Dollywood’s holiday entertainment is at the heart of many cherished Christmas traditions. This year during Smoky Mountain Christmas, you will enjoy a blend of beloved holiday favorites and new entertainment options that are sure to quickly become new traditions and special family memories. In all, we have about 40 scheduled performances each day during Smoky Mountain Christmas.
Here’s a quick look at what you can expect:
Christmas in the Smokies
The festival’s headline show, Christmas in the Smokies, is a must-see for our guests every and for everyone looking for things to do this Christmas. It is a Christmas family tradition for many who have enjoyed it for generations since it began with the festival 30 years ago. Christmas in the Smokies will be performed inside DP’s Celebrity Theater. To maintain social distancing guidelines, select scenes in the show will be modified; however, the integrity, spirit and heart of the show will remain.
Heart of the Holidays
Heart of the Holidays, the festival’s newest show, will be performed in DreamSong Theater. This Dolly Parton family show features a new generation of Dolly’s family including her nieces Heidi and Jada, her cousin Shelley and accompaniment by Barry Jobe. The spirited performance showcases songs from Dolly’s new Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, along with some of her most beloved holiday favorites. Heidi, Jada and Shelley also will share their favorite holiday stories and memories of Dolly. This special show is all about family connections and the heartfelt goodness and warmth of the Christmas season.
O’ Holy Night
O’ Holy Night, Dollywood’s rendition of the Nativity, returns to Valley Theater this year to share the true meaning of Christmas.
Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs
Dollywood’s own Southern gospel group, The Kingdom Heirs, sing about the reason for this holiday season with a number of Christmas hymns and songs to keep guests’ spirits soaring during Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs. Guests can enjoy this uplifting Christmas show in Pines Theater five days a week.
Appalachian Christmas with Smoky Mountain String Band
Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain String Band performs traditional Christmas songs with a rich Appalachian bluegrass sound at the Back Porch Theater.
Holiday Wild Roots
The Wild Roots Band plays uplifting holiday melodies that will have you dancing, singing and rejoicing in the spirit of Christmas around Showstreet Gazebo.
Dollywood’s upbeat holiday a cappella group returns this year performing holiday favorites at The Village Depot Stage.
The Candlelight Carolers
Each evening on the steps of the Robert F. Thomas Chapel, a new choral ensemble will share the true spirit of the season with traditional Christmas hymns. The Candlelight Carolers will encourage you to become part of the joyous message of Christmas and share in the heavenly emotions by joining in and helping proclaim the “Joy To The World” during these heartwarming performances.
Other Live Experiences
This year, Wings of America: Birds of Prey will be at Wings of America Theater every Saturday during Smoky Mountain Christmas!
Miss Lillian brings smiles to Guests’ faces each day with her special Christmas spirit and songs, and Dollywood’s new Town Crier character makes his debut during the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival.