Christmas comes early for Dollywood

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SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Christmas is a long ways off but Dollywood isn't wasting any time getting ready for the most magical time of year.

Toby Wagner, Special Events director at Dollywood said "There's 4 million lights throughout the whole park so it takes a lot of time to get them all up."

Not only do they have millions of lights to put up-- there's a special technique to make the lights look perfect.

"All the lights go up and face the same direction which takes a lot of staples and work but it's worth it when they light up the park." said Toby

In fact, all the hard work has paid off over the years because they have won for the 6th year in a row the Golden Ticket Award.

Wes Ramey of Dollywood said "It's like the Oscars for the amusement park industry and a huge honor to be named the Best Christmas Event in the world again."

Along with the lights there will be plenty of shows to enjoy including a never-before-seen performance of A Christmas Carol.

For the first time ever in theme park history, cutting-edge holographic technology brings Dolly to the stage in a very special role as the Ghost of Christmas Past in this heartwarming musical that follows the inspiring and powerful transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Here's what else you'll find at Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas:

Carol of the Trees-- Each night thousands of lights synchronize with holiday music to transform our Rivertown Lake into a "seasonal symphony for the senses."

Christmas in the Smokies-- Dollywood’s musical Christmas tradition features a 12-member cast performing hometown holiday favorites that celebrate the joy of the season.

Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs-- Celebrate a Southern gospel Christmas as the award-winning Kingdom Heirs keep your spirits high with your favorite Christmas hymns and songs in beautiful four-part harmony.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas-- A family finds its own Christmas miracle with the help of a mysterious, white-bearded stranger in this delightful musical featuring a 12-member cast and a four-piece band.

O’ Holy Night-- A little girl looks for an angel; three shepherds follow a star. They all find their way to the heart of “The Christmas Story.”

Appalachian Christmas-- Celebrate an acoustic Christmas at the Back Porch Theater with Appalachian Christmas. Let the beautiful sound of the music take you back to a simpler time.

Kringle Kids Shopping Mall-- Visit Santa’s Workshop where you’ll find Kringle Kids Shopping Mall. It’s the hub of activity during Smoky Mountain Christmas. Little ones can participate in cookie decorating and ornament making (additional fees apply). These handmade items make beautiful gifts from the little ones, too. While you’re there, visit with Santa who is on hand to hear the Christmas wishes of every girl and boy.

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