When you have 6 *million* twinkling lights to take in, we all have the tendency to stop noticing details and just see color. If you’re thinking, well, there’s just too much good stuff to miss at Dollywood (and we can’t have you miss it!), our Product and Planning team decided to change up what you’re seeing throughout the park during Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas this year. They’ve been doing that more and more—it’s really noticeable now. With distinct themes rather than a uniform look, you’ll catch more of what’s going on.
Taking a closer look at our park, you’ll see that our themed lands also have eight Christmas themes:
Showstreet– This is classic Dollywood with traditional jewel tones outlining the buildings like dollhouses. In recent years, the jewel tones were like gemstone colors. Now, notice the jewels are more like diamonds and rubies to go along with the color palate of the Christmas bells that hang overhead.
Adventures in Imagination– New in 2022, guests will be immersed in Dolly’s Christmas: pink, platinum and gold décor adorn the area. A 20-ft. Christmas tree is the focal point, and it’s surrounded by dozens of LED butterflies and gemstone trees.
Jukebox Junction– Here, you’ll find a retro 50s vibe with multi-color C9 bulbs and mid-century décor. Look for light strand trees on the rooftops and a specialty tree wrapped in festive green light and dazzling tinsel trees.
Rivertown Junction, Owens Farm and Craftsman’s Valley– Wrapped in candlelight glow, this area reminds us that Christmas is all about the light of the world, Jesus. This year, look for the new feature in Village Pass–there’s a 130-ft. lit curtain wall, giant lit ornaments and more live, lit trees.
The Village– A.K.A., Santa’s Village, identifies the spot where you can find Jolly ole Saint Nick with red and green trimmings galore.
Country Fair- Home of our red and white striped trees, Peppermint Valley will be one of your sweetest stops when you visit Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. In 2022, there’s a new entry portal and 50% more lit trees.
Wilderness Pass and Timber Canyon- The Smokies have iced over—a Christmas miracle so Polar Bear can visit his cousin Black Bear! In this section of Glacier Ridge presented by Goo Goo Cluster, you’ll see icy blues and cool whites.
Wildwood Grove- While you’re still in Glacier Ridge, it’s clear the enchantment of Wildwood Grove has influenced the color scheme to include pinks and purples in addition to the blues and whites.
**Bonus: Though it’s off the map, I want to tease another surprise. Be on the lookout for a new light feature in the train loop!
I know you enjoy learning behind-the-scenes info about your favorite theme park. Me, too. So, I’m going to add a few more tidbits because I learned a TON as I was gathering content for this blog, and I think you’ll appreciate knowing this additional information.
- We have more than doubled the number of live Christmas trees that we used to bring in for Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. And, previously, those trees ranged in height from four to seven feet. Now, the trees you’ll see range from six to 12 feet tall! The hillside in Rivertown Junction (just below the train tracks) is a great place to check out these evergreens because this space is loaded with about 40 that are light-scaped similar to the trees on Showstreet but with a soft amber glow rather than the jewel tones.
- Speaking of trees, there are several feature trees (not Christmas trees) throughout the park. These trees are showstoppers, so you will notice them without me pointing them out. Each one is unique. It may be wrapped from trunk to the tips of every branch, or it may look like it is melting, or boast sparkling spheres or a lighting technique called supernovas.
- Craftsman’s Valley is a continuation of the look and feel of Rivertown Junction. One of my favorite features is the crab cluster lighting. Typically, a strand of lights has one bulb every six inches. With the crab cluster, there are about 25 lights every six inches. That’s a LOT more lights!