December is a great time to visit the Smokies. The streets are lined with beautiful light displays from Sevierville to the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg. Smoky Mountain Christmas spirit is everywhere—from the Arts and Crafts Holiday Show to the Fantasy of Lights Christmas Parade.
In Pigeon Forge, Dollywood celebrates the holidays in a big way. Christmas trees, lights and special holiday shows are featured from November 10 until the end of the year.
Polar Express 4D
During the holiday season, Dollywood features a special attraction that takes visitors aboard the Polar Express. The ride uses scenes from the popular movie, along with motion-simulator seats and other special effects to emulate the magical journey to meet Santa Claus. Outside the attraction, visitors can have their pictures taken with a conductor look alike for a unique holiday keepsake.
Carol of the Trees
After the sun sets, Dollywood lights up the night thousands of twinkling Christmas lights. In Rivertown Junction, lights are synchronized with popular holiday songs, blinking on and off in time with the music. Bring your video cameras—this kind of display changes from year to year.
Dollywood’s Christmas on Ice
Spectacular holiday shows are part of the Dollywood legacy, and the Christmas on Ice show is no exception. The Ice Theatre of New York is in residence for the entire holiday season where they leap, spin and salchow their way through your favorite Christmas songs.
Other holiday staples, such as dining alongside Santa and listening to the the Kingdom Heirs’ special holiday show, are alive and well this year. Expect a nightly holiday parade, a reading of the Christmas story during “O’Holy Night” and even a Christmas Chapel with Sunday services throughout the holiday season.