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During her visit to Pigeon Forge Friday, Dolly Parton talked about something fun that is happening at Dollywood this fall and winter.

Parton said during the media event,

“I love fall in the Great Smoky Mountains”. “It truly is one of my favourite times of the year to come home. God’s coloring book is in full demonstration with the Great Smoky Mountains painted in red and gold.”

The Great Pumpkin LumiNights will feature artistic sculptures, whimsical scenes and delightful, family-friendly fun throughout Timber Canyon. The accent will be the thousands of carved and illuminated jack-o-lanterns around the park. I’m pretty sure that fall will be better than ever this year with this addition to the Dollywood Harvest Festival on Sept.29-Oct. 28.

Once again this year, Harvest Festival will be filled with Southern gospel entertainment. The groups that will perform are Karen Peck & New River (Oct. 21-22), Guy Penrod (Oct. 23-24), The Isaacs (Oct. 12-13), The McKameys (Oct. 6-7), Gold City (Oct. 2-3) and many more.

For the first time, Dolly disclosed that the park will be open every day during the fall and stay open until dark. Dolly unveils new fall attraction at Dollywood

She also said she’s looking forward to celebrating the 27th Smoky Mountain Christmas festival.

Dollywood captures the true meaning and essence of Christmas in the Smoky Mountains. The spectacular shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the four million sparkling lights and Christmas-themed menus. Talk about another way to celebrate Christmas season!

This is beyond the boundless amenities and features that people can enjoy at Dollywood this fall. Dolly’s biggest message was that Dollywood and all of the businesses and attractions in Sevier County are open for business!

She wants to make sure visitors know that despite last November’s wildfires, the community is thriving and ready to welcome them.

“We’re not just open for business, we’re better than ever.” 

Parton founded the Imagination Library in her hometown of Sevierville, Tennesee, in 1996. Since then, the program has expanded to provide new, age-appropriate books monthly to more than 1 million children in four countries.

I know you’re as excited as I am. See you there!