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Spend an Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Smokies at Dollywood
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Dollywood is one of Pigeon Forge, TN’s favorite family fun spots. Screaming roller coasters, toe-tapping sing-alongs, and even 4D movies make this one of the premier destinations from April through October. But when the snow starts to dust these mountain peaks, Dollywood is transformed into a winter wonderland.

Discover a New Dollywood During the Christmas Season

Each November, Dollywood becomes a magical land of lights and music. More than 4 million tiny bulbs turn the park into an enchanted garden that puts a smile on everyone’s face. Traditional Christmas music can be heard in every corner. Step inside the many theaters for a taste of Appalachian classics, timeless Christmas carols, and even new favorites performed by area entertainers.

Whatever your most-loved Christmas story, you’re likely to find it at Dollywood. "’Twas the Night Before Christmas" tells the tale of one family’s holiday miracle with a cast of talented actors and singers, while the Polar Express 4D Experience offers an interactive adventure for the whole family. With stunning 3D effects plus moving seats (the 4th dimension) to carry you through each scene, the Polar Express 4D Experience is much more than just another movie.

Step Inside Santa’s Workshop

New to Dollywood this year is the opportunity to peek inside Santa’s Workshop. Whatever your age, you’ll be enchanted by this giant toyshop with its towering ViewMaster™ and other larger-than-life toys. You’ll even have a chance to meet Santa himself, so be sure to bring your Christmas wish list.

As evening approaches, Santa is off to lead the daily Parade of Lights through the streets of Dollywood. With brilliantly lit floats, joyous Christmas music, and a cast of animated holiday characters dancing their way along Main Street, this is one Christmas parade everyone in the family will love.

After dark, head over to Rivertown Junction for a musical extravaganza to delight young and old alike. Thousands of lights twinkle and dance to the sounds of your favorite Christmas tunes. This sparkling, synchronized event is a favorite among park guests, and one you won’t want to miss.

Remember the Reason for the Season

We often worry that Christmas has become too commercialized, but at Dollywood, the rich traditions of Christmas are fondly remembered. Enjoy classic carols, inspiring performances by the southern gospel group the Kingdom Heirs, and weekly worship services at the Robert F. Thomas Chapel. You’ll also love seeing the story of the first Christmas portrayed in "O, Holy Night" at the Valley Theater.

In addition, the Back Porch Theater presents an acoustic Christmas featuring traditional Appalachian holiday music performed by area artists. Let these simple sounds take you back to a time when life wasn’t so fast-paced and the holidays were for spending time with your family.

This year, start a new tradition by celebrating the Christmas season at Dollywood. Enjoy the easy pace of an Appalachian holiday with timeless tales of inspiration, or hop on board the Polar Express 4D Experience for an exciting adventure to the North Pole. Whatever your choice of holiday fun, you’ll find it at Dollywood.

Scott Tidwell invites you to book cabins in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee through Arrowhead Cabin Rentals. Visit for pricing and availability. © 2011, All Rights Reserved

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