Dollywood to add Great Pumpkin LumiNights for the harvest season

by Brittani Tuttle

The Great Pumpkin LumiNights can be viewed during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival from Sept. 29 – Oct. 28.

Dolly Parton announced Dollywood’s upcoming seasonal events, including the all new Great Pumpkin LumiNights for the Harvest Festival.

“I love fall in the Great Smoky Mountains,” Parton said. “It truly is one of my favorite times of the year to come home.”

“I’m also really excited to be here to let you know about our brand new nighttime event we are adding for families in October called ‘Great Pumpkin LumiNIghts. You know, people from all around the world know us for the millions of twinklin’ lights we put up at Christmas time. Well, when guests see thousands of these glowing pumpkins all lit up in Timber Canyon, they’re going to have that special feeling,” added Parton.

Great Pumpkin LumiNights will take place during Dollywood’s Harvest Festival presented by Humana from Sept. 29 – Oct. 28. The festival will provide guests with Southern gospel entertainment during the day, and the beautiful Great Pumpkin LumiNights in the evening.

This fall season will be the first time that Dollywood has ever opened every day and stayed open through the evening during the harvest event.

Families will be able to take in the glow of thousands of carved pumpkins as they travel through the themed displays within Dollywood’s Timber Canyon. Dollywood will play the host to a number of “pumpkin artists” who will lead demonstrations on how to carve the perfect pumpkin, just like the thousands of pumpkins on display.

The Harvest Festival will also feature harvest games and attractions, including a glow maze, costumed characters, and a nightly Pumpkin Boogie dance party. There will also be new themed food options for the event and harvest-themed Coca-Cola products for guests to enjoy.

Along with the Great Pumpkin LumiNights, Dollywood will also host the largest Southern gospel music event in the country with the Southern Gospel Jubilee. Check out the lineup below:

  • Gold City – Oct. 2-3
  • The McKameys – Oct. 6-7
  • The Isaacs – Oct. 12-13
  • Karen Peck & New River – Oct. 21-22
  • Guy Penrod – Oct. 23-24

Dollywood’s Year of the Family will continue into the holiday season with Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas presented by Humana, held on Nov. 4 – Jan. 1, 2018.

“I just love Christmas at Dollywood, and I know you all do too,” Parton said. “The Parade of Many Colors is back this Christmas, along with seven holiday shows and four million beautiful lights. We even have Rudolph and his friends back for another year of creating family memories. It will be a November and December to remember!”

For more information about Dollywood’s Harvest Festival or Smoky Mountain Christmas, visit dollywood.com.


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