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“America’s Favorite Christmas Event” Begins At Dollywood On Nov. 4

Published November 3, 2017 / Last Updated November 3, 2017
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Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana features four million lights, spectacular holiday performances, food and more.

Earlier this season, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana celebrated its tenth consecutive victory in Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Awards. Once guests experience the park’s festive holiday atmosphere for themselves, they understand why Dollywood has earned the award for the last decade.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas (Nov. 4, 2017 – Jan. 1, 2018) kicks off the holiday season with its signature light displays, family-favorite shows, delectable food and warm Christmas spirit. The awe-inspiring Parade of Many Colors returns for its second season, while traditional holiday performances—including Christmas in the Smokies and It’s a Wonderful Life—and four million festive lights delight guests during this lively festival.

“There is no time of the year that is more special to me than Christmas,” Dolly Parton explained. “Some of the best memories of my life are from my time spent with family and friends celebrating Christmas together. It’s when we all come together to enjoy sweet traditions and the warm love of family and to have those special experiences we’ll always remember.

“Now when we were growing up, we never could have imagined millions of Christmas lights or even a life-size Rudolph. But I know the families who come to visit my Dollywood this Christmas will leave with wonderful memories they’ll treasure forever—just like me and my family.”

“America’s Favorite Christmas Event”

Dollywood—which earned its ninth consecutive Golden Ticket Award for Best Shows—continues to provide guests with classic Christmas entertainment which brings the holidays to life! Based on the timeless holiday story of love and generosity, It’s a Wonderful Life follows small-town businessman George Bailey as he discovers the true value of life, family and friends with a little help from his guardian angel, Clarence. One of Dollywood’s greatest entertainment offerings, Christmas in the Smokies, returns to D.P.’s Celebrity Theater and serves as the headline show for the festival. Guests can celebrate the joy of the season while a cast of singers and dancers performs hometown holiday favorites accompanied by a band of live musicians!

Parade of Many Colors

After a successful debut season in 2016, the crowd-favorite Parade of Many Colors returns to celebrate the fun, faith, family and harmony of the holiday season. The parade features whimsical floats, interactive characters and a heart-warming, cheerful message for Dollywood guests to enjoy.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the beloved Christmas television special, again comes to life at Dollywood this season. Guests can meet Rudolph and his friends, including Clarice, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph’s Holly Jolly™ Junction, a magical area where festive fun awaits. After meeting Rudolph and his friends, families can head to Clarice’s kitchen to decorate custom Christmas cookies or even take part in a few reindeer games!

Dollywood’s entertainment features several other beloved shows this season, including An Appalachian Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, O’ Holy Night, My People and Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs. Guests also can experience Santa Land, a whimsical workshop where the smallest guests can share their wish list with Kris Kringle.

Tasty Holiday Menu

Families can finish their visit with a traditional Christmas meal as several of Dollywood’s menus feature holiday-themed items. Among the new offerings this year is the Thanksgiving Feast sandwich—a ciabatta roll filled with cornbread dressing, slices of oven-roasted turkey breast, topped with cranberry sauce and served with sweet potato tater tots. Returning favorites include turkey and dressing, Christmas ham, chicken and dumplings, Cornish hens, center cut pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, hot flavored drinks like wassail, Mayfield hot chocolate and cider and much more. Holiday desserts available throughout the park include gingerbread man cookies, red velvet and pumpkin spice funnel cakes.

Smoky Mountain Christmas guests can upgrade a paid one-day admission ticket to a regular 2018 season pass for as low as $30 (plus tax when buying four or more). Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket ($69) toward the purchase of a 2018 season pass. A season pass purchased during Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with Dollywood’s entire 2018 season. Additionally, for each child’s season pass purchased, families will receive a copy of Dolly’s newest children’s album, “I Believe in You.” (A one-day ticket is valid for upgrade on the day of visit only.)

Visit Dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD for more information, including operating days and hours, daily show schedule and more helpful tips to help plan a visit.

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New Christmas Show At Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures

Published November 3, 2017 / Last Updated November 16, 2017
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An all-new Christmas show is underway at Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures in Pigeon Forge, TN

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show continues its inaugural season with a new holiday tale that invites families on a journey that brings together special Christmas memories and magic that shaped Dolly and her family. The new show, which opened Friday, Nov. 3 and continues through Dec. 31, allows guests to make wonderful holiday memories and discover the true spirit of Christmas.

The combination of festive holiday music, two million dollars in special effects, acrobatic feats, a mischievous elf, a series of “reindeer games,” a moving live nativity, an ice skating spectacular, and many other unexpected surprises combine for a one-of-a-kind, “must see” show. This exciting new Christmas adventure is set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, which leaves the fate of the town’s Christmas celebration in the balance. The audience journeys with the cast to learn whether their Christmas will be cancelled or whether the storm sets the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever.

Holiday Classics

Elements of the regular show that have proven to be audience favorites this season will take on a holiday flair and deliver a joyful treat for the senses, including the Chinese poles, aerial silks suspended three stories above the stage and in the amazing Electro-wheel. An exclusive Smoky Mountain Adventures version of The Nutcracker and fun with the classic “12 Days of Christmas” are sure to become audience favorites. The show concludes with a moving seasonal rendition of the mountain classic “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and a Christmas light spectacular and special effects transform the town scenery into a captivating Winter Wonderland.

“Thanks to the powerful story of when Dolly’s parents met and fell in love, Smoky Mountain Adventures has experienced an amazing debut season,” said Jamie Parish, General Manager of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. “We are excited about sharing more of this special story in our new holiday show, inspired by heartfelt moments that will capture the simple joys of Christmas. Our entire cast is looking forward to sharing this new component of Dolly’s family story – we know it will become a new holiday tradition for the families that come to experience it.”

Hearty Mountain Feast

Another star of this yuletide show is the food, which is a mouthwatering feast of magnificent proportions. This Smoky Mountain holiday feast treats guests to tantalizing tastes inspired by some of Dolly’s favorite holiday recipes: Happy Holiday Kettle Soup, Hot Homemade Biscuit, Sugar Cured Ham, Mountain Fried Chicken, Old Fashion Country Stuffing, Buttery Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potato Country Casserole and Specialty Dessert. Unlimited Pepsi, tea and coffee also are part of the meal.

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Heartwarming Christmas Show At Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede

Published November 1, 2017 / Last Updated November 16, 2017
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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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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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