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Dollywood Christmas Festival Extends Dates into January

Update: Due to popular demand, Dollywood is extending the dates for its Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival! The theme park will now be open on January 2 and January 3, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Dollywood originally planned to close for the season on January 1, but many guests asked the theme park to stay open for a few additional days. Lots of schools remain closed for Christmas break in early January, which makes the start of the new year the perfect time for a trip to Pigeon Forge.

Previous Story: It’s that time of year again! The Christmas season at Dollywood has arrived and there are so many fun ways to celebrate the holiday season when you visit Pigeon Forge! Of course, Dollywood Christmas is one of the most popular holiday experiences in the area and we’ve got everything you need to know, right here.

1. About Dollywood Christmas

The Dollywood Christmas festival kicks off on November 4, 2017. During this festival, you can visit the Dollywood theme park to see the lights and experience the true joy and magic of the season. Watch the video below for a sneak peek of all the Christmas fun at the theme park.

2. Dollywood Christmas Hours

Dollywood Christmas hours vary from year to year. Below, you’ll find the Dollywood Christmas schedule for 2017.

Dollywood 2017 schedule

3. The Best Way to See the Dollywood Christmas Lights

Wherever you are at Dollywood, you’re guaranteed to see the Christmas lights! The holiday decorations throughout the park are sure to wow you and your family. Some of the park’s very best lights are typically found in the Timber Canyon section of the park. 

Another dazzling part of the Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival is the Parade of Many Colors. This nightly parade begins each evening at 8 p.m. and features stunning floats, friendly holiday characters, thousands of brilliant lights, and even more fun.

4. Dollywood Christmas Show ScheduleLittle boy smiling at Christmas lights

Dollywood is famous for its incredible Christmas shows! Featuring holiday music and compelling stories, these amazing performances are not to be missed. Here are some of the Christmas shows returning to Dollywood this year:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Christmas in the Smokies
  • Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs
  • O’ Holy Night
  • Appalachian Christmas
  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Where to Buy Dollywood Tickets

Unlike most places where you buy Dollywood tickets, Visit My Smokies offers free cancellation. If something happens and you can’t make it, you’ll receive your money back. Click here to buy Dollywood tickets at the best prices with free cancellation.

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No matter what time of year, Dollywood is a great place to spend your day. And we want you to be able to save as much money on your trip to Dollywood as possible, especially around the holidays. So, take a look at 15 Dollywood Tips and Tricks for Saving Money at the Amusement Park!