Fall Festivities at Dollywood Theme Park

November 1, 2022

Nestled on 160 acres in the foothills of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains, Dollywood is one of our favorite places to spend a festive fall day with friends, family, and fellow leaf-peepers. Welcoming 2.5 million visitors every year and ranking as the #1 theme park in the US and #8 theme park in the world by TripAdvisor for 2022, the award-winning Dollywood Theme Park is the biggest ticketed attraction in Tennessee and worthy of a spot on every Great Smoky Mountains trip planner.

The Great Smoky Mountains are one of the best destinations in the US for fall foliage and by mid to late October the fall colors are popping around Dollywood in the foothills, and the fall festivities are in full swing. For world-class rides and attractions, famous dinner shows, classic country music, the best theme park harvest event in the world, and a unique southern Appalachian experience, visit America’s favorite theme park this fall, free when you vacation with Xplorie!

The #1 Theme Park in the US

Dollywood Theme Park has 11 uniquely themed areas with 50+ rides and attractions for every age and adventure level, picture-perfect fall photo opportunities, and southern-inspired restaurants and cafés to rest and refuel for the next ride. For the best display and birds-eye views of the Smokies, fall colors take a ride on an iconic Dollywood roller coaster, hop aboard the Dollywood Express coal-fired steam train for a breathtaking fall foliage train ride up the mountain, and take a stroll around Craftsman’s Valley – the quaint chapel backdropped by vibrant red, orange, and golden harvest colors is perfect for a fall family photo! Don’t forget to take home a loaf of freshly baked cinnamon bread from the famous Grist Mill!

The Smokies Most Fun Place To Eat

The diverse variety of dining options at Dollywood is absolutely amazing! There are concession stands and fast food takeouts for a quick bite, full-service family-friendly dining and buffets for a tasty sit-down meal, delicious desserts, and treats, and “The Smokies Most Fun Place to Eat”, Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction. This high-spirited Dollywood adventure includes a fabulous four-course fall family feast, an extraordinary arena spectacular, and a stroll through the stables to meet the stars of the show, 32 magnificent and extremely talented horses.

The Best Theme Park Harvest Event in the World

Our favorite part of spending a fall day at Dollywood – the award-winning Dollywood Harvest Festival presented by Humana, rumored to be one of the best theme park harvest events in the world. The festival is already in full swing and runs through October 29th featuring fall’s best food flavors, classic live country music, the award-winning Great Pumpkin LumiNights presented by Covenant Health with 12,000 glowing pumpkin displays, and enchanting Hoot Owl Hollow with gorgeous glowing owls (new to Dollywood for 2022).

The Best Theme Park Christmas Event

The changing of the seasons is not yet over – fall foliage in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains is at its prime the first week of November for the start of Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas. Voted the best theme park Christmas event for 12 years running, Dollywood transforms from glowing pumpkins to an enchanting and magical world with 5 million fairy lights, firework displays, Christmas carolers, heartwarming holiday shows, and peak Smokies fall foliage if you plan your stay for the opening week of Dollywood’s award-winning Smoky Mountain Christmas event.

Free Admission to Dollywood with Xplorie

With a combined selection of 700+ vacation rental homes and cabins in the resort towns of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, Sevierville and perched above the painted treetops in the Smokies, there’s an Xplorie mountain retreat near Dollywood for every size, style, and budget. The bonus of staying with Xplorie – complimentary tickets to Dollywood Theme Park and Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction included for every day of your stay if you choose!

Dollywood is the heart and soul of the Smokies and is simply breathtaking surrounded by the colors of fall. There’s so much to do in fall at Dollywood and with Xplorie’s free admission to Dollywood, you may be spending every day of your fall vacation exploring the sights, sounds, and splendor of fall in the Smokies at Dollywood.  Book early, Dollywood sells out fast in the fall!

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