Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas features 5 million lights, Coat of Many Colors parade

Christmas is coming early to the Great Smoky Mountains by way of the beloved Dollywood theme park.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas kicks off on Nov. 9 and runs through Jan. 24.

The award-winning event features all the things to start spreading holiday cheer, like 5 million lights, festive food and heartwarming shows.

“There’s nothing like Christmas in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton said. “I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, but the feeling of being home with the people I love at Christmas really is one of the most special things in the world to me. It’s my hope that the people who come experience my Dollywood at Christmas make those same sweet memories they’ll be able to share forever. I also hope we’re able to help them start some brand new Christmas traditions right here!”

Here are some of the favorite highlights of Dollywood's Christmas celebrations:

    Glacier Ridge: Walk through a winter wonderland at the Plaza at Wilderness Pass and take in a 50 ft. tall animated tree. There's a synchronized music and light show every 30 minutes

    Dolly's version of 'Northern Lights': A one-of-a-kind light installation that mimics the natural phenomenon known as the aurora borealis can be found in Craftsman's Valley

    The Arctic Passage: Polar bears bear guests at Drop Line Bay after walking through a 130-foot light tunnel

    Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors

    It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies

Dollywood is in the running again for the USA Today’s “Best Theme Park Holiday Event” in the United States.

USA Today selected 20 theme parks across the U.S. that go all out for the Christmas season, and Dollywood made it on the list.

USA Today will announce the 10 best theme park events on December 13 based on votes by the public.

To vote for Dollywood or any of the other candidates, click here:


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Published November 7, 2019