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December 02, 2023

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Dolly Parton’s Stampede Provides Delights This Christmas Season

A full-scale Nativity, holiday decorations, Santa Claus and a four-course holiday feast for “Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede”, now through Jan 1, 2022.

As the holiday season approaches, “The Most Fun Place to Eat in the Smokies” takes guests on a special yuletide adventure filled with cheerful sights and sounds. Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction transforms into a Smoky Mountain winter wonderland that includes a full-scale Nativity, holiday decorations, Santa Claus and a four-course holiday feast. Christmas at Dolly Parton’s Stampede begins Nov. 2 and runs through Jan. 1, 2022.

“Christmas is a very special time of year for folks everywhere, and we look forward every year to sharing our special holiday show at Dolly Parton’s Stampede,” said David Swangel, General Manager of the Stampede in Pigeon Forge. “While our thrilling show provides fun for our guests, we also take time to celebrate the true meaning of the season, thanks to a full-scale, living Nativity that will transport guests back to that first Christmas so long ago. We love that our show has become a treasured part of so many families’ annual holiday traditions.”

Guests will be inspired by the birth of Jesus in a Living Nativity re-enacted by Mary, Joseph, the wisemen, camels, donkeys and sheep. This touching scene is a beautiful reminder of the true reason for the Christmas season.

“The Magic of Toys” brings the Sugar Plum Fairy and her toys to life during this enchanting entertainment fantasy. Everyone in the family will be delighted by this mezmerizing musical celebration which includes with a stunning aerial perfomance set to the enchanting music of holiday classic “The Nutcracker.” Stampede’s 32 magnificent horses, not to be confused with Santa’s eight reindeer, race in spirited competitions as guests cheer on their respective sides of the North Pole and South Pole as they dash to victory. As the glistening snow falls in the arena and creates a dazzling winter wonderland, Santa arrives in his sleigh to conclude the captivating Christmas festivities.

The entire Christmas experience is enhanced by the state-of-the-art, LED wall backdrop to the show’s 35,000-square-foot arena, which seamlessly complements the exhilarating action with dazzling holiday scenery. Guests will feel as if they instantly have been transported deep into the natural beauty of Christmas from the foothills surrounding the Great Smoky Mountains and to the clear skies above Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth.

Christmas dinner, the other star of this holiday show, includes Stampede’s signature four-course holiday feast consisting of Stampede’s original creamy vegetable soup, homemade buttery biscuit, a whole rotisserie chicken, hickory-smoked barbequed pork loin, corn on the cob, herb-basted potato, Stampede’s own specialty holiday dessert and unlimited Coca-Cola® beverages. Vegetarian and gluten-free meals are available upon request.

Show times and reservations are available by calling 865-453-4400 or visiting

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.