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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Introduces Largest Expansion Ever

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November 13, 2018

We hope you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit, because this year’s Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood is bigger and better than ever before. Experience more lights and more holiday entertainment than you ever thought possible with the addition of Glacier Ridge! We’ve got all the details on Smoky Mountain Christmas’ largest expansion ever.

About Glacier Ridge at Dollywood

At this year’s Smoky Mountain Christmas , step inside the magical winter wonderland of Glacier Ridge. Glacier Ridge is full of twinkling light displays, and even a 50-foot Christmas tree! This new holiday area crosses through 3 separate areas of the park: Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass, and Craftsman’s Valley. Visitors can stumble upon the beautifully decorated 50-foot tree in The Plaza at Glacier Ridge, which puts on a dazzling light show complete with your favorite holiday hits. If you enter Glacier Ridge from Timber Canyon, you’ll pass through the Arctic Passage, a 130-foot-long tunnel that includes a stunning array of light and color. When you walk through the Craftsman’s Valley section, you’ll experience a one-of-a-kind light installation that brings the aurora borealis to the Smoky Mountains. Glacier Ridge as a whole adds 1 million lights to Dollywood’s Christmas festival, bringing the total to over 5 million!

More About Smoky Mountain Christmas

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Not only can you admire the Christmas magic in the arctic wonderland of Glacier Ridge, but you can enjoy everything else that Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas has to offer! There is plenty of fun for the whole family, from holiday shopping, to Christmas shows, to meet and greets with Santa Claus himself. One thing you don’t want to miss is the Parade of Many Colors, which begins at 8:15 p.m. nightly during the festival. It’s an exciting holiday tradition that includes vibrant floats, interactive characters, and surprises! Here are some of the other top things to do at Dollywood’s Christmas festival:

See a Show

Dollywood puts you in the holiday spirit with a variety of award-winning holiday musical productions! Watch Dollywood’s own Christmas in the Smokies, during which the cast performs all your holiday favorites, or go see the classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Other holiday shows include “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” “O’ Holy Night,” “Appalachian Christmas,” and more!

Family Activities

Everything at Dollywood is family-friendly, but during the Christmas season there are activities that the kids especially will enjoy. Visit Santa Land for a chance to see Santa’s sleigh and get your picture taken with Santa Claus himself, or hang out with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and all of his friends! Your family can also enjoy a holiday feast at several of Dollywood’s delicious dining options.

Where to Stay

smoky mountain cabin

When you visit the Smoky Mountains this holiday season, there is no better place to stay than one of our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals! Not only do our cabins offer you all the comforts of home, but you will be just a short drive away from all of the holiday celebrations, including Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Our cabins offer a variety of amenities, from hot tubs to fireplaces, and even game rooms and home theaters! You’ll have endless entertainment both inside and outside of your cabin.

Get ready to visit Dollywood to experience the magic of Smoky Mountain Christmas! Start planning your trip by browsing our Smoky Mountain cabin rentals and booking the perfect one for your stay.

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