Christmas Celebration and Chapel Services
There are amazing memories to be made at Dollywood, which becomes an enchanted place during the holiday season. Book your Carr’s Cottages accommodations now and ensure your family tucks treasured times within their hearts after seeing and being a part of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Both will quickly become a family tradition!
This winter festival brings a stunning array of shows guaranteed to get even the most determined bah-humbugger into the Christmas spirit. Add the new Parade of Many Colors that begins at 8 p.m. each evening with gorgeous, colorful floats and characters interacting with the crowd, and you’ve got even more reason to celebrate Christmas in the Smokies.
For the very first time, Dollywood will present the enduring holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” on Showstreet. Relax and become immersed in Tennessee culture as the gentle sounds of acoustic Christmas music wash over you at the “Applachian Christmas” show at the Back Porch Theater. “Christmas in the Smokies” will be back at Dolly Parton’s celebrity theater. This show features live music, singing and dancing, and includes both pop culture Christmas favorites in character and song as well as the sacred theme of the season, the birth of Christ. “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” at Dollywood’s Pines Theater, takes visitors along on a heart-warming family adventure involving a guest the children in the audience are sure to recognize!
“Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs” also at the Pines Theater, is a southern gospel show par excellence, in keeping with all of the other top-notch activities at Dollywood during the Smoky Mountain Christmas! Another show sure to be a hit with visitors especially attuned to the sacred nature of the holiday, “O’ Holy Night” in the Valley Theater will not disappoint!
The Robert F. Thomas Chapel at Dollywood holds services at 5:30 p.m. each Sunday night throughout Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. A charming, somewhat rustic and old-fashioned chapel, this venue is beautifully decorated for the holidays and the perfect place to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.
Finally, get ready to take some amazing photographs because, after all, it wouldn’t be Christmas at Dollywood without meticulous attention to detail in the heartwarming, over-the-top-stunning décor at every turn. One highlight is the Timber Canyon stage where, every night of the festival, thousands of twinkling lights are set to glorious music, perfectly synchronized to make you stop and appreciate, for just a moment, that you are in a very special place for the happiest holiday of the year!