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4 Reasons to Visit Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Showstreet Palace Theater and Dollywood sign lit up during Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
November 6, 2023

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is a favorite holiday event for many visitors to the Smoky Mountains area. Each year, Dollywood is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with the sights and sounds of the holiday season. This is a great way to get in the holiday spirit and grow closer with your loved ones as you explore this festive event. Here are four reasons why your family will love visiting Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas this year.

1. More Than 6 Million Lights


During Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, the theme park glows bright with more than 6 million twinkling lights and dozens of Christmas trees. All throughout the park you’ll see festive light displays and holiday decorations. Each section of the park tells a seasonal story through different vibrant colors. You’ll enjoy seeing the soft candlelight glow of Craftsman’s Valley, the bright reds and greens of Santa’s Village, and the stunning blues and whites of Glacier Ridge. There’s even a larger-than-life Christmas tree that tells a story with a festive light show. Your whole family will be awed by the breathtaking displays all around!

2. Cheerful Holiday Shows

Nothing spreads holiday cheer like the Christmas shows at Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Watching heartwarming Christmas shows like “Christmas in the Smokies” and “Twas the Night Before Christmas” has become a cherished holiday tradition for many families. You’ll also enjoy hearing your favorite holiday songs with performances such as “O Holy Night,” “Appalachian Christmas,” and “Holiday Wild Roots.” You can sing along to the songs you know or just sit back and enjoy the sounds of the season! New this year is “Joyful! Season of Light” which is a nightly Christmas drone show. You can watch as hundreds of drones light up the night sky and dance to festive tunes!

3. Seasonal Holiday Flavors

cinnamon bread at Dollywood

Another great reason to visit Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is to savor the flavors of the season. There are so many hearty holiday dishes to try, such as the Sweet Italian Sausage Skillet, Stuffing Stacker, Pot Roast Mac & Cheese, and Christmas Toastie Sandwich. It wouldn’t be the holidays without some sweet treats, too, so make sure you save room for dessert! Some examples of holiday treats include the Red Velvet Whoopie Pie, Eggnog Cupcake, Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich, Gingerbread Cookies, and more! These are just a few of the many seasonal foods you can enjoy at Dollywood this Christmas season. And, of course, you can’t visit Dollywood without getting their famous Cinnamon Bread!

4. Santa’s List…Naughty or Nice

Back again this year is everyone’s favorite Christmas attraction: Santa’s List…Naughty or Nice! You and your family will have the opportunity to see Santa at work inside his Smoky Mountain cabin as he reviews his famous naughty or nice list. You’ll get the chance to find out if your name made it on the nice list. You can also get a photo with Santa through the window of his workshop. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see Santa at work and get a sneak peek at his list!

More Ways to Celebrate Christmas in the Smoky Mountains

These are just a few of the reasons why you should visit Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas this season. If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate Christmas during your vacation, check out these fun things to do for Christmas in the Smokies!

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