by Anne Braly, Travel Writer
There’s always something going on at Dollywood, and now that the 2021 season is well underway, it’s time to start planning your family vacation. Any time is a good time to go, but the park’s festivals offer even more excitement, food, music and fun for all ages. Here are dates to take you through the year.
Flower & Food Festival:
Now through June 7, the festival features stunning flower features, including one of Dolly Parton’s mother sewing her Coat of Many Colors. New this year is the Flower & Food Dining Pass. Enjoy five culinary festival items for one price.
June 25-July 31, offers later nighttime hours, particularly exciting for seeing the park in the dark from a seat on one of the roller coasters high above. New this year will be a combination fireworks/drone display every night at the newly opened Wildwood Grove. It’s billed as a groundbreaking, multi-sensory experience that paints the night sky with stunning animations and fireworks.
Is a celebration of the fall season happening September 24-October 30 featuring Great Pumpkin LumiNights when Dollywood stays open late, giving families more time to enjoy the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins throughout the park. Sample harvest-themed foods and enjoy a downhome experience of a Smoky Mountain harvest.
Smoky Mountain Christmas,
November 6-January 2, 2022. This festival has earned one of the theme park industry’s most-coveted awards — the Golden Ticket. From award-winning holiday shows and food to over-the-top decorations and twinkling lights throughout, the park captures the essence of the holiday season.
For tickets, reservations and more information, download the Dollywood app or log onto www.dollywood.com.