Friday, October 25, 2013

Dollywood Presents A Smoky Mountain Christmas

The holidays aren’t complete without a visit to Dollywood during A Smoky Mountain Christmas.  From November 9, 2013, through January 4, 2014, you can experience a winter wonderland filled with four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances.  With the purchase of Dollywood tickets you also gain access to a full line-up of Christmas shows, which is the highlight of the event for me.   

Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, an engaging adaptation of the Dickens Classic, is my top show choice.  Relatively new to the Dollywood holiday show schedule, the production entertains with a talented 15-member cast, charming Victorian scenery and period costumes and fully orchestrated musical tracks emphasizing themes of redemption.  The inspiring show puts a new twist on the visits of three spirits to Ebenezer Scrooge, to the delight of audiences.  Arrive at the Showstreet Theater 20 minutes or more before showtime to get the best seats. 
Of course, there’s plenty more to see and do at Dollywood Pigeon Forge during Christmas.  Both the Carol of the Trees and Parade of Lights dazzle the senses.  Thousands of lights synchronize with holiday music to transform Rivertown Lake into a seasonal symphony.  The Parade of Lights marches through the park nightly with Christmas floats adorned with bright lights bring Christmas cheer to the park.   

If you can, make time for at least two more shows – Christmas in the Smokies and O’ Holy Night.  Centered on tradition, Christmas in the Smokies is a downhome country Christmas with classic songs performed celebrating the joy of the season.  O’ Holy Night brings the meaning of the season to the spotlight.  Follow as three shepherds are guided by a star and a little girl looks for an angel.   

Santa’s Workshop is also a favorite of mine.  The larger-than-life toys, 18-foot tall Christmas tree and Santa’s friendly helpers never fail to bring out the kid in me.  Plus, you can get your photo taken with Santa for a cute holiday keepsake. 
Make time out of your visit to do a little holiday shopping, too.  Unique treasures can be found throughout the craftsmen-based stores.  Don’t want to carry your purchases around the park?  No problem. You can choose parcel pick-up and collect your packages at the exit shop when your day of fun is done. 

As long as weather cooperates, rides and attractions will be open.  Soar through the skies on Wild Eagle, feel the rush of Thunderhead and then go for a spin on Dizzy Disk.  It may be a bit chilly but the thrill is worth it! 

Before leaving the park you can also visit the Robert F. Thomas Chapel.  The one-room country church, outfitted with simple wooden pews and hardwood floors, is a special place to reflect on Christmas.  If you’re at the park on Sundays worship services are held at 5:30pm during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival.

Reserve your day at Dollywood.  You’ll experience a true Smoky Mountain Christmas full of merriment, festive cheer and plenty of memory-making. 

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