If you are in the Pigeon Forge area of TN, You might be wondering if a trip to Dollywood Theme Park for their famous Christmas festival is worth it. After visiting Dollywood during Christmas with my family, I can say 100% it’s an experience you don’t want to miss!.
They have more than 6 million twinkling lights, a 50 foot tree, award winning festive shows, delicious Christmas treats and holiday cheer everywhere you look, plus all the great rides at Dollywood and its all included with your regular one day ticket.
After the sun goes down, you will feel like you have been transported to a Christmas Hallmark Movie and it’s sure to be a trip you’ll remember!.
When Does Dollywood Decorate For Christmas?
Dollywood crew begins working on their Christmas decorations months before November.
The park normally closes for a few days after the Harvest Festival to transition into a winter wonderland!. The Christmas decorations at Dollywood are usually done by that first week of November and the park is completely decorated and open for guests to experience the magic of the season ( and take great photos ).
How long do the Christmas lights stay up at Dollywood?
The Holiday lights at Dollywood stay up from early November through the first week of January when Dollywood closes for the season.
What Is Dollywood’s Christmas Schedule?
Dollywood is open almost every day in November/December.
In November, Dollywood is open every day except for November 1st, 2nd, 3rd and the 23rd. They are also closed every Monday in November. In December, They are closed on the 24th and 25th. You should always double check Dollywood’s website for official operating days and times before your trip.
How Much Does it cost to go to the Christmas Festival?
The Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival is included with the price of normal park admission (not including food or extra add ons). A Ticket for one day to Dollywood (as of 2023 season) normally costs $89 plus tax. 2 Day Tickets are $109 and 3 Day Tickets are $119. Sometimes they can vary by seasons, so always double check before your trip.
What Fun Activities Can I Find At The Festival?
Besides all the rides and attractions at Dollywood, there are some special activities that only happen during the festival. One of them and a family favorite is Glacier Ridge and you can’t miss it. It turns Dollywood’s Timber Canyon and Wilderness Pass areas into a winter wonderland with light displays plus They have the Wonderful Christmas! tree show at Wilderness Pass Plaza. The show has a 50-foot tall, animated tree that sparkles to a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show throughout the evening!.
Dollywood has just announced that they have added a new drone show “Joyful! Season of Light” for the 2023 Christmas season with hundreds of drones lighting up the night sky and displaying festive reds, greens and whites in a show sure to delight every guest.
Another cool activity is you can see Santa in his cabin in the Smokies actually checking the Naughty and Nice list and have your picture taken with him! ( If you have the memory pass, this picture is included ). Can you find your name on the list? Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You can also do some holiday shopping for seasonal merchandise. From festival shirts, mugs, bags and jewelry, you will want to take everything home with you!. Don’t forget to check out The local artisans and see what they’re making for the season.
Christmas events and attractions at Dollywood
There are different Christmas shows at Dollywood during the holiday season. These include “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and “Christmas in the Smokies”. You can also enjoy an outdoor performance of “Appalachian Christmas” or “O Holy Night,” filling the air with Christmas spirit!. They have many scheduled performances each day during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Here is a quick list;
How are The Crowd levels during Christmas at Dollywood?
While the park is festive and full of holiday cheer, it can also get pretty crowded, especially on weekends. But don’t worry, with a little bit of planning, you can still enjoy all the holiday festivities without having to spend hours in line.
The park normally gets the busiest during the weekends and the week before Christmas, so if you’re looking to avoid long wait times, your best bet is to plan your visit during the weekdays. If you cant visit during the week, get to the park as early as possible, to beat the crowds and go on your must ride attractions. This way, you’ll be able to enjoy shorter lines.
Another way to avoid long lines at Dollywood during the Christmas season is to buy a TimeSaver pass. There are currently 3 to choose from; TimeSaver, TimeSaver Plus and TimeSaver Premium. With this ticket, on rides and attractions that take it, you go on a different line, which is shorter than the normal line and you get on the ride faster. You also get priority seating at shows in participating theaters.
Check out our post on the TimeSaver for all the info you need!.
What are some Holiday Food, Drinks and Deserts Options
Dollywood really knows how to get into the holiday spirit, and that includes the food! You’ll find so many options during this festival. Here’s a list of some of the holiday food, Snacks and Drinks options available at Dollywood during the Christmas season:
These are just a few of the many delicious holiday food options available at Dollywood during the Christmas season.
Can’t pick just one? Get The Smoky Mountain Christmas Tasting Pass. This package lets you enjoy up to 5 festival food tastings at select food locations in Dollywood. You can choose to use all five tastings at one location or at different festival locations. The tasting pass is $36.99 plus tax or $33.99 plus tax for Gold and Diamond passholders. It’s a great way to try different flavors and dishes!.
Tip: Download the Dollywood app before your trip for a complete list of culinary locations and the festival menu.
Does Dollywood Have Fireworks For Christmas?
Dollywood has a new drone show called ” Joyful! Season of Light ” and It does include some fireworks.
When the sun goes down, the winter sky lights up with Hundreds of festive drones as they dance to holiday tunes! Your whole family will love watching.
Keep in mind that during the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival, Big Bear Mountain will pause operation before and during each evening’s 8:30 p.m. drone show.
Guests can still wait in line during the drone show. Once the show has finished, Big Bear Mountain will resume operation.
So Is Christmas at Dollywood Worth It?
I highly recommend it! Visiting Dollywood during the Christmas season is an unforgettable experience full of holiday magic, excitement, and joy that you can’t get other times of the year.
Enjoy and make beautiful memories and new traditions together, have fun!
Did you visit Dollywood during this Winter Wonderland festival ? Share your experience with us in the comments!