Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas is going big, bright and safe for the holidays
See Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. Knoxville News Sentinel
The much-loved Dolly Days have begun at Dollywood Parks and Resort in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Families can celebrate the season safely during Smoky Mountain Christmas until Jan. 3.
Although this Christmas is unlike any other, Dolly Parton and her Tennessee elves are hoping to shine a familiar light on the holiday tradition of togetherness that visitors have enjoyed for so many years.
“Some Christmases are more memorable than others, and I think this year is certainly one we won’t forget," Parton said in a release. "I want families to feel the warmth and comfort of all the great things they remember about Dollywood at Christmas, with a few new experiences that will become the memories they share years from now."
Dazzling displays light up season
Christmastime at Dollywood is known for its spectacular light displays, and this season, the elves have worked overtime to bring holiday magic to the mountains.
Five million lights line buildings throughout the park, and there are more lit Christmas trees this year than during any previous festival.
Icicle blue lights are strung in Timber Canyon, Wildwood Grove, Wilderness Pass and Craftsman’s Valley to create "Glacier Ridge."
Some of the festival's most impressive features are a 50-foot animated tree in Wilderness Pass Plaza that sparkles to present a fully synchronized light show and Wildwood Grove's Wildwood Tree that tells inspirational Christmas stories each evening.
See Santa in the Smokies
Did you know Santa spends his days off in the Smoky Mountains? Dollywood is giving guests a glimpse of old Saint Nick at his 真人百家家乐官网网站home away from 真人百家家乐官网网站home inside the park during the holiday festival.
Visitors can stop by Heartsong Theater to see Santa inside his cabin, checking his list. Santa's best elves have traveled with him to help greet Dollywood guests, play reindeer games and hand-deliver wish lists to the big man himself. Once the doors open, guests are transported to a snowy winter wonderland.
Santa is staying safe like everyone else, so children won't be able to sit on his lap this year. Kids can find out if their name is on the naughty or nice list and snap a photo as they peer through the window to watch Santa work. Children who are wary of Santa won't have to interact with him one on one, but they'll have a chance to get a shot with Santa sneaking behind them.
"With everything going on this year, we still wanted to give people an opportunity to see Santa," said Wes Ramey, a Dollywood spokesperson. "This is just such a different experience to actually see your name on his list. It’s a very special moment to end the year."
Shows return and new ones debut
The coronavirus pandemic has caused cancelations of visitors' favorite indoor entertainment at Dollywood, but seasonal shows including "Christmas in the Smokies," "Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs" and "Heart of the Holidays" are returning to park venues for the festival.
Shows will be slightly shorter than in previous years to allow deep cleaning between performances. Every other row will be seated inside venues. To ensure every guest can enjoy the entertainment, more showtimes are scheduled and outdoor performances have been added.
Dollywood guests will get to enjoy an all-new holiday tradition at the park this year, too. "Merry & Bright, Holiday Light!" fireworks will fill the sky with light and the air with new Christmas songs. The firework show will be held on Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 18 and nightly for the remainder of the festival, weather permitting.
A full list with performance dates, times and descriptions is available at Dollywood.com and on the Dollywood app.
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Dollywood's world-class chefs are cooking up something for everyone this Christmas.
The park isn't hosting gingerbread house and cookie decorating workshops this year because of COVID-19, but families can take the holiday fun 真人百家家乐官网网站home with do-it-yourself kits. Gingerbread houses and family-size cookie kits, both complete with icing and decorations, are for sale. Savory surprises like beef tenderloin medallions with a cabernet demi reduction, seared trout with sweet Cajun glaze and a glazed ham steak with pineapple chutney are on the menu at Front Porch Café.
Grab a hearty sandwich with soup at Market Square, which offers three-cheese paninis, shaved ribeye paninis and paninis with heirloom tomato and fresh mozzarella. Tomato bisque, beef barley soup and the soup of the day are available to pair.
Spotlight Bakery is bringing back traditional treats like holiday cookies, gingerbread men, cupcakes and hot chocolate.
Deck the halls with boughs of Dollywood deals! Visitors can save some cash during their stay at Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa or Smoky Mountain Cabins or on tickets to the park.
Through Nov. 20, one-day park tickets are $69 plus tax to see Smoky Mountain Christmas. The $10 discount is available only online.
Anyone who lives or works in Sevier County can enjoy their 真人百家家乐官网网站hometown amusement park for the holidays with a $5 donation. Sevier County Days run through Nov. 20.Proceeds will benefit the Sevier County Food Ministries to help the nonprofit purchase more food.
Dollywood encourages guests to pay a visit the next time they're in eastern Tennessee. Every season pass purchased through Dec. 6 is good for the holiday season and all of next year.
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