Disclosure: I received tickets to Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Show so I could share my experience with you. All opinions are mine alone. This post does contain affiliate links.
When I visit Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, the biggest draw is the national park and I like to spend as much time there as possible. But what are visitors to the area supposed to do when the sun goes down? If you’re concerned that you won’t find enough to keep you occupied, allow me to put that fear to rest.
There is so much to do in the area. You can dine out, go shopping or visit one of the many attractions found in Sevier County. Some of our favorites include:
- Dixie Stampede
- Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies
- The Titanic Museum
- and Knifework’s, one of the largest knife stores in the world.
My family has been visiting the Smokies for years and we make it a point to visit one new attraction each time we visit the area. This time around, my husband and I chose to visit Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.
A Review of the Smoky Mountain Christmas Dinner Show
The venue is a dinner theater, so you get to eat a great meal while watching a fun show- essentially killing two birds with one stone. And while the dinner shows can be a bit pricey, when you factor in your meal and entertainment the cost doesn’t seem to be that bad.
My husband and I arrived about 20 minutes before our show- long enough to pick up our tickets at the box office and get our souvenir photos taken. Guests are welcome to order a drink while they wait, play checkers in the area that is called the front porch or to get mountain makeover. There wasn’t anyone in the seats so I’m not entirely sure what that entails, but I did see a few girls walking around with reindeer ears after the show.
There seemed to be plenty of seating and even a charging station for your phone if you needed one. Within a few minutes, the doors to the auditorium opened and we made our way to our seats in section D7. If you have hard time navigating stairs, make sure you request ADA seating when making your reservation.
Our seats were the highest seats you could get right in the middle section, which I think offered the perfect vantage point to view the performance. Other than the section, our seats weren’t reserved, so we were directed by our server to fill up the row. I did feel that the seats were really close to one another which is uncomfortable as a plus size woman who is already self-conscious about her size. My husband remarked that the close seating just gave him an excuse to sit close to me in the dark. Like he needed an excuse. Ha!
Jeffrey was our server and he did a really good job. He took our drink orders right away and started serving us as the entertainers hit the stage.
The meal is served one item at a time starting with the Creamy Vegetable Soup and biscuit. The soup is also served at Dixie Stampede and is delicious! If you’re like me, you’ll want to take some home and you’ll find it in the gift shop. You can avoid the mad rush by purchasing the soup before the show starts. Just take my word for it. You will love this soup. I’m already craving another cup.
The rest of the mountain feast that is served one by one includes fried chicken, old fashioned country stuffing, corn on the cob, sweet potato casserole, sugar cured ham and an apple turnover. Unlike the Dixie Stampede, visitors are provided with utensils to eat.
While you get a large variety of food and plenty of it, I was a bit disappointed by the meal and even though I had a fork, at times it was difficult to eat the meal in the dark. If you prefer to focus on the show, you can always take your leftovers with you. We saw quite a few people exiting the auditorium with Styrofoam containers.
I did think the show would tell a story but instead, it seems to share bits and pieces and whatever the producers want to throw in while trying to keep the mountain Christmas theme. While I don’t feel it really flows together, my husband and I both thought it was entertaining, lively, clean fun for couples and families.
We enjoyed the narrators, the elf (he was cute) and the entertainers- especially the reindeer who may have made me gasp a couple times. If you see the show, you’ll know what I mean.
This is a fast-paced show filled with ice skating, tumbling, aerial acts and acrobats, but my favorite part of the show was when the announcer read the Christmas story as the characters mentioned in the Christmas story, Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, the shepherds and the Wisemen entered the stage.
Remember those photos we took at the beginning of the show? During the show, the photographer comes to your seat to show you your photos and try to sell them to you. I could do without this, as it is distracting not only when they are selling you the photos, but also when they attempt to sell them to the people around you. I imagine they sell more photos this way then if they randomly had the photos available to look at as you exited the auditorium or theater, but I’d love to see the photos presented so it’s not such a distraction.
By the way, our photos were adorable so of course I had to buy them.
If you’re looking for something to do in Pigeon Forge, the Smoky Mountain Christmas show is a good option. It was better than I thought it would be and was a fun night out for my husband and I. Our show started at 6 p.m., was over around 7:30 p.m. and allowed plenty of time for us to meet friends back at our cabin for a night of arcade games.
If you plan to watch the Smoky Mountain Christmas show, make sure to check out the show schedule and book your tickets in advance. This show will only run until December 31st. If you’re planning to see both the Dixie Stampede and Smoky Mountain Christmas, you can save a bit of money with Christmas Combo tickets. Are you curious about what other people have had to say about the show? Check out reviews of the Smoky Mountain Christmas show on Tripadvisor.
Have you seen Smoky Mountain Christmas? What was your favorite part of the performance?
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