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21 December 2020

My Story: What Matters Most When Picking Up the Pieces

By | 2020-12-21T15:49:18+00:00 December 21st, 2020|Family Visits, Festivals|0 Comments

When my wife and I married in 2010, we created a tradition of collecting Christmas ornaments from cities and places we visited. So, each year as we decorate the tree, we get to relive all those memories of all of our travels together. When my son, Aiden, was born in 2016, we also started [...]

16 December 2020

The Jolliest Dollywood Gift Ever

By | 2020-12-16T16:12:53+00:00 December 16th, 2020|Family Visits, Festivals|0 Comments

When my children were very young, my husband and I were so enamored with the idea of creating “the perfect holiday” for our boys that we tended to allow Santa to go a bit overboard with all the packages under the tree on Christmas morning. However, we very quickly discovered that the morning’s excitement [...]

5 December 2020

NEW This Christmas Season: Candlelight Carolers

By | 2020-12-02T13:56:05+00:00 December 5th, 2020|Entertainment, Festivals|0 Comments

The sun was just setting over Dollywood when my kids and I waited for the Candlelight Carolers performance during our last visit. This new show takes place on the steps of the iconic Robert F. Thomas Chapel. It’s a remarkably breathtaking spot nestled at the foot of the mountain in Craftsman’s Valley. This Christmas [...]

4 December 2020

Include New Fireworks Display in Your Christmas Traditions

By | 2020-12-02T14:28:25+00:00 December 4th, 2020|Entertainment, Festivals|0 Comments

During our most recent visit to Dollywood we got to enjoy the new fireworks display, Merry & Bright. We started our day by watching our favorite show, Christmas in the Smokies. Our next stop was to get some warm chowder at Front Porch Café followed by some sweet treats from Spotlight Bakery. After a [...]

25 November 2020

VIDEO: Santa’s Naughty or Nice List Experience

By | 2020-11-24T09:58:00+00:00 November 25th, 2020|Festivals|0 Comments

Even in a pandemic, Santa is at Dollywood! In fact, I learned that the big man in red has a Smoky Mountain cabin—and that’s where he takes care of a very important list. You know, THE list… I love that this Dollywood experience invites families to get a peek as Santa makes and checks [...]

13 November 2020

In Dollywood’s Bakery Kitchen: Decorating Christmas Treats!

By | 2020-11-12T12:44:02+00:00 November 13th, 2020|Dining, Festivals|0 Comments

To give you a peek at some Christmas treats, I was able to go behind the scenes at Dollywood’s Spotlight Bakery to watch pastry chef Giget decorate some of Dollywood’s infamous sweets. Here are a few of my takeaways: *The gingerbread cookies are a crowd favorite: they’re made from scratch and then individually decorated. [...]

9 November 2020

Dollywood Details: Flipping Store Front Displays

By | 2020-11-25T09:02:42+00:00 November 9th, 2020|Behind the Scenes, Festivals|0 Comments

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” This was the song ringing through my mind on a recent visit to Dollywood. It was a treat to be there during the week they are closed between Harvest Festival and Smoky Mountain Christmas to see all the preparations being made to add that holiday sparkle [...]

14 October 2020

The Smells of Harvest Festival 2020 (VIDEO)

By | 2020-10-12T16:53:22+00:00 October 14th, 2020|Festivals|0 Comments

Crisp Smoky Mountain air, pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon. What do all three of these things have in common?  They are some of the alluring aromas that can be found at Dollywood right now during Harvest Festival presented by Humana. Come along as we take a nose-guided tour of all the wonderful smells that [...]

12 October 2020

Instagram-Worthy Fall Photo Spots

By | 2020-10-12T14:07:29+00:00 October 12th, 2020|Festivals|0 Comments

What is a trip to Dollywood and particularly to Harvest Festival without taking all the photos? Have you ever heard the phrase “do it for the ‘gram?” What is “the ‘gram” you may ask, well, Instagram of course. Personally, it is my favorite social media channel. Check out these “Instagram Worthy” Harvest Festival Photo [...]

28 September 2020

What’s New for Dollywood’s Harvest Festival

By | 2020-10-07T11:54:12+00:00 September 28th, 2020|Festivals, Trip Planning|0 Comments

It’s Harvest Festival time at Dollywood again! And if you’re like me, you know it’s one of the most exciting events at Dollywood. From hand-crafted artisans and lighted pumpkins to great music, Harvest Festival has something to offer everyone. This year, Dollywood has added even more fun and amazing entertainment for all of us [...]

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