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Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival is Full of Holiday Entertainment

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 returning classics that are sure to quickly become new traditions and special family memories. In all, we have about 40 scheduled performances each day during Dollywood’s 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 Christmas season. 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.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas returns to the Pines Theater this year after taking a break last season. Guests join the Baxter famly and our snickerdoodle-loving mice as they experience their own Christmas miracle.

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 niece Jada, her cousin Shelley and accompaniment by Barry Jobe. The spirited performance showcases songs from Dolly’s Christmas album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, along with some of her most beloved holiday favorites. Jada and Shelley also 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.

The Mistletones

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 Town Crier character will return for the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival.

By | 2022-01-04T12:47:42+00:00 November 2nd, 2021|Entertainment|0 Comments

About the Author:

If it has anything to do with East Tennessee, this Dollywood blogger loves it. Ellen Liston was born in Kingsport and grew up in a rural environment that she says has many similarities to the Sevier County area and the beautiful Smoky Mountains here. When she’s not at Dollywood or enjoying the multitude of activities and attractions in these mountains, Ellen can usually be found cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers, particularly at football and Lady Vols basketball games, or hanging out with her family – sometimes cheering on the Vols together! Some of her favorite things are reading almost any kind of book imaginable, history, crime dramas (especially Perry Mason and Forensic Files), old movies, ‘80s music, and most anything to do with her Scottish heritage, including kilts and bagpipes. She and her husband Scott live in South Knoxville on 6 acres with their yellow labs, Charlie and Rudy, and a Maine Coon cat with a major attitude, Sam.
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