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Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas

Posted by Leif Palmer in Pigeon Forge

This week, the cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are getting their respective annual Winterfest celebrations off to a start with special events that, in part, showcase each town's unique light displays. And at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, they're doing the same thing during their annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festival.

Running now through January 3, 2016, this two-month-long celebration sees Dollywood transformed into a winter wonderland thanks to millions of colorful, twinkling lights adorning structures and trees throughout each of the park's sections. In fact, they started putting the lights up months ago so they could have them all in place in time for Smoky Mountain Christmas's November 7 festival kick-off.

One of the unique aspects of Smoky Mountain Christmas is that the stages of Dollywood's many theaters and music venues feature special holiday-themed shows instead of the usual lineup of country, gospel and bluegrass acts. Highlights include Dollywood's A Christmas Carol, an original musical adaptation of the classic Dickens tale, as well as Christmas in the Smokies, Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs, O Holy Night, Appalachian Christmas and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, to name a few.

Families will also enjoy other special Christmas-themed experiences, such as getting to meet Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and his friends at Rudolph's Holly Jolly Junction. Meanwhile, the Timber Canyon Festival of Lights features thousands of lights blinking in synchronicity with holiday music to create a seasonal symphony for the senses. And every night, the park's Parade of Lights wraps up the day with brightly lit Christmas floats meandering their way throughout the park.

At Santa's Workshop in Celebration Hall, you'll find a giant toy store, where larger-than-life toys greet guests and invite them to engage with interactive activities like looking through a giant ViewMaster and visiting with Santa.

However, a lot of what you've come to know and love about Dollywood will still be taking place during Smoky Mountain Christmas. For example, many of the roller coasters and ride attractions (except the water-based ones) will still be open, weather permitting, and you can still visit Dollywood's crafts people located in Craftsman's Valley and other sections of the park.

And Dollywood's many shops and eateries will be open for business as well, although many will offer more holiday-themed merchandise and menu items to get into the spirit of the season.

When coming to town for Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas or any other attraction or special event in the Smokies this season, you'll need accommodations, and our cabins in Pigeon Forge, TN are within an easy drive of Dollywood. We have a wide selection of properties available, from one bedroom to five bedrooms, and our rates are generally lower during the traditional off-season, compared to peak times like summer and October.

So give us a call or make your reservations online. We hope to see you soon!

Leif Palmer - Smokies blogger

About Leif Palmer

Leif Palmer loves residing in the Smoky Mountains. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.


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