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Springtime….What a wonderful time of new life and new beginnings! The sights, sounds, and smells welcoming in another new season of life are simply amazing! Spring is the perfect time to get outside and be overwhelmed by the simple elegance of nature! And there’s no place better to experience this gift of natural wonder but in the mountains…. The Smoky Mountains to be exact!

A cozy mountain getaway is always a wonderful thing, but it becomes an even more enriching experience when you know some of the background, popular places to visit, and the lay of the land. Here are just a few fun facts about the Smoky Mountains that will acquaint you with the area and enhance your vacation experience:

Valentine’s Day is one of those special occasions that have a way of sneaking up on you! How many times have you found yourself scrambling at the last minute trying to make plans? Or maybe this is the first time you have that special someone in your life that you want to create a Valentine memory with. Instead of making yourself crazy at the last minute, why not show that special someone how much they mean to you by planning a romantic get away to the Smoky Mountains?

Winter hiking comes with its own sense of beauty and wonder. For some hikers, there’s simply nothing else like it! Diehard hikers go out year round to enjoy the scenery and experience of hiking, and for many of these hikers, the Great Smoky Mountains will be their destination. Whether you’re approaching through Maggie Valley, Wears Valley, Bryson City, Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, or one of the many other areas in the Smokies, it’s important to keep some basic winter safety tips in mind.

Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis is the ultimate transportation to freedom”. For ski fans, this is gospel truth. There is something magical about sliding down an icy mountain with nothing but white powder all around you! Something else that true ski fans understand is the fact that location is everything. The Cataloochee Ski Area in the Smoky Mountains offers one of the best places to ski in the South Eastern United State by offering the perfect combination of both a fun and challenging venue.

If you’re planning a visit to the Smoky Mountains over the holidays, the Christmas party at Dollywood is a must-do event! Throughout the Christmas season, Dollywood features over 4 million spectacular lights, fantastic food, and award-winning entertainment! This event is a wonderful way for you, your family and friends to kick off your holiday celebration in true Smoky Mountain fashion!

This holiday event is running from November 5th through January 1st, giving you plenty of time to come and enjoy the festivities! Here are just a few reasons you’ll want to be there:

Unique Attractions

This year, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer from the beloved Christmas TV special will once again come to life and pay an exclusive visit to Dollywood to enthrall the guests! Everyone can meet and greet Rudolph and his friends, including Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, and Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph’s Jolly Junction. Holiday happenings with Rudolph is lots of fun and a hit with people of all ages!

After meeting Rudolph and his friends, you can then move on to Clarice’s kitchen, join in baking special holiday cookies, or even to take part in simple reindeer games. Or if you’re feeling particularly “artsy” that day, you’re invited to draw a picture in Sam the Snowman’s giant snow globe! Sound like fun? Well, there’s alot more to come!

One of the most popular holiday events is Dollywood’s presentation of “A Christmas Carol”. This production uses holographic technology to bring Dolly Parton alive as the ghost of Christmas Past. The entire production is the heartwarming tale of Scrooge’s transformation. It features a16-member cast, entirely orchestrated musical soundtracks, and elegant period costuming that would make your heart melt. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to soak in the warm mountain spirit of the festive season!

Returning Events

For those seeking a dash of nostalgia, production such as
“An Appalachian Christmas”, “Christmas in the Smokies”, “Twas the Night before Christmas”, “Carol of the Trees”, and many others are making a comeback once again. The nightly Parade of Lights with its’ procession of lifelike characters and toys, is a wonderful way to top off a perfect day!

There’s something for everyone at Dollywood’s Christmas party! If you have little ones, you can head over to Santa’s workshop and let them share their Christmas Wish List with Santa. If you’re a foodie, Dollywood’s dinner menus would feature a broad variety of holiday themed eateries. Among the favorite picks are roasted turkey breast, baked chicken, pit ham, sweet potato casserole, and the very popular cornbread dressing.

And just wait till you taste Dollywood’s holiday desserts! From red velvet cake, homemade pumpkin pie, and pumpkin rolls to fruitcakes, sweet potato pie, and sweet tea, the treats at Dollywood will leave you wanting more!

Come On Over!

Come celebrate the spirit of this festive season at Dollywood! With so many different things to see and do, Dollywood offers something for everyone! Come share in the joy of the season in this beautiful Smoky Mountain setting!

If you are looking for a comfortable, cozy, mountain retreat for your holiday getaway, check out Creekside Lodge in Maggie Valley, NC. Located a quick 11⁄2 hour drive from Dollywood, Creekside Lodge is a wonderful family-owned vacation retreat! Call us today at 800-621-1260 and let our friendly staff help you set your vacation schedule! Then just sit back and get ready to make some wonderful holiday memories!

Maggie Valley is an excellent place to go for those considering a relaxing mountain holiday. Maggie Valley is one of those hidden treasures tucked away in the Smoky Mountains that is packed with family-friendly activities in a relaxed, small-town atmosphere! With its picturesque mountain backdrop, Maggie Valley is always a great place to visit and becomes especially charming during the holiday season.

To us North Carolinians, it is entrenched in our DNA to make the most of our holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas holidays and New Year! We love to celebrate this time of year! One of our favorite places to enjoy holiday fun is Asheville, NC. Located just 40 minutes from Maggie Valley, Asheville is a fun day trip and an easy drive from Creekside Lodge in Maggie Valley.

The Smoky Mountains National Park is arguably one of the best wildlife viewing sanctuaries across the country. Upon your visit to the Smokies, you will be visiting an area that hosts more than 200 varieties of birds, about 67-70 types of fish, 80 species of reptiles and more than 65 species of mammals and amphibians.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is a haven of surprises! The mountain magic takes on a life all of it’s own in the crisp, autumn air!   The Smoky Mountains literally come alive with the vibrant, colors of fall, making the Blue Ridge Parkway a spectacular sight! Annual Fall Festivals are in full swing, adding beautifully

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