Dollywood Christmas: A Holly, Dolly Holiday

Dollywood Christmas in Pigeon Forge is truly a sight to behold. From the twinkling lights of Winterfest to the Smoky Mountain Christmas Celebration, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in our neck of the woods. Check out what's happening at Dollywood for Christmas in 2024.

Dollywood Christmas

Dollywood Christmas features a celebration hinged on wonder, harmony, family, joy and faith. The festivities start in early November and run through early January. This year’s dates are Nov. 1, 2024 through Jan. 5, 2025. Are you thinking about getting in the holiday spirit with Dolly at Christmastime? Read on to learn more about this wonderful celebration.

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Christmas Celebrations

Dollywood is a 130-acre theme park in Pigeon Forge. It’s known for thrilling coasters, outstanding shows and parades, good eats and family-friendly fun. It transforms into a winter wonderland each year for the Smoky Mountain Christmas celebration. More than 6 million lights span across the park and a 50-foot Christmas tree serves as the centerpiece.


The 50-foot tree resides in the Glacier Ridge section of the park. Here, you’ll also find a symphony of lights and a walk-through canopy of lights representing the Northern Lights. You’ll also find a number of shows at Dollywood for Christmas.

Dollywood Christmas

Merry & Bright Fireworks

On select nights, Dollywood will have a fireworks display during the Christmas season. The fireworks will be set off to the sounds of your favorite Christmas songs and will be visible all around the park. Fireworks are weather permitting and this show is a can't-miss part of a winter trip to Dollywood.

Dollywood Christmas Treats

If seasonal treats please your palate, you’ll find a number of tasty goods at Dollywood’s Christmas celebration! Of course you’ll find classics like hot cocoa and Christmas cookies, but those looking for something special will be pleased by the menus at park eateries like Aunt Granny’s Restaurant & the Front Porch Café.

Winter Travel Guide

What to Know Before You Go

If you’re heading to the Dollywood Christmas celebration, it’s important to bundle up! The average low temperature in Pigeon Forge in December is just 30 degrees, so taking in the lights in the evening can get chilly. It’s also important to be aware of the park’s operating hours. Dollywood is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the Christmas celebrations. Note that the park is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Do you plan to make Dollywood Christmas part of your Pigeon Forge holiday vacation? Find hotels near Dollywood and cabins near Dollywood right here on our site. And read up on how to take pictures of holiday lights for more helpful information before the season is here!

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