Rudolph and Friends Return to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

November 4, 2015
Rudolph and Friends at Holly Jolly Junction in Dollywood

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas begins Nov. 7, featuring the return of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and the final season of Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol.

Dolly is helping bring out the Christmas spirit in kids of all ages again this year at her Smoky Mountain theme park, Dollywood. Once again, Visitors will be able to meet the beloved characters of the classic television special, "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer." Rudolph and his friends Clarice, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius will greet guests in Rudolph's Holly Jolly Junction. While there, families can also decorate custom Christmas cookies at Clarice's kitchen.

This year marks the final season of Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, a unique adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. This show uses holographic technology to bring Dolly Parton to the stage as the Ghost of Christmas past. In addition to her starring role, Dolly wrote seven new songs specifically for this musical.Dolly said,

“I’m so proud of the work everyone puts in to making Christmas such a special time for families at my Dollywood. They start putting up Christmas lights in July! It’s so beautiful and truly is the most special time of year to visit. Our entertainment team does an amazing job with all of the great shows they perform at Christmas. Why I hear they’re even going to bring back the hologram version of me one more time so you can see ‘the other Dolly’ remind ol’ Scrooge what Christmas is all about!”

During the Christmas season, guests can also enjoy several fan favorites including Christmas in the Smokies, An Appalachian Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, O’ Holy Night and Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs. Each night the Parade of Lights with larger-than-life toys and characters winds its way through the park. At Santa's Workshop, children can see Kris Kringle and share their wish list.

The park will also be filled with the heart-warming flavors of the holidays including pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin spice funnel cakes and a make-your-own s’mores pit. They can also enjoy a traditional Christmas meal as several menus include holiday-themed items such as turkey and dressing, hot flavored drinks like hot chocolate and wassail are sure to keep them warm and in the Christmas spirit.

Dollywood's special events team started preparations in July and once they finish the park will twinkle with four million holiday lights. Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas has received the Golden Ticket Award for Best Christmas Event for eight consecutive years.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas begins Nov. 7, and runs through Jan. 3. Visit Dollywood online to check park hours and show times.