Dixie Stampede

Heartwarming Christmas Show At Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede

Published November 1, 2017 / Last Updated November 16, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Christmas at Dixie Stampede is a high-spirited holiday adventure and family tradition.

The “high-spirited adventure” of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction receives a festive twist for the holiday season with the magnificent sights and sounds of Christmas, including a full-scale living Nativity, holiday decorations, Santa Claus and a fabulous four-course yuletide feast.

Guests will be awed by the birth of Jesus re-enacted with Mary, Joseph, the wise men and a living Nativity of camels, donkeys and sheep. This touching scene is a reminder of the importance of the Christmas season.

Families also will enjoy “Toys Come to Life,” an amazing musical fantasy starring The Sugar Plum Fairy and a number of toys she magically brings to life in a musical celebration which includes a stunning aerial display set to the unforgettable music of The Nutcracker.

The 32 magnificent horses, who are the stars of the show, challenge each other in barrel races and other thrilling competitions, and audience members even may find themselves called in to help their side to victory. No Christmas is complete without an appearance by Santa, as Old Saint Nick arrives in his sleigh while the arena is transformed into a winter wonderland of freshly fallen snow.

Christmas dinner, the other star of the show, includes Dixie Stampede’s signature four-course feast consisting of Dixie Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Dixie Stampede’s own specialty dessert and unlimited beverages. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

Branson, MO

The Christmas show at Dixie Stampede in Branson, MO, debuted Oct. 26 and runs through Dec. 31, 2017. It features a special presentation, “Adagio On Ice!”

Pigeon Forge, TN

The Christmas show at Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN, debuted Nov. 1 and runs through Jan. 2, 2018. Guests can also take advantage of a special Christmas Combo and experience Dixie Stampede and Smoky Mountain Adventures Christmas.

“Christmas is a very special time of year at Dixie Stampede,” said David Swangel, General Manager of Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge. “While our thrilling high-spirited adventure provides fun for our guests, we also take time to celebrate the meaning of Christmas thanks to a full-scale, living Nativity. Families always take the time to let us know this show has become a treasured part of their yearly traditions.”

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Dollywood Hosts Light The Way 5K Walk/Run On Nov. 10

Published October 25, 2017 / Last Updated October 25, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Light The Way 5K Walk/Run benefits Keep Sevier Beautiful and Share It Forward

Participants of the Light the Way 5K Walk/Run will see Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana in a different light, actually four million lights. This event begins at 11:17 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. New this year, a one-mile fun walk will take place concurrently with the 5K race. It’s for those who want to participate at a more leisurely pace through the twinkling holiday lights.

Event Proceeds

Proceeds from this event benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful (KSB) and the Share It Forward (SIF) program at Dollywood. KSB, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer-based organization focusing on waste reduction/recycling, litter prevention and beautifying public spaces through education and community-based programs. KSB’s goal is to protect the natural beauty of the area that millions of visitors come to see each year. SIF is a non-profit charity established for the purpose of raising and using funds to assist The Dollywood Company employees and their families in times of need.

“The beauty of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival combined with the challenge of a course that only a theme park can provide makes Light the Way a one-of-a-kind event for runners and walkers,” said David Owenby, Director of the Share It Forward program. “But most importantly, this event helps provide our non-profit organizations with financial assistance just before the holidays,” added Lisa Bryant, Executive Director of Keep Sevier Beautiful.

Light The Way 5K – Nov. 10

Light the Way 5K Walk/Run participants will experience a unique course decorated by the park’s four million Christmas lights. Their journey begins at Dollywood’s groups’ entrance, traversing through the parking lot and then winding through the theme park.

The certified race is chip timed and managed by Scenic City Multi-Sports. The top three overall male and female participants will receive awards.

Registration

Please pre-register, only 2,017 participants can sign up. The registration fee is $45, until race day (Nov. 10).

Visit Light The Way 5K To Register Online

Race day registration takes place from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. at the front gate area at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

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Heidi Parton Releases Debut Album “This Kind of Love”

Published October 24, 2017 / Last Updated October 24, 2017
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Dolly Parton’s niece, Heidi Parton releases her debut album “This Kind of Love”

Heidi Parton shared songs from her debut album, “This Kind of Love,” with family and friends during a listening party on Monday, Oct. 23. Dolly said,

“I’m so proud of Heidi, she’s so talented and has been singing since she was just a little bitty thing! I remember how I felt when my first album went out and I know she’s beyond excited! Best of luck Heidi, Aunt Granny loves you!”

One of the headline singers in her aunt Dolly Parton’s My People show at Dollywood, Heidi’s life has been preparing her for this moment. Having been onstage since she was four years old, Heidi has been inspired by many in her family, but especially her dad, Dolly’s brother, Randy. Heidi said,

“I’ve been on stage with him so much, I always wanted to be like him and do what he was doing.”

Randy Parton, himself a successful performer and recording artist for many years, has done more than inspire Heidi’s recording dream. Heidi explained,

“My dad produced the album and sang back-up on several songs.”

The songs on the “This Kind of Love” tell many stories about different kinds of love. The title track talks about the blissful love of a wedding day. “I Am Ready” (a song written by Heidi’s Aunt Rachel) talks about spiritual and godly love. “You Got It” shares the feelings of doing the things people in love do together. Heidi said,

“I want people to love this album. I want people to feel the things I felt when I was recording it. I’m so happy that it’s coming out now. I am at a good place in my life. Timing is everything!”

“This Kind of Love” is now available from Heidi Parton’s Official Website, CDBaby, Amazon and at Dollywood’s Dreamsong Theater.

“This Kind of Love” Track List:

  1. Think About Love
  2. Son of a Preacher Man
  3. Baby, I Love You
  4. I’ll Be Turning to You
  5. You Got It
  6. This Kind of Love
  7. Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (feat. Randy Parton)
  8. Stand Beside Me
  9. Foolish Heart
  10. I Am Ready
    Bonus Track: Circle of Love

“This Kind of Love” was engineered by Dollywood musician, Trevor Reddick.

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Great Pumpkin Luminights And Southern Gospel Jubilee

Published September 27, 2017 / Last Updated September 27, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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In 2017, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival is highlighted by Great Pumpkin Luminights along with the Southern Gospel Jubilee

Despite the days getting shorter, Dollywood is gifting guests with even more fall fun—at night! Thanks to the new Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana (Sept. 29 – Oct. 28) stays open until 9 p.m. every day.

This season marks the first time the Smoky Mountain theme park has opened every day—and stayed open after dark—during its family-favorite harvest event. The expanded operating schedule allows Dollywood to provide guests with additional autumn experiences. These experiences are designed to help them create cherished family memories.

The biggest names in Southern gospel take to stages every day throughout the park with more than 500 individual performances as part of the Southern Gospel Jubilee presented by Humana. Additionally, Great Pumpkin LumiNights offers whimsical, family-friendly activities that are sure to make this event a new harvest tradition.

“Fall truly is the most beautiful time of year here in the Smokies,” Dolly Parton explained. “I love coming home to see the amazing masterpiece God has painted across the mountains. Our folks at Dollywood always do a great job of making sure the park looks stunning with those fall colors as a backdrop. You also know that Southern gospel music holds a very special place close to my heart. I guess you could say my singing career really got started in that kind of music because our family would visit churches and sing about God’s love for us.”

Dolly continued,

“This year we’re adding even more fun to the festival with Great Pumpkin LumiNights, and I know families are going to love all those glowing pumpkin displays up through Timber Canyon. I used to love sitting around with my brothers and sisters during the fall carving pumpkins and tellin’ stories, but I don’t think our pumpkins turned out quite the same as these though!”

Pumpkin Carving And More

Families will bask in the glow of thousands of intricately-carved pumpkins as they wander through immersive harvest-themed displays. Look for these display throughout Dollywood’s Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass areas. Beyond the impressive displays, guests can find a number of exciting activities to create thrilling memories together. With so many carved pumpkins needed to create Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood has “pumpkin artists” who will host demonstrations to help guests learn how to produce the perfect pumpkin masterpiece.

Unique harvest games and attractions—including a glow maze—for kids, a nightly Pumpkin Boogie Dance Party, and friendly costume characters help add to the festive atmosphere. New themed food options and exclusive harvest-themed Coca-Cola products make Great Pumpkin LumiNights the place to be when the sun goes down in the Smokies.

Southern Gospel Jubilee

Alongside Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood once again hosts the largest Southern gospel music event in America. Guests can see the biggest names in the genre during the Southern Gospel Jubilee. Karen Peck & New River (Oct. 21-22), Guy Penrod (Oct. 23-24), The Isaacs (Oct. 12-13), The McKameys (Oct. 6-7), Gold City (Oct. 2-3) and many more provide inspirational music to fill the autumn air.

Dollywood’s own Kingdom Heirs perform throughout the festival, while Singing News and Praise 96.3 FM operate multiple stage locations featuring several up-and-coming and breakout artists.

Over 30 Artisans

Dollywood celebrates Smoky Mountain crafts all year with the park’s well-known master craftsman. During the Harvest Festival, however, more than 30 visiting artisans from across the country bring their wares and share their talents with Dollywood guests. Craft demonstrations include textile art, inspirational jewelry, loom weaving, paper marbling, bentwood boxes, rug hooking, fiddle making, dulcimer making, and much more.

Harvest Menu

Menus across the park change to reflect the offerings of a bountiful harvest. Guests can look for dishes including fried green tomatoes and a fried green tomato BLT. In addition, there is succotash featuring grilled chicken and potatoes with chili and cheese cooked on the park’s famous BIG SKILLET. Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the fried apple pies, apple turnovers, apple stack cakes and more.

Learn more about Dollywood’s Harvest Festival featuring Southern Gospel Jubilee and Great Pumpkin LumiNights or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.

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Dollywood Earns Four Golden Ticket Awards

Published September 12, 2017 / Last Updated September 12, 2017
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Team Dolly is a collaboration of writers, editors, and publishers assembled by Dolly Parton Productions. Each member is dedicated to accurately publishing the latest news and historical archives of the living legend that is Dolly Rebecca Parton.

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Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Most-honored park wins for best entertainment, Christmas event, food and friendliness

The winningest park in Amusement Today’s Golden Tickets history, Dollywood again this year earned more category wins and finalist positions than any other park in the world. During the magazine’s 2017 awards ceremony, Dollywood picked up four “best of” awards. The park also placed in the top-ten in six additional categories.

2017 Golden Ticket Wins

Dollywood receives 4 Golden Ticket Awards in 2017

2017 Golden Ticket Awards

  • Sixth Consecutive Win – Friendliest Park
  • Ninth Consecutive Win – Best Shows
  • 10th Consecutive Win – Best Christmas Event (the only park to ever earn this award)
  • Fourth Win In This Category – Best Food

The Golden Ticket Awards are the most sought after awards in the business of amusements and attractions. Dolly Parton said,

“You all know how very proud I am of my Dollywood and the special folks who work there. It makes me feel so good to know that our guests feel the same way about the park when they come visit us. It’s the perfect place to help them make those memories they’re always going to hold close. Our people do a great job of doin’ just what my mama always used to say—they treat our guests just like they’d want to be treated. And isn’t that what really makes the difference?”

Dolly continued,

“Families can feel the love our folks have for them by the effort and attention they put in to every single detail of the park. They want to make sure every guest leaves with a smile on their face. Dollywood will continue to grow, but I’m thankful my team will never forget what got us to where we are: going above and beyond to give our guests experiences they’ll always remember.”

2017 Golden Ticket Top-Ten Category Finishes

  • Second Place – Cleanest Park
  • Third Place – Best Park
  • Fourth Place – Best Water Park for Dollywood’s Splash Country
  • Fourth Place – Best Landscaping
  • Fifth Place – Best Wooden Coaster for Lightning Rod
  • Eighth Place – Best Wooden Coaster for Thunderhead

Tim Baldwin, Golden Ticket Awards Communications Coordinator for Amusement Today said,

“It has been incredibly exciting to watch Dollywood — which was a relatively unknown contender when the Golden Ticket Awards started in 1998 — become this theme park industry powerhouse. Dollywood not only places as a finalist in more categories than any other park, it has taken top prize in four categories — again, more than any other park. Dollywood is setting the bar, and other parks would be wise to look at their example. It’s certainly a park to watch.”

Tim went on to say,

“Dollywood is the whole package — great food, entertaining shows, friendly hospitality and great rides. It’s little surprise to see them capture the attention of our voters. Each year, our selected panel has an incredible amount of worldwide experience, so to be honored on a worldwide scale in so many categories is an amazing accomplishment.”

About Golden Ticket Awards

Calculated from an international poll conducted by Amusement Today, the industry’s leading trade publication, the Golden Ticket Awards are the results of a detailed survey sent to a database of experienced and well-traveled amusement park fans around the world in balanced geographical regions. The survey asks voters to rate the “best” in a number of categories. Categories include best parks, roller coasters, water rides, shows, kids’ area, landscaping and Christmas events. The Golden Ticket Awards were held on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Lake Compounce amusement park in Bristol, Connecticut.

Other Dollywood Awards This Season

USA Today’s 10Best recognized Dollywood as the third best theme park in the country. And the organization also named Dollywood’s Splash Country the eighth best water park. The National Amusement Park Historical Association also named Dollywood as their “Favorite Theme Park” this year. Dollywood edged Walt Disney World for first, a position the Florida attraction had held for thirteen consecutive years. The NAPHA also honored Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas as their “Favorite Post-Summer Season Amusement Park Event.” Fox News recognized the park as the top Small Town Theme Park thanks to its location in the foothills of the Smokies.

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