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Cast your vote for Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, nominated for Best Theme Park Holiday Event in the USA Today 10Best Awards
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana—the 13-time and only winner of Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award for Best Theme Park Christmas Event—has been nominated in the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for Best Theme Park Holiday Event.
The USA Today contest, which is now live, runs through Monday, December 6 at 11:59 a.m. A page with a link to the voting page can be found at Dollywood.com/vote. Anyone is eligible to vote and may do so once per day, per device. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of relevant experts, which includes a combination of editors from USA Today, editors from 10Best.com, expert contributors and more.
A Family Holiday Tradition
The theme park industry’s premier Christmas event has been a long-held tradition for generations of guests since its debut in 1990. With more than five million holiday lights, festive holiday performances and a cheerful Christmas atmosphere, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas truly captures the essence of Christmas. From the joy of traditional holiday shows to the excitement of watching Santa at work in his Smoky Mountain cabin, Dollywood’s Christmas festival helps families create memories to share for a lifetime. Guests can also enjoy Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions that operate in this merry environment.
Dollywood’s family favorite shows light 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 will 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 each evening of operation during the festival! Families can dance and sing along to favorite Christmas songs as the fireworks shine and shimmer above, creating another special memory before leaving the park.
Festive Holiday Food
For those looking to celebrate the holidays with the perfect family meal, Dollywood’s team of chefs has 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 number of hearty favorites are sure to remind guests of Christmases past. An array of unique items abounds, including eggnog cheesecake, hazelnut churros, Santa’s chilled cocoa and more.
For more information about Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, please visit Dollywood.com or download the Dollywood app.