Disclosure: As a member of the Dollywood Insiders Panel, I occasionally receive complimentary resort stays and admission to theme parks and attractions. In this instance, I was given free admission to this attraction so that I could review it. However, as always, all opinions are entirely my own.


Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner & Show continues its inaugural season with a new holiday tale that invites families on a journey that brings together special Christmas memories and magic that shaped Dolly and her family.The new show, which opened Friday, Nov. 3 and continues through Dec. 31, allows guests to make wonderful holiday memories and discover the true spirit of Christmas.


I had the pleasure of enjoying the first show of the season last Friday, and was very pleased to find that the original show had been completely overhauled to provide an exciting, festive, and fantastic display of Christmas decor, costumes, music, and brilliant lights!

The dinner was also changed to a delightfully themed holiday menu (read on to find out more about the menu below). Paying attention to the attendees around me, I noted that the laughter and awe was abundant equally among the young and the old. It is definitely worth a visit during the Christmas season, even if you have already seen the usual show.


The combination of festive holiday music, two million dollars in special effects, acrobatic feats from both performers and the show’s canine stars, a mischievous elf, a series of “reindeer games,” a moving live nativity, an ice skating spectacular, and many other unexpected surprises combine for a one-of-a-kind, “must see” show.

This exciting new Christmas adventure is set in a small town that’s hit by a major snowstorm, which leaves the fate of the town’s Christmas celebration in the balance. The audience journeys with the cast to learn whether their Christmas will be cancelled or whether the storm sets the stage for the most miraculous Christmas ever.

Elements of the regular show that have proven to be audience favorites this season will take on a holiday flair and deliver a joyful treat for the senses, including the Chinese poles, aerial silks suspended three stories above the stage and in the amazing Electro-wheel.

An exclusive Smoky Mountain Adventures version of The Nutcracker and fun with the classic “12 Days of Christmas” are sure to become audience favorites. The show concludes with a moving seasonal rendition of the mountain classic “Go Tell It On The Mountain,” and a Christmas light spectacular and special effects transform the town scenery into a captivating Winter Wonderland.

“Thanks to the powerful story of when Dolly’s parents met and fell in love, Smoky Mountain Adventures has experienced an amazing debut season,” said Jamie Parish, General Manager of Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures. “We are excited about sharing more of this special story in our new holiday show, inspired by heartfelt moments that will capture the simple joys of Christmas. Our entire cast is looking forward to sharing this new component of Dolly’s family story – we know it will become a new holiday tradition for the families that come to experience it.”

Another star of this yuletide show, as I mentioned earlier, is the food, which is a mouthwatering feast of magnificent proportions. This Smoky Mountain holiday feast treats guests to tantalizing tastes inspired by some of Dolly’s favorite holiday recipes: a special holiday soup recipe, homemade buttery biscuits, spiral ham, pan fried chicken, old fashioned Southern dressing, a sweet potato treat (my favorite!), buttery corn on the cob, and Southern Peach Pie for dessert. Unlimited Pepsi, tea and coffee also are part of the meal.


Here’s a tip:  Arrive early, so you can enjoy a tasty holiday beverage and some pre-show entertainment, do some holiday shopping…

play some fun reindeer games, and even let your kids become magically transformed into a Friendly Elf, Holiday Reindeer, or other character!

For the complete Christmas show schedule, visit or contact the box office at 844-322-4400 for ticketing.



*Special thanks to The Dollywood Company Public Relations and Marketing Department for additional information and copy.

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