As I get older, I realize how hard it can be to get everyone in your family together for the holidays. When kids get older and new family members are added, it seems that everyone has at least four different dinners to go to on Thanksgiving Day. Our family is no exception to the multiple dinner scenario and it makes the whole day no fun at all. But this year we’re saying goodbye to the heartburn and bloat and changing the day up a bit…. we’re spending Thanksgiving evening at Dollywood! This is something new for us but here are a few reasons of why I’m so excited about it.
First, the park opens up at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Getting up early on a holiday doesn’t excite me… not one bit. But knowing that I can sleep in, watch the Thanksgiving Day parade in my PJs, and still go to Dollywood, does! This late- afternoon open time makes for an easy and relaxed day. And if you still have an early dinner to attend, you can still make plans to visit the park. It’s a win-win in my book. You can also purchase your tickets HERE to avoid standing in the ticket line.
Second, the whole park is decorated for Christmas! What other reason do you need? (LOL) Nothing gets me more in the Christmas spirit than twinkling lights, holiday carols and hot chocolate. And what better place to experience all three than at Dollywood. One good thing about the park is that you don’t even need to worry about the weather. If the weather is a bit messy, there are seven Christmas shows that are performed in the park’s theaters. Christmas in the Smokies, It’s a Wonderful Life, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas are just a few shows that are performed during the Smoky Mountain Christmas festival. There are many singing performances as well: such as The Kingdom Heirs and The Smoky Mountain String Band. So, you can still get in the Christmas spirit even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Be sure and check the show times HERE.
Lastly, while I don’t like to admit it, my time with my kids being at home is limited. With a college and two high school age kids, the day is fast-approaching when spending time as a family will be few and far between. Which is why I’m excited to share this day with “just us” as a family, make some wonderful memories, enjoy all of the Christmas festivities that Dollywood has to offer and start a new family tradition.
The holidays are the perfect time to start new traditions and make lasting memories. And even though we haven’t experienced this new tradition yet, I know Dollywood on Thanksgiving Day will be the best place to begin a brand new ritual for our family. It’s the perfect place to begin one for your family too.
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