A Smoky Mountain Christmas

Photo courtesy of Dollywood
Photo courtesy of Dollywood

Located next to the theme park, Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort is an ideal spot to gather with family and enjoy the season. The resort grounds are decorated with lighted trees that flash along to music during the evening, and a 30-foot Christmas tree and hot apple cider greet guests when entering the lobby. Holiday stories told around the resort’s Living Room fireplace, Christmas carolers, and special Breakfast with Santa events add to the excitement. The resort will even deck the walls of your room with holiday décor and gifts to make you feel right at home for the holidays.

DreamMore Resort guests enjoy exclusive theme park privileges, including trolley transportation to and from the park, a dedicated entrance gate, early Saturday entrance, and time-saver experiences at the most popular shows and rides as part of their resort package.

Endless Entertainment Opportunities

Photo courtesy of Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
Photo courtesy of Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede

Pigeon Forge has more than a dozen entertainment venues packed with talented singers, dancers, magicians, comedians, storytellers, equestrian riders, lumberjacks, and even ice dancers. No matter which you choose, they are all geared toward families.

Dolly Parton’s Christmas at Dixie Stampede Dinner Attraction features a four-course meal and a stunt-filled show for all ages. The experience begins in the Dixie Belle Saloon with bluegrass and country music from Mountain Ruckus, Dixie Stampede’s house band. Guests then move to the 35,000-square-foot arena to watch expert riders guide 32 horses through barrel races and flaming hoops and trick riding amid a backdrop that makes you feel as though you’ve been transported deep into the Smoky Mountains. Fun storytelling vignettes include the Nativity and children’s toys coming alive in Santa’s workshop.

If you’re after a more traditional stage performance, check out Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry or the Soul of Motown show at The Grand Majestic Dinner Theater.

Too Much Christmas Cheer?

Photo courtesy of Margaritaville Island Hotel/Don Dudenbostel
Photo courtesy of Margaritaville Island Hotel/Don Dudenbostel

If all the holiday festivities have you feeling a little like a grinch, here are three activities to relax and refuel you and get you into the spirit of the season again:

Book a service at the St. Somewhere Spa at the Margaritaville Island Hotel or the DreamMore Resort Spa for some personal pampering in a quiet, calming space.

Assume the identity of a real passenger on the ship as you tour the Titanic museum.

Enjoy a scenic hike or drive through nearby Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

This content originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of Cooking with Paula Deen magazine. ©2016 Hoffman Media

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