RUDOLPH THE RED NOSE REINDEER VISITS DOLLYWOOD FOR SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Crowd-Favorite Dollywood's A Christmas Carol Returns
With four million dazzling
lights, award-winning entertainment and delicious food options, Dollywood’s
Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 8- Jan. 3) certainly
features something for every member of the family. This year, however, it may
be the festival’s special visitors which put smiles on guests’ faces.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the beloved Christmas television
special, comes to life with an exclusive visit to Dollywood this holiday
season. Guests can meet Rudolph and his friends, including Clarice, Bumble the
Abominable Snow Monster and Yukon Cornelius in Rudolph’s Holly Jolly ™ Junction,
a magical area where festive fun awaits.
After meeting Rudolph and his
friends, families can head to Clarice’s kitchen to decorate custom Christmas
cookies or even take part in a few reindeer games! Guests even can make their
picture in a giant snow globe featuring Sam the Snowman.
Returning this year is the groundbreaking production of Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol, which
uses holographic technology to bring Dolly Parton to the stage as the Ghost of
Christmas Past. Last season, guests marveled at the lifelike appearance of
Parton and the other holograms featured in the production.
“I’m so glad we’re able to add
Rudolph and his friends to our Smoky Mountain Christmas,” said Parton. “With
all of the beautiful lights and decorations, it truly is the most special time
of year at my Dollywood. Why they’re even going to bring back that hologram of
me! I’m still not sure this world is ready for two Dolly Partons, but I’m
excited folks can see ‘the other Dolly’ help ole Scrooge understand what truly
makes the holidays special.”
Parton’s Ghost of Christmas Past, Jacob Marley and the
Ghosts of Christmases Present and Future are life-sized holograms, marking the
first time four actors appear via the cutting-edge technology in the same
theatrical production. This heartwarming tale about the transformation of
Ebenezer Scrooge features a 16-member cast, fully orchestrated musical tracks
and period costuming.
A seven-time winner for Best
Christmas Event, Smoky Mountain Christmas continues through Jan. 3, 2015.
Operating days and hours vary; visit Dollywood.com for details.
Several other beloved shows
return, including Christmas in the
Smokies, An Appalachian Christmas, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, O’ Holy
Night, Christmas with The Kingdom Heirs and Carol of the Trees. Guests also can experience the nightly Parade
of Lights, a festive procession of larger-than-life toys and characters, as
well as Santa’s Workshop, where the smallest guests can share their wish list with
Dollywood’s popular Smoky Mountain Miniature Railroad
returns with a multi-level display featuring several model trains snaking
through an elaborate and beautifully decorated miniature landscape. This
kid-favorite attraction pulls in to the station at the Wings of America stage
in Craftsman’s Valley.
Families can finish their visit with a traditional
Christmas meal as several of Dollywood’s menus feature holiday-themed items.
Among the favorites are roasted turkey breast, Cades Cove pit ham, sweet tea
baked chicken, sweet potato casserole and cornbread dressing. Holiday desserts available
throughout the park include pumpkin pie, red velvet cake, sweet potato pie,
pumpkin rolls and homemade fruit cakes.
Smoky Mountain Christmas guests can upgrade a paid
one-day admission ticket to a regular 2015 season pass for just $30 (plus tax).
Ticket purchasers receive credit for the value of a one-day ticket ($59) toward
the purchase of a 2015 season pass. A season pass purchased during Smoky
Mountain Christmas provides unlimited admission to this year’s Christmas
festival along with Dollywood’s entire 2015 season. (A one-day ticket is valid
for upgrade on the day of visit only.) Also, guests who purchase a Dollywood
one-day ticket after 6 p.m. receive free admission to the park’s next operating