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Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa to Host Lyrics & Lore

Published January 17, 2019 / Last Updated January 17, 2019

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Prepare for an unforgettable experience at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa as its third annual Lyrics & Lore event brings the beauty and inspiration of songs and stories to the Great Smoky Mountains.

Taking place Jan. 17-19, 2019, join the Dollywood Entertainment team, The International Storytelling Center and Bandtwango, Dollywood’s newest partner, for a captivating weekend event.

Lyrics & Lore brings together some of the country’s most talented storytellers and musicians to celebrate the rich traditions of songwriting and storytelling in the Appalachian region. Audience members have the opportunity to enjoy internationally-recognized storytellers as they share their stories and learn about the most popular songs heard on the radio. Guests do not have to be performing or speaking to attend. Additionally, everyone can sit back and enjoy as these talented songwriters perform some of their chart-topping songs.

Opening Performances

Beginning with registration on Thursday, Jan. 17 and running through the weekend, nationally-recognized storytellers and hit songwriters from country and gospel music take center stage. The headline concert takes place Saturday night and features Tim Nichols and Craig Wiseman, the duo who wrote the chart-topping Tim McGraw song “Live Like You Were Dying” that won Best Country Song at the 2004 Grammy® Awards. Combined, these songwriters have penned songs for performers such as Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney, Faith Hill, Blake Shelton and more. In 2009, Wiseman was awarded “Songwriter of the Decade,” and in 2015, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

On Thursday night, an opening reception features performances by the duo Thom Shepherd, CMA Texas Songwriter of the Year, and artist Coley McCabe. As an Austin-based touring artist who spent many years as a songwriter in Nashville, Shepherd now performs regularly with his band, solo and as a duo with McCabe.

Hit Songwriters and Expert Storytellers

Friday’s songwriting workshops feature discussion and instruction from Sam Tate, Cole Taylor and Chase McGill. Tate is a Grammy-nominated songwriter whose songs have been recorded by a Who’s Who of country artists from Reba McEntire to Rodney Atkins. Taylor has quickly become an in-demand country songwriter for a multitude of country artists including Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell and Florida Georgia Line. Songwriting newcomer McGill hit his stride in 2018; in October, he topped the Music Row Songwriter chart at #1 with songs by Swindell, Bryan, and Kane Brown on the charts simultaneously.

Storytelling experts Barbara McBride-Smith and Michael Reno Harrell headline the storytelling segment of this year’s Lyrics & Lore on Friday and Saturday. McBride-Smith transports audiences from the ancient world of the Greek gods and goddesses to the eclectic shenanigans of her Baby Boomer generation. She is said to interpret folklore with the style of a Texas-born cheerleader and has been featured on NPR, authored two books, and contributed to the multi-volume series, The Storytellers Companion to the Bible. She is the recipient of the NSN ORACLE Circle of Excellence and the American Library Association’s ‘Top Ten Titles’ awards.

Harrell is an award-winning songwriter and veteran storyteller/entertainer from the Southern Appalachian Mountains, where storytelling is as much a part of the culture as music. Five decades of performing have taken him to more than 40 states and several countries. A consummate performer, Harrell’s combination of music and storytelling is based in experience – sometimes very funny, sometimes a bit scary, often heartwarming and always entertaining.

Songwriter Keynote and Concert

On Friday night, the first evening of the Songwriter Keynote and Concert begins with Regie Hamm, a multidimensional writer and storyteller. Penned as an artist, producer, songwriter, novelist and more, Hamm has received multiple Grammy® Award and Dove nominations, as well as being noted for his 21 #1 hits in the Christian market and one American Idol finale song, “The Time of My Life,” recorded by David Cook.

A full schedule and registration details for Lyrics & Lore is available at Please note that some of the music concerts are separately ticketed events. To stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa for the event, visit or call (800) DOLLYWOOD.

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Grand Ole Opry Announces Dolly Week 2019

Published December 7, 2018 / Last Updated December 7, 2018

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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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To celebrate Dolly Parton’s 50th anniversary of membership, the Grand Ole Opry announces Dolly Week 2019

Dolly Parton will perform on the Opry stage for two SOLD OUT shows October 12, 2019, to cap a week-long salute

On January 4, 1969, Dolly Parton was fresh off the release of her first solo album released on RCA Records Nashville, the now-seminal “Just Because I’m A Woman,” and on that date, the singer-songwriter received the biggest accomplishment of her then-young career: being inducted as a Grand Ole Opry member. Fifty years later, Parton has achieved nearly every honor and accolade an entertainer can receive, and she is cemented as the female Country artist with the most Billboard Top 20 hits according to Guinness World Records. In conjunction with the release of her new album Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Dolly Records/RCA Nashville), Parton is set to return to the hallowed stage that was such an important part of her early days in Nashville: the Grand Ole Opry. The global superstar will celebrate the 50th anniversary of her Opry membership, performing on Saturday, October 12, 2019, and capping a week-long celebration of Parton’s impact on music and the Opry, dubbed Dolly Week 2019.

“It was always my dream to be on the Opry,” recalls Parton. “I actually got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 10 years old. I officially became a member back in 1969 and I cannot believe next year I will celebrate 50 proud years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry! They call it the ‘Mother Church’ because the old Ryman was a church, but it’s sacred to me, wherever it goes – the church of my heart. For me, the Opry is like the song ‘New York, New York’ – if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership!”

And Parton has made it everywhere. As a worldwide icon, she is arguably country music’s greatest global ambassador – and she has taken the Opry and the memories from those early days in her career with her wherever she goes. Because of her impact across all forms of music, it is only fitting that the Grand Ole Opry create programming for Dolly Week 2019 that acknowledges her broad influence.

Dolly Week 2019

Opry Country Classics– Featuring performances of #1 Dolly hits

Friday Night Opry– Dolly’s Mountain Soul: Bluegrass, Americana & Roots Music honor Dolly

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 (Two Shows) SOLD OUT:
Dolly Parton’s 50th Grand Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration featuring Dolly Parton and many more.

Participating artists for this special series of Opry shows will be announced in the coming months. Tickets are on sale now for Dolly Week 2019. Both performances on Oct. 12, 2019, are Sold Out.

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About the Grand Ole Opry

The Grand Ole Opry® is presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every Friday and Saturday of the year, with Tuesday night shows through December 11. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or visit The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating nine decades of entertainment, the Opry can be heard at and, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit

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Meet Dolly Parton And Be Her VIP Guest At Dollywood

Published November 30, 2018 / Last Updated November 30, 2018

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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.

Managing Editor - Jacob Timmons
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Dolly Parton teams up with Omaze to give away the ultimate fan experience with proceeds supporting her Imagination Library!

Dolly Parton’s spirit of imagination is stamped on culture, as evidenced by her Imagination Library, which since 1995 has mailed more than 100 million free books to children from birth to five years of age across the globe. Now, in conjunction with the release of her much-anticipated Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album (November 30), Parton is teaming with Omaze, to offer her fans an extraordinary opportunity.

Now through January 17, 2019, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time, fans will have the chance to win the Ultimate Dolly Parton Experience!

A winner and their guest will get to spend one night in Dolly Parton’s personal suite at her Dollywood DreamMore Resort! Additionally, Dolly herself will give a private tour of her home-away-from-home, while meeting the guests, taking pictures with them and signing autographs for them. This once-in-a-lifetime experience will be enhanced with additional nights at the resort in other rooms, tickets to Dollywood during its 2019 Grand Opening Weekend, and passes to Dolly Parton’s Stampede dinner theater. Fans can visit to enter for their chance to win. Proceeds support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.


The Omaze campaign integrates special donation bundles including a copy of Parton’s Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. VEVO premiered the third music video from the project—following the compelling “Here I Am” (with Sia) and the stunning “Girl In The Movies” – for “Jolene (New String Version)” which saw its broadcast television premiere over the weekend during Parton’s appearance on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. The clip was featured in “Dolly & Friends: Making of a Soundtrack,” a one-hour special which premiered on CMT on Thursday, November 29, 9/8 pm Central Time. The prime-time special featured Parton in the recording studio with famed producer Linda Perry and recording with artists Alison Krauss, Elle King, Macy Gray, Miranda Lambert, Mavis Staples and Rhonda Vincent.

Music fans can order now the highly anticipated Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The soundtrack, which features Parton on every song, releases November 30, and “Dumplin’” will premiere in select theaters and on Netflix on December 7.


Dumplin’ (Macdonald) is the teenage daughter of a former beauty queen (Aniston), who signs up for her mom’s pageant as a protest that escalates when other contestants follow her footsteps, revolutionizing the pageant and their small Texas town. The Netflix Film stars Macdonald (Bird Box, Patti Cake$) and Aniston (Upcoming Murder Mystery, Horrible Bosses, Marley and Me), in addition to Odeya Rush (Lady Bird, Goosebumps), Dove Cameron (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Liv and Maddie, Descendants), and Harold Perrineau (Claws, Lost). It is directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal, 27 Dresses).

Screenwriter Kristin Hahn wrote the adaptation of Julie Murphy’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling novel of the same name. Producers include A Cota Films and 50 Degrees Entertainment Presentation – Michael Costigan (American Gangster, A Bigger Splash, Brokeback Mountain, Ghost in the Shell), Hahn (The Switch, Cake), Mohamed AlRafi (Above Suspicion, Lying and Stealing), and Trish Hofmann (Gringo, Get On Up). Executive producers are Aniston and Danny Nozell.


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Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Published November 30, 2018 / Last Updated December 10, 2018

Team Dolly

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

Dolly Parton releases Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Released on Nov. 30, Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack includes both new and canon tracks from Dolly Parton! Produced by GRAMMY nominee Linda Perry, the soundtrack features exceptional guests including Sia, Elle King, Mavis Staples, Miranda Lambert, Willa Amai, Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Macy Gray, and DOROTHY, as well as cameos by Dumplin’ stars Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston.

“Because I just love people, little things, and I think people are blind without knowing it sometimes. Sometimes if you can open their eyes, and throw a little light on the darkness that they didn’t even realize they were in the darkness. And hopefully, through music, we can do a lot of that. That’s what I was hoping to do.” Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton has always been intent on building people up. As an actress in 9 To 5, Steel Magnolias and a host of films, her characters show kindness, support and inspire others. As an activist, she launched her Imagination Library in 1995. The program sends over 1 million free books per month to registered children around the world. Children receive a book a month from birth to age five and today the program has sent over 100 million free books. In 2016, she organized and hosted the Smoky Mountain Rise telethon to benefit the My People Fund, created when fires destroyed the area where she grew up.

But Dolly Parton’s real power lies in the moving songs she writes about growing up in Appalachia, coming into her own as a dreamer, owning her strength, smarts and sensuality as a flesh and blood woman. Those songs – and her distinctive looks – have taken her around the world and made her a beloved global superstar.

Dumplin’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack now joins the ranks of Dolly’s previous released soundtrack albums which include “Best Little WhoreHouse In Texas,” “Rhinestone,” “Straight Talk” and “Joyful Noise.”


  1. Here I Am (Dolly Parton & Sia)*
  2. Holdin’ On To You (Dolly Parton & Elle King)*
  3. Girl in the Movies**
  4. Red Shoes**
  5. Why (Dolly Parton & Mavis Staples)*
  6. Dumb Blonde (Dolly Parton & Miranda Lambert)+
  7. Here You Come Again (Dolly Parton & Willa Amai)^
  8. Who**
  9. Push & Pull**
  10. If We Don’t (Dolly Parton & Rhonda Vincent with Alison Krauss)**
  11. Two Doors Down (Dolly Parton & Macy Gray with DOROTHY)*
  12. Jolene (New String Version)*

Songwriters: *Dolly Parton, **Dolly Parton/Linda Perry, +Curly Putman, ^Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil

NOTE: Additional original catalog songs and catalog remixes as featured in the film from Parton will be available as part of the streaming version of the album.





It makes sense that when Julie Murphy published Dumplin’, the YA novel about a plus-size teen with a former beauty queen mother who finds confidence through the songs of Dolly Parton, it became a No. 1 New York Times best-seller. Parton, an avid reader, was delighted to see her songs imbuing self-worth in someone else’s story, but even with her production company, she never considered taking it to the silver screen.

Enter superstar Jennifer Aniston, who not only optioned, then signed on to produce and star as the Mom, but tapped Patti Cake$ breakout star Danielle Macdonald for the starring role. Knowing Parton’s tremendous humility, they realized her role would be more unseen – and Aniston approached her to contribute a title theme and perhaps re-record a few of her classics.

And that’s when the magic happened.

Linda Perry

Music supervisor Buck Damon enlisted Linda Perry, the musically aggressive former 4 NonBlondes frontwoman and producer. He couldn’t have picked someone less like the Appalachian-born superstar. Perry, who’d first met Parton after an appearance on The Talk, had been talking to her manager about trying to do some tracks. Suddenly, her intentions had manifested.

“When we met to work on a song for the movie, well, we just started writing one song after another,” Parton recalls. “And they were good! We were just so excited, we started recording them. We didn’t even know if all these were going to go into the movie; but (the producers) started loving all this music. Before you know it, they’ve got this whole soundtrack!”

“My goal,” explains Perry, “was not to go Nashville, but not go alt-rock, either. I wanted to get players with great feel, then put them together in a room. We’d go through things; I’d have a guitar, and we’d bounce ideas back and forth…

“We’re the same. Our work ethics are insane, and we’d both be like, ‘Are you good? I’m good,’ and we’d stay all night working. That’s how this soundtrack ended up as a body of work that holds together. It blends everything Dolly is.” What a soundtrack it is.

From seven-time Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year and two-time Grammy winner Miranda Lambert joining Parton on her very first single, the wry “Dumb Blond,” to a dry old-time vocal into a funk throwdown with Macy Gray and DOROTHY on “Two Doors Down,” the classics are revisited with unbridled, unrepentant joy. There are wafts of Appalachia as 27-time Grammy winner Alison Krauss and International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year and seven-time Female Vocalist Rhonda Vincent resurrect “If We Don’t,” and ache on the wide open “Holdin’ On To You” with firebrand rocker Elle King and the stark “Here You Come Again,” featuring 14-year-old Willa Amai.

But it’s the gospel of “Wonder Why,” featuring soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, that burns.

Mavis Staples

“Singing with all of these artists was a joy,” Parton enthuses. “I’m honored, and pleased. But singing with Miss Mavis? Knowing what she meant to my soul, how much I loved her before, her Dad and her whole family, back in the day (of the Staples Singers)! Just to be singing with her in the studio, to hear her through my headphones was such a thrill for me!

“I told her, ‘You just be Mavis. You sing whatever you want to sing, dart in on me if you want to. You sing under me, all over me, sing around me! You just sing,’ And it worked!”

As magical as the duets are, though, it’s the solo originals that shine the brightest.

“‘Red Shoes’ is kind of like my modern day ‘Coat of Many Colors,’ because even though they refer to red shoes in the movie, and it’s also in the book,” notes Parton. “I told a story many years ago about how when I was a tiny little kid, and we lived up on the mountain, we had nothing, no electricity or anything. They used to send clothes up, boxes of clothes from the welfare or just for poor people; there was a pair of red high-heeled shoes. I thought they looked little, and I wanted those shoes so bad! I never could get that image out of my head, and I’ve always had red shoes! So when I started to write, I just kind of took that based on Aunt Lucy, and made it my own.”

That same hope and imagination tempered with determination and hard work informs the genreless Parton classic-to-be “Girl in the Movies.” Laughing as much at her own desire to make it, as the empowerment one can find in the movies, Parton offers, “My whole life has been built on positive thinking and dreams, believing that I could do it. So, yes, I’ve been influenced back when I was a kid by (the movies). There’s something about so many of us who’ve gone to the movies. When you’re a kid, you look up at that screen, you see people living their lives with confidence. You feel that.

“I’d see those movie magazines, and I’d want to be that! I wanted to have fancy clothes, and make up. I wanted to be pretty. I was Backwoods Barbie!”

And today, she’s a woman who’s written movie themes, acted opposite Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Sylvester Stallone, seen her music played in discos, at bluegrass festivals and been a cornerstone in rock/country/pop’s first female super-group with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.

“I’m always amazed by what’s going on now, and that I’m still around,” Parton demurs when confronted by the high-level collaborators she still attracts, “or that a lot of these people kind of look up to me. You worry that you can’t be that good, you can’t be all that. I’m just a regular person, just trying to live my life.

“I want to do good. I want to touch people. I’m not preaching a gospel; I’m not trying to do anything but live my life the way I see fit. If that’s touched people, and is an inspiration, then that makes me feel good. Sometimes you’re better being an example than trying to go fight a battle. My way has always been to address things naturally and honestly, and let it be part of my personality. Just be it.”

That personalizing even songs for others tempers “Push And Pull,” which encapsulates the tension between Aniston and Macdonald, serves the story. But it also captures real life and real family dynamics. As Parton shares, “One of my sisters was going through the same thing with her daughter at the same time. They’d just go back and forth, back and forth. It really inspired me, that one particular emotion of just trying to use your own control to control another person. And it never works!

“But that let me personalize these songs a little bit more than just reflecting the story.”

In many ways, Parton is the universal woman. She understands and nurtures, but she also breaks ground, seeks to press the limits of her own insurmountable talent. After five decades, it’s hard to believe there are new horizons, but the pride of East Tennessee sees vistas ahead. And all of it makes perfect sense.

Considering Gray, the progressive soul songstress, Parton exclaims, “I just love her sound. She was hanging around the sessions, and I got such a kick out of her, because she’s as unusual as a person as she is with her look and her sound. She is a complete… the word is unique, and I love that in a person.

“Like the song with Rhonda and Alison, the bluegrass feel. I wanted a real country, funky track, kind of a June Carter/Johnny Cash kind of track, but with a funky sound. That’s what’s so great about this record.”

“Jolene” (New String Version)

“Her voice is insane,” Perry marvels. “The keys haven’t dropped down, and she’s singing all her songs in the original keys. When we decided to do a string arrangement of ‘Jolene,’ Dolly wasn’t so sure. But when she saw the kids come in – because I’d hired a young string section for the song – she was like, ‘Well, do you want me to go sing with them?’ I had the mic set-up, because that was exactly what I wanted.

“She went out there, and we rolled tape. We did it three times, but you’re hearing the first take. But not just the first take, the first take with no punches, no auto-tune, just one complete performance all the way through.”

Sometimes we don’t know what we need until it happens.

“Linda had all these great, great melodies, so we worked really well together. Completely different people. We are so different, yet we’re almost totally alike on the creative level. You know, I’ve never worked with a women before! I’ve never had a female producer. I’ve never really written with anyone, so this was all so different.

“And she’s gay. I’ve never worked that closely with someone on a creative level like that, and it opened up a whole lot of… well, her take on how people don’t accept, all through the years. That’s what this story is, really.”

Parton shines as she says this. It’s not a revelation, just something she’d never considered, and she likes it. “I feel for everybody. I am everybody, all the time. And as I writer, I really get involved in what people go through, whether they’re gay, whether they’re black, or white, or yellow, or brown, or gray. Everybody is who they are, and they should be allowed to be that!

“As a writer, I have to leave my heart open. That’s why I’ve always said I couldn’t harden my heart against hurt, or anything. If you do that, you’re not going to feel all that emotion you need to feel to write what the people are actually feeling. That’s what we need. Listen to what you feel.”

For Dumplin’, her mother, as well as the women who join Parton for these collaborations, feeling is the bottom line to getting where they need to be. It’s not always easy, but it makes the journey – and the listening – worth the effort.


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Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebrates 11 Years As Favorite Christmas Event with Glacier Ridge

Published November 10, 2018 / Last Updated November 10, 2018

Team Dolly

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
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Creative Director - Sarah Chapman

Dollywood’s new Glacier Ridge marks largest addition ever to Christmas festival

After earning its 11th consecutive Golden Ticket award for Best Theme Park Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 10, 2018- Jan. 5, 2019) adds even more merry memory making moments with the addition of the impressive Glacier Ridge.

With the all-new Glacier Ridge, guests can experience the Smokies at Christmas in a way they never have before. The novel and immense experience of Glacier Ridge pushes the park’s total count to more than five million twinkling lights. Located in the areas of the park known as Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and the upper portion of Craftsman’s Valley, Glacier Ridge is a must-see during Smoky Mountain Christmas.

“Christmas is so important to me for so many reasons,” Dolly Parton said. “I’m so thankful that it’s a time when our family comes together to share stories, remember old times, and make new memories we’ll take with us through the next year and beyond. There’s a lot of laughin’ and a whole lot of love when we all get together. I want those folks who come to experience Christmas with us at Dollywood to feel like they’re part of the family, making those memories and sharing those special times. I know the fun they’ll find in Glacier Ridge will help them create brand new memories and traditions.”

Glacier Ridge

As guests near Glacier Ridge, they’ll feel as if the Smokies have frozen over, thanks to an arctic color palette and a mesmerizing atmosphere sure to wow guests. The Plaza at Wilderness Pass transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with a 50 ft. tall animated tree which anchors the area. Every 30 minutes the Plaza sparkles to life to present a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show complete with holiday hits that will have guests singing along.

For guests entering from Timber Canyon, the Arctic Passage, a 130-ft. long programmable light tunnel, transports them into Glacier Ridge in a stunning array of light and color. Once emerging from the tunnel, guests will be greeted by polar bears who have made a home at Drop Line Bay. Because the Smokies have frozen to create Glacier Ridge, these friends from the North are able to spend time with their Smoky Mountain cousins.

Those coming to Glacier Ridge through Craftsman’s Valley experience a one-of-a-kind new light installation that mimics the natural phenomenon known as the aurora borealis. Guests can walk through Dollywood’s version of the northern lights—which is brought to life with music as only Dolly can do— making it feel as if the aurora borealis has come south, even if for just a few weeks.

Since Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas helped kick off Sevier County’s Winterfest in 1990, the festival has been known globally as a must-see Christmas event. Amusement Today contributors and voters bestowed the Best Theme Park Christmas Event award on Dollywood in 2008 when the honor was first created. Dollywood is the 11-time—and only—winner of the award.

Parade of Many Colors

From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors, to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas fosters family memory making for guests. For those who wander through the spectacular scenery, it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many. Guests can experience the fun enchantment of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends straight from the children’s holiday classic, or sit down together for a fabulous Christmas feast at many of Dollywood’s award-winning dining locations. Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions also operate in this merry environment, with rides racing along just above the millions of twinkling lights.

A season pass purchased during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas festival along with unlimited admission for Dollywood’s entire 2019 season, including the introduction of Wildwood Grove. To ensure the lowest prices of the season, guests should purchase their 2019 season pass online now or upgrade their paid one-day admission ticket on the day of their visit. Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a regular one-day ticket toward the purchase of a 2019 season pass.

With five million lights, award-winning entertainment, the addition of Glacier Ridge and much more, one thing is for certain: Dollywood truly captures the essence of Christmas.

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