Posted by Leif Palmer in Pigeon Forge
Remember when you were a kid and Christmas was all about family gatherings at Grandma's house, building a snowman in the front yard, and decorating sugar cookies at the kitchen table? Seems as if today the holidays are filled with electronic gadgets and other expensive toys, with a lot less time spent focused on the spirit of the season.
Bring back some traditional holiday festivities this year. Visit one of America's favorite family vacation spots, and enjoy a trip back in time with Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit.
This never-before-seen stage extravaganza will delight you with its stunning scenery and classic story line. The heartwarming musical adaptation of Dickens' classic tale features 6 new songs written by Dolly Parton just for the show, plus plenty of elegant Victorian costumes to enchant everyone in your family. Parents will love the chance to share a wonderful memory with the kids, while the youngsters will be charmed by the old-fashioned setting and a chance to glimpse what life was like more than 100 years ago.
Ebenezer Scrooge with his miserly ways is the star of the show, as he experiences a series of ghostly encounters that teach him what Christmas is really about. Meanwhile, the Cratchit family endures a host of trouble (much of it the fault of Mr. Scrooge himself), while still giving thanks for their few blessings. It's a story that has a powerful lesson for everyone, and it's made even more memorable by the marvelous cast at Dollywood.
Lovers of modern gadgetry won't be disappointed either. Through the magic of holographic technology, Dolly Parton herself appears as the Ghost of Christmas Past, guiding Scrooge on a tour of the happier holidays of his youth and helping him (and the audience) to see what Christmas is really about.
"A Christmas Carol" isn't the only holiday event you'll find at Dollywood this year. In fact, the Christmas season is a favorite among the staff and visitors alike. Everywhere you turn, from Showstreet to the Country Fair, the air is filled with holiday music, and lights and tinsel decorate the trees.
Each evening, the Carol of the Trees turns Rivertown Lake into a glittering showplace set to music, as synchronized lights blink and dance in time to cherished holiday tunes. Back on Showstreet, an annual tradition continues with "Christmas in the Smokies," where a cast of talented performers sings a selection of favorites from the region. Finally, gospel lovers won't want to miss "Christmas with the Kingdom Heirs" at Jukebox Junction.
The classic Dickens tale of Scrooge's redemption has long been a favorite part of the Christmas season. This year, you can enjoy this inspiring story in a whole new way, and create a special Christmas memory your children will cherish for a lifetime. All the festivities begin November 9 and continue through January 4, 2014, so make your plans to visit for a true old-fashioned holiday celebration.
About Leif Palmer
Leif Palmer loves residing in the Smoky Mountains. He is an avid outdoorsman: rowing for exercise on the lake, trail hiking, and free climbing rocks in the mountains. He indulges his arty side by periodically beating up pieces of marble by sculpting. He is always frustrated by his inability to sink long putts, and hates his curly hair (but his wife loves it). Leif has been known to muster enough courage to change a diaper, and hopes his son will become a chip off the old block.