Dolly Parton has once again captured the spirit of the holidays with the official seasonal launch of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Since 1990, the annual event at Dolly’s amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has lit up the area with mesmerizing light displays.
Named the Best Theme Park Christmas Event for 11 consecutive years, in 2018 the park features a new addition with the Glacier Ridge. The new park experience gives Dollywood’s total count to more than five million twinkling lights. Glacier Ridge embodies the “arctic color palette” and is located in the areas of the park known as Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and the upper portion of Craftsman’s Valley.
Additionally, this year the Plaza at Wilderness Pass transforms into a winter wonderland with a 50-foot tall animated tree. Every 30 minutes the Plaza sparkles to life to present a fully-synchronized, dazzling light show with holiday hits that urges guests to sing along.
“Christmas is so important to me for so many reasons,” Dolly said in a statement. “I’m so thankful that it’s a time when our family comes together to share stories, remember old times, and make new memories we’ll take with us through the next year and beyond. There’s a lot of laughin’ and a whole lot of love when we all get together. I want those folks who come to experience Christmas with us at Dollywood to feel like they’re part of the family, making those memories and sharing those special times. I know the fun they’ll find in Glacier Ridge will help them create brand new memories and traditions.”