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Spend New Year’s at Dollywood

How do you ring in the New Year? Do you cozy up on the couch and watch the ball drop? Do you fall asleep before it even happens and wake up in a new year?

This year, we are trying something different. We will be spending New Year’s Eve and Day at Dollywood. Although the park closes at 9 p.m., there are plenty of experiences still available. Check park hours here.

There’s another reason we’re spending New Year’s at Dollywood. Our two-year-old son has been consistently asking to go. Every day. At some point during the day we will hear, “Choo-choo!” from his room. Not long after, he will come into the living room and say “Me go to Dobbaywood.” As a Dollywood lover myself, he’s really twisting my arm.

So, I’ve been taking that as a sign that we must make one last trip this season to our favorite place. He’s made up our mind!

Insider Tip

You still have time to purchase or renew your passes for next season! A Season Pass pays for itself in two visits. It’s a gift in itself!

Five Things I’m looking forward to doing at Dollywood to end 2019 and start 2020:

-See the 5 million lights for Smoky Mountain Christmas one more time. Dollywood is wrapped in splendor during this time of the year. It’s beautiful. It’s magical. It’s a must-see as many times as possible.

-Enjoy Dollywood’s Christmas Shows. If you haven’t stopped in to see “Christmas in the Smokies,” it really should be on your list. We’re also looking forward to seeing our son’s reaction to another guest favorite, “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Insider Tip

TimeSaver helps you, well, save time by saving you a seat at the shows (and rides) that fill quickly.

-Eat, eat, eat! If you know me, you know I love to eat.  If you really know me, you know that Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘N’ Beans is an absolute must when I’m at Dollywood.

A second “must” is the famous cinnamon bread.

-Visit Holly Jolly Junction. If you didn’t know, our son is close friends with Bumble, and I know he’ll be excited to see him one more time. Christmas may be over, but Rudolph and his friends are still taking visitors! Be sure to catch them before they head north. Not to fear, they’ll be back next year!

Insider Tip

Purchase a Dollywood Photo Card and start saving those memories! The card will work for the remainder of the season and for all of the 2020 season.

-Ride the Dollywood Express. Last, but certainly not least, it just wouldn’t be a trip to Dollywood without a ride on the Dollywood Express. It is an absolute must for our son. It also gives a different view of the 5 million lights around the park. Since it will be a few months before we will get to ride around the park again, it’s #1 on the to-do list.

Closing out 2019 and starting 2020 at our favorite park just feels right. We’ve made a ton of memories this year and we know, with Dollywood’s help, we’ll make a ton more in 2020.

So, are you ready to spend New Year’s at Dollywood?

By | 2019-12-23T14:18:53+00:00 December 27th, 2019|Trip Planning|0 Comments

About the Author:

Justin Hornback (Dollywood Insider 2019-Now) is the father of an adventurous two-year-old and the husband of a fellow Dollywood enthusiast. Born and raised in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Justin loves all things hospitality, theatre, film, hotels, travel and history. Most importantly, his daily focus is getting to spend time with family. He shares his adventures on his blog and social media channels at Snapshots Made Yesterday. Justin loves visiting Dollywood (the four-hour drive is worth it!) with his wife and son. They are often found exploring Dollywood with his parents, who have passed on the love for the park. When not at Dollywood, Justin works behind the scenes managing the box office and social media for a performing arts theatre in his hometown.
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