A Smoky Mountain Winter


Winterfest is in full effect here in the winterfest lights.jpgGreat Smoky Mountains. Everywhere you turn you are filled with the joy of the holidays, lights throughout the city and holiday decor on every corner will definitely put you in the mood!

Take the Trolley Ride of Lights to sit back, relax and enjoy all the lights in the comfort of a Gatlinburg Trolley. The journey takes you all around town to view the one of a kind displays put out by the city. The new LED lighting provides a bright blast of new and old scenes that portray what Winter means to us, showing off native wildlife to the Great Smoky Mountains as well as holiday themed scenes and some classics from the last 23 years.


dollywood-chapelDollywood has all the classic shows going on through their own celebration, Smoky Mountain Christmas. Featuring shows including It’s A Wonderful Life, O’ Holy Night, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas and more, you’re sure to get in the spirit of Christmas! Stop by Santa Land with the kids for crafts, huge toys and of course a visit with Santa and meet Rudolph and his Friends too! The Parade Of Many Colors closes the night with a spectacular show of lights, floats, characters and more.



Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a Christmas light show unlike one you’ve ever seen before. It is the largest drive-through, fully computerized, LED light and music show of its kind! You just pull up and tune your radio station to the one provided and start your drive through a magical wonderland of moving lights that are synced to the music. After your tour, stop by Santa’s Workshop for several attractions including a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, crafts, Christmas movies and of course pictures with Santa! They are located at the Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium.


For over thirty years The Christmas Place has give us the opportunity to enjoy Christmas all year long and is now the South’s largest Christmas shopping village. With over 60 themed Christmas Trees, there is definitely something for everyone! They have everything you may need for Christmas, including decorations, presents, collection items and many others! You can even personalize an ornament for each member of the family. Now that would be a Christmas tradition you wouldn’t forget!


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Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country Summer Time Fun


Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country have always been a must see attraction here in the Great Smoky Mountains.With only a short drive away from Gatlinburg, visitors can experience endless fun and build memories to last a lifetime at these great theme parks. Dollywood now has 46 different rides, shows and attractions and Dollywood’s Splash Country now has more than 23 water adventure rides with something for the entire family!

wild eagle The newest addition to Dollywood is the Wild Eagle roller coaster which opened last spring. It is 21 stories above the park and gives riders a one of a kind experience. Instead of having the train on the track, seats are placed on either side of the track so there is nothing but air above and below the rider providing a true flying experience.

Dollywood has opened a National Roller Coaster Museum inside the park that is available for viewing all day from May 25,2013 to October 30,2013.  This museum is located in the Craftsmans Valley area of Dollywood.


The current festival at Dollywood is the Great American Summer festival. This festival includes Gazillion Bubbles: New Dimension, The Little Engine Playhouse, and Salute to America. GACTV and Dollywood also team up to present the Great American Country Show May 10,2013- October 26,2013. There is something for the whole family to enjoy! Every night from June 22,2013 to January 04,2013 visitors can enjoy Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors, a spectacular firework show that you don’t want to miss! Dollywood has extended hours of 10:00 A.M-10:00 P.M. June 22,2013- August 04,2013 

river rush New this year at Dollywood’s Splash Country is the River Rush, Tennessee’s 1st and only water roller coaster! It features 4 drops, 4 stories high with its highest drop at 25 feet at a 45 degree angle and holds four people at a time. This hydromagnetic roller coaster open in May and offers guest a truly one of  a kind experience!

Make sure and book your cabin at ERA In The Smokies today and don’t miss all the Summer time fun at Dollywood and Dollywood’s Splash Country! 

Dollywood Season 2013

The whole area is on the edge of its seat with anticipation! Dollywood is reopening soon, bringing with it another year of fun and games, rides and shows, food and more! Check out all the wonderful things coming this year.

Festival of Nations

Mystic IndiaDollywood opens with the Festival of Nations, March 23 through April 22. “Guests can experience new and exciting cultures from around the globe, including China’s pageantry in Cirque Shanghai and the enchantment of India in Mystic India, right here in the Smokies. More than 25 countries are represented through their respective heritages of music, dance, food and art in this internationally diverse festival. Authentic cuisine and ethnic activities provide a great insight of other cultures while reminding guests, ‘We all smile in the same language.'” New shows this year for the Festival of Nations include:

Mystic India
“Mystic India takes audiences on a celebratory journey through India via a stunning performance which fuses dance, theatre and visual effects into an amazing explosion of color and energy. This astounding production, located in the Showstreet Palace Theatre, features 25 professional dancers, hundreds of ornate costumes and the dynamic music of the Bollywood film industry.”

Cirque ShanghaiCirque Shanghai
“Cirque Shanghai combines traditional and modern Chinese acrobatics alongside amazing displays of physical strength and incredible feats of balance. This heart-pounding production mixes graceful folkloric pageantry with beautifully-costumed performers and a visual feast of breathtaking white-knuckle stunts. And the award-winning circus and acrobatic talent and has been described as ‘amazing to the extreme!'”

Mariachi Divas
“A multi-cultural, all-female ensemble, Mexico’s Mariachi Divas are three-time Grammy Award-winners with unique songs always infused with the Latin sounds of mariachi. The Mariachi Divas have made numerous television appearances in the United States and Mexico. Never stepping too far from what brought them together, the sound of mariachi rings through every song that is played, no matter what style of music they choose to perform. Mariachi Divas play in the Valley Theatre.”

Pause CafePause Cafe
“From France, Pause Café performs traditional and modern French folk music on a variety of instruments, including the rare hang drum. Guests will enjoy the enchanting rhythms, original compositions and familiar favorites performed by these gifted musicians. Pause Café performs at the Valley Theatre and the Backporch Theatre.”

Ugandan Children’s Choirs
“Two Ugandan children’s choirs perform at the Valley Theatre during Dollywood’s Festival of Nations. Ugandan Thunder – A choir comprised of children ages 8-15 from the Royal School and Orphanage of Mityana, Uganda, will capture your heart with their sound. Dates: March 23 – 29. Suubi Tribe – A second captivating Ugandan choir performing Ugandan drum songs, as well as several English songs familiar to Americans. Dates: April 1 – 7.”

The Great American Summer

Great American SummerThis year Dollywood introduces The Great American Summer, June 22 through August 4. The park will stay open from 10 am to 10 pm to allow families to enjoy the warm summer nights. And to take full advantage of the later hours, Dollywood will be putting on a spectacular new fireworks display every night, Dolly’s Nights of Many Colors! “Look inside Dolly’s most cherished memories as her family, including her brother, sister and nieces, share songs and stories in the new show My People—Dolly’s Letter Home. Adding exciting new twists to Guest favorites, Gazillion Bubbles: New Dimension and the Little Engine’s Playhouse return with even more elements of surprise. GACTV and Dollywood team to present The Great American Country Show May 10 through October 26. The 40-minute show features six singers and a six-piece band, as well as a special appearance by one of country music’s legendary performers along with video appearances by your favorite GAC personalities.”

RiverRush at Splash Country

RiverRushWhen Dollywood’s Splash Country re-opens on May 11, they do so with a brand new water coaster- RiverRush. “It’s Tennessee’s first and only water coaster, and it’s coming to Dollywood’s Splash Country in May 2013! Get ready for the next generation of water coasters as RiverRush races through the trees four stories in the air as you experience four drops along a track that thrills with multiple hairpin turns and dark tunnels- all combined with rushing water! It’s everything you love about a traditional land coaster- powerful climbs, twists, turns- with more than a splash of water!”

Smoky Mountain Christmas

A Dollywood Christmas CarolThe area is filled with Christmas shows when the season comes, but at Dollywood you can get your fill of festive productions for one all-day price! While most shows cost at least $30 per person, at Dollywood, a day pass costs only $56! For that one low price you can see several shows, not to mention enjoy some great rides and roller coasters and much more! Here are some of our favorite Smoky Mountain Christmas Shows:

A Dollywood Christmas Carol
“In A Dollywood Christmas Carol, the three spirits of Christmas visit stodgy Ebenezer Scrooge in this inspiring story of redemption told through song and story. The original musical adaptation entertains audiences with a 15-member cast, fully orchestrated musical tracks, Victorian scenery and period costuming.”

Christmas in the Smokies
“Dollywood’s musical Christmas tradition features a 12-member cast performing hometown holiday favorites that celebrate the joy of the season.”

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
“A family finds its own Christmas miracle with the help of a mysterious, white-bearded stranger in this delightful musical featuring a 12-member cast and a four-piece band.”

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