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Smoky Mountain Christmas

By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on November 16, 2021

Lots of folks travel to the Smokies each winter to enjoy the holiday light displays shining throughout Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge is no exception. In fact, they have 5 million lights strung up all over the theme park, transforming it into a winter wonderland at night. And that's just one of many reasons to visit Dollywood during its annual Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, running now through January 2, 2022.

The park still offers most of what folks enjoy about it throughout spring, summer and fall, but as we head into the Christmas holiday, Dollywood pulls out all the stops and lays out the red carpet for its guests. One of the many special holiday-themed areas and attractions is Glacier Ridge, which spans parts of Wilderness Pass and Timber Canyon. In essence, the Smokies have iced over so that Polar Bear can visit his cousin Black Bear for the holidays. Cool blue and crisp white lights twinkle throughout Glacier Ridge, creating an icy but homey scene.

And not all the lights you'll see during Smoky Mountain Christmas are of the twinkling variety. Some actually explode high in the skies above Dollywood thanks to the Merry & Bright fireworks show. Festive pyrotechnics light up the night in tandem with a soundtrack of cheerful holiday classics that the whole family can sing along to.

Your visit will be more than just a treat for the eyes, however. Music is always an integral part of any Dollywood season, and for the holidays, the park's lineup of seasonal music shows returns with plenty of Christmas cheer. Highlights include outdoor performances of Appalachian Christmas as well as the Candlelight Carolers who will fill the air with everyone's favorite Yuletide songs. Other staged events include Christmas in the Smokies, Heart of the Holidays, O Holy Night and 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

During a time when most of us like to indulge in holiday treats, Dollywood is right there to oblige with a winter menu that includes hearty dishes like braised beef short ribs and sweet fare like their apple cinnamon funnel cakes and molten chocolate lava cake. You'll find these and other seasonal dishes at the many restaurants and food stands located throughout the park, proving that all your senses will be tantalized during Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Dollywood also has many of its regular rides and attractions up and running throughout this holiday celebration. You can even ride some of the roller coasters if weather conditions are favorable. Just make sure to bundle up nice and warm. Of course, none of the water-themed rides are in play for winter, but you can still take a stroll through Craftsman's Valley and shop the handcrafted merchandise on display made by Dollywood's community of resident artisans.

Maybe you can coordinate your day at Dollywood with a visit to Smoky Mountain Ziplines. We're operating on weekends only through the end of the year as well as select days during holiday weeks. Be sure to contact us in advance to schedule a tour and confirm our Pigeon Forge zip line prices.

In fact, both attractions are located just a couple of miles off the main Parkway, via access roads that originate near the south end of town. Geographically, you can get from one destination to the other in less than a half-hour, depending on traffic conditions.


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