Holiday Events at Dollywood

December 8th 2016

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!


  • We went with a large group to the Maggie Valley Creekside Lodge and they were incredibly helpful and hospitable. The accommodations were great. The large foyer area was wonderful for the group and the staff was incredible. They made us welcome in so many ways. The rates were incredibly reasonable and the room had all the necessary amenities.

    Chip T.

  • We loved our visit here! We just got home last night and we all wish we were still there! The staff is extremely helpful and the rooms are nice and clean. We spent a lot of time by the stunning creek cooking dinner on the grill and roasting s'mores over the fire pit. It is centrally located to many attractions. We went on many day trips and didn't spend all day in the car getting there. It's also within walking distance of restaurants and shops, but you may find yourself eating by the rushing creek instead!

    Amie M.

  • Really enjoyable place to stay. Room had a balcony overlooking the creek. Spacious room with comfortable bed. Staff was very nice and friendly. Took only 35-40 minutes to reach the Valley at Cataloochee where the elk were in rut. Awesome stay and can't wait to go back.


  • Clean, friendly, quiet, relaxing. Heartfelt thanks to Carol and her entire staff for making our group feel at home again this year. They went out of their way to make sure we had what we needed to make our event a success. We will be back again!

    Ricky Y.

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