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Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

Everything You Need to Know About Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Get into the holiday spirit with a visit to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Year after year, families travel to the theme park to experience the magic of this holiday event. Millions of twinkling lights, heart-warming holiday shows, a parade — what’s not to love? You don’t want to miss out on this special festival! To help you plan your visit, we’ve put together a guide of everything you need to know about Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood:

What to Expect at Smoky Mountain Christmas

Smoky Mountain Christmas will get anyone into the holiday spirit! From award-winning shows to incredible Christmas decorations, you can see it all during this Dollywood festival. Here are more details on what to expect:


Showstreet Theater during Christmas at DollywoodThe Christmas season is the perfect time to watch a heart-warming performance, and there is no better place to do so than Dollywood! Watch a dazzling musical performance or a classic Christmas story. These are just some of the many great shows you can see during Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood:

Christmas in the Smokies – This show is Dollywood’s musical tradition, featuring a 14-member cast performing all your holiday favorites.

O’ Holy Night – This real meaning of Christmas is brought to life at Dollywood. The show is based on the gospel story of Mary and her newborn son.

Twas the Night Before Christmas – During this production, a family finds its own Christmas miracle with the help of a white-bearded stranger.

Parade of Many Colors

The Parade of Many Colors is an exciting holiday tradition you don’t want to miss. Dolly Parton created the parade to express the values and principles that she and her family have had all their lives. The floats, interactive characters and other surprises all reflect faith, fun and harmony to inspire guests.

Family Activities

Santa's Workshop at Dollywood's Smoky Mountain ChristmasOf course it wouldn’t be a Dollywood festival without activities that are fun for the whole family! Let the kids run around in Holly Jolly Junction, where they can meet Rudolph and his friends, decorate Christmas cookies, and step into a giant snow globe! Also be sure to take a visit to Santa’s Village, where Santa and his elves are preparing for the holiday. Create fun crafts, see larger-than-life toys, and visit with Santa Claus!

Glacier Ridge

Glacier Ridge premiered in Dollywood’s 2018 Christmas season. This winter wonderland is covered in twinkling holiday lights and has a stunning, 50-foot video motion Christmas tree. In Craftsman’s Valley, you’ll find the Northern Lights! Take a walk through this area that brings the aurora borealis to the Smoky Mountains. Wherever you turn in Glacier Ridge, you’ll be met with incredible lighting and decor, holiday experiences and surprises!

New Dollywood Express Light Experience

Hop aboard the famous Dollywood Express for the most unique way to see the incredible 6 million Christmas lights that are scattered throughout the park. The classic train ride will show you the wonderful sights and sounds of the holiday season, so grab a seat and snuggle up as you take a tour of the lights and sing your favorite holiday tunes!

When is Smoky Mountain Christmas?

Smoky Mountain Christmas lasts from now until January 1, 2023. Dollywood will be open until 9 p.m. on operating days to allow everyone enough time to explore the park.

How much does it cost?

decorations for christmas at dollywoodYou can experience Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood for free with admission to the theme park. All you need is a Dollywood ticket to enjoy everything this holiday festival has to offer. For more information about Dollywood tickets, read our blog, “5 Things You Really Need to Know About Dollywood Ticket Prices.”

Where should I stay when I visit?

When you visit the area to attend Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood, the best place to stay is in a Pigeon Forge cabin! You’ll be able to find cabins that are just minutes away from Dollywood, yet still provide you with enough privacy so you can enjoy peace and quiet on your vacation. Cabins come with incredible amenities like hot tubs, fireplaces, full kitchens, pool tables and gorgeous views. Some are even decorated for Christmas!

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