Holidays in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are not only beautiful but filled with fun family things to do including many Christmas shows!

Here are some of our favorites this year:

Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry

The Smoky Mountain Opry’s Christmas show is a spectacular of fun, comedy, singing, dancing, magical special effects and feats of strength that shouldn’t be missed.

The multi-million dollar production “features sugar plum fairies, soaring angels, dancing elves, enchanted reindeer, Jolly ol’ Saint Nick, and most importantly, the celebration of the birth of Christ with the area’s largest living nativity.”

“Mischievous elves invite you into Santa’s workshop where giant toys come to life and angels soar high above.”

Santa even makes an appearance!

The show, located at 2046 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, includes an incredible cast of singers, dancers, comedians, live animals and a huge band. The show runs through Jan. 4 – (865) 428-7469.

Dollywood Smoky Mountain Christmas


Dollywood has transformed from fall to winter and is full of Christmas Joy – and lights! During the Christmas Festival, “the park boasts an impressive count of more than five million brilliant lights, heartwarming Christmas entertainment, delicious holiday meals and the fun of Dollywood at Christmas.”

See all the lights as you head to a Christmas show – from now through Jan. 4.

Celebrate the sounds of the season with award-winning holiday musical productions including live performances of It’s a Wonderful Life and Dollywood’s own Christmas in the Smokies – one of its greatest traditions – that celebrates the joy of the season while a cast of 14 singer/dancers perform hometown holiday favorites accompanied by a band of eight live musicians

“Cherished holiday stories unfold onstage in a perfect harmony of song, family and celebration.”

There’s a show for everyone this season including Christmas in the Smokies – Dollywood’s musical Christmas tradition features a 14-member cast performing hometown holiday favorites that celebrate the joy of the season.

Christmas Songbook includes Dolly Parton’s niece Jada Star and her music partner Barry J as they take you on this lyrical journey.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – a classic family tale is told about the family that finds its own Christmas miracle and with the help of a mysterious, white-bearded stranger.

Dollywood Theme Park is located at 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd. in Pigeon Forge. 1-800-365-5996

Dolly Parton has other shows too!

Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a dinner show without comparison.

The Stampede is transformed into a “fantasy land” with twinkling lights, evergreens, poinsettias, holiday costumes. The 35,000-square-foot arena is filled with traditional holiday music.

“The holiday festivities get playful as Elves from the North Pole and the South Pole compete in a friendly rivalry” all while a four-course holiday feast is being served.

The holiday feast (from the Web site) includes:

  • A Mouth-Watering Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
  • Delicious Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
  • Original Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Scrumptious Hoemade Biscuit
  • Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
  • Tasty Herb-basted Potato
  • Stampede’s very own Specialty Dessert
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

Four-Course Vegetarian Feast Includes:

  • Country Garden Vegetable Pasta
  • Scrumptious Homemade Biscuit
  • Original Creamy Vegetable Soup
  • Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
  • Tasty Herb-basted Potato
  • Stampede’s very own Specialty Dessert
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

Please notify us when making reservations if you wish to receive a vegetarian meal

Gluten-Free Feast Includes:

  • A Mouth-Watering Tender Whole Rotisserie Chicken
  • Delicious Hickory Smoked Barbecued Pork Loin
  • Hot Buttered Corn on the Cob
  • Tasty Herb-basted Potato
  • Gluten-Free Cookie
  • Unlimited Coca-Cola®, tea or coffee

Please notify us when making reservations if you wish to receive a gluten-free meal

The Stampede is located at 3849 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, (865) 453-4400 and runs through Jan. 4. Get there early and walk through to see the horses that are in the show.

There are more Christmas dinner shows too!

Hatfield & McCoy’s Christmas Disaster Dinner Show

“T’was the fight before Christmas” is the story of the Hatfields and McCoy told with laughter, stunts, singing and dancing.

“Join Pa Hatfield and Ma McCoy as they try to set aside their differences in the spirit of the Season.”

The two famous feudin’ families get together for a night of fun, food and entertainment “guaranteed to make you feel better about spending the holidays with your in-laws!”

Check out some facts about the real-life Hatfields and McCoys from the Huntington, West Virginia Herald Dispatch. The Hatfields were from West Virgnia and the McCoys were from Kentucky but there’s a lot more to the story than just two different states.

The show includes a southern homestyle feast

  • Feudin’ Fried Chicken
  • Open Pit Pulled -to-Pieces Pork Barbeque
  • Southern Style Creamy Soup
  • Smashed Mashed Taters
  • Buttery Corn on the Cob
  • Ma’s Hot Homemade Bread
  • No Tellin’ What’s In It Coleslaw
  • Granny’s Famous Specialty Dessert

* Special meals available upon request: Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegetarian, and Vegan. Contact our box office for details.

Hatfield & McCoy’s Christmas show runs through Jan. 4 at 119 Music Rd., Pigeon Forge,
(865) 908-7469

Christmas At Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage

Another fantastic dinner show option is at Dolly Parton’s Pirates Voyage, which opened earlier this year.

Pirates Voyage is making a swashbuckling twist on the classic tale “A Christmas Carol.”

Captain Scrooge and his cavalier crew create a Christmas adventure on the sea for the yuletide season. The mystical spirit of Christmas takes Scrooge on tour like no other. There are sword fights, giant candy canes and toys that come alive. There are mermaids, tropical birds, full-sized pirate ships and acrobatics in the indoor hideway lagoon.

A live Nativity and an angel with a special message join the fun, along with a “comical Christmas castaway and her sea lion companion.”

All of these adventures take place while guests enjoy a holiday feast that begins with Voyager creamy vegetable soup and a homemade buccaneer biscuit. The feast continues with cracklin’ pan-fried chicken, sugar-cured ham, matey’s mac ‘n’ cheese, and Jolly Roger sweet potato souffle. Walk the plank peach turnover complete the meal. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available by request.

Younger swashbucklers, as well as parents and grandparents, can “Join the Christmas Crew” and be transformed into mermaids and pirates before the main show begins. Located at 2713 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, (865) 505-AHOY (2469)

Christmas Show at Country Tonite

In its twentieth year in Pigeon Forge, Country Tonite  builds a Christmas show around favorite holiday renditions, beautiful choreography, brightly decorated holiday sets and colorful costumes. The enchantment of Christmas comes to life on the Country Tonite stage.

“The popular cast covers a number of holiday classics for a nostalgic, spirited holiday celebration that will be enjoyed by all ages.” There are a few special guest performers during the Christmas production too! Among them are Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus, and everyone’s favorite ballerina in the dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. Toys also come alive in the magical song “Where are you Christmas?”

Find Country Tonite at 129 Showplace Blvd., Pigeon Forge, (865) 453-2003.

Check out this video from just a few short years ago:

Comedy Barn Christmas Show

The Comedy Barn becomes a Christmas treat during the season. You’ll hear “all Christmas music, see all Christmas costumes, and laugh at special Christmas acts you’ll only see on this stage.

New acts combined with old favorites from the Comedy Barn’s shows make for holiday hilarity at 2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge (865) 428-5222.

You and your family will be moved by the Christmas spirit and filled with holiday joy no matter which show or shows you choose!

After the show, head back to a mountain cabin to continue your celebration or hang out in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg for more Christmas fun before heading to your cabin. From museums to eating out for kids and adults to shopping, there is so much to do!

Let American Patriot Getaways help you plan. Be sure to check out our discounts tickets for Smoky Mountain attractions.

Ready to book your holiday cabin?

We have the perfect cabin for you – with cozy fireplaces, fully equipped kitchens, indoor and outdoor spaces, hot tubs, big-screen televisions, game rooms and more.

And there are views – you’ll see why they are called the Smoky Mountains – and when it snows – heaven!

Let American Patriot Getaways and Dollywood be your destination all the holidays in 2019. Find a cabin in Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg with an incredible mountain view and cabins decorated for Christmas. Check out our Pinterest board on Cabins near Dollywood and easy vacation recipes you can make in your cabin.

With cabins for every group size and budget – and many that are decorated for Christmas – you’re sure to find the perfect home away from home for your celebration.  Book online or give our friendly Reservation Department staff a call at 800-204-5169 today.

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