Glacier Ridge Expands Smoky Mountain Christmas for 10th Year at Dollywood

As the award-winning, and best Christmas event I’ve been to, enters its 10th year, Smoky Mountain Christmas will expand once again. 

Read the official release below:

With the addition of Glacier Ridge, guests will be able to experience the Smokies at Christmas in a way they never have before. The immense new Glacier Ridge experience adds numerous displays and interactive elements to an already festive environment. The additional displays push the park’s count to more than five million twinkling lights. Glacier Ridge can be found in the areas of the park known during the regular season as Timber Canyon, Wilderness Pass and the upper portion of Craftsman’s Valley.

As guests near Glacier Ridge, they’ll feel as if the Smokies have frozen over thanks to cool and icy color tones throughout the area, a 50 ft. tall, fully animated Christmas tree, a number of new displays and a mesmerizing atmosphere sure to wow guests. The Plaza at Wilderness Pass transforms to a winter wonderland, complete with the animated tree which anchors the area. The tree also is synchronized to holiday hits that will have guests singing along. In fact, all of the vibrant LED lights at the Plaza are synced to allow for a massive new immersive experience.

For guests entering Glacier Ridge from Timber Canyon, the Arctic Passage, a 130-ft. long programmable light tunnel, transports them in a dazzling array of light and color. Once emerging from the tunnel, guests will be greeted by polar bears who have made a home at Drop Line. Because the Smokies have frozen to create Glacier Ridge, these friends from the north are able to spend time with their Smoky Mountain cousins.

Those coming to Glacier Ridge through Craftsman’s Valley experience a unique new light technique that creates a light pattern similar to the aurora borealis. Guests can walk through Dollywood’s version of the northern lights which is programmed with music to help guests feel as if the northern lights have come south, even if for just a few weeks.

Amusement Today contributors and voters bestowed the Best Theme Park Christmas Event award on Dollywood in 2008 when the honor was first created. Dollywood is the 10-time—and only—winner of the award.

From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors, to traditional holiday shows like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas fosters family memory making for guests. For those who wander through the spectacular scenery, it is easy to understand why it has become a family tradition for so many. Guests can experience the fun enchantment of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends straight from the children’s holiday classic, or sit down together for a fabulous Christmas feast at many of Dollywood’s award-winning dining locations. Most of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions also operate in this merry environment, with rides racing along just above the millions of twinkling lights.

With five million lights, award-winning entertainment, the addition of Glacier Ridge and much more, one thing is for certain, Dollywood truly captures the essence of Christmas.

This new addition definitely has us excited and we hope to be heading to the area for the first weekend of the event! Be sure to stay tuned to our social channels as we discover all the new Christmas fun along with old favorites!

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