’s top-notch productions, you’ll want to stop by and lend an ear to Pigeon Forge’s very own Kingdom Heirs as they sing soulful holiday gospel songs that you’ll find yourself humming long after the show’s over.
Keep in mind that hours vary during the winter season: View the complete event schedule before visiting.
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