Dollywood Preparing For Christmas With New Fireworks Show, Over 5 Million New Lights

by Jennifer Shea

Dollywood is gearing up for the holiday season with millions of lights and fireworks, among other holiday additions.

The theme park is hosting “Smoky Mountain Christmas” from Nov. 7 through Jan. 3, 2021. The event will feature 5 million lights, holiday food, and performances.

Dollywood Offers Holiday Glitz

“Christmas is so precious because of the time we take to gather with friends and family to share the light of love and hope with each other,” Dolly Parton said in a statement. “It’s so good to be able to laugh about old memories and traditions, and even start a few new ones.”

The Christmas festivities will also include the “Merry & Bright!” fireworks display, set to contemporary holiday songs. Kids will have a chance to see inside Santa’s cabin and get their picture taken with him. There’s a 50-foot tall animated Christmas tree complete with a light show.

And the theme park is offering a new show, “Heart of the Holidays,” featuring Parton’s family members and songs from her new Christmas album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”

Dollywood will play host to more than 40 holiday performances each operating day during “Smoky Mountain Christmas.” Those include the Smoky Mountain String Band and the Candlelight Carolers, a new choral group.

A Memorable Christmas

“Some Christmases are more memorable than others, and I think this year is certainly one we won’t forget,” Parton said. “I want families to feel the warmth and comfort of all the great things they remember about Dollywood at Christmas, with a few new experiences that will become the memories they share years from now.” 

She added: “In twenty years, when someone says, ‘Do you remember 2020?,’ of course they’ll think about how strange this year has been, but I also hope they’ll stop and say, ‘Yes, but remember that special time we had at Dollywood during Christmas that year.’”