If you are looking for a winter getaway for your family let me recommend a visit to Dollywood for their Smoky Mountain Christmas festivities. Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Dollywood during the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. I have been to Dollywood many times since I was a child but I had never had the chance to visit during the holidays. Once again Dollywood did not disappoint! From the lights, to the food, to the friendliness of their employees, my family and I had such a great time during our visit to Dollywood.
As we entered the park I was reminded of all the reasons why I love Dollywood. The smells of the food was amazing, making my already hungry stomach rumble! The employees of Dollywood were dressed in clothing reminiscent of an era where logging, coal mining, and homesteading were traditional ways of life.
Our first stop in Dollywood was to find some lunch. My favorite food inside the park is the barbecue, so off we headed to Hickory House BBQ.
The Sights & Sounds of Christmas
After lunch we headed through the park to check out some of the sights and sounds of Christmas. As we entered Holly Jolly Junction the sights and sounds of Christmas truly came to life. Guests can meet Rudolph and his friends, including Clarice, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Junction, a magical area where festive fun awaits. After meeting Rudolph and his friends, families can head to Clarice’s kitchen to decorate custom Christmas cookies or even take part in a few reindeer games! Guests even can make their picture in a giant snow globe featuring Sam the Snowman.
While at Dollywood we also had the chance to warm up and watch Dollywood’s production of A Christmas Carol, which uses holographic technology to bring Dolly Parton to the stage as the Ghost of Christmas Past. Parton’s Ghost of Christmas Past, Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Present and Future are life-sized holograms, marking the first time four actors appear via the cutting-edge technology in the same theatrical production. This heartwarming tale about the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge features a 16-member cast, fully orchestrated musical tracks and period costuming. We really enjoyed this production of A Christmas Carol. Not only did it give us a chance to warm up from the cold, cold temperatures outside but it was such a great production. The cast did such a great job!
Following the show, we had the chance to ride some of the rides. We headed first to theTennessee Tornado, a triple spiral looping coaster with a 128 foot drop that has you flying at speeds of 70 mph. You’ll need a hairbrush when you get off of this ride, but it’s still one of my favorites.
After the Tennessee Tornado we headed over to ride the Wild Eagle. This is the first ride of its kind in the U.S., perched 21 stories above Dollywood and has riders feeling like they are soaring above the Great Smoky Mountains. Instead of having the ride on the track, the seats are on each side of the track so there is nothing but air above and below your seat! It is a very exhilarating ride! I will definitely ride it again!!
After riding a few more rides it was starting to get dark so we were able to enjoy the Christmas lights in the park. With four million dazzling lights, Dollywood was even more beautiful after dark.
They also have a great season pass deal available. You can play at Dollywood all year for as low as $14 a month for six months! Click here for more details.
Did you know that Dollywood has lodging available as well? They have some beautiful cabins available with some great specials going on? I’m planning a trip back in a couple of months and will be looking at the Dollywood cabins for my lodging accommodations. In the summer of 2015 they have a beautiful resort slated to open, Dreammore Resort, which looks like it will be a a wonderful place to stay. I can’t wait to visit there with my family!
So, grab your suitcase, your coat and gloves, and don’t forget the family, and head to Dollywood for the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival now through January 3!