Dolly Parton shared details about what people can expect from Dollywood's 2018 season and gave a preview of the 2017 Smoky Mountain Christmas Festival Friday afternoon.

The 10 time Golden Ticket Winning Smoky Mountain Christmas will have its 50-foot animated Christmas tree.

On Friday, Dolly said that Dollywood's Christmas is known as the 'Best Christmas Event in the World.'

The plaza will become a Glacier Ridge, will have 4 million lights, 7 holiday shows, and the Parade of Many Colors.

She sang 'Circle of Love' with her family members including her brother Randy and niece Heidi Parton, who just released her first album.

Dolly's family members perform at several events at the park throughout the holiday season and year.

Next year, you can expect several performances including ones from TobyMac, Crowder, and of course, the Southern Gospel Jubilee.

A video played at the announcement said the Great Pumpkin Luminights 2018 will grow across more of Dollywood.

Dollywood's 2018 Festival of Nations includes headliners National Dance Company of Siberia, The Flamenco Kings starring Los Vivancos, and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.


In April, Dollywood will hold its first all-new Spring Mix music series. Visitors will see performances from Dollywood entertainment alumnus Bogguss, Sheppard, Pam Tillis, Gayle, Connie Smith and Shenandoah during the first week of the event.

Amy Grant, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Larnelle Harris, David Phelps and comedienne Chonda Pierce – also known as “The Queen of Clean", will perform during the second week.

And in the final week, guests will see artists including The Marshall Tucker Band (Can’t You See and Heard it in a Love Song), The Drifters (Under the Boardwalk and Save the Last Dance for Me), Debby Boone (You Light Up My Life), The Atlanta Rhythm Section (So Into You and Imaginary Lover), Firefall (Just Remember I Love You and You Are the Woman), and Al Stewart (The Year of the Cat and Song on the Radio).

At the end of May, Dollywood will have its Barbeque & Bluegrass event. From May 25 to June 10, there will be performances from Grammy and IBMA winner Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and IMBA winners Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, and many more.

Dollywood will get two new attractions this year including Drop Line, a 230-ft. tall free-fall experience, and Whistle Punk Chaser, a junior coaster designed for its younger visitors.