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Fabulous Festivals Celebrate Every Season at Dollywood

Published March 24, 2016 / Last Updated April 27, 2016
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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
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Throughout the year, Dollywood Festivals celebrate every season with award-winning entertainment, attractions, food and much more!

Photo Credit: © Curtis Hilbun Dollywood

Dollywood guests know every season at the award-winning park presents a totally different and exciting atmosphere. Much like the changing scenery in the nearby Great Smoky Mountains creates beautiful sights for visitors, Dollywood’s fabulous festivals provide a distinct and always-changing ambiance for those who come through the gates. As Dollywood enters its third decade of providing memory-making moments for families, its fantastic festivals offer guests a multitude of opportunities they’ll find nowhere else. Free international stage productions and concerts by bluegrass and Southern gospel favorites, the eight-time winner for Best Christmas Event, as well as extended operating hours and a nightly fireworks show in the summer, combine with the park’s more than 40 rides and attractions to provide something for everyone.

Dollywood’s Festival of Nations—March 19-April 18, 2016
Dollywood welcomes the world during Festival of Nations, a fascinating multi-cultural celebration! Featuring the traditional music, dance, food and art of nations from around the globe, Festival of Nations reminds guests of shared similarities while embracing unique, time-honored traditions. The headline show for 2016, Mother Africa, returns after its Dollywood debut in 2014. This renowned show combines skillful acrobatics, live music and traditional dance to delight audiences through a world-class demonstration celebrating Africa’s diverse traditions. Major touring stage shows, internationally-known performance groups, various roaming musicians and more make Festival of Nations a fun, educational and exciting experience. Authentic international cuisine and the daily celebrations by visiting nations throughout the park provide guests with an escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.

Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
 
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
 
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
 
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
 
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
 
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show
 
Dollywood's 2016 Festival of Nations - Mother Africa Show

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass—May 13-22, 2016
Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass launches the unofficial start of summer and combines the tastiest barbeque in the South with the biggest names in bluegrass. This year’s festival features an impressive bluegrass lineup with a multitude of free daily concerts from an amazing collection of International Bluegrass Music Association award winners. This annual tradition wouldn’t be complete without pounds of saucy pulled pork, barbequed chicken and ribs by the slab. This family-favorite event is music to the ears… and a treat for the taste buds.

Dollywood’s Great American Summer—June 11-Aug. 7, 2016
Great American Summer provides families even more of what they already love—time together at Dollywood. This summertime celebration features extended park hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, giving families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class attractions, including Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle all day and well into the night! Families will love Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Show, which returns to Dollywood in 2016. The high-flying antics of these powerful pooches will leave audiences begging for more. Perondi’s amazing animals have been featured on “The Tonight Show,” “Ellen” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Great American Summer also features award-winning illusionist Brad Ross who takes audiences on an inspirational journey into a world of fun and magic. Each show features unbelievable magic, world-class illusions, hysterical comedy and audience interaction. To complete the day, the park’s festive nightly fireworks show features uplifting music and interactive elements to celebrate the fun of Dollywood after dark! Each evening a high-spirited dance party entertains guests in Wilderness Pass with a 15-minute party designed to get every member of the family on their feet prior to Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors!

Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration presented by Humana—Sept. 30-Oct. 29, 2016
With a colorful swatch of orange, red, yellow and gold painted across the landscape, fall in the Great Smoky Mountains provides the perfect festive backdrop for Dollywood’s National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration. Featuring a lineup, which includes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music, the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ring through the crisp autumn air as free daily concerts take place on the park’s various stages. Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!

Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana—Nov. 5, 2016-Jan. 4, 2017
An eight-time winner of America’s Best Christmas Event, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana features four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances, including traditional favorites like “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Christmas in the Smokies.” Guests also can experience the fun and excitement of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends. Many of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions operate in a festive environment designed to get everyone into the spirit of the season. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of a Smoky Mountain Christmas.

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Fireworks Show Highlights Dollywood’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Published December 18, 2015 / Last Updated December 18, 2015
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Dolly Parton Productions

Managing Editor at Dolly Parton Productions
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
Senior Editor - Amanda Webb
Dolly Parton Productions

Families can enjoy a New Year’s Eve celebration at Dollywood with a special Fireworks show.

Rounding out the park’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas event is a fantastic, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration, complete with Fireworks. Dollywood is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on December 31, with Fireworks starting at 8:30 p.m.

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana is the only winner of Amusement Today’s Best Christmas Event award. Ask a season passholder why they return year after year, and words like tradition, magic and memories are a common refrain.

Regardless of the number of visits, a trip to Dollywood to experience its four million Christmas lights, spectacular holiday entertainment and delicious treats and goodies warms every soul with the spirit of the Season. Even Scrooge himself visits the park every day during the festival—thanks to his leading role in Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, which celebrates its final year in 2015. This ground-breaking production features Dolly Parton as a hologram of the Ghost of Christmas Past.

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‘Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol’

Published November 9, 2013 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly appears as Ghost of Christmas Past in “Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol”

Dolly made history in Dollywood’s 2013 Smoky Mountain Christmas festival when she appeared in  “Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol” as a hologram.
She stars in the ground-breaking show as the Ghost of Christmas Past, with a flair only Dolly can bring to the stage, thanks to  a cutting-edge hologram technology. Dolly was excited about the opportunity but joked,

“I’m not sure this world can handle two Dolly Partons, but I’m excited folks will be able to see ‘the other Dolly’ reminding families that it’s not what you have but who you have, just like ole Scrooge figures out in the end.”

The Dollywood Company‘Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol’

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Miniature Railroad

Published November 10, 2012 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly introduces Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Miniature Railroad to the award-winning Christmas festival

Dolly kicked off one of her favorite seasons at Dollywood with a brand new addition, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Miniature Railroad. This fascinating multi-level model train display spans 1,000 square feet and features six different garden-gauge trains, complete with bridges and a working waterfall.

Dolly’s award-winning festival gives families a place to come together and celebrate Christmas at Dollywood. Dolly said,

“My Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood is that special place where folks can make their memories and celebrate their own traditions with the ones they love. It truly is the most wonderful time of the year!”

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood is presented by Humana.

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‘Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland’ headlines Christmas festival

Published November 4, 2006 / Last Updated October 17, 2015

Dolly adds even more sparkle to Dollywood’s award-winning Christmas festival with ‘Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland’

Wrapped in more than three million holiday lights, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival opens Nov. 4, headlined by the park’s new holiday show “Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland.” Dolly said,

“Our new ‘Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland’ show will fill every member of the family with wide-eyed wonder. Believe me, Santa and I both have a few surprises up our sleeves this Christmas!”

A never-before-seen adaptation of the family classic, “Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland” became the most elaborate stage show in the park’s history. The show unfolds in a small East Tennessee village on Christmas Eve and features a fully-orchestrated score highlighted by lush musical arrangements and heartwarming lyrics.

The Dollywood Company‘Dollywood’s Babes in Toyland’ headlines Christmas festival