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Light the Way 5K at Dollywood

Nov 11, 2022

Light the Way 5K returns this holiday season to Dollywood. Make this festive race through five million Christmas lights one of your favorite holiday traditions!

Runners will start at Dollywood’s front gate area and travel through the theme park, not once, but twice. Participants will have more time to take in the five million dazzling Christmas lights of the award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. Walkers will have the opportunity to follow the route for one loop around the park. Participants will also be able to experience Wildwood Grove as part of the race course this year, which was previously unavailable.

Proceeds from the event benefit Keep Sevier Beautiful (KSB) and the Share It Forward (SIF) program at Dollywood.  KSB, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, is a volunteer-based organization which focuses on waste reduction/recycling, litter prevention and beautifying public spaces through education and community-based programs. KSB’s goal is to protect the natural beauty of the area that millions of visitors come to see each year. SIF is a non-profit organization to serve The Dollywood Company employees and their families through a variety of quality programs. SIF programming is funded primarily through employee donations which are matched dollar for dollar by The Dollywood Company.

The certified race will be chip timed and managed by Scenic City Multisport. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers for both men and women.

Light the Way 5K is a one-of-a-kind event that combines the beauty of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas festival with the challenge of a course that only a theme park can provide. Register today to join in this fun holiday tradition!


Light the Way 5K Registration

Pre-registration is encouraged for the Light the Way 5K as the race is limited to 1,500 participants.

Registration fee until race day: $50
Register online at: www.lighttheway5k.net

Race day registration takes place from 11am-9pm at Dollywood’s Splash Country.


For more information, email [email protected] or visit www.lighttheway5k.net


Nov 11, 2022

Event Details

Nov 11, 2022


2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
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