Summer brings VeggieTales® and much more to Dollywood's KidsFest

The largest kids’ festival in the South returned just as kids got out of school for the summer. Dolly said,

“Growing up, summertime in the Smoky Mountains was just one adventure-filled day after another for my brothers and sisters and me. KidsFest is my way of sharing special Smoky Mountain adventures with kids of all ages while they explore all of the fun activities that Dollywood has to offer.”

The VeggieTales® live show was a favorite at the park. Dollywood also welcomed several new faces including a costumed bear show. Clay, a seven-and-a-half-year-old black bear, played guitar. Griz, a 12-year-old grizzly bear, was the drummer. Ice, an 18-year-old polar bear, played keyboard and Rae Ling, a 10-year-old panda, sang. The band performed in Craftsman’s Valley.

The festival was filled with more animal antics. Families fell in love with seven performing dogs with acts ranging from flying disc catches to jumping rope and dancing!


Dollywood’s 'Smoky Mountain Christmas' includes Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop was just one element of Dollywood’s "Smoky Mountain Christmas" celebration. Only the North Pole is more hectic than the Dollywood location of Santa’s Workshop! Families stepped into a 7,000 square foot whimsical world as they entered Peppermint Valley. It took more than four weeks of work, 25 pounds of glitter, 100 gallons of paint, strings of candy garland, thousands of lights and ornaments to create the breathtaking Workshop.

Santa was especially busy posing for photographs and accepting Christmas wish lists. Families could play with a safe snow substitute, decorate Christmas cookies and make crafts. VeggieTales films were shown in the Christmas Movie Room.



The first ever KidsFest at Dollywood includes something for even the biggest kid to enjoy

Dolly and Dollywood celebrate children with the kickoff of the park’s newest festival, KidsFest. Dolly’s love for kids and her love of entertainment mixed to create this unique summer festival including, VeggieTales®, Garfield’s® 25th Anniversary Birthday Party, the Purina® Dog Chow® Incredible Dog Team and ASA Extreme Sports Shows. These exciting acts and more made the South’s largest children’s festival. The kid-friendly environment was filled with shows kids were delighted to see all summer long!




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