As I have mentioned in my column before, every so often I will be touching on pop culture events outside the movie theater.
Recently I had the opportunity to venture to the land of sparkling Christmas fun at Dollywood with the kickoff of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas running from now until January 1, 2018. While Dollywood is always a magical place to visit, the feeling of warmth and hospitality is always cranked up during the Christmas season. If you visit the park during the Christmas event, you will see why Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas won its tenth consecutive Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket Award. When I recently visited the park I was able to hear Dolly tell about exciting events coming to the park in 2018 and see a preview of the show “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The musical is based on the film of the same name and follows the story of small town businessman George Bailey as he discovers the true value of life with the help of his guardian angel Clarence.
The show is filled with wonderful performances by the cast and features a wide range of songs including “From a Distance” and “Money Makes the World Go Round.” The production is like a mini Broadway show, and is on the must see list when visiting the park. Other Christmas shows playing at the park include “Christmas in the Smokies”, which is serving as the headline show in D.P.’s Celebrity Theater. In addition to those shows, I can also recommend ” ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”, “An Appalachian Christmas” and “Oh Holy Night” when visiting the park. If you are a fan of Rudolph The Red-Noised Reindeer, you will certainly want to make the journey to Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Junction for some fun with Rudolph and friends. In this area you can even decorate custom Christmas cookies. For those who enjoy a parade, make time to see the Parade of Many Colors, which features lighted floats and interactive characters. Of course you can’t visit Dollywood over the holidays without eating at one of the yummy restaurants, or at least trying some gingerbread man cookies or red velvet and pumpkin spice cakes. Oh did I mention a new sure to be hot item at the park is the Thanksgiving Feast sandwich? This mouthwatering delight is a ciabatta roll filled with cornbread dressing, slices of oven-roasted turkey breast, topped with cranberry sauce and served with sweet potato tater tots.
So you can watch a show, then grab a meal or snack, and enjoy the four million lights while walking to another show. I have no doubt some or all of the aforementioned has enticed you to visit “American’s Favorite Christmas Event” at Dollywood between now and January 1st. I look forward to a return visit to the park and plan on enjoying the new turkey sandwich while hanging out with Rudolph and friends. For hours and more information visit www.dollywood.com or call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD.