Christmas at Dollywood: 2023 Guide to Shows, Discounts, & Packages

With its heartwarming holiday shows, millions of glittering lights, and iconic rides, Dollywood Christmas is undoubtedly America’s Best Christmas Event titleholder for 14 consecutive years!

Forget all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and head to Dollywood at Christmas for a relaxing Yuletide season. Embrace all the festive colors at Santa’s Village, gasp in awe at a dozen 12-foot-tall Christmas trees, and catch a ride on the Dollywood Express.

Follow along as we share all the discounts, vacation packages, and insider tips about Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.

Smoky Mountain Christmas Dollywood Tickets 

All Dollywood Christmas events are included with your general Dollywood admission and season passes. “How much are Dollywood Christmas tickets?” you may ask.

Unlock exclusive savings and keep an extra dollar in your pocket per ticket when you choose to purchase with Tripster. 

1-Day Park Admission: $88
2 – Day Park Admission: $108

Package Your Dollywood Tickets

Want to check off your Pigeon Forge Area itinerary without going above your budget? Then bundle your Dollywood Christmas Light tickets with these other attractions to make your trip extra memorable:

Nearby Pigeon Forge Hotels

The Christmas season turns the city into a magical holiday destination, so it would be a shame if you miss the Smoky Mountain Christmas festivities. Make the most of your vacation and extend your Christmas in the Smoky trip by booking a room at any of Pigeon Forge Hotels.

Whatever your lodging expectations, Tripster provides you with lodging options that fit every budget. Make your reservation easy, knowing that you get the best deals.

exterior of Christmas Inn with pond with sprouting fountain in foreground surrounded by plants during day with blue sky in Pigeon Forge, Tennesee, USA
photo credit: The Inn at Christmas Place via Facebook

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Attractions

Million of Twinkling Lights

Let the enchanting colors of Christmas guide your journey as you take a leisurely walk through the park’s festive landscapes. Kick off the celebration by wandering through Santa’s Village, where the cheerful combination of red and green creates an atmosphere of festive merriment.

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Then, witness the magic of Glacier Ridge, adorned with the soothing blues and pristine whites of a winter wonderland. You also want to soak in the ambiance of Craftsman’s Valley that’s illuminated by a soft candlelight glow, transporting you to a bygone era. The towering Christmas trees, reaching heights of up to 12 feet, will fill the park with joy and wonder.

Santa’s List… Naughty or Nice

Feel the excitement as you check whether you’re on the naughty or nice list, then snap a cherished photo of Santa in his workshop during this unique opportunity.

Glacier Ridge

Glacier Ridge is returning for this year’s Dollywood holiday celebration, a family favorite attraction that reminds us of the true meaning of the Christmas miracle. Join the heartwarming reunion of Polar Bear and Black Bear at Dollywood, where you can also marvel at the cool blue and white lights, creating an icy atmosphere without the biting cold! 

Heart-Warming Holiday Shows

Gather the entire family together for memorable shows! Reserve seats for Dollywood Christmas shows, including the classic tales “Twas the Night Before Christmas” or “Christmas in the Smokies” to get into the Christmas spirit.

Want to witness outdoor performances? Catch “Appalachian Christmas” or “Holy Night.” All performances are included with your Dollywood Christmas Lights tickets.

Dollywood Express Light Experience

No matter where you look, you’ll find glittering displays and Christmas lights in Dollywood.  Take in the vibrant hues, towering animated Christmas trees, and natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains without tiring yourself out.

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Hop aboard the Dollywood Express Train Depot to absorb all the twinkling lights the park has to offer on a five-mile adventure.

Christmas Culinary Delights

A day of having fun can work up an appetite. So refuel with local bites and warm your belly with hot beverages. Whether you’re hungry for sweet treats such as the Country Apple Cinnamon Funnel Cake and hot chocolate or craving big meals like Braised Beef Short Ribs and BBQ, The Smoky Mountains Christmas dining options are sure to satisfy your tastebuds.

The Christmas at Dollywood 2023 also comes back with an all-new-themed culinary menu and usual holiday favorites, treating you to all the tasty dishes this holiday season.

Note: Bring extra cash as your Dollywood Christmas packages do not cover dining options.

Thrilling Rides

Take advantage of Dollywood Christmas hours! Try the park’s exhilarating and award winning rides, from roller coasters to water slides. There are endless adrenaline-inducing activities for all ages! Grab your tickets to Dollywood Christmas Lights 2023 to enjoy the attractions and excitement without the long waiting time.

barn decorated with Christmas lights at night at Smoky Mountain Christmas at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
photo credit: Dollywood via Facebook

Shopping Experience

Raise your hand if you haven’t purchased all the gifts for your loved ones. When at Christmas in Dollywood, there’s no need to worry about holiday shopping because there are plenty of stores to visit, from the Tanger Outlets to Hi-Octane Ride Souvenirs.

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas Date

“When does Dollywood decorate for Christmas?” you might ask. Halls are decked before November.

The Dollywood Christmas schedule 2023 runs from November 4, 2023, through January 6, 2024.  “Is Dollywood open on Christmas Day?” Sadly, the park will remain closed on Christmas Day, but there’s no need to fret because it will reopen on the following day. 


The Christmas Dollywood calendar activities are still subject to change due to weather and other safety factors.

Close up of performers on stage singing at Christmas in the Smokies at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USACelebrate Christmas at Dollywood

Skip out on your usual celebration and fulfill your Dollywood Christmas in the Smokies fantasy.  Experience the boatloads of holiday entertainment and seasonal cheer at Christmas in the Smokies Dollywood, this happiest time of the year. This theme park makes Pigeon Forge a Christmas haven, from world-class live musical productions to over 6 million lights.

Taste that fresh mountain air while wandering throughout the Dollywood parks like Wilderness Pass and Timber Canyon, soar to new heights when you take a thrilling ride on Wild Eagle, sate your hunger with themed cuisines and beverages, or catch heartening holiday shows. Then, complete your holiday shopping by visiting the vendors and booths around the area.

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Smoky Mountain Christmas isn’t hailed as the country’s best Christmas Event by Amusement Today for nothing. So, bring the entire family and grab your Dollywood s Smoky Mountain Christmas tickets to create lasting memories this holiday.

While at it, enjoy the park’s many activities like the Dollywood Christmas parade with our package.


Start Date:

November 4, 2023 @ 12:00 am CDT

End Date:

January 6, 2024 @ 11:59 pm CST


Dollywood Events

2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 United States


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Written by Anne Joyce Raymundo

Anne is a Filipino writer who formerly managed and created marketing strategies and materials for numerous websites and eCommerce platforms. Now, her voice...

3 comments about “Christmas at Dollywood: 2023 Guide to Shows, Discounts, & Packages”


December 6, 2022 at 8:37 am

My husband and I want to see lights and down here in Mississippi no one decorates and Christmas is my favorite time of the year so please help us to have a good time

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December 13, 2022 at 9:22 am

Hi Donna! Christmas at Dollywood is the perfect opportunity to see lights. Over 6 million, to be exact! Check out our guide to Dollywood Tips and Tricks to discover what you need to know before you go.

Charlotte Newman

November 1, 2023 at 10:03 pm

Could you tell me when dolly will be at dollywood over the Christmas holidays. I have a 18 year old girl named Emmy and I am bring her to dollywood Nov. 4th to see the Christmas lights. All she wants for her birthday which just passed is to see Dolly. So will Dolly make a appearance soon ? Thy

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