Those who have been to Dollywood know that there’s never enough time in the day to experience it all. From the food to the shows to the thrill rides, there is so much to do. Plus, who doesn’t want to ride Wild Eagle over and over again? Instead of trying to cram everything into one trip, visit the park during Dollywood After Dark to enjoy theme park access until midnight!

Dollywood After Dark

Experience summer fun at Dollywood After Dark. Image via Dollywood / Facebook.

When is Dollywood After Dark?

This summer night event is offered on July 1st and July 8th for park goers. Extended operating hours means you can play all day and into the night.  Rides like the Wild Eagle, Thunderhead, Tennessee Tornado and Mystery Mine will all be available for rides under the stars! Trust me, it’s a fantastic experience to soar on a rollercoaster under the night sky.

Plus, Dollywood After Dark is a great way to squeeze additional summer fun out of those last couple of weeks before school starts. While park hours during the Summer Lives Festival (June 17 – August 6) are open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, you can take advantage of these two special nights for endless summer memories.

While you’re taking advantage of extended summer park hours, be sure to experience these Dollywood features:

  • Gazillion Bubbles: New Dimension Show
  • Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors – fireworks display
  • Classic Shows like Dreamland Drive-In
  • All rides including the new Drop Line free-fall experience


Dollywood After Dark is a must-do summer event for families traveling to beautiful Pigeon Forge. From extended park hours to dazzling fireworks, you’ll make lifelong memories at Dollywood during these exclusive nights!

Make a vacation out of it by purchasing a Dollywood package. You can combine your Dollywood tickets with Dollywood Splash Country tickets and entertaining Pigeon Forge shows like Dixie Stampede for an end-of-the-summer getaway.


Already renowned for family fun, Dollywood takes summertime excitement to the next level during Summer Lives Here from June 17th to August 6th. During this time, families can take advantage of extended operating hours – 10:00 am to 10:00 pm – and a spectacular nightly fireworks show. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the thrilling rides, entertaining shows, and unique attractions all summer long. Plus, this one-of-a-kind summer festival is included in your Dollywood tickets.

Summer Lives Here includes all of your favorite rides and shows, including Dreamland Drive-In and the Gem Tones. Also be on the lookout for these new additions and exciting attractions!

Summer Lives Here at Dollywood

Swing all summer long at Dollywood’s Summer Lives Here festival.

Dolly’s Night of Many Colors

Synchronized to music, each evening features Paint Your Dreams across the Sky, an inspiring piece of music written specifically for the occasion by Dolly, along with other songs that underscore this colorful summertime celebration!

Gazillion Bubbles

Bubbles aren’t just for the bathtub anymore as the new show Gazillion Bubbles: New Dimension takes the stage in an interactive bubble world filled with lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, and you’ll feel like a kid again all thanks to a bunch of bubbles.

Image via Dollywood / Facebook

Dollywood after Dark

If you want to experience extra late summer fun, visit Dollywood on July 1st and 8th when the park is open until midnight. Ride Wild Eagle under the night sky, sneak in another zoom on Mystery Mine, or catch that last minute show. You have plenty of time!

Summer Lives Here: No Better Way to Spend Summer in the Smokies

If you’re planning on visiting the Smokies this summer, a trip to Dollywood better be part of your itinerary. You don’t want to miss the exclusive shows, extended park hours, and of course, the delicious food. There’s no other summer festival like it in Pigeon Forge!

Discover all the fun available at Dollywood’s Great American summer with a Dollywood vacation package. You can even add tickets to Dollywood’s Splash Country to create a fun-filled vacation in Pigeon Forge the whole family will enjoy!


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival combines delicious food and unique, down-home entertainment that is one of Sevierville’s signature events. The town, which borders Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, will host the event on May 19th and 20th, 2017.

Barbeque cook teams from all over the United States will compete for almost $18,000 in cash and prizes and the title of Tennessee State Champion in the Bush’s Best Tennessee State Championship Cook Off. Rounding out the event is toe-tapping bluegrass music, incredible arts and crafts, kids’ games and the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition honoring Sevierville’s favorite hometown girl, Dolly Parton.  Of course, arts, crafts, plenty of downhome bluegrass music and kids’ games will be available for attendees as well.

Bloomin' Barbeque & Bluegrass

On Friday, May 19, take time to stroll through the BBQ Zone. You’ll be able to visit with all of the barbeque cook teams, including teams from cable channels like Food Network. Afterwards, make your way towards the entertainment stage for some free bluegrass concerts. Bring a lawn chair and kick back and relax while you enjoy music from Hogslop String Band (5:00 pm), The Paul Williams & Victory Trio (6:00 pm), Church Sisters (7:00 pm), and Kicked Off the Train, the founding members of Pine Mountain Railroad (8:00 pm).

A full day of festivities is planned for Saturday, May 20th. The Main Stage Bluegrass Concert line-up features:

Image via Max Goldberg / flickr

  • 12:00 pm – Bill Mize – Grammy winner & Sevierville native
  • 1:00 pm – Mountain Ruckus presented by Dixie Stampede
  • 2:00 pm – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
  • 3:00 pm – Kenny & Amanda Smith Ban
  • 4:00 pm – Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers
  • 5:00 pm – Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
  • 6:00 pm – Kenny & Amanda Smith Band
  • 7:00 pm – Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers
  • 8:00 pm – Ricky Skaggs


The last performance of the Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival, by Ricky Skaggs, is not to be missed. Renowned bluegrass musician and Grammy award-winner, Ricky Skaggs, hit the country scene in the 70s. Ever since, he’s been a staple in the country and bluegrass industry. This is a must-see concert!

Barbecuing starts bright and early Saturday at 9:00 am. Watch as the championship cook teams prepare their competition meats and then stick around for the announcement of the BBQ champs. You’ll be able to sample a little bit of everything, as teams cook an estimated 2,382 pounds of meat during the event, including pulled pork, brisket, chicken and ribs. To say you’ll be stuffed after a day at the Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass festival is an understatement. Teams will be vying for recognition in each meat category as well as “Anything Bush Beans,” “Anything Wampler’s Farm Sausage,” “Best Dessert” and “Best Sauce.”

The finals for the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition will take place on May 20th as well. The competition honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton, so performers – male and female – must perform a Dolly Parton original. If they win, they’ll receive prize money, a recording session in Nashville and also a guitar signed by Dolly Parton.

An expanded Kids’ Zone and Bluegrass Music Tent add to the activities available at Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass. The Kids’ Zone includes climbing walls, bounce houses and old-time toys, while the Bluegrass Tent gives attendees the chance to play bluegrass instruments. Instructors will also be on hand to help with the instruments.

Admission and concerts are all FREE at Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass.

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Welcome home, Dolly Parton!  The Dolly Parade features Pigeon Forge’s favorite daughter–Dolly Parton–and is a highlight of the spring season.  Scheduled for May 5, 2017, at 6pm, the parade attracts over 50,000 spectators and includes colorful floats, marching bands, entertainers and local celebrities.  All who come to the Dolly Parade will get a glimpse of the entertainment found in Pigeon Forge year round. 

Dolly Parade

Photo Credit: Pigeon Forge Department of Tourism

This is the 32nd Annual Dolly Parade.  Parton, who serves as Grand Marshal of the parade, waves to the visitors and locals who line the Pigeon Forge Parkway.  The parade route begins on River Road near Traffic Light #7. It then travels north along the Parkway before ending at the Belz Factory Outlet World at Traffic Light #3. 

We recommend arriving plenty early as the parade route fills up quickly. Make sure to bring lawn chairs, drinks, and snacks. And don’t forget to wave to Dolly as she passes by on the lead float!

If you’re looking for even more Dolly Parton entertainment, spend the weekend in Pigeon Forge. Parton’s signature flair is evident in attractions throughout the town. Her theme park, Dollywood, combines thrilling rides, family fun, entertaining shows and so much more all while showcasing the love she has for the Smoky Mountains. Typically, Dolly doesn’t make an appearance at the Park but during this weekend she does! Look for her on Friday and Saturday afternoon at 4pm. If she’s there, she’ll be touring the park in a horse-drawn carriage as only Dolly can. 
Or course, the Dolly Parton-themed fun doesn’t end there. Over at Dixie Stampede, the most fun place to eat in Pigeon Forge, you can dine on a four-course feast while watching tricks, capers, competitions, singing and dancing for a performance unlike any other in the Smokies. 

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Pigeon Forge Car Shows are a Tennessee tradition. Automotive enthusiasts from throughout the country flock head to the Smoky Mountains to attend the many car shows that roll into town. Rare and unique automobiles, as well as custom cars and shows specific to certain models, are showcased during the various car shows scheduled throughout the year.

During many Pigeon Forge car shows, visitors can spend the day looking over new products, swap meet items, and interactive displays from vendors. Workshops are also available for those who are seeking answers to technical questions about autos.

Pigeon Forge Car Shows

Pigeon Forge Car Shows Schedule

Pigeon Forge Car Shows Car_iStock_000003397182XSmallSpring Corvette Expo

Dates: March 17-18
Location: Sevierville Convention Center
Contact: 877-497-3523

Spring Grand Rod Run

Dates: April 6-8
Location: LeConte Center
Contact: 865-687-3976

Pontiacs in Pigeon Forge Classic Car Show

Dates: June 2-4
Location: Music Road Hotel Convention Center
Contact: 865-379-9595

Great Smoky Mountain Jeep Invasion

Dates: August 25-26
Location: LeConte Center
Contact: 865-250-9316

Pigeon Forge Car Shows Car_179253206Shades of the Past Rod Run

Dates: September 8-9
Location: Dollywood’s Splash Country
Contact: 865-995-2009

Pigeon Forge Rod Run

Dates: September 14-16
Location: LeConte Center
Contact: 865-687-3976

Fall Corvette Expo

Dates: October 20-21
Location: Sevierville Convention Center
Contact: 865-687-3976

Where to Stay during Pigeon Forge Car Shows

If you’re in Pigeon Forge, TN for a car show book a room at Oak Tree Lodge, Willow Brook Lodge or Comfort Inn & Suites at Dollywood Lane for a great vantage point as the cars make their way up and down the Parkway through town.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

Festivals are a highlight of any Dollywood vacation. No matter what time of year you visit, the Pigeon Forge Theme Park has special shows, activities and entertainment planned to make your day at the park even more exciting. The featured festivals, along with the more than 40 rides and attractions, are part of the award-winning theme park located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.


Dollywood Festivals in 2017

DOLLYWOOD_(011)Festival of Nations
March 18 – April 9
Celebrate music, dance, food and art from around the world during this captivating festival. New shows scheduled for this year include Rhythm of the Dance and Alash Ensemble.

BBQ & Bluegrass
May 26 – June 4
This free concert series has some of the biggest names in bluegrass music and some of the best BBQ in the country. Enjoy two of the best southern traditions at this Dollywood festival.

DOLLYWOOD_(010)Summer Lives Here
June 17 – August 6
Nightly fireworks show and the Great American Country Show will celebrate summer during The Great American Summer Festival.

National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration
September 29 – October 28
Southern gospel music takes center stage while master craftsmen demonstrate their skills at the National Southern Gospel & Harvest Celebration.

Dollywood_(025)Smoky Mountain Christmas
November 4 – January 1
This spectacular event features dazzling light displays, exciting live Christmas shows, Santa’s Workshop, the Polar Express Experience and more.

Which of the Dollywood festivals are you looking forward to the most?

Reserve a Dollywood vacation package today to experience all the 150-acre theme park has to offer.  You can easily combine your day at the park with Splash Country, Dolly Parton’s waterpark located next door.  Both are two of the best ways to have family fun in the Smokies.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

The town of Pigeon Forge shines during its Winterfest season. Amidst millions of twinkling lights, the spirit of the season shines strong.  Here a few ways to enjoy the beauty of the Christmas season:


City of Pigeon Forge Trolley Tours
Enjoy the comfort of the temperature controlled trolley while your host points out the highlights of the city. The Funtime Trolley Tour of Lights will run Monday through Friday starting at 6:30 p.m. except on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. The final trolley tour of lights will run on the last Friday in January.

Where: Pigeon Forge Funtime Trolley Station at Patriot Park.
How much: The guided tour costs $5 per person.
For more info: Call the Pigeon Forge Fun-Time Trolley at 865-453-6444.

Winterfest Driving Tours

If you’d rather be in the driver’s seat, go on a Winterfest Driving Tour. You may pick up your FREE Driving Tour of Lights brochure and map at our Pigeon Forge Welcome Centers or at the Pigeon Forge Trolley Office. You can also download the Driving Tour of Lights brochure and map here.

City of Gatlinburg Trolley Tours
To view light displays in Gatlinburg, hop on Gatlinburg’s Winterfest Trolley Ride of Lights for a delightful 45-minute guided narrative tour of the city. Rides depart from the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at traffic light Number 5 (at the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies), beginning November 3rd. Rides are $4, scheduled to leave at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. nightly throughout November and December. The trolley is closed on Christmas day; rides resume in January on Saturday nights only. Look forward to seeing winking and dancing bears, toy soldiers, hot air balloons and much more… The rest you have to see for yourself!

Where: Gatlinburg Welcome Center at Ripley’s Aquarium, stoplight # 5 on the Parkway.
How much: The guided tour costs $4 per person.
For more info: Call the Gatlinburg Welcome Center at 865-436-0535.

Over the course of a year, numerous festivals and events call Pigeon Forge home. Regardless of what time of year you visit, you’ll enjoy a vast selection of Pigeon Forge festivals to check out.


Pigeon Forge car shows are so popular they happen year-round.

Spring Festivals

Springtime in Pigeon Forge is wonderful. Families are returning to the area for spring break and the Smoky Mountain trees and plants are in bloom once again.

As a result, many Pigeon Forge festivals are held during the spring season. If you plan on visiting the Smoky Mountain area during the spring, get your tickets for the following popular festivals:

Improv Comedy Fest & Magic Carnival
Dates: Winter Carnival of Magic – March 9-11, 2017
Dates: Gatlinburg Improv Fest – (2017 dates TBD)

Around the same time each year, the Winter Carnival of Magic and Gatlinburg Improv Fest both occur. Fans of off-the-cusp comedy and mystifying magic will have a fantastic spring weekend in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

A Mountain Quiltfest
Dates: March 21-25

The Smoky Mountain community is known for its arts and crafts, which makes it a perfect home for A Mountain Quiltfest. This five-day long event gives quilters the opportunity to attend classes that are based on skill level and technique. There will also be a quilt show that displays a variety of quilts for your viewing pleasure.

Festival of Nations at Dollywood
Dates: 2017 festival dates to be determined

Celebrate entertainment and traditions from around the world at the Smoky Mountain’s premier theme park: Dollywood. The theme park produces high-energy cultural shows, authentic demonstrations from multiple different countries, and mouth-watering food from around the world during the spring festival.

Spring Smoky Mountain Trout Tournament
Dates: April 1-2, 2017

This 2-day fishing tournament on April 1st and 2nd, 2017 is an all ages event featuring more than 10,000 trout waiting to be caught. All fishing fanatics flock to the Smoky Mountains for this competition. Also, there are cash prizes to win! There is also a fall tournament to participate in on October 7th and 8th, 2017.

Spring Rod Run
Dates: 2017 festival dates to be decided

Calling all classic car fans: The Spring Rod Run is one of the top Pigeon Forge festivals held each year. Classic, historic, and new cars can be viewed during this one-of-a-kind car event. If you plan to attend this spring festival, be aware that Pigeon Forge traffic can be extremely congested due to the influx of visitors. This event is also held in the fall for those that cannot make it to the Smoky Mountains during the spring season.

Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage Festival
Dates: April 11-15, 2017

As winter fades away, and spring blooms, the Smokies celebrate with the 67th annual Wildflower Pilgrimage. The festival offers over 150 programs including an array of instructional walks and guided hiking tours tailored to meet individual walking skill and ability, along with demonstrations and guest lecturers. As a result, attendees get a wide perspective on everything from flowers to amphibians to trees and birds.

Wilderness Wildlife Week
May 9-13, 2017

Attention nature lovers! Wilderness Wildlife Week presents a variety of programs, hikes, classes and seminars designed to engage those of all ages. This spring celebration of the great outdoors is free and open to the public

Gatlinburg Beans and Cornbread Festival
Dates: May 11, 2017

Presented by Bush Brothers & Company, this event features a Beans and Cornbread Cook-Off, antique engines and lots of beans and cornbread for the tasting. It’s a true celebration of Appalachia’s culinary history. Hours are from 5-8pm. Entry is free, but a $10 tasting pass needs to be purchased for sampling.

Bloomin’ Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival
Dates: May 19-20, 2017

Each spring, the world’s best barbeque and bluegrass come to the Smoky Mountains for one of the most intriguing Pigeon Forge festivals. Tap your foot along to world-class music while sampling the top barbeque cuisine – what could be better?

Dollywood's Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival should not be missed. / Facebook

Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival should not be missed. Dollywood/Facebook

Summer Festivals

As you might have guessed, the summer season is the peak time for Pigeon Forge festivals. From celebrating our great country to an annual firefly gathering, there’s really no time like the summer in the Smoky Mountains.

Make sure to catch these great Pigeon Forge festivals during your summer vacation.

Dollywood’s Barbeque and Bluegrass Festival
Dates: 2017 festival dates to be determined

The greater Smoky Mountain community really loves BBQ and bluegrass. Not to be confused with the also popular Bloomin’ BBQ and Bluegrass Festival, Dollywood pulls out all the stops for this early summer festival. Stroll through the theme park and you’ll find professional chefs cooking exceptional BBQ and musicians playing toe-tapping bluegrass. Plus, there’s new surprises in store for guests each year!

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales
Dates: June 10-July 29, 2017

Tunes & Tales is a summer-long street performance festival featuring costumed musical performers, storytellers and artisans portraying characters from time periods as far back as the 1800s. Performers arrive nightly at 6pm. Then, visitors are treated to an evening of strolling entertainment where the sidewalk becomes the stage.

Synchronous Fireflies at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Dates: 2017 dates to be determined

Did you know that fireflies can synchronize their flashing light patterns? Every year at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, guests apply by lottery application to witness a jaw-dropping natural event. Over the course of a two week period, primarily with the goal of mating, fireflies synchronize their flashing light patterns and create awe-inspiring visuals. You have to see it in person to understand how outstanding this event truly is! 2017 dates to be determined by the National Park Service.

Great American Summer Festival at Dollywood
Dates: 2017 festival dates to be determined

When it comes to Pigeon Forge festivals, Dollywood leads the pack – especially with the Great American Summer Festival. The annual summer festival at the theme park offers longer hours, spectacular performances, a phenomenal fireworks display, and so much more.

Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival
Dates: July 4, 2017

The weeks surrounding Independence Day are by far some of the busiest in Pigeon Forge. To celebrate our great nation, first head over to Gatlinburg for the First Independence Day Parade. At 12:01am on July 4th, you and your family can enjoy one of the most renowned parades in the country.

After the nationally recognized parade, get some rest because the remainder of your day is packed with fun at the Pigeon Forge Patriot Festival. This day long tribute to our nation and military includes musical groups, food, kid-friendly fun, and more.

The Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival
Dates: August 16-20, 2017

Every summer, the most talented musicians and songwriters from across the country and world head to the Smoky Mountains for a weekend of musical inspiration. At the Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, guests can put their talents to the test in song competitions, meet their favorite artists, and also learn about the songwriting process through various workshops.

Celebrate Freedom
Dates: Entire month of August

Another one of the best summer Pigeon Forge festivals is Celebrate Freedom which occurs every August. Throughout town, participating businesses offer discounts and promotions for active and veteran military personnel, police officers, firefighters and emergency responders. Also, proper identification is required to receive the discounts and promotions throughout the duration of the festival.


Fall in Pigeon Forge is the most colorful time of year!

Fall Festivals

As the fall foliage appears, the many fall Pigeon Forge festivals get into full swing.

Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup
Dates: September 8-9 2017

The Pigeon Forge area is a popular destination for car shows, such as the Shades of the Past Hot Rod Roundup. From classics to customs, you’ll get to browse an incredible assortment of cars at this festival.

Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival
Dates: September 1-October 31, 2017

The autumn season is in full swing every year throughout the Smoky Mountain region. In September and October, some of the top Pigeon Forge festivals are held as part of the overall Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival. These festivals and events include:

  • OktOberFest at Ober Gatlinburg
  • The Gatlinburg Fall Craftsmen’s Fair
  • Shocktober at the Iris Theatre at the Gatlinburg Space Needle
  • And So Much More


There’s no shortage of fun during the Smoky Mountain Harvest Festival.

Dollywood National Southern Gospel and Harvest Celebration
Dates: 2017 festival dates to be determined

Dollywood offers yet another magical festival for families to enjoy. This autumn festival includes gospel music’s top talent, incredible performances, and more fall fun throughout the theme park. 

Snowy Smokies

A snowy winter scene in Gatlinburg.

Winter Festivals

If you’ve ever had the chance to experience the Pigeon Forge area during the winter time, you know how beautifully breathtaking it is. These Pigeon Forge festivals make the most of the picturesque landscape of the Smoky Mountain area.

Dates: November 1, 2016- February 28, 2017

This 4-month long celebration of the winter season is packed with entertainment, dazzling lights, fun activities, and more. From incredible parades to the Trolley Tour of Lights, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Winterfest in Pigeon Forge.

Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival
Dates: 2017 dates to be determined

If you can’t tell, the Smoky Mountain area loves bluegrass music. As the center of the bluegrass region, musicians, fans, and songwriters from all over come to Pigeon Forge each winter to celebrate and perform their music. With the area all lit up for the holidays and the sounds of bluegrass music filling the air, you can’t help but have a great time at the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival. The festival is held this winter on December 7-10, 2016 with 2017 dates to be determined.

Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood
Dates: 2017 dates to be determined

For a classic Christmas experience in the Smoky Mountains, head to Dollywood. Once again, the theme park knows how to deck the halls with performances, visits with Santa, and phenomenal synchronized light displays. As one of the top Pigeon Forge festivals in the winter, you do not want to miss a Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood. The festival is currently ongoing from November 5th to January 1st, with 2017 dates to be determined.

Enjoy Fantastic Pigeon Forge Festivals Year Round

No matter which season you choose to visit Pigeon Forge and the greater Smoky Mountain area, you’ll have so many festivals to choose from. Therefore, the best time to visit the Smoky Mountains is all year long!

This holiday season celebrate with a Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas.  From November 5, 2016, through January 1, 2017, you can experience a winter wonderland filled with four million holiday lights and spectacular holiday performances. 

Dollywood advertising pictures on park for Christmas celebration in Pigeon Forge, TN.


Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Shows

With the purchase of Dollywood tickets you also gain access to a full line-up of Christmas shows, which is the highlight of the event for me. New for this season is Dollywood’s A Wonderful Life. The original musical adaptation of the 1946 film brings to life the small town charm of George Bailey and how he discovers the value of life, family and friends – along with a little help from his guardian angel Clarence, of course.  Arrive at the Showstreet Theater 20 minutes or more before showtime to get the best seats.

Dollywood Its a Wonderful Life


If you can, make time for at least two more shows – Christmas in the Smokies and O’ Holy Night. Centered on tradition, Christmas in the Smokies is a downhome country Christmas with classic songs performed celebrating the joy of the season.  O’ Holy Night brings the meaning of the season to the spotlight.  Follow as three shepherds are guided by a star and a little girl looks for an angel.

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Attractions

Of course, there’s plenty more to see and do at Dollywood Pigeon Forge during Christmas.  Both the Carol of the Trees and Parade of Lights dazzle the senses.  Thousands of lights synchronize with holiday music to transform Rivertown Lake into a seasonal symphony. The Parade of Lights marches through the park nightly with Christmas floats adorned with bright lights bring Christmas cheer to the park. 


Time to tell Santa what you want for Christmas!

Santa’s Workshop is also a favorite of mine.  The larger-than-life toys, 18-foot tall Christmas tree and Santa’s friendly helpers never fail to bring out the kid in me.  Plus, you can get your photo taken with Santa for a cute holiday keepsake. 

During your day enjoying a Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas, make time to do a little holiday shopping too.  Unique treasures can be found throughout the craftsmen-based stores. Don’t want to carry your purchases around the park?  No problem. You can choose parcel pick-up and collect your packages at the exit shop when your day of fun is done.  


Parade of Many Colors

You’ll also want to make time for the Parade of Many Colors. This all-new parade is an exciting new holiday tradition which begins at 8 p.m. nightly this holiday season. The Parade of Many Colors includes vibrant floats, interactive characters and a number of other surprises sure to inspire guests with its heart-warming message.

As long as weather cooperates, rides and attractions will be open.  Soar through the skies on Wild Eagle, feel the rush of Thunderhead and then go for a spin on Dizzy Disk.  It may be a bit chilly but the thrill is worth it! 

Dollywood Chapel FB RSZ


Before leaving the park you can also visit the Robert F. Thomas Chapel.  The one-room country church, outfitted with simple wooden pews and hardwood floors, is a special place to reflect on Christmas.  If you’re at the park on Sundays worship services are held at 5:30pm during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival.

Reserve your day at Dollywood.  You’ll experience a true Smoky Mountain Christmas full of merriment, festive cheer and plenty of memory-making.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.

It’s never too early to start planning your Pigeon Forge holiday getaway. The festive traditions of the Smoky Mountains include Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland, an amazing light display sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Known as the “world’s largest drive-through, fully synchronized, LED Christmas light and music show”, this show is a highlight of the Christmas season.

In Pigeon Forge, Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is located at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium at 3540 Line Drive. The light display is open from November 4, 2016 – January 8, 2017 from dusk to 10pm every night (later on weekends).

Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights dance in unison with charming Christmas carols to create a dazzling light spectacle you won’t find anywhere else in Tennessee. All of the programming is done by in-house Shadrack Team specialists. In addition, all the elements are custom creations featuring 100% energy efficient LED lights throughout the shows for an environmentally friendly experience. 

Attractions at Santa’s Village

  • Pictures with Santa! (Nov 18th-Dec 23rd) Starting at $19.99
  • Christmas movies playing on the big screen!
  • Festive crafts and souvenir stations for kids!
  • Petting Zoo and pony rides – Nov 17th-Jan 1st!
  • Refreshments & Snack Bar!
  • Fresh Kettle Corn!


Ticket Information

Car/Family Van:  $25.00 Tax IncludedActivity Van, Limo, Mini Bus: $40 Tax IncludedTour/School Bus: $80.00 Tax Included

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is the most decorated and honored Christmas light show in the United States. It has received numerous awards and honors. This holiday season, experience the magic of Christmas in Sevierville.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Pigeon Forge to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.