7 Reasons to Do Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

No one takes the holiday season more seriously than Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and their signature theme park, Dollywood, is ready to make your season merry and bright.

Smoky Mountain Christmas kicks off November 4 and runs through January 1, and you owe yourself a visit to this holiday wonderland if you’re staying at White Oak Lodge and Resort during that time!

Here are just some of the things you can look forward to.

Christmas in the Smokies, Celebrity Theatre

Dollywood’s musical Christmas tradition features a 14-member cast performing hometown holiday favorites that celebrate the joy of the season.

Parade of Many Colors, Showstreet

Catch this stunning display of lights nightly at 8 p.m. on park operating days. The Parade of Many Colors includes vibrant floats, interactive characters and a number of other surprises sure to dazzle and inspire.

It’s A Wonderful Life, Showstreet Palace Theatre

The classic holiday movie re-imagined, live, musical and on stage!

Dolly’s Christmas Chapel

All lit up and ready for worship, The Robert F. Thomas Chapel hosts services at 5:30 p.m. each Sunday throughout the festival.

Meet Rudolph and Friends

The kids won’t want to miss this – visit Rudolph’s Holly Jolly ™ Junction, a magical area where festive fun awaits. Meet Rudolph, Clarice, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius. Leave with a special Christmas photo souvenir.

Santa Land, Celebration Hall

Visit with Santa and the elves as they get ready for Christmas. While you’re there, create your own craft items and marvel at the larger-than-life toys!

The MistleTones, Showstreet Gazebo

Stop by and give these gals a listen. The Mistletones bring a new twist to old-time Christmas classics in acapella fashion.

Not to mention, four million Christmas lights are draped throughout all 150 acres of the park to make your entire visit festive. It’s the best possible way to get into the holiday spirit.

If you didn’t plan to visit White Oak Lodge and Resort this year, there’s always next year to make Gatlinburg your magical holiday destination.

What do you think? What’s your favorite holiday attraction in or around Gatlinburg?

Photos by Wes Ramey, courtesy of The Dollywood Company.

Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actress (and active) with local community and city theatre.