Dollywood Celebrates Year Of The Family In 2017

Dollywood Celebrates Year Of The Family In 2017

As many of you know, Dollywood is one of my favorite places to vacation. I try to get there at least a couple times a year. As a matter of fact, we visited there last month. I can now check one off the list for the year. 😉 This year, Dollywood has some specials things for you as Dollywood celebrates Year of the Family. Check out the details and let me know what you are most excited about in the comments below.

Dollywood Celebrates Year Of The Family

Today, Dollywood celebrates the opening of its 32nd season with a special preview of the excitement in store for 2017. The year offers special new events, new rides and the family-friendly atmosphere that truly makes the award-winning park home for the “Year of the Family.”

As Dollywood guests know, each season offers a completely new experience for families to enjoy, thanks to festivals and events which always provide exciting new opportunities to create lifelong memories. From world-class stage shows and two new attractions to a nightly summer fireworks display, the new Great Pumpkin LumiNights during the fall and the nine-time winner for Best Christmas Event, Dollywood offers seasons of family fun this year!

Dollywood welcomes the world during Festival of Nations (March 18-April 9), a fascinating multi-cultural celebration! Featuring traditional music, dance, food and art of nations from around the globe, Festival of Nations reminds guests of shared similarities while embracing unique, time-honored traditions. The headline show for 2017, Mother Africa, returns with a captivating look at the colorful cultures found throughout the continent. This season, Slask Song and Dance Ensemble, one of the most prominent Polish folk ensembles in the world, visits Dollywood for the first time. Major touring stage shows, internationally-known performance groups, various roaming musicians and more make Festival of Nations a fun, educational and exciting experience for families. It is an escape around the world without leaving the heart of the Smokies.

For families looking for an exhilarating way to spend Spring Break (April 10-22), Tokyo-based dance company enra comes to Dollywood with a high-energy, multi-media dance, light and video fusion show. Their cutting-edge performance routines will leave guests mesmerized as moving motion graphics displayed on a giant screen are incorporated into live dance, ballet, gymnastics, martial arts and more. The group was featured on America’s Got Talent in 2015 and has shared their unique blend of modern technology, music and dance with amazed audiences around the world. Dollywood also offers extended park hours allowing families even more fun during their spring break.

Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass (May 26- June 4) launches the unofficial start of summer and combines the tastiest barbeque in the South with the biggest names in bluegrass. This year’s festival features an impressive bluegrass lineup with a multitude of free daily concerts from an amazing collection of talented performers. Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Dailey and Vincent, Blue Highway, Hot Rize and Steep Canyon Rangers are just a few of the headliners which make this one of the biggest bluegrass events around. This annual tradition wouldn’t be complete without pounds of saucy pulled pork, barbequed chicken and ribs by the slab. This guest-favorite event is music to the ears—and a treat for the taste buds!

Summer at Dollywood (June 17-Aug. 6) provides families even more of what they already love—time together to make memories. This summertime celebration features extended park hours, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, giving families a unique chance to ride Dollywood’s world-class attractions, including Lightning Rod and Wild Eagle all day and well into the night! For the first time ever, Dollywood’s park hours are extended to midnight on July 1 and 8. Kids will be amazed by the “unbubbleievable” tricks and fun of The Gazillion Bubbles Show, which returns to Dollywood this summer by overwhelming guest requests. To complete the day, the park’s festive nightly fireworks show is a colorful extravaganza set to uplifting music which celebrates the fun of Dollywood after dark!

Dollywood’s Rock the Smokies features inspiring music on stages throughout the park for an incredible time of praise and worship. Contemporary Christian hit makers highlight this day-long celebration. With a powerful combination of thrilling attractions and dynamic music, Dollywood provides the perfect location for this amazing Labor Day weekend event. Area student ministries should plan to cap off the summer with this energizing event.

One of the most beautiful times of the year is autumn in the Great Smoky Mountains. With a colorful patchwork of orange, red, yellow and gold painted throughout the hills and valleys of East Tennessee, fall provides the perfect backdrop for festive family fun at Dollywood. The park offers extended hours, until 9 p.m. each night, during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival featuring the Southern Gospel Celebration and Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Humana (Sept. 29-Oct. 28). Great Pumpkin LumiNights immerses families in fabulous pumpkin illumination thanks to spectacular pumpkin displays which glow with the fire of fall. Numerous lighted pumpkin displays throughout the park will delight families looking for a new and unique tradition. During the day, the Southern Gospel Celebration lineup includes some of the biggest names in Southern gospel music. Families will enjoy the soul-stirring sounds of beautiful harmonies ringing through the crisp air as free daily concerts take place on the park’s various stages. Visiting artisans from across the country share their talents through an array of handmade wares, spanning from functional to decorative. Each day is a picture-perfect opportunity for families to enjoy the traditional experiences of a Smoky Mountain harvest!

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana (Nov. 4-Jan. 1, 2018) has been honored for nine consecutive years as the Best Christmas Event at any theme park worldwide. Wander through the park’s more than four million holiday lights, spectacular holiday performances and warm Christmas atmosphere, and it is easy to understand why. From the cheer and joy of Dollywood’s Parade of Many Colors, to traditional holiday favorite performances like It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas in the Smokies, Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas helps families create memories to share for a lifetime. Guests can experience the fun enchantment of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends straight from the children’s holiday classic. More than 20 of Dollywood’s signature rides and attractions operate in a festive environment sure to get everyone into the spirit of the season. From the award-winning shows and elaborate holiday decorations to the twinkling lights and Christmas-themed menus, Dollywood captures the essence of Christmas.

So, What Do You Think Of Dollywood’s Year Of The Family?

Will you be going to Dollywood this year? If so, which of these events will you be attending? Tell us what you think about the Year Of The Family lineup in the comments below. We would love to read what you think.

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn has been a music lover her entire life. She went to college in Boone, NC, an area that is rich in music and culture. She also worked as a radio deejay for 8 years and grew up in Southeastern, Va, a melting pot of different musical styles and traditions. She has been to more concerts than she can count in every genre you can imagine. She resides in North Carolina with her furbabies and her massive collection of Disney memorabilia.


  1. I have always wanted to go to Dollywood. It sounds like so much fun!

  2. Catherine Sargent says

    I looks like it is going to be an amazing year. I keep telling my husband that I want to go to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.

  3. We love Dollywood. When you really think about it, Dollywood has been promoting family since it first came on the scene.
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  4. Believe it or not, I have never been to Dollywood. It sounds like this is the year to rectify that!
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  5. Pam Wattenbarger says

    We haven’t been to Dollywood in ages. Maybe we need to go this year!

  6. I have never been to Dollywood. I have heard it is incredible.

  7. Dollywood would be so neat! I have heard some great things about it but never been myself!

  8. Dollywood always sounds like a lot of fun. It’s nice to see that they are constantly adding more to the experience there!
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  9. My parents were just there last year and loved it. Now it’s on my list to take a road trip and stop there. Looks super fun.

  10. That sounds so much fun! I wish I could go with my husband!
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  11. I am so glad you posted this! It is time for me to get our Dollywood season passes!
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  12. I won’t make it to Dollywood this year. Families are wonderful reasons to celebrate, and this entertainment park seems to take it to heart.

  13. Dollywood would be the reason to visit Tennessee! The year of the family is a great theme and if I
    ever get to visit, I’d love to be there to experience Dollywood’s Barbeque & Bluegrass or Summer at Dollywood. What an exciting family experience that would be!
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  14. We had a ton of fun the last time we went here! It looks like we’re up for another visit!

  15. This looks like so much fun! My husband has always told me I would enjoy visiting Dollywood.

  16. We’ve never been here! It sounds like it’s right up our alley!

  17. Amy Desrosiers says

    I would love to visit Dollywood. I really admire Dolly Parton and think she is an amazing woman!

  18. I bet Dollywood does know how to do Christmas. My daughter is the only one in the family who has been and she just loved it!

  19. I’ve always wanted to go to Dollywood! One day I hope to take my family. I’ve heard amazing things!

  20. I am actually a Dolly Parton fan! I have always wanted to go to Dollywood I didnt know they had all of these cool events.

  21. It sounds like they have so much prepared for the year! It would be nice to drop by and just experience this with the family!
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