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November 9, 2007

Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival Returns To Dollywood

Pigeon Forge, TN -- Dollywood kicks off its Smoky Mountain Christmas festival tomorrow. The 18th annual event running November 10 to December 30 heralds the return of Dollywood's Babes in Toyland show along with an all-new Santa's Workshop, all amid a display of 3.5 million holiday lights.

"With three and a half million lights and our biggest lineup of holiday shows ever, this is by far Dollywood's flashiest Christmas ever," Dolly Parton said. "Plus, I think Santa will be really happy with the extraordinary home makeover at Santa's Workshop. I bet he had no idea I was an interior decorator!"

Dollywood's Babe's in Toyland is the park's most elaborate stage production ever. The show features stunning sets, magnificent music, the triumphant march of the 21 toy soldiers, all rivaled only by the show's surprise finale. Babes in Toyland is performed in DP's Celebrity Theatre. As many as seven shows a day will be presented on some operating days.

Other shows during Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas festival include Christmas in the Smokies, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs, Carol of the Trees, An Appalachian Christmas, The Victorian Melodies, and O' Holy Night, which introduces a brand-new set this year to complement this touching outdoor telling of the Nativity.

For children, Santa will spend his time in the all-new Santa's Workshop. Weeks of design and construction went into the extraordinary makeover on Santa's 500 square-foot home-away-from-home at Dollywood. Inside an 18-foot tall Christmas tree is surrounded by an assortment of larger-than-life sized toys. Guests will find a nine-foot tall elephant, seven-foot tall sailboat, a five-foot tall tricycle and an impressive six-foot tall ViewMaster that displays a variety of holiday images.

Santa will of course be on hand to pose for photos until Christmas Eve, December 24 when Santa's Workshop closes for the season.

Holidays also bring out a variety of special foods at Dollywood. Special menu items and buffets are featured through the theme park. Park guests can also have breakfast with Santa at Aunt Granny's restaurant on selected days. Seating is first come, first served.

Smoky Mountain Christmas also includes two nightly Parade of Lights; Tinker the Talking Christmas Tree; the country's tallest German Christmas pyramid; craft demonstrations as well as more than 20 rides and attractions including the award-winning Mystery Mine and Thunderhead roller coasters.
For the first time during the holiday season, Dollywood offers a "Buy After 6 p.m. & Wrap Up the Next Day FREE" program." Guests who purchase a one-day admission after 6 p.m. may visit the park free the next operating day.

Smoky Mountain Christmas also marks the exclusive use of Dollywood's McCarter Hollow Road entrance as the park's main entrance.

A complete show schedule and more information about Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas festival can be found on the Dollywood web site at www.dollywood.com.

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