The Smoky Mountains are truly one of the most beautiful (Kari thinks THE most beautiful) places in our nation. Dollywood is one of the most fun and festive parts of the Pigeon Forge area and at Christmas it becomes even more magical. There are so many reasons to visit Dollywood for their Smoky Mountain Christmas festival from sweet treats to bright lights. Here’s our list of 9 reasons why you should visit Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.
We love good food. There are so many great options for food at Dollywood whether you want a sit-down meal or grab quick snacks while racing between attractions. We had a great a lunch because does it get better than eating a hand-dipped corn dog and tater twirls while listening to live Christmas bluegrass on a beautiful day?
We’re both big bluegrass fans and the show at Back Porch Theater is going to get your toes tapping and your hands clapping, even if you’re sitting at one the nearby tables eating lunch!
We enjoyed riding the carousel together and G had a blast riding the great kiddie rides. Between the piggy cars, bees and ducks he says his favorite ride was the piggy cars!
It’s A Wonderful Life
This beautiful musical version of the beloved story is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face. (G loved this show and Kari cried twice- those are usually good indicators of a hit in our family!)
There are 4 million lights spangling Dollywood at Christmastime. And that doesn’t include all the ornaments, trees, bows and other holiday paraphernalia that will leave your jaw dropping in awe.
Christmas in the Smokies
This is THE show to see. If you see no other show, you have to see this one. Christmas in the Smokies delivers on heart, fun, beautiful scenery/costumes and an extremely talented cast. You’ll get a little bit of all Christmas music: country Christmas, secular music and beautiful sacred music honoring the birth of Jesus. How moving is this show? Our three-year-old stared captivated for the entire show and Kari cried three times!
What’s Christmas without sweet treats? Whether you like giant chocolate chip cookies or the best melt-in-your-mouth cinnamon bread, there’s a sweet treat for you! (RJ says don’t forget the gingerbread too!) Don’t forget to get a piping hot cup of hot chocolate too!
You will want to shop at Dollywood’s many stores and this is a great idea. What better place to do Christmas shopping? You can get beautiful ornaments, cozy sweatshirts and all things adorned with butterflies and Miss Dolly! (Two of Kari’s favorite things!)
Parade of Many Colors
What’s Christmas without a parade? Dollywood has a gorgeous parade with an inspirational message of hope, joy and peace featuring beautiful floats and fun characters. G loved the little presents that drive around and the snow globe ladies too!
We had a blast at Dollywood and there are so many things we didn’t get to do too! There are more shows to see, more experiences to have (seeing Santa, watching the glass blower, visiting Rudolph at Holly Jolly Junction, thrilling rollercoasters, etc.) that we could come to two more recommendations for visiting Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas:
- Make a top ten list of the things you most want to see or do. Go for it, have fun! You’ll have a great visit to Dollywood no matter what you choose to do.
- Plan two days! (And then plan to get a season pass for next year so you can visit as often as you like.)
We’re so glad that we got to make Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas part of our Christmas this year for Z’s first Christmas. We plan to add it to our list of Rothstein Family Traditions for the years to come!
To learn more about Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas and to purchase tickets, click here. Smoky Mountain Christmas runs now through January 3rd.
(We were invited media guests to Dollywood and were given complimentary admission, however all opinions are our own.)