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The holiday season becomes even more magical at Dollywood during Christmas. See the shows, relax in Pigeon Forge and enjoy the cool mountain air that might bring snow on your visit. Find a vacation cabin or rental home and secure it ahead of time, then get planning for a trip full of Christmas cheer.

Before you pack for Dollywood, here are a few things to know.

  • Make Dollywood Reservations Early
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    Dollywood is popular at Christmastime with visitors from all over the country. To ensure you have a spot at the shows, make your reservations early. Review the list of shows that range from kid-friendly performances to concerts and musicals. Check showtimes and ticket prices and reserve your spot. Dollywood season passes can be purchased at various levels with different benefits. Benefits can include special ride times or discounts on lodging, food and merchandise. Use a 2-Park Pass at Christmas so you can make return visits to Dollywood Splash Country in the summer.

  • Prepare for Cold Weather in the Smokies
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    Wintertime can be like a wonderland in the Smoky Mountains. The mornings will likely be cool with frost on the ground. Afternoons will warm slightly, but you’ll still need a jacket and gloves. It’s very possible that snow will fall while you’re there, so you might want to bring snow boots and hats. A vacation home with laundry facilities can be ideal to get clothes dry after sledding and building a snowman.

  • Make Your Pigeon Forge Rental Feel Like Home
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    Bring some Christmas decorations to decorate your rental cabin. Or, you might choose to chop down a tree at a tree farm in the mountains. Decorate with your family or friends, sing Christmas carols and hopefully watch some snow fall. This is a fabulous place to spend Christmas. Some rentals have outdoor fire pits or fireplaces for burning a fire outside. If yours has one, be sure to pick up some marshmallows to roast and stock up on hot cocoa.

  • Be Ready for Dollywood Crowds
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    Because of the theme park’s popularity, crowds might gather on any day during the holidays. The earlier in the season, the less crowded it typically gets, so make your plans accordingly. Dollywood is covered in lights, so you’ll want to see it at night. There are nearly four million lights throughout with strands hanging on buildings, in trees and just about everywhere. Get there before dark to beat the rush.

  • Plan Food and Beverages
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    Outside food, coolers and beverages are not allowed in the park. Numerous restaurants are available to purchase food and drinks. However, if you prefer to go elsewhere for meals, be sure to get your hand stamped so you can return that day. Water fountains are located throughout Dollywood, so you can hydrate at one of them or purchase bottled water.