SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS RETURNS TO DOLLYWOOD

BY GABRIELLE

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas, which has been voted the Best Theme Park Christmas Event in America for 12 consecutive years, is returning to Dollywood on November 9, 2019.

The festive festival comprises of lively Christmas entertainment, heart-warming festive food and drinks, an ambiance lit up by more than five million brilliant lights and plenty more seasonal fun.

This much-loved family event is presented by Humana. The park’s Glacier Ridge will look like it is a frozen scene from the Arctic. This winter wonderland will be home to numerous fun activities, impressive Christmassy displays and different dining options.

Guests can meander through this immense frozen fairyland through areas including Wildwood Grove, Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and the upper part of Craftsman’s Valley.

Traditional festive shows such as ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ and ‘Christmas in the Smokies’ will entertain guests. Further festive cheer can be found at Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colours.

Sharing her excitement for Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas, Dolly Parton said: “There’s nothing like Christmas in the Smokies. I’ve been a lot of places and seen a lot of things, but the feeling of being home with the people I love at Christmas really is one of the most special things in the world to me.

“It’s my hope that the people who come experience my Dollywood at Christmas make those same sweet memories they’ll be able to share forever. I also hope we’re able to help them start some brand new Christmas traditions right here!” Dolly Parton added.

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas will be running at Dollywood from November 9, 2019 to January 4, 2020.

DOLLYWOOD GEARS UP TO CELEBRATE ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY

BY GABRIELLE

2020 will see the much-loved Tennessee theme park Dollywood, commemorate its 35thanniversary. To mark the special year, the park is to host a vibrant calendar full of must-see events, including a new festival and entertainment featuring well-known international performers.

The 35th anniversary season will start on March 14, 2020 with the Festival of Nations, which will run until April 20. Headlining the Festival of Nations will be a stage production of Namaste India and Ole! The production takes guests on a journey across India. Well known acts will feature on the stage, including JigJam, Drumstick and the Invaders Steel Orchestra.

The park’s celebratory Flower & Food Festival is to take place from May 8 to June 14 and will feature a colourful mass of spring flower displays, crafted by talented horticulturalists.

Expert chefs will also be heading to Tennessee to create a diverse selection of culinary delights to provide plenty of food for guests to tuck into over the spring festival.

Spring beef sprinkled over crispy potatoes, tomato and feta cheese galette, savoury lime chicken legs over rice pilaf and caprese skewers with a balsamic, are just several of the culinary items on the menu at the Flower & Food Festival.

From June 20 to August 2, a Dollywood guest favourite, the Gazillion Bubbles Show, will return to the theme park during the Summer Celebration event, when “gazillions” of bubbles will float through the air.

The park’s Harvest festival featuring Great Pumpkin LumiNights and the Southern Gospel Jubilee will bring some autumn and Halloween fun to the Smokies from September 25 to October 31.

The 35th anniversary season ends with Smoky Mountain Christmas beginning on November 7 and ending on January 2, 2021. Humana, the 12-time Golden Ticket winner for the Best Theme Park Christmas event, will present this much-loved festive occasion.

FLOWER AND FOOD FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED AT DOLLYWOOD

BY GABRIELLE

Dollywood has announced plans to host a Flower and Food Festival as part of its continued expansion and investment in bringing new experiences to visitors.

The festival is planned to take place from May 8 to June 14, 2020, to mark the theme park’s 35th anniversary.

The vibrant event will see Dollywood team up with the Mosaicultures flower sculpting specialists, to make flourishing spring flower and topiary displays a key feature throughout the Great Smoky Mountains theme park.

Chefs will also be busy working on creating culinary delights for visitors.

Speaking of her love for spring, Dolly Parton said: “When I was just a little girl, spring was a wondrous time.

“I imagined having my own special field of flowers that were a fragrant home to my favourite animal friends in the woods.

“Now, my Dollywood becomes that special place with everything made of flowers – I can’t wait to share it with everyone just in time for our 35th season!” added the singer.

During the festival, the Showstreet area of the park will feature an ‘Umbrella Sky’, comprising of hundreds of multicoloured umbrellas. Dollywood will also be geared up for some selfie moments, with Instagrammable locations alongside interactive activities.

“With these umbrellas, it’s sure to be a sunshine kind of day no matter what!” said Dolly Parton.