Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas is a never-miss event for my family. It’s incredible for many different reasons. I’ll give you five:
1.) The lights are spectacular—and there are even more this year.
2.) The shows are fantastic.
3.) The stores are full of unique gifts.
4.) Santa Claus and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer are at Dollywood during this season.
5.) And last, but not least, are the amazing treats that are only offered during Smoky Mountain Christmas!
These specials treats only come out once a year and I don’t want you to miss them. My little boy and I invited some special taste testers along and braved the cold to try some of the best treats around! Here are some of the treats that you can’t miss.
First we stopped by the Spotlight Bakery. This is the perfect place to pick up a treat to start the day or grab some treats on your way out! It’s also a fun place to grab a warm drink and snack and then sit by the window to people watch and warm up on a cold evening. In the Spotlight Bakery we oohed and aahed over the delicious and beautiful Christmas cookies, cupcakes and rice crispy treats. The treats are huge and could easily be shared—especially if you plan to try more goodies throughout the park!
Across from the bakery is the Sweet Shoppe. Here, is the perfect place to pick up a Chocolate Chip Peppermint Ice Cream Sandwich or a specialty hot chocolate in Caramel Swirl! After making your purchase take some time to wander through the attached Candy Kitchen to look at the homemade fudge, sweets, and Christmas cake pops!
As we continued down Showstreet toward Market Square, we found the Campfire S’mores station! This was a fan favorite with three little kids in tow. They loved being able to make their own sweet dessert. At the station you receive your own marshmallow roasting stick along with the chocolate bar and graham crackers to complete the s’more. Everyone had a different idea of desired doneness from barely cooked to completely on fire and they were all equally proud of how well they roasted their marshmallow. I enjoyed sipping an apple cider and warming up by fire. This was a perfect place to slow down, eat a yummy snack and just enjoy each other. This location also offers hot chocolate.
There’s even more fun treats at other booths in Market Square. We found one that has butterfly-shaped pretzels! You can choose between either original or jalapeno cheese flavored pretzels. We also discovered some yummy-looking Southern Vintage Pecan Cake. This decadent, southern-inspired pecan white cake features a traditional white cake with chopped pecans hiding inside. It is topped with pecan-flavored icing and buttered pecans.
My official tasters couldn’t wait to get their hands on the Red Velvet Funnel Cake! This can be found at Crossroads and Splinters! Rich red velvet batter makes this special funnel cake that is topped with cream cheese icing. Don’t expect to be able to eat just a few bites of this amazing treat—don’t ask me how I know.
The last treat we tried is not an official Smoky Mountain Christmas treat, but it is one of our favorites, and it’s tradition to get it every single time we go to Dollywood. That is popcorn. You will never find me in the park without a popcorn bucket. Once you buy the bucket, every refill for the whole year is only $ .99. You can also refill the buckets with Dollywood’s famous kettle corn or pork rinds.
Smoky Mountain Christmas is by far my favorite festival at Dollywood. It’s our family tradition every year. This year’s festival has grown with the addition of new lights and new treats. You can’t miss it this holiday season—make sure you show up hungry!