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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Returns November 6

Published November 5, 2021 / Last Updated November 5, 2021
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.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
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Experience America’s Best Christmas Tradition at Dollywood November 6 – January 2

The holidays are in full swing in Pigeon Forge,TN, where guests can experience America’s best Christmas tradition, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, beginning Saturday, November 6 and running through January 2, 2022.

The light shines on Smoky Mountain Christmas thanks to the glow of more than five million gleaming holiday lights, award-winning stage productions and the warm family traditions that so many guests have enjoyed for more than 30 years. Dollywood is fresh off its 13th consecutive Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park Christmas event. In fact, it is the only park in the world to earn this prestigious industry honor. For guests, Smoky Mountain Christmas always marks the beginning of the “Dolly-days.” Dolly said,

“Christmas really is the most special time of the year, because it’s when we all come together to share those precious memories we all hold dear. It’s when we take time to remember those cherished times and stories from the past, but it’s also when we start so many new traditions that will become the stories we tell years from now. I hope that everyone who visits Dollywood this season experiences the love and joy of a traditional Smoky Mountain Christmas. During their time here, we hope they’ll laugh, love and linger as they enjoy the light of the season. We also hope they create those new memories and family traditions that they’ll share for many years to come.”

Glacier Ridge

Glacier Ridge presented by Goo Goo Cluster fills Dollywood’s Timber Canyon, Wildwood Grove, Wilderness Pass and Upper Craftsman’s Valley with an expansive arctic experience sure to inspire and delight guests. Wilderness Pass serves as one of the highlights of Glacier Ridge, thanks to the Wonderful Christmas! Plaza Tree Show, which features a 50-foot tall animated tree sparkling to life to present a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show throughout the evening.

Dollywood guests are immediately enveloped in the illumination of millions of holiday lights, which create a festive Christmas atmosphere that has become a cherished family tradition for generations. While the lighting itself remains familiar to guests, area-based themes and lighting designs throughout the park provide a sense of wonder and discovery around each turn.

Santa’s Dollywood Cabin

Last year, Old Saint Nick allowed visitors to watch him hard at work in his little cabin in the woods at Dollywood. For the kids (and kids at heart) wondering what Santa is up to this year, he enjoyed his time in the Smokies so much that he has returned to his new home away from home.

Most people don’t know that when he isn’t hard at work at the North Pole, Santa likes to visit East Tennessee and his great friend, Dolly! Guests who visit Santa’s cabin can literally see inside as he reviews “the list”! Kids discover whether their name is on the naughty or nice list, and they might even have their photo made as they peer through the window during this once-in-a-lifetime chance to catch Santa at work.

Spectacular Holiday Entertainment

Dollywood’s family favorite shows will be lighting up both indoor and outdoor stages. The festival’s headline show, “Christmas in the Smokies,” has been a must-see for families every Christmas season since it began more than 30 years ago. Families can also enjoy “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “O’ Holy Night,” “Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs,” “The Mistletones,” “Appalachian Christmas with the Smoky Mountain String Band” and more.

Returning for its second year, the “Merry & Bright!” fireworks display is a sparkling ending to a Christmas-cheer filled day at Dollywood. “Merry & Bright!” fills the sky above Dollywood with dazzling lights set to the rhythm of upbeat contemporary holiday hits. The show, which was only on weekends in 2020, was so popular that guests will now be able to experience it every evening of operation during the festival! Families can dance and sing along to favorite Christmas songs as the fireworks shine and shimmer above, allowing families to create one last special memory before leaving the park.

Festive Food Offerings

For those looking to celebrate the holidays with the perfect family meal, Dollywood’s team of chefs have a menu full of culinary surprises sure to delight. From creole-roasted turkey breast and smothered pork loin to braised beef short ribs and lobster bisque, a selection of hearty favorites are sure to remind guests of Christmases past. A number of unique items abound including egg nog cheesecake, hazelnut churros, Santa’s chilled cocoa and more.

World-Class Rides

As always, guests can experience Dollywood’s world-class rides amidst the hustle and bustle of the park during the holidays, as most rides are operational during the Christmas season. Nothing compares to racing quickly through the night sky with millions of lights twinkling below.

No matter what activities are on the Christmas list this year, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is sure to shine a familiar light on holiday traditions that families will share and cherish for years to come.

Glacier Ridge - Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
Showstreet Palace Theater - Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
Craftsman's Valley - Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
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Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa

The Christmas fun makes its way to Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa with even more ways to help families create memories this holiday season. To create a truly immersive Smoky Mountain Christmas experience, the resort is celebrating the holidays with a variety of festival-inspired activities, crafts, entertainment, décor and culinary options.

The resort’s halls are decked in beautiful décor inspired by warm, rich memories of Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. The centerpiece is an awe-inspiring, two-story Christmas tree that can be seen from both levels of the lobby.

DreamMore Resort’s culinary team is preparing delicious holiday meals in Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery. Guests can gather together to give thanks and enjoy a delicious meal throughout the season, or experience one of three holiday dining experiences—Thanksgiving brunch, a Christmas Eve dinner or a Christmas Day brunch.

On select nights during the week, live entertainers will put guests in the holiday spirit with beloved Christmas tunes, while a special Christmas Tree Show takes place hourly each evening beginning at 5:30 p.m. by The Swimming Hole.

Plan Your Visit

For more information and a park operating calendar, please visit dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.

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‘Tis the Season for Swashbuckling Adventure at Pirates Voyage!

Published November 4, 2021 / Last Updated November 4, 2021
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.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Team Dolly

Create Lasting Holiday Memories With the Fun, Feast & Adventure of Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show!

Sail into a season of adventure at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! Celebrate all of the things that make the holidays special as you treat the family to a swashbuckling dinner spectacular, located in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Myrtle Beach, SC!

Celebrate the Pirate Spirit in Pigeon Forge

Nothing makes the holidays more special than spending quality time with family. And, one of the best times your family can have together is at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show! With daring sword fights, blazing cannons, mystical mermaids and much more, Pirates Voyage combines fun, fantasy and adventure to make for an unforgettable dinner experience worth visiting year after year.

And, It wouldn’t be the holiday season without having a bountiful meal with family. Me Hearties Feast will satisfy even the most hungry swashbucklers right as the action begins! This delicious four-course feast includes a Buccaneer Biscuit, Voyager Creamy Vegetable Soup, Cracklin’ Pan-Fried Chicken, Sugar-Cured Ham, Corn on the Cob, Herb-Basted Potato, Walk the Plank Peach Turnover and unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea, or coffee.

Embark on a High Seas Holiday Adventure in Myrtle Beach

In Myrtle Beach, high tide meets the yuletide in a thrilling holiday spectacular, offering a variety of fun and entertainment that will make for lasting holiday memories for everyone who attends. Join Captain Scrooge and his cavalier crew for a swashbuckling spin on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol,” taking you on a journey through Christmas past, present and future. Guests will be thrilled by an epic battle between the crimson and emerald pirates as they compete for the coveted Christmas treasure, and gaze in awe and wonder at a live Nativity as an angel appears with a special message for landlubbers and pirates alike.

Guests are served a mouthwatering four-course holiday feast straight from Captain Scrooge’s galley during their voyage. The meal begins with voyager creamy vegetable soup and buccaneer bread. The feast fit for a pirate continues with a half o’ roasted cackler (chicken), pulled barbeque pork, cob o’ buttery corn, and a pirate herb-basted potato. Apple o’ me eye pie and unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee complete the meal.

Make Plans

Celebrate the Fun, Feast & Adventure of the holiday season at Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, located in Pigeon Forge, TN, and Myrtle Beach, SC! What are ye waiting for, matey? Visit Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show to book your tickets today!

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Celebrate Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Published November 2, 2021 / Last Updated November 2, 2021
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.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Team Dolly

Experience the Spirit of the Season at Dolly Parton’s Stampede

Celebrate the joy of the holidays at Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede! Opening October 28, 2021, in Branson, MO, and November 2, 2021, in Pigeon Forge, TN, there’s no better place to experience the magnificent sights and sounds of the season than Dolly Parton’s Stampede.

Filled with festive horse-riding stunts, stirring holiday music, a spectacular live nativity and a four-course holiday feast, Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is America’s #1 Choice For The Holidays!™

A Holiday Family Tradition

Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction is decking the halls and grooming the horses for the holiday season, transforming into a dazzling Christmas spectacle that includes a full-scale living Nativity, glittering holiday decorations, familiar holiday tunes and even a visit from Santa Claus, himself!

Catch the holiday spirit as the Stampede arena is transformed into a Christmas fantasyland and Elves from the North and South Pole compete in a friendly holiday rivalry. The entire audience will enjoy cheering on their respective sides of the North Pole and South Pole as Stampede’s 32 magnificent horses race in exciting holiday competitions!

The young and young-at-heart will be amazed at “The Magic of Toys,” as The Sugar Plum Fairy magically brings toys to life in a stunning aerial display set to the unforgettable music of The Nutcracker. Of course, no Christmas is complete without an appearance by Santa, who arrives in his sleigh as the Stampede arena is filled with snow and Christmas cheer.

Spectacular Live Nativity

The true meaning of the season comes alive right before guests’ eyes, with the birth of Jesus portrayed in a living nativity with Mary, Joseph, the three wise men atop camels, and shepherds leading donkeys and their flock of sheep. Guests will feel as if they have been instantly transported deep into the natural beauty of Christmas on the night of Jesus’ birth. It’s the most special time of year for families, who continue to make Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede part of their annual family tradition.

Four-Course Holiday Feast

No Christmas celebration is complete without a festive holiday dinner! The entire family will enjoy our signature four-course holiday feast, which includes 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, Stampede’s own specialty holiday dessert, and unlimited Coca-Cola® products, tea or coffee. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request.

From the dazzling decorations and magnificent music to the awe-inspiring living nativity, nothing compares to the way we bring the spirit of the season to life at the World’s Most Visited Dinner Attraction®!

Make Plans

Visit Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede to book your tickets and see why it’s America’s #1 Choice For The Holidays!™

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Light the Way 5K Returns to Dollywood November 12

Published October 28, 2021 / Last Updated October 29, 2021
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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Proceeds to benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful and Dollywood’s Share It Forward employee assistance program

Light the Way 5K returns this holiday season with a new and improved course that winds its way through the holiday atmosphere at Dollywood, not once, but twice. Participants in the ninth annual Light the Way 5K will run through five million Christmas lights inside Dollywood beginning 11 p.m. on Friday, November 12, as they make this festive race one of their favorite holiday traditions.

New and Improved for 2021

When the race had to be canceled in 2020, Light the Way 5K officials looked at how to improve the experience for both serious and casual runners. Participant feedback over the last several years prompted changes that are being implemented for the 2021 race; the decision to provide finishing medals for all participants and a change that allows more time to run through the theme park.

Light the Way 5K’s new route will start runners at Dollywood’s front gate area and take them through the theme park twice, allowing time to take in the five million Christmas lights of the award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Walkers will have the opportunity to follow the route for one loop around the park. Additionally, 2021 will be the first year participants will experience Wildwood Grove, which opened in 2019, as part of the race course.

Racing for a Cause

Proceeds from the event will benefit both the Keep Sevier Beautiful and Share It Forward program at Dollywood. Keep Sevier Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer-based organization which focuses on waste reduction/recycling, litter prevention and beautifying public spaces through education and community-based programs. Keep Sevier Beautiful’s goal is to protect the natural beauty of the area that millions of visitors come to experience each year. Share It Forward is a non-profit organization which serves The Dollywood Company employees and their families through a variety of quality programs. Share It Forward programming is funded primarily through employee donations, which are matched dollar for dollar by The Dollywood Company.

“It’s so exciting to be hosting runners at the Light the Way 5K, with an expanded course,” said Aaron Newberry, Executive Director of Share It Forward. “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.”

“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.

The certified race will be chip timed and managed by Scenic City Multisport. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers for both men and women.

Registration Information

Pre-registration is encouraged for the Light the Way 5K as the race is limited to 1,500 participants. Registration fee until race day is $50. Register online at www.lighttheway5k.net. Race day registration takes place from 11AM-9PM at Dollywood’s Splash Country.

For more information, email info@keepsevierbeautiful.org or visit www.lighttheway5k.net.

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Dolly Parton and Her Smoky Mountain Businesses Raise $700,000 to Benefit Middle Tennessee Flood Damage

Published September 29, 2021 / Last Updated October 7, 2021
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.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman
Team Dolly

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Businesses Raise $700,000 From Ticket Sales to Benefit the United Way of Humphreys County

Due to the recent flooding that has devastated much of Middle Tennessee, Dolly Parton and her Smoky Mountain businesses are reaching out to help, seeking to return the favor the area received after the 2016 wildfires. Dolly was moved to help after seeing the damage caused in Humphreys County, the home of her good friend, country music legend Loretta Lynn. Loretta was quick to offer her support to the Smokies in 2016, so Dolly was inspired to reciprocate the gesture. Dolly, through Dollywood and her Pigeon Forge dinner show properties—Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show and Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Feud—has raised $700,000, a portion of ticket sales from October 2-3, to benefit the United Way of Humphreys County, the charity selected by Loretta.

“After the Sevier County wildfires in 2016, Loretta was one of the first who reached out to offer anything she could,” Dolly said. “It meant so much to me that Loretta—and so many folks—were ready to give in any way they could. This was just one small way I could help Loretta’s people for all they did to help my people.”

Several counties were affected, but Humphreys County received the most damage. More than 20 people lost their lives due to the catastrophic flooding, caused by more than 15 inches of rain that fell in a relatively short period of time in late August. Loretta’s ranch in Hurricane Mills was severely damaged by the flooding, and ranch foreman Wayne Spears was tragically swept away in the floodwaters.

For anyone interested in donating directly to the United Way of Humphreys County, please visit unitedwayhumphreys.org for more information.

Team DollyDolly Parton and Her Smoky Mountain Businesses Raise $700,000 to Benefit Middle Tennessee Flood Damage