NEW This Christmas Season: Candlelight Carolers

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 season, Dollywood’s chapel is lit with soft lanterns lining the steps. A beautifully-detailed manger scene overlooks the seating area.

My children and I took a seat and begin to soak up every detail. Above the chapel hangs dozens of lanterns suspended from trees. The chapel doors are open providing a view inside. Dollywood hosts hand out a battery-powered candle for this performance because there’s an opportunity for the audience to participate during the show. My kids thought that was especially fun!

Insider Tip

The entrance to the performance is near the back row of chairs. Grab a spot in line early for your best choice of seating.

The choir appeared on the church steps just as they began and with the signal of a tuner, they started singing an angelic array of Christmas hymns. The glimmer of light across the audience’s faces brought a sense of indescribable peace. We were then instructed to turn on our candles and join in singing a holiday favorite – Joy to the World!

Insider Tip

Running late to the show? Don’t worry! There’s plenty of room to stand nearby the chapel across the creek and still enjoy the performance and amazing views!

It was a magical end to our Dollywood day and a wonderful reminder of God’s faithfulness.

Afterwards, I had the opportunity to meet with the team lead performer – Brittany.  “Christmas has always been about more than gifts, but it’s especially true this year. This year, I think we all see the true meaning of Christmas clearer than ever before,” she explained. “We want to provide encouragement to our guests and what better way than through familiar Christmas hymns.” 

The carolers perform five shows each night the park is open and this space offers approximately 60 seats for guests (plus lots of standing room).

Insider Tip

Old Flames Candles shop is nearby. Plan ahead to make your own
hand-dipped candles for someone special on your Christmas list!
By | 2020-12-02T13:56:05+00:00 December 5th, 2020|Entertainment, Festivals|0 Comments

About the Author:

Michelle Borja (Dollywood Insider 2019-2021), a native of East Tennessee, recalls first walking the streets of Silver Dollar City when she was just a child. She couldn’t wait to share the experience with her son and daughter. As a marketing professional, Michelle enjoys storytelling and often shares Dollywood planning tips with friends. She homeschools her children which offers flexibility to visit the park often. Their favorite getaway is a stay at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa, which Michelle calls “their home away from home.” They complete their schoolwork by the grand piano overlooking the pool, enjoy time at Dollywood and finish their day with a sip of Dolly’s pink lemonade by the fireplace.
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